Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Bundle of Joy ... 12/22/2013 Sunday School Lesson

Samuel . I Samuel . Elkanah . Shiloh . Numbers 6 . Zebulun . Naphtali . Isaiah 9 . Micah 5 . Psalm/Tehillim 18 . Promises . Galatians 4 . Luke 2 . decree . Caesar Augustus . Cyrenius . lineage of David . swaddling clothes . manager . Mary . Joseph . Christ the Lord . heavenly host - praising God . Mary - kept all these things in her heart . Joseph . Moses . Speak . Aaron . children of Israel . Jordan . Galilee . Nations . Nazareth . Judaea . Bethlehem . Sunday School Lesson

The Sunday School Lesson is shared from Luke 2:1-17 (Devotional Reading: Galatians 4:1-7; Background Scripture: Luke 2:1-10) for December 22, 2013.

Samuel & I Samuel ... Samuel is the most important character in the opening portion. ... In the Talmud, Samuel is stated to have written the books that bear his name, also Ruth & Judges. ... I Samuel 1-12, the history of Samuel until he retires from his position as judge, Eli's history being narrated so far as connected with that of Samuel.

Talmud )'doctrine,; from the Hebrew word "to learn") is a large collection of writings, containing a full account of the civil & religious laws of the Jews).

Numbers 6 ... Numbers (history of the Israelites from the time of their leaving Sinai, in the 2nd year after the exodus). ... The preparations for the departure from Sinai (Numbers 1:1-10:10).

Elkanah (God created), father of Samuel.

Shiloh (place of rest), a city of Ephraim, surrounded by mountains, now desolate ruins, with remains of a synagogue.

Zebulun or Zabulon

Naphtali (struggle for)

Isaiah 9 ... Isaiah 7-12, prophecies belonging to the period of the Syro-Ephraimitish wars; the prophecy of Immanuel, & the downfall of the Assyrians.

Micah & Micah 5 ... shortened form of Micaiah (who is like Jehovah?) ... A prophet, a native of Moresheth, a little town in the maritime plain, a dependency of Gath. ... Micah 3-5, a vivid description of the sinfulness of the leaders of the people, the destruction of Jerusalem, the future restoration of the people, ^ the glorious reign of the Messianic King.

Psalm/Tehillim 18 ... 'Sepher Tehillim,' Hebrew title of this treasury of "prayer, praise, & adoration" the Book of Praises. ... Psalm of Gratitude: For mercies shown to the psalmist. Psalm of Adoration: Of God's goodness & mercy & Of God's power, majesty, & glory.

Promises: Victory Over Enemies & Trouble & Whosoever Will May Be Saved

Galatians 4 ... The Gospel Explained & Exemplified (Galatians 3:1-4:31) ... the gospel as superseding the law (Galatians 3:1-4:31). Legal ordinances have been superseded by faith in Jesus Christ. ... Galatia, Roman province of Asia Minor (Turkey).

decree ... an opinion or judgment, an opinion expressed with authority, a doctrine, ordinance.

Caesar, Roman emperor, Augustus

Cyrenius, Greek form of 'Quirinus,' governor of Syria

swaddling-clothes ... signifies to wrap in swaddling-clothes

manager ... a stall, the stall or crib

lineage of David - David (beloved), king, son of Jesse ... God promises to him ... the progenitor (an ancestor in the direct line - a biologically ancestral form) of Christ, & prophecies connected with.

Luke 2 .., The birth of Jesus Christ (Luke 2:1-7) ... Bethlehem (home of Ruth & Boaz - birthplace of David King of Israel Luke 2:1-10). ... The angels (Luke 2:8-20) ... Augustus taxeth the Roman empire. Christ's nativity.

Luke 2:1-17

Verses 1-5

Verses 1,2,3 ... Civil & Social Life; The Body Politic; Taking the Census

Verses 4,5 ... Jesus Christ (Yeshua); Genealogy, Birth, & Early Life; As Recorded by Luke

(Luke 3:1; John 6:35 ... Reference Scriptures in Sunday School Book)

Verses 6-12

Verses 6,7 ... Jesus Christ; Genealogy, Birth, & Early Life; As Recorded by Luke

Verse 8 ... Industrial Employments & Products; Care of Live Stock; Shepherds, The Shepherds of Bethlehem

Verse 9 ... Angels; Good Angels; Terror At

Verses 10,11 ... Jesus Christ; Offices Of Christ; Our Saviour

Verse 12 ... Jesus Christ; Genealogy, Birth, & Early Life; Christ Visited by the Wise Men & the Shepherds

Bibles in English and Spanish, Christian Books in English and Spanish of Birth of Jesus in Bethelehem, Luke 2 in English and Spanish, Matthew 2 in English and Spanish, The Wise Men and the Shepherds in English and Spanish

(Isaiah 25:9; 33:22; I Corinthians 8:6)

Verses 13-17

Verse 13 ... Duties To God; Praise; Praise Due from All, From All in Heaven

Verse 14 ... Duties To God; Praise; Doxologies (expression of praise to God)

Spanish Christian Praise Music, African American Christian Praise Music, Christian Praise Music, Gospel Praise Music

Verses 15,16 ... Jesus Christ; Genealogy, Birth, & Early Life; Christ Visited by the Wise Men & the Shepherds

Verse 17 ... Jesus Christ; Genealogy, Birth, & Early Life; Fame Among the People

(Luke 2:13; Matthew 28:16-20)

Monday - December 16, 2013 - A Child Dedicated to the Lord - I Samuel 1:21-28

Samuel (I Samuel 1) Samuel & the Nazarite Vow

Tuesday - December 17, 2013 - Blessing the Children of Israel - Numbers 6:22-27

Wednesday - December 18, 2013 - Hope for the Coming One - Isaiah 9:1-5

Thursday - December 19, 2013 - A Ruler from Bethlehem & Judah - Micah 5:1-5

Friday - December 20, 2013 - God's Blessing on David's Descendants - Psalm 18:46-50

Saturday - December 21, 2013 - The Fulness of Time - Galatians 4:1-7

Sunday - December 22, 2013 - The Birth of Jesus (Yeshua) in Bethlehem - Luke 2:1-17

Scripture reference used/taken from: The International Teacher's Handy Bible Encyclopedia/Concordance KJV Precious Promise Bible, KJV Topical Edition Bible, Vine's Expository Dictionary of O.T. & N.T. Words, Zondervan Bible Commentary & Merriam Webster's Deluxe Dictionary 10th Collegiate Edition

The Wise Men . East . Worship Plan ... 12/25/1988 Sermon

The Wise Men from the East & Their Worship Plan: 12-25-1988 Sermon

Jesus/Yeshua . Bethlehem . Judea . Herod the king . wise men . east . Jerusalem . King of the Jews . Worship . Matthew 2:1.2

Wise Men ... The Magi of Eastern sages who came to homage to the new-born King-Messiah, belonged to a castle of Persian notables which embraced philosophers & priests (Matthew 2:1,2).

Worship ... An act of homage or reverence - paid to God. To praise: direct acknowledgement to God, of HIS nature, attributes, ways, & claims, whether by the outgoing of the heart in praise & thanksgiving or by deed in such acknowledgement.

Jesus ("Joshua" meaning 'Jehovah is Salvation'), the Saviour. Given to the Son of God in Incarnation as HIS personal name in obedience to the command of the angel to Joseph, the husband of HIS Mother, Mary, shortly before HE was born (Matthew 1:21).

This sermon was preached by one of my former Pastors' on Christmas Day in 1988, at my home Church.

Matthew 2:1,2

The Visit of the Wise Men (Matthew 2:1-12)

Verse 1 ... Now when ... Jesus (Daniel 9:24; Luke 2:4) ... was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men ... from (I Kings 4:30; Isaiah 11:10) ... the east to Jerusalem.

Verse 2 ... Saying, ... Where (Luke 2:11) ... is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his ... star (Numbers 24:17; Isaiah 60:3) ... in the east, & are come to worship him.

Matthew 2:2 (Jeremiah 23:5; Zechariah 9:9; Numbers 24:17)

Scripture reference used/taken from: The International Teacher's Handy Bible Encyclopedia/Concordance KJV Precious Promise Bible, KJV Special Arrangement New Testament, Vine's Expository Dictionary of O.T. & N.T. Words & Zondervan Bible Commentary

Saturday, December 14, 2013

God Sends Jesus: Opening the Way ... 12/15/13

Luke 1;3;7 . Matthew 3 . Circumcise . Writing Table . Praised God . Lord . 15th year . Tiberius . Pilate . Herod . Philip . Trachonitis . Annas . Wilderness . Jordan . baptism - repentance - remission of sins . Esaias . Publicans . Soliders . Spirit of God - Dove . Prepare the Way . Elisabeth's full time - son . Great Mercy . Rejoiced . Zacharias . (Prophecy - Prophesy) . Lord God of Israel . Horn . David . Holiness & Righteousness . Salvation . Light - Guide . Promises: Luke 1:71,74; Luke 1:77

The Sunday School Lesson is shared from Luke 1:57-58, 67-79 (Background Scripture: Luke 1:57-80; Devotional Reading: Luke 1:59-66) for 12/15/2013.

Circumcise ... Genesis/Bereshith 17:1 cut foreskin ... Philippians 3:5 circumcise the 8th day.

15th year - #15 ... Luke 3:1, where Luke dates the reign of Tiberas from the period of his rule with Augustus.

Tiberius, the Roman emperor.

Pilate, Pontius, governor of Judea.

Herod, reproved by John the Baptist, imprisons him.

Trachonitis, a region east of Jordan; one of the Roman provinces into which it was divided.

Annas, Grecized form of 'Hanan,; high priest.

Jordan (stream), important river of Palestine/Then - Holy Land/Now is the Jordan. Modern name of the river is 'Esh Sheriah,; "the watering-place." John baptizes there.

Baptism of John (Luke 3)

Baptism of Repentance (Luke 3:3) ... Blood shed for Remission of sins (Matthew 26:28)

Esaias/Isaiah (the salvation of Jehovah), prophet.

Publicans (some believe in Jesus/Yeshua) . By a decree of Caesar the taxes of Judea were levied by publicans in Judea & paid directly to the national government, the officials being appointed by the provincial officers.

Soliders, admonition to (Luke 3:14); demanded, And what shall we do? (Luke 3:14).

