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Easter Series 2 - Quiet

It was quiet that Saturday because it was the Sabbath. Jews went to their Synagogues, read the Old Testament, and listened to explanations of it by their leaders. "They rested as required by the law." (Luke 23:56) But, the soldiers went to Jesus' tomb and sealed it with wax between the large stone and the entrance outer edges. Then they posted a guard to protect it. Jesus had died on Friday, buried before 6pm when the Sabbath day actually began. The eleven disciples were scattered, hurt deeply by Jesus' death and also the betrayal and death of Judas Iscariot, their fellow disciple. Other followers, like Mary Magdalene, Nicodemus, Mary and Martha were stunned, disappointed and traumatized by Friday's events. Jesus' family was at a loss for words. They never would have thought this could happen to their oldest brother, but their mother, Mary, might have wondered again as she did when the shepherds came to the manger. Perhaps God designed it this way that the day …

Easter Series 1 - Blood

There is a saying that "your life is in your blood." Is this correct? Three Scriptural references may seem to give credence to this idea. "But you must never eat any meat that still has the life-blood in it."(Genesis 9:4 said by God to Noah) "For the life of the body is in the blood." (Leviticus 17:11 said by God to Moses) And, "Never eat the blood, for the blood is the life, and you must not eat the lifeblood with the meat." (Deuteronomy 12:23, said by Moses to the people of Israel just before he died.) These quotes come from Old Testament passages that deal with the rules of sacrificing. Some take this to mean that life resides IN the blood and could remain there when an animal was killed, so, better drain it out so it doesn't remain in there. That would lead us away from God's real meaning about the importance of blood. The correct translation of the Leviticus passage above is "the life of the flesh is the blood." Blood is th…

History

History, when reviewed impartially and with no ulterior motives to "re-explain its facts" or "adjust its true meaning," tells the truth about past events. History is the account of what has happened in the life of a person, people, country, or the world. It is a linear account of recorded events. Moses at the end of the wilderness journey of Israel retold the saga of the newly created nation to those who were now its descendants. He re-emphasized the part God had played in their birth, growth and development including the Ten Commandments given by God, and the Promise Land which they were about to go into. He even prophesied about their future captivity. Here's the way he began: "Now search all of history, from the time God created people on the earth until now, and search from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything as great as this ever been seen or heard before? Has any nation ever heard the voice of God speaking from fire—as you did—and survived? …