35 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” 36 Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. 37 And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.
39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind [f]of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.
Good Morning. I believe it is correct to say that we all wonder what kind of body we will have when we are resurrected. Here in our text we see that the body that God will give us will be pleasing to Him! Analyzing verses 36&37 we see that first one must die to be made alive eternally. Looking at bare grain and comparing it to the resurrected body we find that the seed died that was planted (sown)and changed to a different body when fully mature. So our bodies in the resurrection will take on a whole new look as Jesus did on the MT. of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1&2). A grain of corn does not look the same as when the seed is planted and when a corn stalk sprouts from it. Another example is found in verse 39 which gives us another idea of our bodily traits in the resurrection. Here we find that different bodies are made different to be able to adapt to the environment in which they live in. A bird does not do very well living in the environment of the fish and vice versa! The flesh of men cannot survive in either environment. So our resurrected bodies will be adapted to heaven and made for that environment! Tomorrow we will continue to share more about what our bodies will be like in heaven. Stay tuned. Love in Christ, Terry June 20, 2021
16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! 18 Then also those who have [c]fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have [d]fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. Good Morning. Here in our text for today the bible makes it very clear that Jesus Christ holds the keys to life everlasting(Revelation 1:18)! In Adam (that is implying the flesh) all die! So here we are seeing that believers in Christ never see death but a transition from this world into the presence of Jesus Himself by whom came the resurrection. If Jesus isn’t resurrected then our faith is in vain and we would still be in our sins! But Christ has risen and so will all believers in Christ be risen! Vers 19 says it all and that is:”19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.” But there is a much better world coming for the believer PTL! Notice the order of the resurrection Christ,the firstfruits and then those who are in Christ at His coming then Christ delivers the Kingdom to God the Father and Christ puts down all authority and power! The last and final enemy of man will be destroyed by Christ and that enemy is death!PTL!Love in Christ, Terry June 19, 2021
18 So Moses went and returned to Jethro his father-in-law, and said to him, “Please let me go and return to my brethren who are in Egypt, and see whether they are still alive.”
And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.”19 Now the Lord said to Moses in Midian, “Go, return to Egypt; for all the men who sought your life are dead.” 20 Then Moses took his wife and his sons and set them on a donkey, and he returned to the land of Egypt. And Moses took the rod of God in his hand. Good Morning. After much convincing, prompting and pleading Moses obeys God and is leaving for Egypt to gain his people’s freedom. From different biblical sources Moses was probably around eighty years old when he led the Jews out of Egypt! (Never too old to serve God) So we see in our text that Moses shows respect for his father-in-law as he asks Jethro for permission to leave Midian! Jethro’s reply was “Go in peace”! Moses packs up the family and heads off for Egypt to free his kinfolk who are in bondage and he has all the authority of Almighty God with him. Finally we see here Moses had the rod of God in his hand which would be used to perform the miracles in the presence of Pharaoh by the power of God. You and I as Christians have the power of God in us in the form of the Holy Spirit. We may not perform the same miracles Moses performed but we certainly can be used by God to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and witness God perform a miracle of the new birth and a changed life. Love in Christ, Terry June 18, 2021
9 And it shall be, if they do not believe even these two signs, or listen to your voice, that you shall take water from [a]the river and pour it on the dry land. The water which you take from the river will become blood on the dry land.”
10 Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and [b]slow of tongue.”
11 So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”
13 But he said, “O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.”14 So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and He said: “Is not Aaron the Levite your brother? I know that he can speak well. And look, he is also coming out to meet you. When he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15 Now you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth. And I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and I will teach you what you shall do. Good Morning. As we continue our story on Moses’ we see Moses is given one more presentation of God’s almighty power as God turns water into blood. We see one more excuse from Moses for not wanting to lead the Jews out of Egypt, Moses claims he cannot speak eloquently! The anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses but we see that God is also patient and forgiving as God chooses Moses’ brother Aaron to do the speaking! Now why is this brief story important for us to know? I see here one of the greatest figures in all of biblical history having the same problems about being bold for God as you and I do. We might be asked to do something for Jesus that is out of our comfort zone and our answer may be something like Moses answer: WHO ME!! The fact is that God is still using ordinary people to do extraordinary things for Him. That way He gets the glory! Our problem is similar to Moses’ problem in that we do not believe that God is able to use US for things that take us out of our comfort zone. How many opportunities have we passed by? Some keys to remember: God calls ordinary people, God asks us to do things beyond our abilities, God promises to be with us, God never fails! With all the difficulties and problems God led the Jews out of Egypt (Exodus 4:19,20) and He used an unwilling person to do it His name was Moses! Praise God!Love in Christ, Terry June 17, 2021
Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’ ”
2 So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”
He said, “A rod.”