Dove, an emblem of the Holy Spirit, of peace, purity, & affection. (Holy Spirit in form of - descending like a dove).

Holy Ghost (Luke 3:16), baptize with Holy Ghost.

Prophecy, God author of; gift of Christ; of Holy Ghost; how to be received; false - how tested (Scriptures from Old & New Testament)

Prophesy, we prophesy in part (I Corinthians 13:9).

Promises: (Luke 1:71,74) The Lord's Love & Care for HIS Children; (Luke 1:77) Pardon for Sins & Iniquities.

Luke 1:57-58,67-79

Verses 57,58

Verse 57 ... Jesus Christ; Christ's Forerunner; John's Birth, Early Life, & Ministry ... Miracles; Supernatural Bodily Gifts & Deprivations; Gift of Children

Verse 58 ... Jesus Christ; Christ's Forerunner; John's Birth, Early Life, & Ministry

(Luke 1:59-66 ... Reference Scriptures in Sunday School Book)

Christian Books of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ birth, early life and Ministry

Verses 67-71

Verse 67 ... Mediums & Methods of Revelation; The Qualifications Of A Prophet; He Must Be Inspired

Verses 68,69,70 ... Duties to God; Thanksgiving; Thanksgiving for Christ & HIS Salvation

(Psalm 18:2; 89:24; 132:17; 148:14)

Writing Table, Desk, Journals, Composition Books, Copier Paper, Laser Copier Paper, Paper Supplies, Office Supplies, Labtop, Tablet, iPad, iPod, Cellphones,

Verses 72-79

Verses 72,73 ... Jesus Christ; Prophecies Concerning Christ; Descent

Verses 74,75 ... Duties To God; Prayer; Objects of Prayer, Deliverance from Enemies

Verse 76 ... Jesus Christ; Christ's Ministry; Christ's Reception by Men, Regarded as a Prophet ... Man Redeemed; Repentance; Nature of True Repentance, An Apprehension of God's Mercy in Christ

Verse 77 ... Man Redeemed; Blessedness of The New Life; Assurance of the Divine Favour ... Man Redeemed; Repentance; Nature of True Repentance, An Apprehension of God's Mercy in Christ

Verse 78 ... Jesus Christ; Figurative Characters Of Christ; The Light of the World ... Man Redeemed; Repentance; Nature of True Repentance, An Apprehension of God's Mercy in Christ

Verse 79 ... Jesus Christ; Figurative Characters Of Christ; The Light of the World

(Genesis 15:13,18; Exodus 7:1; Malachi 4:2; Luke 1:46-56)

Monday - December 9, 2013 - What Will This Child Become? - Luke 1:59-66

The nativity of John ... The birth & circumcision of John (Luke 1:57-80)

Tuesday - December 10, 2013 - John's Call to Repentance - Luke 3:1-6

John's preaching & baptism (Luke 3:1-14) ... The Ministry of John (Luke 3:1-20)

Wednesday - December 11, 2013 - What, Then, Should We Do? - Luke 3:7-14

Thursday - December 12, 2013 - One More Powerful than John - Luke 3:15-20

John's testimony of Christ.

Friday - December 13, 2013 - The Baptizer of Jesus - Matthew 3:13-17

Christ baptized by John in Jordan ... The Baptism of Jesus.

Saturday - December 14, 2013 - A Prophet & More - Luke 7:18-27

Christ raiseth from death the widow's son at Nain; answereth John's messengers with the declaration of HIS miracles: testifieth to the people what opinion HE held of John (Luke 7:11-29) ... The enquiry of John the Baptist (Luke 7:18-35)

Sunday - December 15, 2013 - A Prophet of the Most High - Luke 1:57-58,67-79

The nativity of John. Zacharias' prophecy. ... The birth & circumcision of John (Luke 1:57-80)

Scripture reference used/taken from: The International Teacher's Handy Bible Encyclopedia/Concordance KJV Precious Promise Bible, KJV Topical Edition Bible, Vine's Expository Dictionary of O.T. 7 N.T. Words & Zondervan's Bible Commentary

Jubilant! ... 12/8/13 Sunday School Lesson

Hannah . prayed . Lord . Horn . Promises . I Samuel . Samuel . Psalm/Tehillim . Abimelech . angel of the Lord . Praise . Redemption . Wisdom . God of Jacob . Zion . Luke 1 . Mary . magnified . God my Saviour . Israel . Abraham . John . Nazarite . Sunday School Lesson

The Sunday School Lesson is shared from Luke 1:46-56 (Devotional Reading: Psalm 111; Background Scripture: Luke 1:46-56).

Hannah (grace), her vow & prayer (I Samuel 1:19); song of (I Samuel 2).

Horn ... used metaphorically to signify strength & honor, as a type of victory.

Promises: I Samuel 2:2b (Victory Over Enemies & Trouble); I Samuel 2:6; Psalm/Tehillim 146:8; 146:9 (Health & Healing); I Samuel 2:9; Psalm/Tehillim 103:13 (The Lord's Love & Care for HIS Children . The Upright are Blessed & Prospered); Psalm 34:7 (The Upright are Blessed & Prospered); Psalm/Tehillim 34:8; 111:5; 146:7 (Food Provided for the Lord's Children) .. Healing comes in various ways - Prosperity does not always mean material items or money.

Abimelech or Achish (serpent?), King of Gath ... Gath (a wine-press), Goliath of (I Samuel 17:4).

Praise, God worthy of.

Wisdom, given by God. Fear of the Lord - Wisdom - Understanding.

Zion or Sion (dry place), southwestern hill of Jerusalem, surrounded on all sides except the north deep valleys

Nazarites, law of (Numbers 6)

Luke 1:46-56

Verses 46-48

Verses 46,47 ... Duties To God; Praise; Praise Due To God

Verse 47 (Habakkuk 3:18)

Verse 48 ... Idolatry & Superstition; Adoration of Saints; The Virgin Mary

(I Samuel 2:1-10; Exodus 15:20-21 ... Reference Scriptures in Sunday School Book)

Christian Praise Music, Gospel Music, Spanish Christian Praise Music, and African American Praise Gospel Music

Christian Books on Hannah the mother of Samuel and Mary the mother of Jesus and Elisabeth the mother of John the Baptist

Verses 49-52

Verse 49 ... Idolatry & Superstition; Adoration of Saints; The Virgin Mary

Verse 49 (Psalm 111:9)

Verse 50 ... Duties To God; Fear; Blessedness of Fearing God

Verse 51 ... Fallen Man; Sins of The Spirit, & Against Ourselves; Pride, Its Hatefulness

Verse 52 ... Works of God; God's Providence In Man's Temporal Affairs; Sends Changes of Fortune

(Leviticus 11:44-45; I Peter 1:15,16; Isaiah 57:15)

Verses 53-56 (Luke 1-2; Luke 1:68-79; I Samuel 2:1-10)

Verse 53 ... Works Of God; God's Providence In Man's Temporal Affairs; Sends Changes of Fortune

Verses 54-55 ... Jesus Christ; Prophecies Concerning Christ; Descent (Birth, Lineage; fact of originating from an ancestral stock; one generation in an ancestral line or genealogical scale; Decline - descent of the family to actual poverty) ... Jesus/Yeshua is Rich over all - but became lowly - humble.

Verse 56 ... Civil & Social Life; Manners & Customs; Visiting & Returning Home

(Romans 1:28)

Monday - December 2, 2013 - My Heart Exults in the Lord - I Samuel 2:1-10

Hannah's song in thankfulness to God.

Tuesday - December 3, 2013 - O Magnify the Lord with Me - Psalm 34:1-8

David praises God, & exhorts others thereto by his experience. They blessed who trust in God.

Wednesday - December 4, 2013 - Give Thanks to the Lord - Psalm 100

Exhortation to praise the Lord. Praise - sing - all ye lands (HIS Gates - HIS Courts = Temple)

Thursday - December 5, 2013 - Bless the Compassionate Lord - Psalm 103:13-22

Exhortation to bless God for HIS Mercy. ... Mercy of the Lord - unto Children;s Children - HIS Covenant - HIS Commandments

Friday - December 6, 2013 - Praise the Gracious & Merciful Lord - Psalm 111

The psalmist incites to praise God.

Saturday - December 7, 2013 - The Lord Reigns for ALL Generations - Psalm 146

God is only worthy to be trusted.

Sunday - December 8, 2013 - God Has Done Great Things - Luke 1:46-56

Luke 1:46,57-60 ... The Magnificat form of a beautiful lyrical poem uttered by a Jewish peasant girl whose cultural background was the O.T. writings. The main source where she draws her song is song of Hannah (I Samuel 2:1-10) ... Elisabeth's baby is born soon after Mary's departure. Elizabeth announces his name is to be John, the father receives again the power of speech, after giving signs of consents.

I Samuel 1:9-2:11 ... Hannah's prayer for a son answered.

Scripture reference used/taken from: The International Teacher's Handy Bible Encyclopedia/Concordance KJV Precious Promise Bible, KJV Topical Edition Bible, KJV Special Arrangement N.T. Bible, Vine's Expository Dictionary of O.T. & N.T. Words, & Merriam's Webster Deluxe Dictionary 10th Collegiate Edition

Monday, December 2, 2013

2 of 2 ... Surprised & Expectant ... 12/1/13 Sunday School Lesson

Luke 1:26-30 . Matthew 1 . highly favored - blessed are thou among women . Luke 1:26 (Nazareth) . Immanuel . Matthew 1:20,21,25 . Sunday School Lesson

Before going on to next week's lesson, I thought that I needed to go back and look over these issues, after being in Sunday School.

I make notes in my Sunday School Book as I read/study and then also have notes on paper attached to my Sunday School Book for Church, so I won't forget. But I am not the Sunday School Teacher, I will assist.

favour, favoured ... kindness (Luke 1:30)

highly favored ("endued with grace") Luke 1:28. Favour may be deserved or granted.

Nazareth ... From the summit above the village one looks south across the extensive plain of Esdra-elon, west to Mount Carmel on the Mediterranean coast, east to nearby Mount Tabor, & north to snow-capped Mount Hermon.

Immanuel ... significance of the child's birth (JESUS), not HIS name.

Luke, the beloved physician, companion of the apostle Paul.

Gospel according to Luke ... Luke was probably a Syrian of Antioch, & may have been converted by the apostle Paul.

Luke wrote for the whole world, whether Jew or Gentile, but especially for Greeks, as Matthew for Jews.

