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Monday, June 12, 2017

Sunday - Gideon's Call - Judges 6:11-18 - 6/11/17

Gideon - A farmer - To deliver Israel from Midian

Midian, Midianites ... Person & clan name meaning "strife." Midian was the son of Abraham by his concubine Keturah (Genesis 25:2). Abraham sent him & his brothers away to the east, leading to the association of the Midianites with the "children of the east" (Judges 6:3). When Moses fled from Pharoh, he went east to Midian (Exodus 2:15). Here he met Jethro, the priest of Midian, & married his daughter.

It is also possible that as a special messenger from God, the angel had authority to speak for God. God sent a special messenger to deliver an important message to Gideon.

Threshing was the process of separating the grains of wheat from the useless outer shell called chaff. This was normally done in a large area, often on a hill, when the wind could blow away the lighter chaff when the farmer tossed the beaten wheat into the air. If Gideon had done this, however, he would have been an easy target for the bands of raiders who were overrunning the land. Therefore, he was forced to thresh his wheat in a winepress, a pit that was probably hidden from view & that would not be suspected as a place to find a farmer's crop.

Gideon questioned God about the problems he & his nation faced & God's apparent lack of help. What he didn't acknowledge was the fact that the people had brought calamity upon themselves when they decided to disobey & neglect God. How easy it is to overlook personal accountability & blame our problems on God & others.

Gideon had heard about the great miracles God had done for his people, but he hadn't seen any. It had been almost 250 years since the ten plagues & the parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 7-14), & 200 years had passed since the last great miracle, the parting of the Jordan River (Joshua 3). But it was the people who had given up on God. They knew what God expected of them. They had his laws, but they chose not to obey them. God's blessings, as Moses & Joshua had foretold, came only when the people were obedient.

"Surely I will be with thee," God told Gideon, & God promised to give him the strength he needed to overcome the opposition. In spite of this clear promise for strength, Gideon made excuses. He failed to see how God could work through him.

Like Gideon, we are called to serve God in specific ways. Don't spend time making excuses. Instead spend it doing what God wants.

Reference summary used from the Life Application KJV Bible, Tyndale Publishers, Wheaton, IL

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sunday - God's Saving Love in Christ - John 3:1-16 - 4/9/2017

Verse 14 (crucifixion) And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so the Son of man be lifted up:


Nicodemus personal name meaning "innocent of blood." John identifies Nicodemus as a Pharisee, "a ruler of the Jews," that is, a member of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish ruling council, & as a "teacher of Israel," that is, an authority on the interpretation of the Hebrew scripture. Nicodemus coming at night suggests his timid & his trek from the darkness of his own sin & ignorance to the light of Jesus. Nicodemus greeted Jesus with a title of respect, "Rabbi" (teacher), recognizing Him as a God sent teacher whose signs bore witness to the presence of God. Jesus replied that Nicodemus could never see the Kingdom of God without being "born again" or "born of water & Spirit." Nicodemus could only marvel at the impossibility of such a thing.


True to his name, Nicodemus defended Christ before his peers who were unaware that one of their number might have believed in him.


The reference to Nicodemus' initial coming at night highlights his later public participation in Jesus' burial. Nicodemus contribution was enough aloes & spices to prepare a King for burial, & so he did. On a deeper level it recognized that in His role as King of the Jews.


The Pharisees were the most devout of Jews. The Kingdom of God is entered, not by moral achievement, but by a transformation wrought by God. Birth into the new order is through water (referring to baptism; & the Spirit). Jesus descended from heaven to bring eternal life, (participation in God's life), through being lifted up on the cross.

Reference summary used from: An Ecumenial Study Bible, The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha RSV & Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Part I - Tuesday - Tending the Altar of Incense - Exodus 30:1-5 - 12/13/16

The altar of incense.

Verse 1 ... AND thou shalt make ... an altar ...

Exodus 40:5 ... (Moses is commanded to set up the tabernacle.) And thou shalt set the altar of gold for the incense before the ark of the testimony, & put the hanging of the door of the tabernacle.


Verse 1 ... to burn incense upon: of shittim wood thou shalt make it.

Revelation 8:3 ... And another angel came & stood at the altar, having a golden censor; & there was given him much incense, that he should (add it to the prayers) offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.


Exodus 30:2 ... A cubit shall be the length thereof, & a cubit the breadth thereof; foursquare shall it be: & two cubits shall be the heights thereof: the horns thereof shall be of the same.


Exodus 30:3 ... And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the (roof) top thereof, & the (walls) sides thereof round about, & the horns thereof; & thou shalt make unto it a crown of gold round about it.


Exodus 30:4 ... And two golden rings shalt thou make it to under the crown of it, by the two (ribs) corners thereof, upon the two sides of it shalt thou make it; & they shall be for places for the staves to bear it withal.


Exodus 30:5 ... And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, & overlay them with gold.

Scripture reference used from The KJV Bible, SouthWestern Co., Nashville, TN

Part III - Aaron & Sons, a Perpetual Priesthood - Exodus 40:19-25 - 12/12/16

Verse 19 ... And he spread abroad the tent over the tabernacle, & put the covering of the tent above upon it; as the LORD commanded Mo'ses.


Verse 20 ... And he took the & put ... the testimony into the ark, set the staves on the ark, & put the mercy seat upon the ark:

Exodus 25:16 ... (The form of the ark.) And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.


Exodus 40:21 ... And he brought the ark into the tabernacle, & ... set up the veil of the covered the ark of the testimony: as the LORD commanded Mo'ses.

Exodus 35:12 ... (The free gifts for the tabernacle.) The ark, & the staves thereof, with the mercy seat, & the veil of the covering;


Exodus 40:22 ... And he put the table in the tent of the congregation, ... upon the side of the tabernacle northward, without the veil.

Exodus 26:35 ... (The veil for the ark.) And thou shalt set the table without the veil, & the candlestick over against the table on the side of the tabernacle toward the south: & thou shalt put the table on the north side.


Exodus 40:23 ... And he set the bread in order upon it before the LORD; as the LORD had commanded Mo'ses.

Exodus 40:4 ... (Moses is commanded to set up the tabernacle.) And thou shalt bring in the table, & set in order (the order thereof) the things that are to be set in order upon it; & thou shalt bring in the candlestick, & light the lamps thereof.


Exodus 40:24 ... And he put the candlestick in the tent of the congregation, over against the table, on the side of the tabernacle southward.


Exodus 40:25 ... And he lighted the lamps before the LORD; as the LORD commanded Mo'ses.

Scripture reference used from The KJV Bible, SouthWestern Co., Nashville, TN

Part II - Aaron & Sons, a Perpetual Priesthood - Exodus 40:13-18 -12/12/16

Verse 13 ...And thou shalt put Aa'ron him; on the holy garments, ...and anoint him, & sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest's office.

Exodus 28:41 ... (The garments for Aa'rons sons)And thou shalt put them upon Aa'ron thy brother, & his sons with him: & shalt anoint them, & (fill their hand) consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office.


Exodus 40:14 ... And thou shalt bring his sons, & clothe them with coats:


Exodus 40:15 ... And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office: for their anointing shall surely be ... an everlasting priesthood throughout their generation.


Exodus 40:16 ... Thus did Mo'ses: according to all that the LORD commanded him, so did he.


