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Prove it to me in this way

The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. So the Lord handed them over to the Midianites for seven years.

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God enters in this situation:

Then the angel of the Lord came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer.471649163-1024x1024

Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites.

Gideon the Lord is with you:

The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!”

 Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”

Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!”

 But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!”

The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”

Gideon replied, “If you are truly going to help me, show me a sign to prove that it is really the Lord speaking to me. Don’t go away until I come back and bring my offering to you.”

He answered, “I will stay here until you return.”

God of Peace:

Gideon hurried home. He cooked a young goat, and with a basket of flour he baked some bread without yeast. Then, carrying the meat in a basket and the broth in a pot, he brought them out and presented them to the angel, who was under the great tree.

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The angel of God said to him, “Place the meat and the unleavened bread on this rock, and pour the broth over it.” And Gideon did as he was told. Then the angel of the Lord touched the meat and bread with the tip of the staff in his hand, and fire flamed up from the rock and consumed all he had brought. And the angel of the Lord disappeared.

When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he cried out, “Oh, Sovereign Lord, I’m doomed! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!

 It is all right,” the Lord replied. “Do not be afraid. You will not die.”  And Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and named it Yahweh-Shalom (which means “the Lord is peace”). The altar remains in Ophrah in the land of the clan of Abiezer to this day.

Soon afterward the armies of Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east formed an alliance against Israel and crossed the Jordan, camping in the valley of Jezreel. Then the Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon with power. He blew a ram’s horn as a call to arms, and the men of the clan of Abiezer came to him. He also sent messengers throughout Manasseh, Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, summoning their warriors, and all of them responded.


Then Gideon said to God, “If you are truly going to use me to rescue Israel as you promised,  prove it to me in this way.

First test:

I will put a wool fleece on the threshing floor tonight. If the fleece is wet with dew in the morning but the ground is dry, then I will know that you are going to help me rescue Israel as you promised.”  And that is just what happened. When Gideon got up early the next morning, he squeezed the fleece and wrung out a whole bowlful of water.

Second Test:

Then Gideon said to God, “Please don’t be angry with me, but let me make one more request. Let me use the fleece for one more test. This time let the fleece remain dry while the ground around it is wet with dew.”  So that night God did as Gideon asked. The fleece was dry in the morning, but the ground was covered with dew.

Judges:6:1,11-24,33-40

 

A story to learn humility

Main Characters:

  • Elisha
  • Naaman
  • King Aram
  • king of Israel
  • Gehazi

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Elisha the man of God

 

 

 

 

Naaman was commander of the army of the king of Aram. He was a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded, because through him the Lord had given victory to Aram. 003-elisha-naamanHe was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.


Plot:

 A bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. 


Counsel from a servant girl:

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She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.”


Naaman accepts the advice:

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 Naaman went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said. “By all means, go,” the king of Aram replied. “I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So Naaman left, taking with him ten talents[b] of silver, six thousand shekels[c] of gold and ten sets of clothing. The letter that he took to the king of Israel read: “With this letter I am sending my servant Naaman to you so that you may cure him of his leprosy.”

As soon as the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his robes and said, “Am I God? Can I kill and bring back to life? Why does this fellow send someone to me to be cured of his leprosy? See how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me!”


Another test for Naaman:

When Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his robes, he sent him this message: “Why have you torn your robes? Have the man come to me and he will know that there is a prophet in Israel.” 259af1325ca14a5533fd71ad02572881

So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. 

 Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.”


Naaman got angry:

Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 008-elisha-naaman

Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the watersof Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage.


Counsel of Naaman’s male servants:

Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 009-elisha-naaman.jpg



Humility +Obedience = A Miracle:

So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.

Joseph the interpreter

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Now some time later, the cupbearer (butler) and the baker for the king of Egypt offended their lord, Egypt’s king. Pharaoh ([a]Sesostris II) was extremely angry with his two officials, the chief of the cup bearers and the chief of the bakers. He put them in confinement in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined. 

 Then the cup bearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison, both dreamed a dream in the same night, each man with his [own significant] dream and each dream with its [personal] interpretation.2625ccf2d664f20f4dedf3f807a0b246

When Joseph came to them in the morning and looked at them, [he saw that] they were sad and depressed. So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in confinement with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so down-hearted today?” And they said to him, “We have [each] dreamed [distinct] dreams and there is no one to interpret them.” So Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell me [your dreams].”f26676505ab5d0944341895c1928a4f4

 So the chief cup bearer told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, “In my dream there was a grapevine in front of me; and on the vine were three branches. Then as soon as it budded, its blossoms burst open, and its clusters produced ripe grapes [in rapid succession]. Now Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes and squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup; then I placed the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.” 

Then Joseph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: the three branches represent three days; within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head (present you in public) and restore you to your position; and you will [again] put Pharaoh’s cup into his hand just as [you did] when you were his cup bearer. 005-joseph-baker-cupbearer

Only think of me when it goes well with you, and please show me kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh and get me out of this house. For in fact I was [b]taken (stolen) from the land of the Hebrews by [unlawful] force, and even here I have done nothing for which they should put me in the dungeon.