Begins with the promise of the forerunner & ends with the ascending Saviour's blessing & HIS disciples continual joy.

Mathew 1:18,20,21,25

Mary was pregnant with child by the Holy Ghost - Divine Intervention. She knew no man - no man had touched her.

the angel of the Lord appeared unto Joseph in a dream assuring him that Mary's conception was of the Holy Ghost - Divine.

Matthew 1:21 ... Pardon for Sins & Iniquities.

Scripture reference used/taken from: The International Teacher's Bible Encyclopedia/Concordance KJV Precious Promise Bible, Vine's Expository Dictionary of O.T. & N.T. Words & Zondervan's Bible Commentary

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Surprised & Expectant ... 12/1/2013 Sunday School Lesson

Psalm/Tehillim . Maschil . Gospel of Luke . David (King) . Horn . Salvation . Father/God . Lord . Covenant . Promises . Israel . Egypt . Nations . gods (Little 'g') . Pray/Prayer . Ahaz (King) . Virgin . Espoused . Immanuel . butter/honey . house of David (royal household) . Elisabeth . Mary . Holy Ghost . angel Gabriel . Galilee . Nazareth . Joseph . Jesus . Son of God . Juda . Zacharias . II Samuel . Isaiah 7 . Sunday School Lesson

. Advent Season

The Sunday School Lesson is shared from Luke 1:26-40 (Background Scripture: Luke 1:26-45; Devotional Reading: Psalm 89:1-7).

Machil, Maskil (instructing) Psalm/Tehillim 89

David (beloved), King, son of Jesse, Prophecies connected with Psalm 89.

Horn (metaphorically to signify strength & honor/type of victory).

Salvation, to be wrought out with fear & trembling (Philippians 2:12). Only through Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

Promises: Psalm 89:4 Health & Healing ... Psalm 89:21,22,23 Victory over enemies & trouble ... Psalm 89:28 The Upright are Blessed & Prosperous ... Psalm 89:29 Blessing on Children, Relatives & Friends ... Matthew 1 Pardon for Sins & Iniquities (Healing can come supernaturally/by exercise & nutrition/by rest/by medical care & supervision/God will give Christians/Believers new perfect bodies in Heaven) ... (Prosperity does not always mean material blessings - it can mean different things for different individuals).

Ahaz (possesor), King of Judah, refuses to ask for a sign (Isaiah 7).

Virgin, Christ born of, Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:27.

Espoused, promise in marriage, Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:27; 2:5, to woo & win with reference to the Virgin Mary.

Immanuel (God with us).

Elisabeth, Grecized form of 'Elishaba, God her oath,' mother of John the Baptist.

Mary (Miriam), the Virgin, mother of Jesus.

Holy Ghost. As a Spirit (Eternal) The Teacher. The Comforter. Appoints Ministers where to preach the Gospel, HE teaches & Commissions HIS servants. Emblems of The Holy Spirit. Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Gabriel (hero of God), archangel.

Galilee (circuit district), prophecy concerning.

Nazareth (twig, brushwood), in Isaiah connected with the word "branch." Low cliff above the town is probably the site of the attempt to precipitate Christ.

Joseph, husband of the Virgin.

Jesus (Joshua, Jeshua) Saviour - Son of God. Joshua (Jehovah is Salvation).

Juda, Judah (Jews - Israelites first called).

Zacharias, father of John the Baptist.

Biblical Maps of Galilee and Nazareth

Advent (period between 4 Sundays before Christmas observed by some Christmas as a season of prayer & fasting).

Luke 1:26-40

Verses 26-30 ... Jesus Christ; Genealogy, Birth, & Early Life; As Recorded by Luke

Matthew 1 (The genealogy of Jesus Christ: Mary's miraculous conception; Jesus is born; HIS names).

Verses 31-33

Verse 31 ... Jesus Christ; Genealogy, Birth, & Early Life; As Recorded by Luke

Verses 32,33 ... Jesus Christ; Christ's Divinity; Is Called Lord

Verses 34-40

Verses 24,35,38 ... Jesus Christ; Genealogy, Birth, & Early Life; As Recorded by Luke

Verse 35 ... Jesus Christ; Christ's Divinity; Is Called the Son of God

Christian Books & Bibles with the names of Jesus in Hebrew and Aramaic

Verse 36 ... The Family; Parents & Children; Barrenness, Miraculously Removed ... Miracles; Supernatural Bodily Gifts & Deprivations; Gift or Denial of Children ... Christ's Birth: Recorded by Matthew & Luke.

Verse 37 ... God; Attributes of God As Person; Omnipotence (unlimited authority/power)

Verses 39,40 ... Civil & Social Life; Manners & Customs; Visiting, & Returning Home

(Isaiah 55:8; Luke 1:37 ... Reference Scriptures in Sunday School Book)

Monday - November 25, 2013 - A Covenant with David - Psalm 89:1-7

The psalmist praises God for HIS care of the Church. Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite (Psalm 89)

Tuesday - November 26, 2013 - God's Faithfulness & Steadfast Love - Psalm 89:19-24

Wednesday - November 27, 2013 - The Highest of Earthly Kings - Psalm 89:26-34

Thursday - November 28, 2013 - A Promise for a Distant Future - II Samuel 7:18-29

David's Prayer & Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day

Friday - November 29, 2013 - A Child Named Immanuel - Isaiah 7:10-15

Ahaz, having liberty to choose a sign, & refusing, hath for a sign, Christ promiseth. ... Ahaz comforted by Isaiah. Christ promised.

Saturday - November 30, 2013 - Elisabeth Blessing - Luke 1:41-45

Of Christ ... and of Christ. The prophecy of Elisabeth, & of Mary, concerning Christ (Luke 1:26-56).

Sunday - December 1, 2013 - The Announcement to Mary - Luke 1:26-40

Scripture reference used/taken from: The International Teacher's Handy Bible Encyclopedia/Concordance KJV Precious Promise Bible, KJV Topical Edition Bible, Vine's Expository of O.T. & N.T. Words, & Merriam Webster's Deluxe Dictionary 10th Collegiate Edition

Holy Spirit Led Prayers .... Book Review

Book Review . Holy Spirit led Prayers. Pray . Prayers . God . JEHOVAH . Jehovah Rapha . Jehovah Shalom . Jehovah Jireh . Lord . Jesus

I would highly recommend a study of The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit so you will better be able to fully appreciate this book.

Dr. H. L. Wilmington & Olabisi Obideyi

My pastor conducted a study with us from around December 2012/January 2013 - November 2013 in this area. I also studied on The Holy Spirit for a quarter in 2007 with our Church.

Now, do I always listen and wait on the The Holy Spirit to lead me and guide me? No, but I am doing better.

This book contains Scriptures from the Old and New Testament such as: Matthew, Psalm, Revelation, I & II Chronicles, Isaiah, Luke, Jeremiah, Job, Nehemiah, I Corinthians, Romans, Titus, John, Deuteronomy, Ephesians, Mark, Hebrews, I John, Lamentations, Daniel, I & II Samuel, Colossians, Genesis, Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, Numbers, Philippians, Zechariah, II Corinthians, Exodus, Jude, and Acts of the Apostles.

Prayer is the only effective secret spiritual weapon that can protect us against the wicked will and intentions of the fallen angels and no man can have this power except that they are in perfect unity with the Holy Spirit.

When you pray, don't be like the hypocrites that love to be seen and heard of men. (Matthew 6:5).

Books by Cindy Jacobs, Olabisi Obideyi, Eddie Smith, Alice Smith

To have use of God's power and authority we must have a personal relationship with HIM. We must obey and abide in God's Word.

Through Christ's perfect atonement of our sins, we acquire benefit of reconciliation with the Holy Spirit of God when we repent from our sins.

There is only One True God and One Mediator between man and God and this is Jesus Christ. As true children of God, we do not just call upon the Name of God when we want something from HIM, we call on HIM to worship, praise and reverence HIS Name which is above all other names.

God's Resurrection answer for mankind came in the form of Jesus Christ. We obtain resurrection power through Christ's death on the Cross and HIS subsequent Resurrection. God's Word is life and truth and Christ as the True Word of God revealed as the Resurrection and life and no man is alive in their soul without the living Christ dwelling in their spirit.

You must acknowledge Christ (Romans 3:23), Confess (I John 1:9), Repent (Mark 1:15), and Believe (John 3:16; Acts 16:29-34) that Christ is the Risen Saviour and Died for ALL Mankind and Sits at the Right Hand of God.

Oh, Lord my King how mighty is Your Name.

Your Spirit is Holy and Your Goodness endures forever.

You are the Great I AM, the Hope and strength of the weak.

You are JEHOVAH Rapha my Healer.

You are JEHOVAH Shalom my Peace.

You are JEHOVAH Jireh my Provider.

You are my Joy, my Power and my Shield. You have ALL Power and Authority, KNOW ALL, SEE ALL, and Present Everywhere At The Same Time.

Feed me daily with your Word and cover my soul with Your Protective Shield and Light.

Protect me daily with the Redemption, Atonement and Remission Power that is in the Blood of Jesus.

Renew my mind daily with Your knowledge of life and enrich my soul with Your wisdom.

Break every yoke of sinful relationships and destroy every ungodly contract of the enemy.

Remove every obstacle from my way and bring down every Goliath spirit seeking to prevent me from occupying the kingship position you have destined and ordained me to occupy.

By Power and Authority of God, I possess all the possessions destined for my use on earth.

Replace blindness with Your Supernatural Vision. Replace loss with Eternal profits and gains.

Prompt me daily with Your Divine Love and teach me to joyfully thank, praise and worship You All the days of my life.

Prevent me from falling into the enemy's wicked trap and equip me in Your Divine Wisdom to always rise above the wiles of the devil.

Help me to avoid corrupt communications and order my will to operate in Your Perfect Will.

Deliver me from foolish ideas and stimulate my mind with Your Perfect thoughts.

You are my healer who healed all my infirmities and in You no sickness shall have power or dominion over me. Lord Jesus You Are my King and Ruler and in You only I am assured of Eternal Life of rest, peace and everlasting joy.

Your Goodness and Mercies follows me everywhere I go and I am forever highly favored and blessed.

Favour me in my daily trials and overcome negative natural circumstances for me with Your Power.

Nullify the evil terms and conditions of dead covenants and segregate me completely from poisonous dead end flesh relationships.