Exodus 40:17 ... And it came to pass in the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, that the ... tabernacle was reared up.

Numbers 7:1 ... (The offering of the princes of the dedication of the tabernacle.) AND it came to pass on the day that Mo'ses had fully set up the tabernacle, & had anointed it, & sanctified it, & all the instruments thereof, both the altar & all the vessels thereof, & had anointed them, & sanctified them;


Exodus 40:18 ... And Mo'ses reared up the tabernacle, & fastened his sockets, & set up the boards thereof, & put in the bars thereof, & reared up his pillars.

Scripture reference used from The KJV Bible, SouthWestern Co., Nashville, TN

Part I - Monday - Aaron & Sons, a Perpetual Priesthood - Exodus 40:12 - 12/12/16

Verse 12 ... And thou shalt bring Aa'ron & his sons unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, & wash them with water.

Leviticus 8:1-13 ... (Moses consecrated Aaron & his sons.) AND the LORD spake unto Mo'ses saying,

Take Aa'ron & his sons with him, & the garments, & the anointing oil, & a bullock for the sin offering, & two rams, & a basket of unleavened bread;

And gather thou all the congregation together unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

And Mo'ses did as the LORD commanded him: & the assembly was gathered together unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

And Mo'ses said unto the congregation, This is the thing which the LORD commanded to be done.

And Mo'ses brought Aa'ron & his sons, & washed them with water.

And he put upon him the coat, & girded him with the girdle, & clothed him with the robe, & put the ephod upon him, & he girded him with the curious girdle of the ephod, & bound it unto him there with.

And he put the breastplate upon him: also he put in the breastplate he U'rim & Thum'mim.

And he put the mitre upon his head; also upon the mitre, even upon his forefront, did he put the golden plate, the holy crown; as the LORD commanded Mo'ses.

And Mo'ses took the anointing oil, & anointed the tabernacle & all that was therein, & sanctified them.

And he sprinkled thereof of upon the altar seven times, & anointed the altar & all his vessels, both the laver & his foot, to sanctify them.

And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aa'ron's head, & anointed him, to sanctify him.

And Mo'ses brought Aa'ron's sons, & put coats upon them, & girded them with girdles, & (bound) put bonnets upon them; as the LORD commanded Mo'ses.

Scripture reference used from The KJV Bible, SouthWestern Co., Nashville, TN

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Monday - I Know Their Suffering - 10/24/16 .. Exodus 3:7-10

God Sent Moses to deliver Israel

Exodus 3:7 ... And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in E'gypt, & have heard their cry ...

Exodus 2:23 ... And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of E'gypt died: & the children of Is'ra-el sighed by reason of the bondage, & they cried, & their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.

Exodus 2:24 ... And God heard their groaning, & God remembered his covenant with A'bra-ham, with I'ssac, and with Ja'cob.


Exodus 3:7 ... by reason of their taskmasters; for

Exodus 1:11 ... Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pha'roh treasure cities, Pi'thoin & Ra-am'ses.


Exodus 3:7 ... I know their sorrows;

Exodus 2:25 ... And God looked upon the children of Is'ra-el, & God (knew)had respect for them.


Exodus 3:8 ... And I am come down to

Genesis 11:5, 7, 18, 21 ... And The LORD came down to see the city & the tower, which the children of men builded.

Go to, let us go down, & there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

And Pe'leg lived 30 years, and begat Re'u.

And Re'u lived after he begat Se'rug 207 years, & begat sons & daughters.


Exodus 3:8 ... deliver them out of the hand of the E-gyp'tians, & to bring them up of that land

Exodus 6:6,8 ... Wherefore say unto the children of Is'ra-el, I am the LORD, & I will bring you out from under the burdens of the E-gyp'tians, & I will rid you of their bondage, & I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, & with great judgments:

And I will take you to me for a people, & I will be to you a God: & ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of tthe E-gyp'tians.


Exodus 3:8 ... unto a good land & a large, unto a land

Deuteronomy 1:25 ... And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, & brought unto word again, & said, It is a good land which the LORD our God doth give us.


Exodus 3:8 ... flowing with milk & honey; unto the place of

Exodus 3:17 ... And I haave said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of E'gypt unto the land of the Ca'naan-ites, & the Hit'tites, & the Am'o-rites, & the Hi'vites, & the Jeb'u-sites, unto a land flowing with milk & honey.


Exodus 3:8 ... the Ca'naan-ites, & the Hit'tites, & the Am'o-rites, & the Per'iz-zites, & the Hi'vites, & the Jeb'u-sites.

Genesis 15:18 ... In that same day the LORD made a covenant with A'bram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of E'gypt unto the great river, the river Eu-phra'tes;


Exodus 3:9 ... Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: & I have seen the oppression wherewith the E-gyp'tians oppress them.

Exodus 1: 11,13,14,22 ... Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pha'roh treasure cities, Pi'thom & Ra-am'ses.

And the E-gyp'tians made the children of Is'ra-el to serve with rigour:

And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, & in brick, & in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.

And Pha'raoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, & every daughter ye shall save alive.


Exodus 3:10 ... Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pha'roh, that thou mayest bring my people the children of Is'ra-el out of E'gypt.

Psalm 105:26 ... He sent Mo'ses his servant; & Aa'ron whom he had chosen.


Scripture reference used from the KJV Bible, The SouthWestern Co., Nashville, TN

Monday, May 26, 2014

God-Centered Prayer: Book Review

This is not a new book review - it is probably seven or more years older.

There are many wonderful things we can learn from the Old Testament saints. Theologian Graham Scroggie put it this way: "The New is in the old contained, and the Old is in the New explained!" Elijah, is commended for the way he prayed (James 5:17-18). We all want to pursue God with the passion of David, a man after God's heart, and with faith like Abraham.

God interrupted Moses and the children of Israel at the Red Sea, where they were trapped by Pharaoh and the world's greatest army. They cried out to God about their circumstances. What was God's response? He essentially said, "Folks, this is no time to pray. Moses, raise the rod and split the sea. And Moses did! (Exodus 14:15-16).

When Jesus arrived, HE did things on the Sabbath that the Pharisees couldn't accept. Then came the day when, with HIS disciples, HE lifted the Communion cup and said, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood" (Luke 22:20).

God responds to the prayers of those who love and honor HIM. We don't throw out the Old Testament and its prayers.

We approach God's throne of grace "with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).

I Corinthians 10:13 -- God carefully measures our trials, and HE promises that we won't face more than we can bear. (But we must also keep in mind that when we choose to walk in darkness, we move out from under God's protection).

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Matthew 5:43-45 -- Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.

Jesus was no ordinary teacher. HE was the Prince of Peace. "Mercy triumphs over judgment!" (James 2:13).

The prayers God answers are those prayed in accordance with HIS will. The Holy Spirit "searches all things even the deep things of God," and "knows the thoughts of God."

God has told us to call on HIM and he will show us great and mighty things. (Jeremiah 33:3)

As Moses prayed with his hands raised to heaven, Joshua's army was victorious. Prayer worked! (Exodus 17:8-13)

Sickly King Hezekiah lay on his death bed. He cried out to God in prayer. God gave the king fifteen years. (II Kings 20:5)



The author's daddy, Dr. Robert E. Smith (a pastor) laid at death's door in a Tyler Texas Hospital. The medical team advised the family to make his funeral arrangements. In answer to prayer, God raised him up and gave him four and a half more years.