3 And He said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. 4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail” (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand), 5 “that they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”6 Furthermore the Lord said to him, “Now put your hand in your bosom.” And he put his hand in his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, like snow. 7 And He said, “Put your hand in your bosom again.” So he put his hand in his bosom again, and drew it out of his bosom, and behold, it was restored like his other flesh. Good Morning. Moses is still worried about the Hebrews believing him so God shows him two miracles here in our story. The first one was God had Moses lay his rod down and it became a serpent and when Moses picked it up by the tail it became a rod again. By this time you woud have thought Moses would believe that it was God’s power that would convince Pharaoh to free the Jews but Moses still had doubts. God did another miracle in which He made Moses’ hand leprose and then restored it again showing Moses the He can do anything. What was Moses’ response to God? Well in tomorrow’s devotion we will find out if Moses is convinced of God’s power and will go to Pharaoh . God bless.Love in Christ, Terry June 16, 2021
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
12 So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”
13 Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ Good Morning. Most likely you and I would have the same response to God as Moses, here in our verses Moses replies to God saying,”Who am I,” that I should go to Pharaoh? An interesting correlation between verse 11 and verse 14, God says I AM WHO I AM Moses says WHO AM I!! The greatest lesson to learn from these verses is the fact that no matter how inept Moses felt about his ability to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt God tells Moses, “Certainly I will be with you”….! Probably the most comforting words one could ever hear! Moses also feared that the people would want to know who sent him and God replies by saying tell them I AM sent you. Jesus makes seven statements saying I AM! See Below. God bless.Love in Christ, Terry June 15, 2021 See blog: walkingwithjesusbyhisword.wordpress.com The seven are:
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. …
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. …
“I am the door. …
“I am the good shepherd. …
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. …
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life
Exodus 37 And the Lord said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their [a]sorrows. 8 So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. 9 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
Good Morning. As we continue with Moses’ burning bush encounter with God we see here that God has a plan for Moses. God discusses His plan to deliver the Hebrews out of bondage in Egypt, He has seen their oppression and wants to deliver them out of the hand of Pharaoh. He told Moses that he would deliver them to a land flowing with milk and honey and Moses would lead them out to the land of Canaan! In a similar way when Jesus saved our soul He had a plan for our lives, are we living out His plan? Tomorrow we will see how Moses responds to God’s plan.
Final Admonition 4 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace, and all the arrogant (proud, self-righteous, haughty), and every evildoer shall be stubble; and the day that is coming shall set them on fire,” says the Lord of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But for you who fear My name [with awe-filled reverence] the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go forward and leap [joyfully] like calves [released] from the stall. 3 You will trample the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this,” says the Lord of hosts. Good Morning. As we continue to see the fate of those who fear or give reverence to the Lord (and their deeds are written in the Book of Remembrance), they/we will be His (God’s) when God makes up His jewels and God will spare them. Notice what happens, in our text for today, to those who fear the Lord in the Day of judgment: you will trample the wicked and the wicked will be ashes under the soles of their feet! Sometimes it may seem that the unrighteous and wicked are getting away with their sin but God will see to it that they will be punished if not in this life then they will stand in judgment in the next life and receive their reward! All who trust Jesus and serve Him will be used by God to judge the wicked, (1Corinthians 6:2)* so all who are Christians need to stay the course: 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Galatians 6:9)Love in Christ, Terry June 13, 2021 See blog: walkingwithjesusbyhisword.wordpress.com * 2 [b]Do you not know that the saints (God’s people) will [one day] judge the world? (1Corinthians 6:2)
3 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”And Moses said, “Here I am.”
Good Morning. God certainly has different ways of calling people for His purposes and so He used a burning bush to get Moses’ attention! Maybe you and I didn’t have such a graphic experience when God came to us but there was no mistaking the fact that Jesus came knocking on our heart’s door and a totally changed life was the result and proof that something very special happened. The miracle here ofcourse is that the bush was on fire but was not consumed, a miracle indeed! As God saw Moses coming to the bush God spoke and Moses listened and replied “Here I am”. As our story unfolds in the days to come we will see God’s mission for Moses and Moses reaction to the calling God had for him! Stay tuned.Love in Christ, Terry June 12, 2021
16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, And the Lord listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the Lord And who [e]meditate on His name.
17 “They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels.[f] And I will spare them As a man spares his own son who serves him.” 18 Then you shall again discern Between the righteous and the wicked, Between one who serves God And one who does not serve Him. Good Morning. God’s word is telling us here that God is always observing His people and hearing them when they are speaking and honoring Him and thinking about Him. Verse 16 is telling us that the Lord listens and hears them. God remembers all the things we do that bring glory to Him and our Lord Jesus and God puts those things in His Book of Remembrance! Jesus says in Matthew 10:42 that whoever gives a cup of water in My name shall be rewarded. Our service for the Lord should never be taken lightly and we should remain steadfast and unmovable always abounding in the work of the Lord (1Corinthians 15:58)! Tomorrow we will see how our service to our Lord is rewarded. God bless.Love in Christ, Terry June 11, 2021