By Your Grace You gave Jacob a Ladder to heaven and through Your Heavenly Ladder You placed his children in line of Your Heavenly inheritance Will. By Your Grace You delivered Israel from Egypt and turned their enemies into dust for them to trample on, and parted the Red Sea for them and met their needs in the wilderness.

You Magnified Joshua for Israel to see that just as You were with Moses so are you with him. By Your Grace, You transported Elijah from earth to heaven with Your Chariot of fire. By Your Grace, You Promised Esther, Daniel, Gideon and the likes of them - in the land of their captivity and through Your Work of Grace upon their life the ungodly testified to the fact that their God is indeed the Only One and True God. By Your Grace, You removed the veil cover of darkness from the eyes of Saul and changed him from Saul the persecuted to Paul the faithful servant. By Your Grace You gave him knowledge of Your Saviour and Resurrection.

By Your Grace, You gave us Eternal Life and we see that Lucifer is forever defeated by the conquering Power of the Lamb.

Pastor Olabisi, is the author of this book. Pastor holds an LLBC (hons) degree in law. Pastor is the founder and Senior Pastor of Freedom House International Ministries.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Independently Raising A Man (Single Parenting): Book Review

Book Review . Real Life 101 . Single Parenting Insight & Tips . One Income . Healthy Lifestyle . Positive Environment . Child . Children . Responsibilities & Challenges . Love . Inspirational Thoughts

Very inspirational book to own.

I thank Shondreka, for sending me an autographed copy for review.

We all have made mistakes, and I would like first to commend her for carrying her child full term, instead of an abortion. I am not promoting premartial affairs.

The moment you find out that you are pregnant can be the most terrifying, and yet most exciting moment of your life. It is not until the day that you hold your beautiful baby in your arms for the first time that you can realize how great that change can be.

She never wanted to place herself in a position to end up as a single parent. She thought she had it all figured out. Life has a way of throwing a curve ball. The key to moving forward and pushing through a struggle is your attitude.

Know that both you and your child are valuable worth the best life has to offer. If you are in a negative or harmful situation, keep in mind that you and your child deserve more than what is currently being brought to the table. Your heart will not put food on the table and clothes on your child's back. Start saving and get into a place where you and your child can live peacefully and that you can afford by yourself.

Shondreka, Little Miss Health fanatic would gain seventy pounds during her pregnancy. Her diet was healthy and very sensible. She craved tomatoes and also Kosher pickles. Too much of anything, healthy or not, will cause weight gain.

After her handsome baby boy was born, she set a plan of action to lose all of the baby weight in a healthy manner. After having her baby, money was tight so buying a whole new wardrobe in the new size was not a feasible option for her. Her meal routine consisted of a healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner and healthy snacks throughout the day. Within three months of having her son, she lost forty pounds and within six months she lost the remaining thirty pounds. She drinks lots of water and try to stay away from sodas. She limits her fruit juice, because it is high in sugar. She don't deny herself sweets, this keeps her from straying.

Living a healthy lifestyle does not mean you can't have sweets, it just means you have to have them in moderation.

Independently Raising A Man Thoughts From a Single Mothers Perspective, Shondreka Palmer, Single Parenting, One Family Income, Budget,Child Development

You don't have to be a celebrity to get your pre-baby body back. Anyone can do it with hard work and discipline. Be sensible and try to keep your food choices as healthy as possible. Allow your baby to have the nutrients he/she needs in preparation for making his/her entrance into the world. The bundle of joy you get in the end is well worth the sacrifice.

At times, the burdens that come along with being a parent, especially a single parent, ,especially a single parent, can be very overwhelming. Children are a blessing from God and you should treat it as such. Don't just be in the same house as your child; spend valuable time with your child/children. Be creative. Be a part of your child's.

A part of being a phenomenal single parent is taking care of yourself and your health. Sometimes you just have to stop, take a break and enjoy life. You always want to be responsible and do the things that are important and need to be done.

Be positive. Be grateful and happy for what you do have. Your attitude and outlook on life will over into your child's attitude and outlook.

Budget! Budget! Budget! An absolute must when living life as a single parent.

Whenever possible, save energy and teach your children the same habits. Keep the bills low as possible, electric, gas, water, etc.

You will have to learn some smart ways to save money and shop for your child.

Sometimes as a parent you don't want to see your child grow up. Arm yourself and be ready ahead of time.

As a single parent, your disposable income is very limited, so get into the habit of spending your money wisely. You never want to put yourself in a situation where your child has nothing to wear and you don't have any money to buy clothes or shoes needed at that moment.

Don't forget about yourself when browsing resale and thrift stores. You can also save money on your clothes and find some great slacks, jeans, dresses and tops.

Groceries are another very important life necessity for you and your child.

Buy store brand items. The long term consequences of a life of unhealthy eating habits are not worth the short term savings benefit.

Use coupons. Only buy items that you actually use. Become a wise grocery shopper, and cook meals at home.

Being on a budget does not mean you have to sacrifice your appearance. The key is to adjust to what your current lifestyle allows.

Life is going to happen; no one is immune to unforeseen circumstances.

Children will try to get over on their parents. Don't fall for it.

Implementing rules and boundaries within your child's life is so important to their growth and development. Allowing your child to do and say whatever they feel is not doing them any favors. Love your child enough to want to teach them by providing the necessary guidance.

We are our children's first teachers.

It is important to remember that children need discipline and structure.

Discipline is not yelling at your child. Encourage your child often.

Discuss with your child/children what is expected at home and school daily.

Place your child on a consistent schedule.

Children need plenty of rest.

In order to support you and your child, you have to work. Take the time to research the facilities and teachers who are going to care for your child/children. Check with the State Board for any penalties or violations.

Select a daycare that models the same morals and values as you do.

Be conscious and watchful.

The first step to being a successful single parent is taking care of you and maintaining a great mental health.

Smile! Make the choice to be happy. Your main focus is and should always be your immediate family - you and your child/children.

Watch for family and friends that are constantly negative. Ignore and remove yourself from negative conversation or situations.

You have a purpose in this life. Don't allow someone else's insecurities or jealousies break you down and confuse you. You are a child of God.

You should have a couple of true genuine friends to confide in and who are truly "Team U" during the good and bad times.

Shondreka is happy and her state of mind is at peace and she feels great! She's still standing.

Be strong, happy and secure. You are on the right path to success so push harder and keep going no matter what.

Take care of your health as well. There is no reason why you can't have some mommy-me time and enjoy yourself, once you have everything together.

Take a mental break and do something that you enjoy. You might go to the movies, out to eat with a friend, maybe on a date, or any activity you enjoy.

Treat yourself to something nice. Men, this includes you too!! Stay within your budget. You will not always be restricted to a tight budget. With God, faith, a positive attitude, a plan and being proactive you will reach all your goals and dreams.

Never leave your child with an irresponsible adult, whether family or friends. Your child is a treasure and should be treated as such.

Be patient with your child/children.

Don't forget to take the time to enjoy life with your child. You never know what true unconditional love is until you have your first child.

Shondreka Palmer (Author) compiled her warm inspiring thoughts and insights on being a single parent.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Traveling Light ... 11/24/2013 Sunday School Lesson

2013 & 2003 Notes . Exodus 35-40 . Hebrews 9 . Moses . Lord . Obedience . the Ark . Mercy Seat . Congregation . Israel . Northward . Bread . Candlestick . Southward . Golden Altar . Cloud . Laver . Water . Fire . Holy Place . Wise/Wisdom . Bezaleel . Uri . Hur . Judah . tribe of Dan . Spirit of God . Aholiab . Ahisamach . Moses blessed them . Christ . high priest . perfect tabernacle . Christ's Blood . Eternal Spirit . Mediator . New Testament . Redemption . Eternal Inheritance . Offering . Miracles

Glory . Shekinah Glory . testimony (Word of God) . tent . Colors . tabernacle/Mishkan . Aaron/high priest . Holy Garments . Jewels/Stones

#12 Miracles: 12 Stones/12 foundations/12 tribes of Israel/Jesus seen of Cephas then of the 12 after HIS Resurrection/Women with the issue of blood for 12 years/Damsel woke from sleep at age of 12 (Revelation 21:14; Luke 22:30; I Corinthians 15:5; Mark 5:21-34; Mark 5:35-43)

The Sunday School Lesson is shared from Exodus 40:16-30,34,38 (Devotional Reading: Hebrews 9:11-15; Background Scripture: Exodus 35-40).

Bezaleel (in the shadow of God)

Uri (enlightened)

Tribe of Dan (Numbers 1:38; 26:42), son of Jacob (Genesis/Bereshith 30:6), 1 of 12 sons of Jacob & ancestor of tribe of Dan.

Hur (noble), son of Caleb

Aholiab (tent of the father), inspired to construct the tabernacle.

Ahisamach (my brother helps)

Tabernacle/Mischan ... This was doubtless the dwelling or the headquarters of Moses, & the place where the public business of the nation was transacted. There was a Tabernacle in the camp of the Israelites previous to the erection of the one that is generally known by that name.

History of the Tabernalce, Photos of the Tabernacles

Exodus 40:16-30,34,38

Verses 16-21

Verse 16 ... Duties To God; Obeying God; Examples of Obedience

Verses 17-21 ... Sacred Places; The Tabernacle & The Ark; The Setting Up of the Tabernacle, The Tabernacle Set Up

(Exodus 12:2; Numbers 4:15; II Samuel 6:6-7 ... Reference Scriptures in the Sunday School Book)

Verses 22-30

Verses 22,30 ... Sacred Places; The Tabernacle & The Ark; The Setting Up of the Tabernacle, The Tabernacle Set Up

Verse 23 ... The Outward Man; The Sustenance Of The Body; Varities of Food, BREAD THE STAFF OF LIFE ... Sacred Rites & Forms; Bloodless Sacrifices; The Shewbread

Verses 24-30 ... Sacred Places; The Tabernacle & The Ark; The Setting Up of the Tabernacle, The Tabernacle Set Up

(Exodus 26:31-35; Leviticus 24:5-9; Exodus 25:31; Exodus 30:1-10; Exodus 30:34-38; Exodus 27:1)

Verses 34,38 ... Miracles; Miracles In The Upper Regions, & In The Atmosphere; The Pillars of Cloud & Fire

Miracles, KJV Bible, Jewish Study Bibles, Old Testament, New Testament, Exodus 1-40, Hebrews 8-10

Hebrews 9:11-15 ... Christ's Priesthood the fulfillment of Jewish expectations (Hebrews 8:1-10:18)

Monday - November 18, 2013 - Offering Our Possessions - Exodus 35:4-9

Exodus 35 ... The Sabbath. The free gifts for the Tabernacle. The readiness of the people to offer. Bezaleel & Aholiab called to the work.