God has created all things for his pleasure. Everything is about the kingdom.

Jesus Christ is the rightful ruler of a spiritual Kingdom, and on day, all men will bow before HIM (Philippians 2:9-10).

What do we know about any king? He's born into his position. He rules those in his kingdom with absolute authority.

Those who are chosen by the king to serve as his ambassadors do everything to symbolize the kingdom. Scripture calls us "Christ's ambassadors" (II Corinthians 5:20).

The author shares in his book that "New Science Magazine" reported a world values survey that analyzed the levels of happiness in more than sixty-five (65) countries. Of the nations surveyed, the United States ranked sixteen (16) on the list, even though the standard of living in the U.S. far exceeds that of the fifteen (15) happiest nations.

Joshua 6 -- Praise preceded the fall of Jericho walls.

II Chronicles 20:14-21 -- Praise preceded Jehoshaphat's victory.

Mark 6:30-44 -- Praise preceded the feeding of the 5,000

Acts 16:20-34 -- Praise preceded the earthquake and jailbreak in Philippi

"It is said of Leonardo da Vinci, the great artist, that he wold sit practically motionless for days at a time, meditating and getting the inspiration for his masterpieces."

Celebrate the Small Stuff!

We are to celebrate God's smallest responses to our prayers. The psalmist David said, "I will praise God's name in song and glorify HIM with thanksgiving" (Psalm 69:30). Jesus said in John 14:13, "I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father."

In Exodus 15, after crossing the Red Sea and escaping the wrath of Pharaoh and his army, the children of Israel threw a praise party to celebrate God for bringing them safely out of Egypt.

Sometimes, after God has done something wonderful that we are celebrating, the enemy throws discouragment in our path.

The author and his wife had finished teaching at the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, and were headed toward the airport, when they began to witness to the cab driver, who was from Ghana. After a few minutes he prayed to receive Christ as his Lord and Saviour.

When the cab stopped, the driver jumped out, hugged them, and thanked them for sharing Christ's life with him.

At the ticket counter the author's wife was given a boarding pass.

Then the woman looked at the author and told him, "Sir, I'm sorry, but your ticket has been canceled. You don't have a seat on this flight."

He told th woman, "I did't cancel my ticket."

She told him the airline canceled his ticket.

She then told him that he would have to buy another $471 ticket if he planned to fly home on the flight with his wife.

The author was fuming inside as he pulled out his credit card and purchased another $471 ticket. The author said God asked him, "Eddie, why did you sell my praise for $471?" All it took was one setback, one disappointment, to shut down his "praise party" for the salvation of the cab driver. He had allowed the evil one to crash his praise party and rob God of the praise HE was due - for a measly $471.

Let's acknowledge, thank, and celebrate every victory that God sends our way.

The author shares he does not promise to teach you how to get what you want from God. But he do hope that the readers of his book will know how to be heard in heaven.


I believe that Bethany sent me a complimentary copy to review.

Eddie Smith, Author of "How To Be Heard In Heaven. He is also co-founder and president of the U.S. Prayer Center, equips intercessors worldwide through articles, books, and his international teaching ministry.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Unfork Your Tongue ... 2/23/2014 Sunday School Lesson

Sheminith . Psalm/Tehillim 12 . Philistines . Shochoh . Judah . Azekah . Esphesdammin . Saul . men of Israel . Valley of Elah . Goliah of Gath . 6 cubits & span . 5,000 shekels of brass . II Chronicles 15 . Spirit of God . Azariah - son of Oded . Benjamin . great vexations . prophecy of Oded . Mt. Ephraim - renewed altar of Lord - porch of Lord . Ephraim & Manasseh - Simeon . Jerusalem - 3rd month - 15th year offered unto Lord - spoil . Covenant . Be ye strong . Nehemiah 1 . Nehemiah . Hachalial . Chisleu (December) - 20th year - Shushah the palace . Shushan (Esther 1:2; Daniel 8:27) . Wall of Jerusalem . sat down - wept- mourned - fasted - prayed - God of Heaven . day & night - confess - sinned . commandments - Moses . mercy - this man . this man - Persian king . kings cupbearer (Nehemiah 2:1) . Genesis/Bereshith 24 . well . master Abraham . well of water . vigin cometh draw water for camels - woman whom Lord hath out - master's son - Rebekah came - pitcher . daughter of Bethuuel, Nahor's son . Milcah . earring upon face - bracelet upon hands . bowed head - worshipped Lord . right hand or left. Laban & Bethuel . earth . Proverb/Mishle 18. fool. wisdom . talebearer . Lord . strong tower . righteous runneth - safe . James 3 . tongue - little - boasteth great things - fire kindleth . tongue - no man can tamed . same mouth - blessings & cursings . can fig tree bear olive berries - vine fig . no fountain both yield salt water & fresh . Sunday School Lesson . Psalm/Tehillim 12:5 (Victory Over Enemies & Trouble) . Nehemiah 1:5 (The Upright Are Blessed & Prospered) . Nehemiah 1:9 (Pardon for Inquities & Sins) . Proverbs/Mishle 18:10 (Safety from Harm & Danger)

The Sunday School Lesson for 2/23/2014 is shared from James 3:1-12 (Background Scripture: James 3:1-12; Devotional Reading: Proverbs/Mishle 18:2-13)

The Sunday School Lesson for 3/2/2014 is shared from II Samuel 7:4-16 (Devotional Reading: Psalm/Tehillim 98; Background Scripture: II Samuel 7:1-17)

Sheminith ... 8th, & probably refers here to an instrument of strings

Esphesdammin ... coast of Dammim, called Pasdammim (I Chronicles 11:13)

Philistines (wanderers), people of Philistia. In the SW corner of Palestine(Then)/Holy Land(Now)lived the Philistines, who are said to have come from Caphtor; & apparently descendants of Mizraim. (Mizraim: dual - plural name of Egypt) (Caphtor: knob, pomegrante, in Upper Egypt)

Shochoh (I Samuel 17:1)

Judah (praise), son of Jacob, pledges himself for Benjamin, tribe of blessed by Moses, Jews derived from Judah, Israelites first called Judah

Azekah (plowed), a town of Judah

Saul ... troubled by an evil spirit, favors David & seeks to destroy him

Goliath (shining?)

Gath(a wine-press), David flees to, taken by David

6 cubits & span ... about 11 ft & 1/2

Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost, God

Azariah (Jehovah helps) ten others

Oded (strengthening), prophet

Benjamin (son of the right hand), youngest son of Jacob, tribe of apostle Paul

Mt. Ephraim, a mountain; (wood of - one of the oak woods to the SW)

Ephraim & Manasseh blessed by Jacob

Simeon (hearing), son of Jacob

Covenant ... promise, unchangeable, everlasting

Nehemiah (Jehovah comforts), his grief & prayer for Jerusalem

Hachalial (Jehovah saddens)

Chisleu/Kislev (November - December), 9th month

Shushah ... capital of Persia

Commandments ... law, 10 delivered, fulfilled by Christ, end of the commandment is charity - love

Moses (saved from water), an Egyptian name, meets God in Mount Sinai, delivers law to people

Abraham (Abram), sends for a wife for Issac his son, father of a multitude, called by God (children of: Genesis/Bereshith 21:2-3; 25:1-4; I Chronicles 1:32-34)

camels ... In common use among Jews & other nations of Palestine(Then)/Holy Land(Now) was the Arabian or one-humped camel, 'camelus arabicus.'