 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation [of the dream] was good, he said to Joseph, “I also dreamed, and [in my dream] there were three cake baskets on my head; and in the top basket there were some of all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, but the birds [of prey] were eating [these foods] out of the basket on my head.”  Joseph answered, “This is the interpretation of it: the three baskets represent three days; within three more days Pharaoh will [c]lift up your head and will hang you on a tree (gallows, pole), and [you will not so much as be given a burial, but] the birds will eat your flesh.”

Now on the third day, [which was] the Pharaoh’s birthday, he [released the two men from prison and] made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief cup bearer and the head of the chief baker [that is, presented them in public] among his servants.He restored the chief cupbearer to his office, and the cupbearer [once again] put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand; but Pharaoh hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had interpreted [the meaning of the dreams] to them.008-joseph-baker-cupbearer

Yet [even after all that] the chief cup bearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot [all about] him.

 

Cities disappeared from the world map

Archaeologists are busy every day researching the evidences they have found and gather the details regarding those evidences  many facts are revealed through this 

They have found many cities that have disappeared from our modern map and even the people living around these places are unaware of its history

In such a way today we are going to see about 2 cities which has a great impact in our lives even at this century and I believe in the upcoming eras.

Sodom and Gomorrah:

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The exact location of Sodom just like Gomorrah is still debated today. But for sure, it was around the eastern or south-eastern portion of Jerusalem more particularly in the Dead Sea area. Also, one could see it from Mamre, a land close to Hebron. Hebron is situated almost in the middle part of the north and south at the west of the Dead Sea. One of the most popular speculated sites of ancient Sodom is the modern day Bab edh-Dhra.

Gomorrah was a biblical place always associated with Sodom. They are found on the Biblical Timeline between 2000 BC and 1900 BC. The term Gomorrah came from the Greek name for the land that could mean “a heap of manure”. It was a very old city believed by many to be a located on a plain submerged beneath the south portion of the Dead Sea. The term “ugly manure” given to this city was not because of its physical attributes rather because of its inhabitants and how they behaved themselves. Some archaeologists believe Numeira is the location of the biblical Gomorrah. Some house foundations were found in the area along with a winery.

How was the Cities found:

After decades of excavations, researchers believe they have finally found the ruins of the Biblical city of Sodom.

Experts investigating the region of Tall el-Hammam in Jordan believe the remains of a ‘monstrous’ Bronze Age city match the Biblical description of the city destroyed by God.

Not only would the site have been the largest city in the region, as described in the Bible, it is situated to the east of the River Jordan, dates back to between 3500 and 1540 BC and is thought to have been suddenly abandoned.

Ancient walls up to 32ft (10 metres) high and gates have been uncovered at Tall el-Hammam in Jordan, where some researchers believe the remains of a 'monstrous' Bronze Age city match the Biblical description of Sodom, the city destroyed by God

Destruction:

However, one man is convinced that Sodom and Gomorrah not only existed, but were also destroyed by a terrible natural apocalypse matching the description in the Book of Genesis. Graham Harris is a retired geologist with a passion for solving ancient riddles – and the clues to this one, he says, are in the Bible itself.

Could science prove that Harris’s scenario might have happened? Professor Lynne Frostick, a geologist from Hull University in England, and Jonathan Tubb from the British Museum, decided to investigate just that.

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Tubb believes the early Bronze Age is the only time that towns matching the description of Sodom and Gomorrah could have existed.

Bible Proof:

God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with brimstone and fire because of its sins

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Genesis:19:23 The sun had risen over the earth when Lot came to Zoar. 24 Then the Lord rained down brimstone (flaming sulfur) and fire on Sodom and on Gomorrah from the Lord out of heaven, 25 and He overthrew (demolished, ended) those cities, and the entire valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and whatever grew on the ground.

Conclusion:

  • GOD HATES SINS 
  • BEWARE MY FRIEND TAKE OUT YOUR LEGS FROM THE PLACE THAT GOD HATES
  • LOOK UNTO HIM WHO IS THE LIFE AND SEEK HIS FORGIVENESS
  • GOD BLESS YOU

First fight

The first recorded fight in the Bible was between two brothers; which led to one kill the other

After leaving garden of Eden; Adam and Eve had two sons, namely Cain and Abel;surely Adam and Eve should have shared their past with their children because not only  Adam and Eve but the whole humankind cannot enter that garden anymore.

Cain became specialist in gardening and agriculture techniques; but Abel the youngest became a shepherd; so, in a new world where the life was just starting in it; sin entered the 2 children of Adam and Eve also.

This is how it happened:

First Fight

 

Both one day decided to offer sacrifice to God.

So, Cain brought some fruits and vegetables to offer as a sacrifice 

Abel brought one sheep from his herd.

God gave an explicit reply for their offerings; yes, the Bible says God accepted Abel’s offering but God rejected Cain’s offering.

So, Cain was jealous about Abel,He waited to have a nice time to kill his brother 

He did it one day and tried to hide it from God; but God saw it He cursed him and punished him.

Cause for the Fight:

Genesis:4:4,5

The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected.

Why did God reject Cain and his offering(gift):

  • “By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did.”  Hebrews 11:4
  •  By anger, jealousy, and pride.

   John wrote, “Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous” (1 John 3:12)