Tuesday - November 19, 2013 - Offering Our Skills - Exodus 35:10-19

Wednesday - November 20, 2013 - Stirred Hearts & Willing Spirits - Exodus 35:20-29

Thursday - November 21, 2013 - Skills for Every Kind of Work - Exodus 35:30-35

Friday - November 22, 2013 - An Overabundance of Offerings - Exodus 36:2-7

The offerings delivered to the workmen. The liberality of the people restrained.

Saturday - November 23, 2013 - Blessing the Faithful Workers - Exodus 39:32-43

All viewed & approved by Moses.

Sunday - November 24, 2013 -God Affirms the Completed Work - Exodus 40:16-30,24,38

Aaron & his son is to be sanctified. A cloud covereth the tabernacle (Exodus 40:12-38)

Scripture reference used/taken from: The Teacher's Handy Bible Encyclopedia/Concordance KJV Precious Promise Bible, KJV Superfine Edition New Devotional & Explanatory Family Bible & KJV Topical Edition Bible

Saturday, November 16, 2013

From Despair to Deliverance ... 11/17/13 Sunday School Lesson

Exodus13;14 . Psalm/Tehillim 34;78 . Genesis/Bereshith 50 . Galatians 5 . Love & Freedom . Egypt . Moses . Joseph . angel of God . east wind . Waters . pillar of cloud & fire . Tabernacles . Tribes . Asaph . David (King David) . Mount Zion . Jacob . Ham . Shiloh . Ephraim . Judah . Lamb . Pharaoh . Philistines . Canaanites .Red Sea . Succoth . Etham . Israel . Pihahiroth . Baalzephon . Migdol . Promises . morning watch . Sunday School Lesson . (Rahab?/Babylon?/Philistia?/Tyre?Ethiopia?/Psalm 87/Psalm 89:10?)

The Sunday School Lesson is shared from Exodus 14:21-30 (Devotional Reading:  Galatians 5:13-21; Background Scripture:  Exodus 13:17-22; 14) for November 17, 2013.

Red Sea, an arm of the Indian Ocean between Arabia & Africa.

Pihahiroth (place of seaweed?)

Baalzephon (lord of the north, or darkness)

Etham, desert of, Egyptian name, place on boundary of Egypt.

Migdol (tower)

Promises:  The Lord's Love & Care for HIS Children, Victory Over Enemies & Trouble, The Upright are Blessed & Prospered (Psalm/Tehillim 34:7) Prosperity means different things to different individuals ... Victory Over Enemies & Troubles (exodus 14:13)

Asaph ( a collector), a Levite. musical composer, (Psalm 50 7 73-83).

David (beloved), Kings, son of Jesse.  Regulates services of  tabernacle (I Chronicle 23:26).  His charge to Solomon to build a house for the sanctuary (I Kings 2)

Mount Zion or Sion (dry place), southwestern hill of Jerusalem, surrounded on all sides except the north by deep valleys.

Jacob (he supplants), wrestles with an angel, his grief for Joseph & Benjamin, goes to Egypt, blesses his son (Genesis 32; 37; 46; 48; 49)

Shiloh (place of rest), a city of Ephraim, prophecy concerning, site of tabernacle (Genesis 49:10; Joshua 18:1; Psalm 78:60; Judges 21:19)

Ephraim (double fruitfulness), younger son of Joseph, prophecies concerning (Isaiah 7; 11:13; Zechariah 9:10).  A city 8 miles from Jerusalem (John 11:54).  A mountain (Joshua 17:15)

Judah (praise), son of Jacob, they make David king & adhere to his house, Jews

Ham (black), son of Noah

Angela's Questions/Thoughts ... Psalm 87; 87:4; 89:10 ... Rahab/Egypt ..( poetic synonym ...  symbolic or figurative name) ... Zion ... Babylon/Persian Gulf ... Phililistia (Exodus 15:14) ... Tyre (Phoenicia/Crete) .. Ethiopia/Sudan?(Africa) ............... Acts 2:9-10; 2:8-11 in Egypt, parts of Libya, Cretes, Arabians

Exodus 1-18 ... oppression of the Israelites in Egypt, history of Moses & his dealings with Pharaoh, the plagues, the exodus, overthrow of the Egyptians & arrival of Sinai

Exodus 19-40 ... sojourn at Sinai, giving of the law (10 Commanments), directions for the tabernacle & its services, giving of the new tables, erection & dedication of the tabernacle.

Exodus 14:21-30

Verses 21-23

Verses 21,22 ... Miracles; Miracles In Water; The Division of the Red Sea ... The Hebrews; In The Wilderness; From Egypt to Sinai - Passage of the Red Sea

Verse 23 ... The Hebrews; The Exodus From Egypt; Pursuit & Deliverance ... The Hebrews; In The Wilderness; From Egypt to Sinai - Passage of the Red Sea

(Exodus 13:17-22; 14:5; 14:10-12; 14:13-18; 14:19,20 ...Reference Scriptures in the Sunday School Book)

Exodus 14:24,25; Psalm/Tehillim 34:7

Verses 24,25 ... The Hebrews; The Exodus From Egypt; Pursuit & Deliverance ... The Hebrews; In The Wilderness; From Egypt to Sinai - Passage of the Red Sea

Psalm 34:7 ... Psalm of Gratitude; of Adoration & Didactic (instructions) ... For mercies shown to the psalmist; of God's goodness & mercy & the blessings of God's people & the misery of HIS enemies.

Exodus 14:26-30; Psalm/Tehillim 78; Psalm 78:51,59,68,70,71 ... tabernacles of Ham, tabernacle of Shiloh, tabernacle of Joseph, tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, David, Jacob, Israel

(Genesis/Bereshith 14:9; Exodus 14:14; Psalm/Tehillim 106:9; Acts 7:36; Exodus 14)

Monday - November 11, 2013 - Called to Live in Freedom - Galatians 5:13-21

Veterans Day .... Love One another.  The works of the flesh.

Tuesday - November 12, 2013 - Setting Apart the Firstborn - Exodus 13:11-16

The firstlings of beasts are set apart.

Wednesday - November 13, 2013 - Guided by Pillars of Cloud & Fire - Exodus 13:17-22

The Israelites go out of Egypt, & carry Joseph's bones with them.  they come to Etham:  God guideth them by a pillar of a cloud & a pillar of fire.

Thursday - November 14, 2013 - Pharaoh's Change of Heart - Exodus 14:5-9

Pharaoh pursuit

Friday - November 15,2013 - The Lord Will Fight For You - Exodus 14:10-14

The Israelites Murmur:  Moses Comforteth Them.

Saturday - November 16, 2013 - Guarded from the Approaching Enemy - Exodus 14:15-20

God instructeth Moses.  The cloud removeth behind the camp.

Sunday - November 17, 2013 - The Lord Saved Israel That Day - Exodus 14:21-30

They (Israel) passed through the Red Sea.  The Egyptians drowned.

Scripture reference used/taken from:  The International Teacher's Handy Bible Encyclopedia/Concordance KJV Precious Promise Bible, KJV Topical Editon Bible & Merriam Webster's Deluxe Dictionary

Friday, November 8, 2013

Remember & Celebrate ... 11/10/2013 Sunday School Lesson

Exodus 5-6;11-12 . John 1 . Promises . Plague . Jewels . favour . midnight . Firstborn . Abib . lamb (kid) . Blood . Roast . Lord's Passover . Memorial . Feast . Unleavened Bread . Holy Convocation .
Rameses . Succoth . Break No Bones . Circumcision . John the Baptist . Jesus - Yeshua . Lamb of God . Sins . Israel . Water . Spirit . Baptizing . Holy Ghost . Moses . Aaron . Lord - JEHOVAH . Abraham - Issac - Jacob . Covenant . Land of Canaan . Egyptians . Sunday School Lesson

The Sunday School Lesson is shared from Exodus 12:1-14 (Devotional Reading:  John 1:29-37; Background Scripture:  Exodus 6:2-30;12) for November 10, 2013.

Abib (month of the ripening ears), the Hebrew month March-April.

Abib or Nisan ... Beginning of the Sacred Year.  14th - Preparation for Passover - paschal lamb eaten in the evening.  15th - Sabbath & Holy Convocation.  Week of Unleavened Bread begins.  10th - The offering of Omer or First Sheaf (Leviticus 23:10-12).  21st - Holy Convocation.

Passover ... Covenant feast of Israel, Leviticus 23:6.   Preparation for the Passover (John 10:14).  Luke 2:41; I Samuel 1:24 National festival included women, boys & children.  Entire animal
eaten - with out breaking a bone (Exodus 12:7-11).  Observed under Moses; kept by Christ, A type of Christ's death.

Rameses ... The exodus from Egypt.  Egypt - The Kingdom of the East.

Succoth (booths), a city east of the Jordan, in Egypt (Exodus 12:37; 13:20).

Jewels (Angela's thoughts) Jewels could represent those set in the high priest breast  - piece.  Exodus 28-30.  12 Tribes of Israel.

Promises:  John 1:29 ... Whosoever Will May Be Saved ... Pardon for Sins & Iniquities .... John 1:33 ... Pardon for Sins & Iniquities ... Exodus 6:6 ... Victory Over Enemies & Troubles ... Exodus 11:7 ... Safety from Harm & Danger ... Exodus 12:13 ... Pardon from Sins & Iniquities ... Safety from Harm & Danger ... Exodus 12:23 ... Safety from Harm & Danger

Exodus 12:1-14

Verses 1,2

Verse 1 ... Scripture; Books & Authors; Speakers & Hearers (Genesis & Exodus)

Verse 2 ... Sacred Seasons; Historical Sacred Seasons; The Passover, It Marks the Beginning of the Year (The Hebrew Civil Year began with Tishri/October. At the Exodus the Ecclesiastical Year was made to begin with Abib (April), which after the captivity was called Nisan. ... Ecclesiastical, relating to a Church/For use in a Church.