Rebekah ... Daughter of Bethuel, grand-niece of Abraham, becomes Issac's wife, mother of Esau & Jacob

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Bethuel (house of God) son of Nabor, father of Rebekah

Nahor (snoring), Abram's brother

Milcah (queen), wife of Nahor & mother of Bethueln

Right hand ... right side - act was often the sign of a pledge, right, straight, righteous

Left ... left hand, good name

Laban (white), hospitable, gives Jacob his two daughters, envies & oppresses him, made a covenant with him

earth ... country, ground, land, world, created by God

fool ... character & conduct, folly, depise understanding & wisdom

wisdom ... given by God, obtained in answer to prayer by Solomon, danger of despising, of Joseph, Solomon, Daniel

tongue ... unruly


James 3:1-12 ... Teachers & the tongue (Sins, Social, & Spiritual)

Verses 1-4

Verse 1 ... Man Redeemed; Duties & Graces Of The New Life; Government of the Tongue, Required

Verse 2 ... Man Redeemed; Duties & Graces Of The New Life; Government of the Tongue

Verse 3 ... Civil & Social Life; Manners & Customs; Travelling, Different Modes

Verse 4 ... Industrial Employments & Products; Ships & Navigation; Working Ships, Steering

(James 1:19,26; 4:11-12; 5:12; Psalm/Tehillim 39:1 ... Reference Scriptures in Sunday School Book)


Verses 5-8

Verses 5,6,8 ... Man Redeemed; Duties & Graces Of The New Life; Government of the Tongue

Verse 7 ... External Nature; Man & The Animal Creation; Man's Dominion over Animals



Verses 9-12

Verses 9,10 ... Man Redeemed; Duties & Graces Of The New Life; Government of the Tongue

Verses 11,12 ... External Nature; Water; Wells & Fountains, Figurative

Verse 12 ... Industrial Employments & Products; Tilling The Ground; Fig Trees & Figs

(Revelation 3:16)


Monday - 2/17/2014 - Lying & Flattering Lips - Psalm/Tehillim 12

David's destitute of human comfort, craveth help of God. He comforteth himself with God's judgment on the wicked, & confidence in God's tried promises.... Psalm of Supplication: Expressing trust in god; Didactic (instruct/teach) Psalm: showing the blessing of God's people & the misery of HIS enemies


Tuesday - 2/18/2014 - Words that Imtimidate - I Samuel 17:1-11

The Israelites & Philistines being ready to battle. Goliath challenges a combat;


Wednesday - 2/19/2014 - Words that Lead to Repentance - II Chronicles 15:1-12

Judah makes a solemn covenant with God


Thursday - 2/20/2014 - Words that Lead to Mourning - Nehemiah 1

Nehemiah understanding by hannai the afflicted state of Jerusalem, mourns, fasts, & prays, his prayer


Friday - 2/21/2014 - Words that Lead to Worship - Genesis/Bereshith 24:42-52

Abraham sendeth his servant to get a wife for his son, Issac; he obtaineth Rebekah


Saturday - 2/22/2014 - Words Guided by Wisdom - Proverbs/Mishle 18:2-13

The Proverbs of Solomon ... wise & foolish man, righteous & wicked, sound advice on words & tongue, lazy man/slack work, pverty & wealth


Sunday - 2/23/2014 - Taming the Tongue - James 3:1-12

We must not rashly or arrograntly reprove others: the importance of governing the tongue.


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








Playing Favorites ... 2/9/2014 Sunday School Lesson

Proverbs 28:20; (The Upright Are Blessed & Prospered) . Peter (Simon) . Acts 10:34 (Whosoever Will May Be Saved) . Galilee . God . Jesus Christ . Holy Ghost . Acts 10:35 (The Upright Are Blessed & Prospered) . Moses . Jehoshaphat . Judah . peace . Beersheba . Mt. Ephraim . Love . James 2:5 (The Upright Are Blessed & Prospered) . Deuteronomy 1 . wise men . hear small & great . Deuteronomy 1:9-18 (Exodus 18:13-26) . Jerusalem . take heed . II Chronicles 19 . Psalm/Tehillim 82 . walketh uprightly - saved . perverse - shall fall . Proverbs/Mishle 28 (wicked & righteousi - work & slack - poor & wealthy) . every nation . children of Israel . God anointed Jesus of Nazareth - Holy Ghost . healing . God - raised - Jesus/Yeshua - 3rd day . Jesus/Yeshua - Judge of dead . Love - commandment - fulfilling law . salvation nearer . cast off darkness . armour of light . walk honestly . Sunday School Lesson

The Sunday School Lesson is shared from James 2:1-13 (Background Scripture:James 2:14-26; Devotional Reading: Luke 7:1-10).

Peter (rock, stone), apostle called, sent forth, confessed Jesus/Yeshua to be the Christ, thrice denied Christ, repented, preaches to the Jews, rebuked by apostle Paul, comforts the Church & exhorts to holy living, rebukes Ananias & Sapphirca.

Galilee (ciriuit, district), Christ's work there, also called Sea of Chinnereth - Tiberias - Gennesaret

Jesus Christ (Yeshua) ... Saviour, only way to receive Salvation - Eternal Life (John 3:16)

Holy Ghost (Spirit), Eternal, The Comforter, Teacher, Commissions HIS servants, Sanctifying the Church, God the Father - The SON - The Holy Ghost

Moses (saved from water), an Egyptian name, meets God in Mount Sinai, delivers the law to the people, intercedes for the people, intercedes with Pharaoh for Israel

Jehoshaphat (Jehovah judges), king of Judah

Judah (praise), tribe of blessed by Moses, descendant:s (Genesis/Bereshith 38; 46:12; Numbers 1:26; 26:19; I Chronicles 2-4), Israelites first called Judah

Beer-sheba (well of oath), city & three great wells, with Christian ruins, now called Bir-es-seba. (Abraham dwelt there - Hagar relieved there - Jacob comforted there - Elijah flees to)

Mt Ephraim (double fruitfulness, city 8 miles from Jerusalem, prophecies concerning

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Jerusalem (habitation of peace), Mount Zion applied to the western hill - eastern hill called Mount Moriah


James 2:1-5:6 (Sins, Social, & Spiritual) ... James 2:1-7 (Partiality to the rich) ... James 2:8-13 (The royal law)

James 2:1-4 ... Man Redeemed; Duties & Graces of The New Life; Christian Fellowship, Partially Forbidden

(James 2; 1:2,19; 2:14; 3:1; 5:1 ... Reference Scriptures in Sunday School Book)


Verses 5-9

Verse 5 ... Civil & Social Life; Social Relations & Duties; Poverty, Alleviations of Their Lot

Verses 6,7 ... Civil & Social Life; Social Relations & Duties; Poverty, Liable to Oppression

Verse 8 ... Man Redeemed; Duties & Graces Of The New Life; Love to Man ... (Leviticus 19:18)

Verse 9 ... Man Redeemed; Duties & Graces Of The New Life; Christian Fellowship, Partially Forbidden