(Exodus 7:7; Exodus 4:10-16; Exodus 7:10-12 ... Reference Scriptures in Sunday School Book)

Verses 3-10

Verses 3,5 ... Sacred Seasons; Historical Sacred Seasons; The Passover, Choice of the Paschal Lamb

Verse 6 ... Sacred Seasons; Historical Sacred Seasons; The Passover, To Be Killed on the 14th of the Month

Verse 7 ... Sacred Seasons; Historical Sacred Seasons; The Passover, The Blood on the Door Posts

Verses 8,9,10 ... Sacred Seasons; Historical Sacred Seasons; The Passover, Time & Place of Eating

Verses 11-14

Verse 11 ... Sacred Seasons; Historical Sacred Seasons; The Passover, Manner of Eating ... The Outward Man; Body Clothed; Portions of Dress, Shoes & Sandals

Verse 12 ... Idolatry & Superstition; Ruin of Idols; Divine Threats Against Heathen Gods

Verse 13 ... Sacred Seasons; Historical Sacred Seasons; The Passover, The Passover to be Perpetual (Continued forever)

Monday - November 4, 2013 - The Lamb of God - John 12:29-37

The testimony of John the Baptist. The divinity & incarnation of Jesus Christ.

Tuesday - November 5, 2013 - The Troubles Multiply - Exodus 5:19-23

The people have no straw. Israelites cry out upon Moses & Aaron. Moses complaineth to God.

Wednesday - November 6, 2013 - Broken Spirits & Closed Ears - Exodus 6:2-9

God reneweth HIS promise by HIS name JEHOVAH. The generations of Rueben, of Simeon, of the Levi. ... Exodus 6 (Moses & Aaron descended from Jacob through the line of Levi. Israel's stay in Egypt).

Thursday - November 7, 2013 - The Final Plague - Exodus 11

God's message to the Israelites to borrow jewels of their neighbors. The death of the firstborn of Egypt threatened, etc.

Friday - November 8, 2013 - The First Passover - Exodus 12:21-28

The beginning of the year changed. The Passover instituted. The rite of the Passover. Unleavened bread. The firstborn of Egypt come to an end. The Israelites are driven out of the land. Ordinance of the Passover. Exodus 12

Saturday - November 9, 2013 - The Lord Delivered Israel - Exodus 12:43-51

Delivered from Egypt; Journey To Sinai ... After Passover they ate Unleavened Bread to remember the hasty departure from Egypt.

Sunday - November 10, 2013 - The Promise to Passover - Exodus 12:1-14

God's protection & provision for HIS children. Bitter herbs reminder of trials - sufferings in Egypt. They are paid in jewels & clothes for the tears they were in slavery by the Egyptians, who wanted them to leave. Exodus 11-12:36

Scripture reference used/taken from: The International Teacher's Handy Bible Encyclopedia/Concordance KJV Precious Promise Bible, KJV Topical Edition Bible & Merriam Webster's Deluxe Dictionary 10th Collegiate Edition

Friday, November 1, 2013

Get Ready! ... 11/3/2013 Sunday School Lesson

Moses . God . Lord . I AM THAT I AM . Exodus 1-4 . Midian . Midianites . Pithom . Raamses . Hard Bondage . Hebrew Midwives . Pharaoh . Egypt . Water . Zipporah . Children of Israel . Abraham - Issac - Jacob . Aaron . Worshipped . Horeb . angel of the Lord . Burning Bush . Holy Ground . Canaanites . Hittites . Amorites . Perizzites . Hivites . Jebusites . Sunday School Lesson

The Sunday School Lesson is shared from Exodus 3:7-17 (Devotional Reading: Exodus 4:10-16; Background Scripture: Exodus 1-4) for November 3, 2013.

Moses ... (saved from water), an Egyptian name. His birth & preservation (Exodus 2). Escapes to Midian (Exodus 2:15). Called by the Lord (Exodus 3). Signs shown to (Exodus 4). Returns to Egypt (Exodus 4:20).

Exodus 1-18 ... Oppression of the Israelites in Egypt, history of Moses & dealings with Pharaoh, the plagues, the exodus, the overthrow of the Egyptians, & the arrival at Sinai.

Christian Stories birth of Moses, Burning Bush, Pharaoh, Bondage and the Children of Israel

Midian ... Land of (Exodus 2:15).

Midianites ... Descendants of Midian, son of Abraham by Keturah (Genesis/Bereshith 25:1-2,4; I Chronicles 1:32-33). Kenites were a branch of the Midianites & dwelt among the Amalekites.

Raamsers, Rameses ... city of the Egyptian kings of the same name.

Pharaoh ... Official title of the kings of Egypt. Oppresses the Israelites.

Egypt (Mizraim), a country in the northeast part of Africa.

Zipporah ... Wife of Moses. May have been a Cushite (Numbers 12:1).

Aaron ... Brother of Moses, the first high priest. Appointed to Moses.

Horeb ... (Sinai) (desert), "Mountain of God."

Canaanites ... Inhabitants opf Canaan.

Hittites ... A People descended from Heth, & early dwellers in eastern Asia Minor (Turkey), Syria, & parts of Palestine (Then)/Holy Land(Now).

Amorites ... Dispossessed for their iniquities (sins/wrongs/disobedience). Dwelt in the southwest of Palestine (Then)/Holy Land(Now).

Perizzites ... A tribe of the ancient Canaanites.

Hivites ... Dwelt first in mid-Canaan, in Schechem, in Gibeon, & later in the norther parts of Lebanon & even as far as Hamath.

Jebusites ... Though a small tribe, was one of importance, for they occupied the mountains of Jerusalem & the neighborhood.

Exodus 3:7-17

Verses 7-10

Verses 7,9 ... The Hebrews; Israel In Egypt; God Remembers HIS Covenant(agreement/promise).

Verse 8 ... The Hebrews; Israel In Egypt; Deliverance Promised.

Verse 10 ... The Hebrews; Israel In Egypt; Moses Commissioned (to appoint or assign to a task or function).

Verses 11-13

Verses 11,12 ... The Hebrews; Israel In Egypt; Moses Object.

Verse 12 ... The Lord's Love for HIS Children.

Verse 13 ... God' Names & Representatives Of God; I AM

(Exodus 2:11-12; Matthew 28:20; Genesis/Bereshith 3 ... Reference Scriptures in the Sunday School Book)

Verses 14-17

Verses 14,15 ... God; Names & Representations Of God; I AM ... Angels; The Angel of the Lord, Or, Of God; Identified with God

Verses 16,17 ... The Hebrews; Israel In Egypt; Moses Commissioned.

Monday - October 28, 2013 - Oppression under a New King - Exodus 1:7-14

Tuesday - October 29, 2013 - The King's Evil Plan - Exodus 1:15-22

Wednesday - October 30, 2013 - The Sparing of the Infant Moses - Exodus 2:1-10

Thursday - October 31, 2013 - Moses Flees from Pharaoh - Exodus 2:15-25

Friday - November 1, 2013 - The People Worship God - Exodus 4:27-31

Saturday - November 2, 2013 - Moses Encounter with God - Exodus 3:1-6

Sunday - November 3, 2013 - Moses Commission from God - Exodus 3:7-17

Scripture reference used/taken from: The International Teacher's Handy Bible Encyclopedia/Concordance KJV Precious Promise Bible, KJV Topical Edition Bible, The Strongest's Strong Exhaustive Concordance of The Bible & Merriam Webster's Deluxe Dictionary 10th Collegiate Edition

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Frugal Foodie Cookbook: Book Review

Book Review . Cooking . Lifestyles . Frugal Lifestyles . Patti LaBelle . Eggs - Omelets . Mock Potato Salad . Chocolate Cupcakes . Chicken Curry . Pound Cake . Mac & Cheese

Eggs are the wonder of the kitchen: inexpensive & nutritious, & they can be baked, boiled, fried, or scrambled into countless delectable dishes.

Patti LaBelle, she's authored several successful cookbooks that celebrate good health & great food. She once said that the secret to her scrambled eggs was a tiny bit of water, & of course. A teaspoon of water per egg is free, adds no fat or calories, & will give your scrambled fluff & volume.

Lynette Shirk Cookbooks

You can whip up a large batch of scrambled eggs on the weekend, & serve up hot & hearty breakfasts all week.

12 large eggs
1/4 cup water
salt & pepper

Preheat a 12-inch nonstick pan over medium-low heat.

Mix the eggs & water in a bowl with a fork until thoroughly blended.

Spray pan with nonstick cooking blended, but don't overbeat.

Heat a 10-inch or 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray or coat with a bit of butter.

Add the egg mixture to the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the edges are cooked through. Thinking of your pan as a clock, start at 12:00 & scrape the edge of the eggs toward the middle with a wooden or nylon spoon. Tilt the pan to let the uncooked eggs spill over onto the pan surface. Continue scraping & tilting at 3:00, 6:00, & 9:00. Begin again at 12:00 & continue until the eggs have all been scraped to the middle of the pan. Fold the eggs over on themselves a couple of times until almost cooked through. If they look cooked in the pan, they'll be dry on the plate.

Season with salt & pepper, & serve.

Makes 6 servings.

Lara Starr Cookbooks

Omelet Options:

In kitchen Confi dential Anthony Bourdain famously recounts his 'audition' for a chef's job: create a simple, perfect French omelet under the watchful eye of the restaurateur. Good cooks become great chefs when their passion & skill turn humble ingredients into delicious dishes.

Patti LaBelle Cookbooks

3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon water
salt & pepper to taste
filling of your choice

Mix the eggs, water, salt, & pepper in a bowl with a fork until blended, but don't overbeat.

Heat a 10-inch or 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray or coat with a bit of butter.

Add the egg mixture to the pan. As it cooks, stir it with a wooden or nylon spoon while shaking the pan over the heat. Scrape the cooked eggs from the sides of the pan & blend with the rest. This should take less than 1 minute.

When the eggs are just about set but slightly wet, pat them into an even layer & let them cook undisturbed for a few seconds.

Add fillings, precooked if needed, down the center of the omelet.

Loosen around the edges of the omelet with the spoon. Tilt the pan to one side, scoot the spoon or a spatula under the opposite side of the omelet, & flip it to the middle to cover the fillings. Then tilt the pan to the other side & do the same with the other half of the omelet. Voila!