Verses 10-13

Verses 10,11 ... Man Redeemed; Justification; And Faith

James 2:11 (Exodus 20:13-14; Deuteronomy 5:17-18)

Verse 12 ... Man Redeemed; Blessedness of The New Life; Christian Liberty

Verse 13 ... Man Redeemed; Duties & Graces Of The New Life; Mercifulness


Monday - February 3, 2014 - Judging Rightly & Impartially - Deuteronomy 1:9-18

The First Attempt - Horeb to Hormah (Deuteronomy 1:6-46) ... Historical Prologue To The Covenant (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:29) ... Horeb (desert) Moses & Elijah ... Hormah (devoted place) between Gaza & Beer-sheba


Tuesday - February 4, 2014 - Judging on the Lord's Behalf - II Chronicles 19:1-7

The reign of Jehoshaphat (II Chronicles 17:1-21:1) ... The Divided Kingdom - The Story of Judah (10:1-36:23)


Wednesday - February 5, 2014 - Giving Justice to the Weak - Psalm/Tehillim 82

Didactic (instruct/teach) Psalm. The impeachment - verdict - A prayer

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Thursday - February 6, 2014 - Showing Partiality Is Not Good - Proverbs/Mishle 28:18-22

Hezekiah's Edition of Solomon's Proverbs (Proverbs 25:1-29:27)


Friday - February 7, 2014 - God Shows No Partiality - Acts 10:34-43

Peter's message to Gentiles ... Gentiles Enter the Kingdom (Acts 10:1-11:18)


Saturday - February 8, 2014 - Put On the Lord Jesus Christ - Romans 13:8-14

Motives for Christian behavioure ... The Gospel in Action (Romans 12:1-15:13)


Sunday - February 9, 2014 - Faith & Favoritism - James 2:1-13


References used/taken from: KJV Precious Promise Bible, KJV Topical Edition Bible, KJV Special Arrangement New Testament, & Zondervan Bible Commentary


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Committed To Action ... 2/2/2014

Jeremiah 7.II Samuel 22 . Deuteronomy 5 . Deuteronomy 4 . Titus 1 . I John 3 . James 1 . Lord - God- Israel . Egypt . Burnt Offerings - Obey - Walk . Jeremiah 7:23 (Upright Are Blessed & Prospered) . Speak . religious vs genuine . Lamp/Candle . 2 Tablets of Stone . Baal-peor (Numbers 25) . Possess the Land . Status - Judgments . Wisdom - Understanding . Hear - Take Heed . Genuine Love . Deed - Truth . Pure Religion . Salvation. Doers - Word . Deuteronomy 4:7 (Love) . Sunday School Lesson

The Sunday School Lesson is shared from James 1:19-27 (Background Scripture: James 1:19-27; Devotional Scripture: I John 3:14-20)for 2/2/2014.

The Sunday School Lesson is shared from James 2:1-13 (Background Scripture: James 2:1-13; Devotional Reading: Romans 13:8-14) for 2-9-2014.


Baal-peor (lord of the opening), mountain in Moab.


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The Book of James 'Deeds Not Words' is the theme.


James is the author of the Epistle/letter of the James & half brother of Jesus Christ. He was the first overseer of the Church at Jerusalem. He had great influence & regarded of Apostolic rank.

This letter is addressed to Christian Jews - Jews outside of Palestine (Then)/Holy Land (Now), in Syria & Egypt. This letter is addressed to suffering & humble communities of Jewish Christian.

James 1:19-27

Verses 19-21 ... The anger of man & the righteousness of God. ... Religion In A Time Of Trial (James 1:2-27)

Verse 19 ... Man Redeemed; Duties & Graces Of The New Life; Government of the Tongue

Verse 20 ... Fallen Man; Sins Against Our Neighbor; Anger, Described

Verse 21 ... Scripture; Advantages Of Scripture; Sanctifying & Saving



Verses 22-24 ... Doers & Hearers

Verse 22 ... Scripture; Duty To Know & Obey Scripture; The Law To Be Obeyed

Verses 23,24 ... Industrial Employments & Products; Furniture, Utensils, & Mechanic Arts; Mirrors

Verse 23 ... The careless man looks at his natural face in a mirror-glances at himself - & he goes away ... The earnest man looks closely into the divine mirror - & he 'lives in its company.' - He is
the man who will receive the blessing.




Verses 25-27

Verse 25 ... Doers & Hearers

Verses 26,27 ... True Religion

Verse 25 ... Man Redeemed; Blessedness Of The Righteousness New Life; Christian Liberty

Verse 25 ... Divine law; enriched by Christ which is perfect. Law of Liberty - which we obey - because we want to - in obeying we find true freedom.

Verse 26 ... Man Redeemed; Duties & Graces Of The New Life; Government of the Tongue
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Verse 26 ... The body which godliness - love of God is the informing soul.

Verse 27 ... The Family; Widows & Orphans; Their Claim to Protection

Verse 27 ... If we know God as Father we shall be concerned about HIS children


Monday - January 27, 2014 - A People Who Will Not Listen - Jeremiah 7:21-28

Fateful reliance on the Temple (Jeremiah 7:1-8:3) ... Prophecies Concerning God's Action At Home & Abroad(Jeremiah 1:1-45:5)


Tuesday - January 28, 2014 - A Lamp to Lighten My Darkness - II Samuel 22:26-31

David's Psalm of Thanksgiving (II Samuel 22:1-51)


Wednesday - January 29, 2014 - The Voice of the Living God - Deuteronomy 5:22-27

God & HIS People (Deuteronomy 5:1-11:32) ... Basic Stipulations of The Covenant (Deuteronomy 4:1-11:32)


Thursday - January 30, 2014 - Neither Add Nor Take Away Anything - Deuteronomy 4:1-10

Moses Appeals to Israel (Deuteronomy 4:1-43)


Friday - January 31, 2014 - Denying God by Actions - Titus 1:10-16

Their Call to check for false teaching (Titus 1:10-16) .... Elders (Titus 1:5-16)


Saturday - February 1, 2014 - Love in Truth & Action - I John 3:14-20

The Children of God (I John 3:1-24)


Sunday - February 2, 2014 - Hearers & Doers of the Word - James 1:19-27


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

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













Tuesday, October 8, 2013

2007 ... Abraham & Hagar Have a Son Ishmael ... Sunday School Lesson

One of my 2007 Writings, that is at a couple other another sites....

What season are we in?...And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows.

GOD has a plan....GOD Is In Total Control.

God keeps HIS promises. God is All Powerful, HE Knows All Things, Sees ALL Things.

9-23-07 Sunday School Lesson: Genesis 21:9-21

Sharing my sunday school notes (Read Genesis 21:9-21)

9-30-07 Lesson (Next Week) "Issac & Rebekah" Genesis 24:34-40, 42-45, 48

Genesis 21:12-13 "God said unto Abraham....also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed."

I want you to keep your mind on this but this was not in my sunday school book for some reason my mind went to this --- Acts 2:8-11, 16, 20, 38, 41, 42 - The Pentecostal Beginning, Realized. What season are we in? Now I have never been to seminary nor theology school but this is my thought.

Genesis 21:9-21

Verses 9, 10, 11, 12, 20, 21 --- OTHER Nations, Offshoots of The Abrahamic Stock, Ishmaelites


(My understanding the Arabs are from Ishmael & Abraham)

And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian (Genesis 16:1) which she had born unto Abraham(Genesis 16:15)

Abraham was a man of faith. Abraham was a father of two sons at this time by two different women and they were all living in the same dwelling place - home.

Was it and is it possible for two women that have had a child by the same man to dwell - live in peace all under the same roof with one man? Abraham was grievous when he had to send his son, Ishmael away.





Verse 14 -- THE FAMILY, Polygamy (more than one wife or husband at the same time) & Concubinage (to dwell or live together) Practised Trouble From It

And Abraham rose up ...... early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: (John 8:35) and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness in Beer-sheba.










Abraham was kind for he prepared water and bread for Hagar and his son before sending them away from his dwelling place. This is how men should care for their child(children) making preparations for them.

Beer-shea .......... Genesis 21:14 Hagar was relieved there, I Kings 19:3 Elijah flees there

Verses 15, 16 -- THE FAMILY, Family Affections, Parent & Children, Love to Children

And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast her child under the shrubs.

And she went, and sat her down over against him.....a good way off, as it were a bowshoot, for she said, Let me not see the death of the child.....And she sat over against him, and lifted up her voice, and wept.

Food for thought -- Was she praying for her child? What mother, what good mother would not have been praying for their child hoping that they would be heard? Was her cry heard?

Verse 17 -- Angels, The Angel of The LORD, OR, OF God, Instances of HIS Appearing

And God heard the voice of the lad; (Exodus 3:7) and the angel of God....called to Hagar....out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not, for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.

God ask Hagar what aileth thee...God called her by name. God told her not to fear for he had heard the lad -- the lad was her son.

Food for thought -- What was Moses? Do you remember what Moses calling was?

Exodus 3:7 --- The Hebrews, ISRAEL in Egypt, God Remembers HIS Covenant

And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows.

Verse 18 -- Angels, The ANGEL Of The LORD, OR, OF God, Utters Predictions

Arise,.....lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation (Genesis 21:13)

him - Ishmael

Verse 19 -- MIRACLES, Supernatural Bodily Gifts, Gifts of Bodily Vision

And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad a drink.

Food for thought --- Pray, Pray seriously, Believe, ACTION "ASK, SEEK, KNOCK"

Genesis 25:12-17

Verses 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 --- Descendants of Ishmael

Verse 16 -- 12 princes according to their nations

Verse 17 -- Other Nations, Ishmaelites, Ishmael lived 137 years

Scripture reference taken from KJV, Topical Bible, Crusade Bible Publishers, Mt. Juliet, TN

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Moses Quilt (Book 1) ... Book Review

Book Review . Quilting . Fiction . Harriet Tubman . Faith . Storytelling . Weddings/Broomstick . Moses . Christian Life . Christian Dating . Christian Marriage . Christian Interracial Dating . Christian Interracial Marriage



I received a complimentary copy of this book from New Hope Publishers.

And so Harriet Tubman, bereft of family, friends, and finances, pressed on, accompanied only by her God and destined to become the Moses of her people.

The apostle Paul also reminds us to press on.

God never forgets His people (Deuteronomy 1:6-8; Luke 5:4-8) 9-1994 preached by one of my former Pastors.

And yet, though this woman who was quickly becoming known as “Moses” was heroic, she did not take foolish chances. She went when and where she believed God directed her, trusting Him to keep her safe until her work for Him was done.

The Holy Spirit directs Christians where to go and He even tells Christians where they are not to go (Acts 13:2; Acts 16:6,7).

A minister friend of Harriet’s named Thomas Wentworth Higginson first introduced her to the audience as “Moses,” alluding to her work of leading the slaves to freedom, much as the biblical Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt.

Because of her complete dependence on God, she didn’t hesitate when asked to expand her public speaking to include the cause of women’s suffrage.

The woman had rescued hundreds of slaves before the war and given three years of her life to serve the Union Army, most likely without any monetary compensation, realized when that the fight to set her people free was far from over.

“If you want to understand this courageous woman,” Mimi said, “then you have to first understand her great faith. There was no compromise when it came to her belief in God. From the earliest age, she was forced into a life that demanded complete trust in God if she were to survive. She understood that, and she practiced it daily. Combine that faith with a deep-seated desire to be free and to see her people free, and you’ll get a glimpse of how one solitary—uneducated and without a dime to her name – accomplished so much for so many.”

Could knowing more about this woman give her the inspiration she needed to become more like her? Mazie certainly hoped so.

“Harriet’s parents set the example, Mimi said. “These were not people who prayed once in the morning and once at night, or just before they ate, though they certainly did that. But they talked to God all day long, and Harriet grew up doing the same. She believed God talked to her. And when she heard from Him, she took His words seriously. The cruelest master in the world couldn’t take that from them. She committed her spirit to God, and she believed He would keep it safe.”

Last night Edward sat in on the part about Harriet’s younger life and what a strong Christian she was. He knew that, but it hadn’t really registered with him what a huge part of her life that was, and how impossible it would have been for her to be the courageous woman she was and accomplish all that she did without that faith. He paused.

He told his Sis, it really started me thinking about my own faith and how easily he took it for granted. And if he could get in on another installment of the Moses quilt story tonight, then he’s going to be there.

And now Edward wanted to come over and spend an evening listening to an old woman’s story. A story that in many ways he probably knew better than Mimi knew. What a fine young man that Edward Clayton was!

Lilly’s brow drew together as she gazed up at Edward. “She stated to Edward, I understand that some of Harriet Tubman’s story is new to Mazie. But you, Edward? Surely you already know it.

Mazie watched Edward pause before nodding True. Most of it anyway. But somehow, hearing Mimi tell it in relation to the quilt from Gee’s Bend … He shook his head and shrugged. He wasn’t sure why it fascinated him to hear it, but it did.

And how would the story ultimately impact Mazie’s relationship with Edward? For as surely as Harriet Tubman had known the master’s death would somehow change her life. Mazie suspected change was in the offing for her as well.

When Miss Susan explained that Harriet wasn’t doing the job correctly, the sister scolded her for punishing the child for something she’d never been taught to do. The sister showed Harriet how to perform some simple household chores to Miss Susan’s specifications, and the situation improved slightly.

“By staying close to God; her relationship with Him was at the center of everything Harriet Tubman ever did or said or believed. It’s the reason she was able to accomplish all that she did in her amazing lifetime.”




Mimi’s smile was weak. The Scriptures promise that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. There is no other way, child. Sadly, we don’t seem to learn or understand that until we’re put in a position where our own strength isn’t enough. That’s when we have to make the choice to turn toward God – or away from Him. Thankfully, Harriet turned toward Him, time and time again, throughout her life, regardless of circumstances or suffering. And God used her mightily because of it.”

Mazie thought, “How many followed in Harriet’s footsteps even now, inspired by her courage and her faith, her selfless life and powerful legacy? Would anyone ever follow
In Mazie’s footsteps, challenged by some honorable deed or sacrificial gift?

Mazie had always thought she had a strong faith and, for the most part, modeled a fairly exemplary Christian lifestyle. But did she? Was it enough to believe in and adhere to the basic tenets of the Christian faith? Or was God calling her to something more? Was He in fact, calling all His people to something more? If so, how many truly responded?