A few ideas for tasty & inexpensive filling:

Potatoes, Sour Cream, & Chives:

Spread a good slather of sour cream down the center of the omelet, add thinly sliced cooked waxy potatoes, & sprinkle with chopped chives or green onions.


Heat 3-4 tablespoons of refried beans, spread omelet, & top with Cheddar Cheese & jalapeno rings.


Spread 3 tablespoons ricotta or cottage cheese, 3 tablespoons leftover spaghetti sauce, & a sprinkling of mozzarella.

Mock Potato Salad

2 sleeves saltine crackers (about 80 crackers)
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup pickle relish
1/2 cup chopped green onions
3 hard - boiled eggs, peeled & chopped
2 cups mayonnaise (maybe more)personally, I prefer Salad Dressing
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
Tabasco sauce, to taste

Crush the saltine crackers in a large bowl.

Add the remaining ingredients & stir to combine. Add more mayo if needed until the ingredients are well coated & hold together. Chill for an hour before serving. You may need to add more mayo again before serving if the salad appears dry.

Makes 6 serving.

Chocolate Cupcakes

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups cold water
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 recipe Cream Cheese Filling
12 fluted muffin cups

Preheat oven to 325 F.

Insert the muffin cups in a muffin tin & set aside.

Combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, & salt in a mixing bowl.

Combine the water, oil, vinegar, & vanilla in a pitcher. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients & whip with an electric mixer on medium for 3 minutes.

Pour the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Top each cupcake with 1-2 tablespoons of the cream cheese filling.

Bake for 28 minutes. Cool before serving.

Makes 12 cupcakes.

Chicken Curry

1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 tablespoon butter
1/2 large onion, peeled & thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro or 1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon curry powder
2 Roman tomatoes, chopped
1 small green chile pepper, such as jalapeno, seeded & thinly sliced
1/4 cup water
1 poached chicken breast half, cut into 1-inch cubes

Melt the oil & butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions & cook until very soft & golden, stirring often, about 30 minutes.

Add the garlic & salt for another 2 minutes. Add the cilantro or coriander, curry powder, tomatoes, chile, & water & stir to combine. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cooked chicken & simmer for another 10 minutes.

Serve over rice.

Pound Cake

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 325 F.

Generously butter a 5-inch x 9-inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, & vanilla with an electric mixer, until light & fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing to combine after each addition. Add the flour, baking powder, & salt & mix in on low speed until just combined.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for about an hour & give it a check. The top should be golden & a skewer or butter knife stuck in the middle should come out clean.

Cool in the pan on a rack for 10-15 minutes. Run a knife or flat spatula around the outside of the cake & turn it out onto the rack to cool completely.

My Kid's Moms Mac & Cheese

Experiment with different types of cheese to suit your family's taste.

1 cup grated mild cheddar cheese
1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
3/4 cup warm milk
1 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoon melted butter
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 pound large elbow macaroni, cooked
salt & pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 325 F. Butter a casserole dish.
Blend cheese, milk, flour, butter, & garlic in a blender or food processor. In a bowl, mix the sauce with the macaroni to coat completely. Turn the mixture into the prepared dish & bake for 45 minutes.

Makes 6 servings.

Colorful Birthday Party

Red M & M's have been back in the bag for years, & a few drops of coloring in birthday party & holiday treats will have no negative effects.

Everyday foods become party-special with a drop or two of your child (children) favorite food coloring.

These ideas for food & activities are bursting with beautiful colors, & will make an easy, festive, & inexpensive birthday celebration for a young child.

Your mama was right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

A healthy & hearty breakfast will make you more alert & productive, fill you up so you'll be less likely to spend money on midday snacks,& if done right can be a yummy pleasure & calming morning meditation rather than a rushed chore.

Tell me what you eat, & I will tell you what you are. ... Anthelme Brillat-Savarian

Spray fruits & vegetables with a mixture of 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon white vinegar, & 2 tablespoons baking soda, then rinse with water to remove dirt & chemicals.

The History of The Blue Plate Special

"Blue plate specials" were common on American diner menus beginning in the 1920's. The specials consisted of a meat & three vegetables for as little as two bits (25 cents).

A Hawaiian variation is called the "plate lunch": two scoops of rice, a scoop of macaroni salad & a serving of Japanese - inspired meat such as panko-curshed chicken or teriyaki beef. The plate lunch evolved when locals, immigrants, & servicemen worked together during WWII & shared their food at lunch. has discounted gift certificates for local, nonchain restaurants. There are often restrictions. You can save serious dough & may find a new favorite spot.

Go for lunch instead of dinner. Your favorite spots have the same great food at lunch, usually at a lower price.

Cents-Able Solutions: Meal Planning 101

You can avoid both overshopping & undershopping by setting aside a few minutes over the weekend to plan out your meals for the week. And when you buy what you need for the week, you'll save time & money on midweek trips to the store!

Organizing is what you do before you do something so that when you do it it is not all mixed up. ... Winnie the Pooh

Brunch has a rich history in Chinese American & Jewish American cultures. Chinese families can be found crowding dim sum houses on Sunday mornings, choosing delectable dumplings from roving charts. And in brownstones & rest homes from Brooklyn to Florida bubbes & zaydies consider no Sunday complete without bagels & the New York Times.

Brunch is an economical way to entertain at home.

Cents-Able Solutions: Be A Hipper Clipper

A few tips for making the most of coupons, sales, & specials.

Keep coupons in your wallet. Keep the good ones in your wallet without keeping up too much space, & you'll never leave them at home.

Bigger isn't always better. Many items are cheaper in large sizes, but some are not.

Brown - Baggin' It

A well-paid attorney's daily lunch consisted of a brick of ramen noodles fortified by handfuls of saltine crackers swiped from the deli in the lobby.

With a little planning you can reach a happy midday medium: a tasty & appealing lunch that won't break the bank.

Cents-Able Solutions: Food Storage & Safety

Being frugal isn't about being miserly or buying the least expensive products or ingredients, but about getting the best value out of everything you purchase.

Thaw meat in the refrigerator, in the microwave, or under cold running water. Thawing on the counter increases risk of bacteria.

Worth Its Salt

A soak in an Epsom-salt & bath is not only luxurious, but can also improve your health.

Improving heart & circulatory health.

Improve nerve function by regulating electrolytes, & helping to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood.

Reducing stress.

Reducing inflammation.

VIVA Editions sent me a complimentary copy for review.

Lara Starr & Lynette Shirk, are the authors of 'The Frugal Foodie Cookbook: Waste-Not Recipes for the Wise Cook.'

Lara has offered advice on easy, affordable cooking & entertaining on TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, & websites throughout the U.S. & Canada. She lives in Marin County, CA.

Lynette is a classically trained chef, & has authored nine cookbooks. She has cooked at celebrated restaurants. She lives in Seattle, WA.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Vision Dreams: Jacob - Israel ... 10/27/2013 Sunday School Lesson

Sychar . Samaria . Jacob's Well . Living Water - Eternal Life . Genesis/Bereshith . Gospel of John . Issac . Esau . Rebekah . Jacob . Jabbok . Jacob - Israel . Peniel . Padan-aram . Israel . Abraham . Bethel . Canaan . Bethuel . Laban . Beer-sheba . Haran . Luz . Promises . Sunday School Lesson

The Sunday School Lesson is shared from Genesis/Bereshith 21:1a,10-22 (Devotional Reading: John 4:1-15; Background Scripture: Genesis 27:19-29; 28:1-4,10-22; 32:22-30; 35:9-15) for October 27, 2013.

Sychar, a village at the foot of Mount Ebal in Samaria, near Jacob's well; now Iskar.

Samaria (Shomeron) (watch tower) visited by Christ. Capital of the Kingdom of the Ten Tribes. To the east are the ruins of the Church of St. John, with its ancient Hebrew tombs.

Issac, marries Rebecca, blesses his sons, his death.

Esau, son of Issac, sells his birthright, deprived of the blessing, his anger against Jacob, & reconciliation. (His descendants: Genesis 36; I Chronicles 1:35).

Rebekah or Rebecca, history of: Genesis 22; 24:15,67; 27:6,42; 49:31; Romans 9:10

Jacob (he supplants), obtains the blessing, sent to Padan-aram, vision & vow, vision of God's host, prayer, wrestles with an angel, reconciled with Esau, builds an altar.

Jacob's Well, a fountain near Shechem.

Jabbok (pouring out), a river on the east side of the Jordan.

Jacob - Israel (God fights), Jacob so called.

Peniel or Penuel (face of God), a place on the east of Jordan, scene of Jacob's wrestling with an angel.

Bethuel (house of God).

Laban, hospitable. Gave Jacob his two daughters. Envies & oppresses him. (Made a Covenant with him: Genesis 31:43).

Haran (mountainous), Jacob flees to Laban at.

Luz (almond tree), ancient name of Bethel.

Genesis 28 ... Jacob is blessed, & sent to Padan-aram: his vision & God's promise in a dream. The stone at Beth-el. Jacob's vow. ... Issac blesseth Jacob & sendeth him to Padan-aram. Esau marrieth Mahalath, the daughter of Ishamel. The vision of Jacob's ladder.

Genesis 28:1a,10-12

Verse 1 ... The Family; The Institution & Laws of Marriage; Marriages with Gentiles, Objected to

Verses 10,11 ... Civil & Social Life; Manners & Customs; Travelling, Sleeping Out of Doors

Verse 12 ... Mediums & Methods of Revelation; Dreams & Their Interpretations; Jacob's Dream

(Genesis 28:2; 27:41; 11:1-9 ... Reference Scriptures in Sunday School Book)

Verses 13-17

Verses 13,14,15 ... Mediums & Methods of Revelation; Dreams & Their Interpretations; Jacob's Dream

Verse 15 ... The Upright are Blessed & Prospered (Prosperity means different things to different individuals)

Verses 16,17 ... Sacred Places; Altars & Holy Places; Memorial Pillars of Stone, To Mark the Place of a Vision

(Galatians 3:8; Genesis 35:6; Isaiah 6:5)

Verses 18-22

Verse 18 ... Sacred Places; Altars & Holy Places; Memorial Pillars of Stone, To Mark the Place of a Vision

Verse 19 ... Other Nations; The Canaanites; Gentile Names of Places in Canaan

Verses 20,21,22 ... Sacred Rites & Forms; Covenants, Vows, & Oaths; Instances of Vows, by Jacob

Verse 20 ... Food & Clothing Provided for the Lord's Children

Verse 22 ... Sacred Rites & Forms; Taxes For Sacred Purposes; Tithes, Vowed by Jacob.