Edward stated, he may have experienced instances of prejudice, in his lifetime, his dad had before him, and Pops told stories that let him know that he didn’t have it easy. But nothing close to Harriet.

Harriet’s life really helps put our own in perspective, doesn’t it? Just about the time I think, I might have something to complain about, all I have to do is think about Harriet and the cruelty she endured. It’s mind-boggling ---------- especially when you think thousands of other people lived in similar conditions – maybe even worse.

Mazie tells Edward that she loves him. What she don’t know is why she resist what her heart longs for – and that’s to say to him, to be his wife. And she has to keep asking him to wait too. She realizes that this isn’t fair, and she worries that she’ll make him wait too long and lose him. But she has to be sure

“Thanks to Old Rit’s tender care of her daughter, Harriet recovered once again.” But then she was sent out as a housekeeper for a different woman, who treated her every bit as badly as Miss Susan. The amazing thing is tat as Harriet got older, she claimed to have no ill feelings toward her former masters.

The old woman shook her head. That slave girl might not have been able to read, but she loved the Holy Scriptures. One of her favorites was Isaiah 16:3. And she was known for praying nearly every waking moment of her life.

It was all part of God’s preparation for the great work He had for her in the future.

Tracy didn’t make a habit of attending any Cburch other than the one in which she’d grown up in and her family still attended. But her parents were out of town enjoying a little “alone time,” as her daddy called it, and Tracy knew Edward was planning to go to Mazie’s Church. He’d make a point of inviting Tracy to join them and at first she had turn them down.

Deep down she had to admit that at least part of what she was feeling on this unusual morning was a desire to see Mazie and Edward together – at a Church where just decades earlier, Edward would have been barred from worshipping.

Tracy wanted to look her best at all times, whether at work or grabbing a burger downtown – but most of all when she went to the house of the Lord. Her parents had taught her and Edward that. It did not matter to her if Mazie and her family did attend a Church that didn’t seem to care if people came in suits or blue jeans. She certainly hoped that Edward would not show up in the later.

Mimi reminded Mazie “Remember, God numbers our days, and only He knows if we will have another time …. Or not.”

Mimi shares another part of the Moses quilt: the patch with the two white bells on it.

The image between the two white bells is a broomstick.

Broomstick ceremonies were practiced by most slaves in those days, though Mimi was a it fuzzy on the origination of the practice, and she imagined Mazie was too. Mimi asked Edward if he could add any details to the custom. It seems the bride and groom would jump over a broomstick to seal their vows one to another. Many people, including Harriet’s parents, thought the girl would never marry. “But then she met John Tubman … and everything changed.”

Harriet was a hard worker, a woman of great faith, and she had a powerful singing voice. John Tubman, a liberated slave who carried his “freedom papers” with him at all times, was also an observant man who didn’t allow Harriet’s qualities to escape his notice.

The two worked side-by-side for a man named John Stewart. Because both groups did nearly the same type of work, however, freed blacks made it a point to have their papers with them wherever they went so as not to be mistaken for slaves.

Soon, however, Harriet could no longer deny the truth of John’s interest in her.

Finally, one day in 1844, in the presence of family and friends, both slave and free, Harriet Ross became Harriet Tubman. It was a simple ceremony, with no mention of “till death do us part” or “what God has joined together let not man put asunder,” since Harriet was still a slave and could be sold or traded away by her master at any time.

John Tubman was a free man who could also read and write.

You see through John was a free man, thanks to a stipulation in his former master’s will, they still had to live in the slave quarters because of Harriet’s status. And sadly, so far as anyone knows for certain, they never had any children. Her entire being still burned with the longing for freedom, but each time she suggested to her husband that they make a run for the North, he discouraged her, even threatening to betray her if she tried it.

Harriet was obviously an all-or-nothing kind of woman with a courageous and selfless heart – the complete opposite of Mazie Hartford, who couldn’t make a simple commitment to marry the finest man she’d ever known.

Edward and Mazie had been out riding and on their way back to Mazie’s there was blinking red and white lights.
There was a stretcher (gurney) by Mimi’s bedroom door. A tall, hefty man wearing a Langsdale Fire Department T-shirt stood beside it.

The fireman turned his attention from what was going on inside the room toward Mazie, the new arrival.

He allowed her the spaced needed to catch a glimpse of what was no doubt another fireman and two paramedics, gathered around Mimi’s bed, poking and prodding and questioning.

Mazie looked up after they had taken Mimi to the hospital and Edward was standing beside her and Lily. He opened his arms and encircled them both and told her ‘Let’s pray right now.’ Then we’ll get in my car and I’ll drive you to the hospital.

Surely Edward was the sort of husband that every Christian woman dreams of finding one day, and here he was, sitting next to her, ready to slip a ring on her finger if she would only say yes.

A door opened – and it was not a doctor or nurse. Tracy stepped through it.

Edward no doubt called or texted her.

Lily smiled at Tracy and told her to “pray,” and know that they appreciated her support.

The doctor came in and spotted them and revealed that Mimi had ‘Congestive heart failure’ ‘COPD.’

Lily has tried to prepare Mazie for the day that Mimi will pass (not now but later in the book). The Bible teaches that when someone we love dies, we grieve but not as those who have no hope.

Dr. Marsh released Mimi to go home.

Mazie retrieved the patchwork covering and held it up for Mimi to see.

The patch with what looks like burst a bird on it.

That patch represents Harriet’s courageous decision to be free, regardless of the cost. Like a bird being let out of a cage, our heroine was about ready to fly.

Harriet had been beaten, whipped, starved, and humiliated more times than she could remember, and her desire for freedom grew with every abuse. Not only did Harriet long to be free herself, but she also wanted to help free as many of her people as possible. Why couldn’t John understand that?

John was a handsome man, and a charming one too. And oh, could he sing! He was quite a catch, that one.

But free or not, there wasn’t much opportunity for freed slaves to make a living except as farmers or field hands, working right alongside the slaves.

To make matters worse, Harriet had come to believe that she and her family had been set free as well, but she had no way to prove it. At one point Harriet managed to pay a lawyer five dollars to find proof of this arrangement. The lawyer did, and Harriet discovered her mother should have been set free years earlier, but a deceptive master refused to honor his agreement.

Harriet’s master, the young heir to the Brodas plantation, died suddenly, and rumors began to fly. The guardian of the estate planned to sell off several slaves. Harriet and two of her brothers were among them. It was a fate Harriet was not willing to accept without a fight.

If Mimi was able to continue her story to the end, Mazie might find the answer to her dilemma. At least, she certainly hoped so.

Lily, “We think we have problems sometimes don’t we? But we don’t even begin to know what a hard life is until we hear about someone like Harriet and all she went through. What a courageous woman.”

Finally, one warm summer evening in 1849, Harriet wrapped a tiny bit of food in a bandanna, knowing it might be all she’d have for some time. Excitement swirled with sadness inside her, as she wrestled with the need to run and the tragedy of leaving loved ones behind. Sadly, she couldn’t even risk telling her parents or other siblings what was about to happen the next morning.

As her final day on the plantation drew to the close, Harriet walked through the slave quarters, singing as she often did.

Harriet knew she was not alone. “Oh, dear Lord,” she prayed, “I ain’t got no friend but you. Come to my help, Lord, for I’m in trouble.

Mazie knew that Harriet was called the Moses of her people and that she was involved with the Underground Railroad, leading slaves to freedom, but that’s about it. Somehow listening to Mimi’s story and following it on her quilt makes it more personal, she suppose.

Was it possible Mimi was telling them this story about the Moses quilt so their family could finally unwrap a story of their own.

As a child Mimi was almost assaulted by a couple of young boys, and a man saw and stopped them. She had wanted to go and pick some fruit and the boys saw her by herself.
The fugitive slave statue, passed by Congress in 1793, allowed owners to recapture their slaves and bring them back to their plantations, punishing them in any way they saw fit.

Harriet had once met a white woman, a quaker named Miss Parsons, while working in the fields. Miss Parsons was touched by Harriet’s story and told her if there was ever anything she could do to help her that she shouldn’t hesitate to ask.

At the next stop she received more food and more information.

The man name was Thomas Garrett, and he was already deeply involved in the Underground Railroad when Harriet appeared in his life. A devout Quaker, he had dedicated his life to rescuing slaves and seeing slavery abolished.

Mazie was haunted by the idea that Harriet was so driven to find freedom that she left her husband behind. She wondered if she would ever experience a passion or longing so deep that she would be willing to risk absolutely everything else to achieve it. She also wondered how much deeper Harriet’s feelings for John had run than her feelings for Edward.

Mazie had been surprised when even Lily decided to join them, but when she heard Mimi was going to tell them about Harriet’s life beyond rescuing slaves on the Underground Railroad she’d quickly voiced her interest.

Mimi “You see that patch with the gold coin, off to the right?”

That coin represents the many expenses involved in supporting Harriet’s treks back and forth to the south, not to mention her own living expenses and caring for her aging parents and others once she’d brought them north.

Harriet had been attending antislavery events for years, but when approached in 1858 to become a speaker, she was stunned. Who would want to listen to an uneducated former slave?

As a result, when urged to join the speaking circuit, she sought God’s guidance and decided it was indeed what He wanted her to do.

Because of her complete dependence on God, she didn’t hesitate when asked to expand her public speaking to include the cause of women’s suffrage.

The next morning Edward and Mazie opted to attend Church with Lily, not wanting her to have to go alone. After checking in on Mimi, whose caregiver was about to turn the still sleeping elderly woman over to Lily’s care. Mazie grabbed her pineapple and cabbage salad from the refrigerator and followed Edward out to his car.

“Mom and Dad will be so glad to see you,” he said, as he opened the door for her and helped her get situated after placing the salad bowl on the floor behind her.
Edward parents have been busy as ever.

His dad is always working, and his Mom is totally involved at Church – except when she’s busy looking for a potential husband for Tracy. Tracy does her best to ignore her, but she knows only too well how happy Mom would be if she’d get married and have kids.

The next installment of the Moses quilt story could wait until Edward brought her home that evening.

Within moments, they were all gathered around the table examining the quilt patch that showed a Union flag, sipping tea, and awaiting the next portion of Mimi’s story.

She agreed to the governor’s request, though it was May of 1862 before the doors opened for her to become actively involved in the service of the Union Army.

Though personally disappointed with President Abraham Lincoln, in that she felt his top priority should be freeing the slaves rather than preventing secession, she committed to doing whatever she could to help the Northern cause.

“God won’t let Master Lincoln beat the South till he does the right thing.” Harriet declared. “Master Lincoln is a great man, and she was a poor Negro(then)/Black/African Americans (now), but this Negro(then)/Black/African Americans(now) can tell Master Lincoln how to save money and young men. He can do it by setting the Negroes(then)/Black/African Americans(now) free.”

Harriet realized after she had gave her life to three years to serve in the Union Army that the fight to set her people free was far from over.

Mimi funeral was on Friday, with a nearly packed house at the Church. Edward set on Mazie’s left, her mother on her right. Each held on of her hands as the service progressed, with Mimi’s favorite songs being sung and a slideshow of Mimi’s life playing across the screen in front. She had answered the call of the angels the moment she saw Jesus, leaving the rest of them behind to miss her and long for the day when they would see her again.

Edward sat on his couch staring in the darkness and praying for Mazie.

With a sigh he pulled himself from the couch and padded barefoot across the room to his desk, where he flipped on the light before sitting down and jostling the mouse to bring his screen to life. He immediately went to the Internet and typed in Harriet Tubman’s name. Clicking on what he imagined would be one of the most reliable sources, he soon found himself immersed in the story of the second Moses.

Not only did his reading confirm much of what Mimi had told them, but it brought back details he hadn’t heard since his schooldays.
Sarah Bradford donated her time to write Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman. The book, was financed by other friends of Harriet Tubman, including William Seward. The book was a success and produced an income that covered not only Harriet’s living expenses but helped to fund her work. Harriet, still struggled financially until the end of her life simply because she was always ready to give away anything she had to help someone else.

In 1897, Harriet received the Diamond Jubilee model from Queen Victoria, in honor of the queen’s sixteen anniversary on the throne.

After a severe bout with pneumonia, on March 10, 1913, at the age of ninety-three, Harriet closed her eyes for the last time and no doubt heard her Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Welcome home at last.”

Over a year later, the city of Auburn honored their beloved Harriet, with a proclamation, issued by the mayor, to fly the flag all over the city as a tribute to the monumental work accomplished by this humble but courageous and faith-filled woman. The next day, flags flew everywhere across a city populated mostly by Whites.

By the time Edward had finished reading tears trickled down his face. “You know that when God made a promise, He meant it,” he whispered. “Of all he could remember and all he learned about Harriet, that’s the greatest thing.”

Booker T. Washington was among the attendees that day, and he said that Harriet had “brought the two races nearer together.”

Edward asks Mazie to marry him again. He tells her that he loves her and don’t want to live without her. It isn’t about their ancestors, about Pops of Mimi, and things that happened to them, or about anyone else. It is about Edward and Mazie. She found out what she went to Gee’s Bend to discover, so now he wants an answer now. Today.

They were not bound by the past; Christ had set them free, even as He had with Harriet and so many others through the centuries.

Yes she told Edward, that she would marry him. And the sooner, the better.

Family and friends gathered together at the Church Mazie and her mother had attended for so many years, the same sanctuary where just months earlier they had held a memorial service for her beloved Mimi. With the pastor from Mazie’s Church as well as the one from Edward’s performing the ceremony together. Behind the two pastors was a large wooden Cross on the wall. Underneath it hung the Moses quilt, reminding them of all they had learned. One patch in particular caught her eye – the one with the dove holding a branch in the beak. A symbol of peace.

The Dove is also an emblem of the Holy Spirit, of peace, purity, and affection.

Kathi Macia, is a Multiple award-winning author, with nearly 35 books including the “Quilt” series, the “Freedom” Series and the “Extreme Devotion” novels for New Hope Publishers. Her devotionals reach hundreds of thousands – through the Christian Civic League, Black Christian News, Latino Christian News, Christians in Recovery, and Crosswalk.com. A popular speaker, Kathi loves outreach to prison and homeless ministries, and praying for and aiding the persecuted Church globally. A wife, mother, and grandmother. She lives is California.