(Genesis 12:8; 35:1-15; Joshua 16:2; 18:13; Genesis 35:6-7; 25:29-34; 33:18)

Monday - October 21, 2013 - One Greater than Jacob - John 4:1-15

Christ revealeth himself to a woman of Samaria.

Tuesday - October 22, 2013 - The Plot to Gain a Blessing - Genesis 27:1-10

Issac sendeth Esau for vension. Jacob instructed by Rebekah, obtaineth the blessing.

Wednesday - October 23, 2013 - Planning the Deception - Genesis 27:11-17

Rebekah instructeth Jacob to obtain the blessing. Jacob under the person of Esau obtaineth it.

Thursday - October 24, 2013 - A Blessing Gained through Deceit - Genesis 27:18-29

Look under '10/23/2013'

Friday - October 25, 2013 - Jacob Received God's Blessing - Genesis 32:22-30

He sendeth a present to Esau; he wrestleth with an angel at Peniel, & is called Israel.

Saturday - October 26, 2013 - Jacob's Name Changed to Israel - Genesis 35:9-15

God blesseth him there.

Sunday - October 27, 2013 - God's Assurance for Jacob - Genesis 28:1a,10-22

Scripture reference used/taken from: The International Teacher's Handy Bible Encyclopedia/Concordance KJV Precious Promise Bible & KJV Topical Edition Bible

Sunday, October 20, 2013

2013 Preview & 2007: Vision of Jacob's Ladder Sunday School Lesson

2013 Preview of the Sunday School Lesson for October 27, 2013:

Vision Dreams ... Devotional Reading: John 4:1-15; Background Scripture: Genesis/Bereshith: 27:19-29; 28:1-4,10-22; 32:22-30; 35:9-15 & Sunday School Lesson Text: Genesis/Bereshith 28:1a,10-22


Genesis/Bereshith 24: Abraham sendeth his servant to get a wife for his son Issac: he obtaineth Rebekah; Issac meeteth her.

Genesis/Bereshith 25:9 Issac and Ishmael bury Abraham in the cave of Mach-pe-lah

Genesis/Bereshith 25: The sons of Abraham by Keturah: his age and death. The generations of Ishmael. The birth of Esau and Jacob. Esau selleth his birthright.


I have not checked the links as of 2013, that I have shared in this article. But at the time they were accurate and Christian links.

10-14-07 Sunday School Lesson

Background Scripture: Genesis 27:41-28:22, Lesson Scripture: Genesis 28:10-22

10-21-07 Sunday School Lesson --- Story of Love - Jacob & Rachel (Background Scripture: Genesis 29:1-35) Lesson Scripture: Genesis 29:20-35.

Before I go unto the lesson I know that you know what Issac & Ishmael (Abraham's sons) did together.

Genesis 25:9 -- Abraham's sons "Issac" & "Ishmael" buried Abraham in the cave of Machpelah.

Esau(Edom) had three (3) wives ... Genesis 36:1-3.

To be honest I do not know how to tell anyone how to deal with dreams ... I would say it would have to line up with the Word of God-Bible.

Can you pay close attention to a dream-vision? Maybe yes or no. Joel 2:28 & Acts 2:17.

Something that was on my mind -- now I am not saying that it relates to the sunday school lesson but it was on my mind --- -- 8/01 -- A Prophetic Call to Sound the Shofar (Abrabram's Son -- Issac's Descendant) --- Praise Team in Egypt -- Christian Arabs --- Abraham's Son -- Ishmael Descendant) ( -- 3 or 4 years if not longer)the end........ now I will go back to the sunday school lesson.

Genesis 28:10-22

Key Verse -- And, behold, "I" am with thee, & will "keep" thee in all places whither thou goest, & will "bring" thee again into this land: for "I" will not leave thee "until" I have done that which I have spoken to thee of (Genesis 28:15)

Mediums & Methods of Revelations -- Dreams & Their Interpretations -- Jacob's Dreams

"I" -- Genesis 13:14 -- The Hebrews God's Chosen People -- Canaan Promised

"keep" -- Genesis 48:16 -- Angels, God's angels, The Angel of the LORD, OR, of God -- Identified with God

"bring" -- Genesis 35:6 -- Sacred Places -- Altars & Holy Places -- Patriarchal (In Biblical Times -- Father, Ruler, Founder of a Family or tribe) Altars

"I" -- I Kings 8:57 -- Duties to God -- Pleading in Prayer -- By Good Works to Come

"until" -- Numbers 23:19 -- Works of God -- The Purposes of God -- God's Purposes, Eternal & Immutable (unchangedable)

How long is Eternal? Forever ... unlimited TIME ...

Genesis 28:10-22

Verse 10 -- And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, & went toward Haran.

Civil & Social Life -- Travelling -- Sleeping Out of Doors

Beer-sheba -- Jacob comforted there (Genesis 46:1) Haran -- mountainous. Jacob flees there (Genesis 28:10)

Leave/flee/run. Think twice before you trick someone. Jacob had to leave/flee/run away from home for he was afraid of what Esau would do to him since he tricked their father into giving him the birthright/blessing. Mother's love their children and will do all they can to protect them/provide for them.. she learned that Esau had plans to harm her favorite son, so she had him to flee/run. Jacob had to flee/run to save his life.

Issac told Jacob to find him a wife in Haran. Haran -- was the same place where Rebekah came from.

Question -- Food for Thought --- Have you ever wondered why sometime that there will be available females to marry in the same place that a male is in and he will go and get a wife from away from his home and or local area?

Verse 11 -- And he lighted upon a certain place ... & tarried there ... all night ... & he took the stones of that place ... & put them for his pillows ... & lay down in that place to sleep.

Civil & Social Life -- Travelling -- Sleeping Out of Doors

"certain place" ........ stones was his pillow that Jacob laid his head on outside

Verses 12, 13, 14, 15 --- Mediums & Methods of Revelations -- Dreams & Their Interpretations -- Jacob's Dream

And he dreamed ... and behold a ladder set up on the earth ... & the top of it reached to heaven ... & behold the angels of God ascending (came down/coming down) ... & decending on it.

And ... behold ... the LORD stood above it ... & said ... I am the LORD God of Abraham thy Father ... and the God of Issac ... the land whereon thou liest ... to thee will I give it ... & to thy seed.

And thy seed (children, children's children, etc.) shall be as the dust of the eart ... & thou shalt spread abroad ... to the east ... & to the north ... & to the south ... & in thy seed shall ... all ... the families of the earth ... be blessed.

And, behold I am with thee ... & will keep thee in all places whither thou goest ... & will bring thee again into this land ... for I will not leave thee ... until ... I have done ... that which I have ... spoken to thee of.

God's angels, messengers of God, good angels, move at God's command

Can you imagine how Jacob felt? Looking up at the top of a stairway/ladder & see the LORD standing fromn heaven to earth? God spoke to Jacob and told him who HE was .. God made it plain.

Abraham & Issac was promised the land that he was lying on ... had slept on. His family line would be too great to count -- compared to dust on earth.

God spoke & said that they would return to their land -- home.

Food for Thought --This is a personal question. Have you ever had to flee/leave/run away from home? Jesus said a prophet is without honor in his own country.

Jesus Christ --- seed of David, seed of Jacob (Galatians 3:16 -- Prophecies concerning Jesus Christ/Yeshua)

Verses 16,17,18 -- Sacred Places -- Altars & Holy Places -- Memorial Pillars of Stone -- To Mark the Place of a Vision

And Jacob awaked ... out of his sleep ... & he said ... Surely the LORD ... is in this place ... & I knew it not.

And he was afraid ... and said ... How dreadful is this place? ... this is none other than the House of God ... & this is the gate of heaven.

And Jacob rose up early in the morning ... & took the stone ... that he had put for his pillows ... & set it up for a pillar ... & poured ... oil ... upon the top of it.

After Jacob woke up he knew he had been in God's presence. He found out that the LORD was where he was -- In this place

Wisdom -- Proverbs 9:10 --- The fear of the LORD, is the beginning of Wisdom.

Jacob recognized where he was -- it was the house of the LORD.

Jacob dedicated the place he slept at ... for holy purposes ... holy ground. Jacob poured "oil" on the ground as to anoint it.

holy anointing oil -- Exodus 30:31 -- Sacred Rites & Forms -- Inauguration of the Hebrew Sacrifical System -- The Holy Anointing Oil

Joel 2:28 -- The Pentecostal Beginning, Promised

Acts 2:17 -- The Pentecostal Beginning, Realized

Acts 2:17 -- It shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh: & your sons & your daughters shall prophesy, & your young men shall see visions, & your old men shall dream dreams:

Genesis 28:10-22

Verse 19 -- he called the name of that place Beth-el: but the name of the city was called Luz at first.

Other Nations -- The Canaanites -- Gentile Names of Places in Canaan

Bethel -- house of God (Genesis 28:19 -- Jacob's vision there; II Kings 2:2, 3 -- prophet's dwell there)

Luz -- almond tree, ancient name of Bethel

As you noticed there was no worship house/church/temple where Jacob slept -- where Jacob dreamed for he was outside on the ground.

Verses 20, 21, 22 -- Sacred Rites & Forms -- VOWS -- Instances of Vows by Jacob

And Jacob vowed a vow ... saying, If God will be with me ... & keep me ... in the way that I go ... & will give me bread to eat ... & raiment to put on,

So that I come again ... to my father's house in peace ... there shall the LORD be my God.

And the stone ... which I have set for a pillar ... shall be God's house ... & of all that thou shalt give me ... I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

VOW -- promise. Be careful what you promise the LORD, this is serious business.

Question -- Food for Thought --- What did Jacob promise the LORD?

Jacob did not ask the LORD for riches, fame, nor fortune ... he asked God for bread (food to eat) & raiment (clothing to wear). Jacob promised to give God a tithe (10th - 10 percent) back to the LORD.

Jacob was telling the LORD if you keep your arm/hand of protection on me then you will be my God. (Daniel in the Lion's Den knew that God could deliver him -- God would have still been God if HE did not deliver Daniel as well)

Scripture reference taken from:

KJV, Topical Reference Bible, Bible Crusade Publishers, Mt. Juliet, TN

KJV, Precious Promise Bible