Posted by: wwyeshua | February 12, 2018

THE STORY OF THE TEN LEPERS – Luke 17:11-19

Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem with His disciples.

They were traveling from Galilee to Samaria.

And on the way, He came into a small town.

Luke 17:11

 

There Jesus met ten lepers. Lepers are people who are sick.

Their sickness causes them to get terrible sores all over their bodies.

Luke 17:12

 

Lepers could not be cured.

Doctors could not help the lepers.    

People were afraid to go near them.  

They did not want to get sick too, because it was very contagious.

Luke 17:12

 

The lepers took the opportunity while Jesus was there and asked Him to heal them.

They knew He could perform miracles and make their sores go away.

Luke 17:13

 

Jesus had compassion for them and wanted them to be well, so He told them to go and show themselves to the priests.

Luke 17:14

 

So the lepers obeyed Jesus and on their way to see the priests, all of them were healed.         

Their sores were gone and their skin was normal again.

Luke 17:14

 

One of the lepers was so happy that Jesus had healed them, so He went back and bowed down at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him.                      

(This man was a Samaritan.)

Jesus asked him where the other nine lepers were.

They had not come back?

Jesus told the leper who had thanked Him that his faith had made him well.

Luke 17:17-19

 

God wants us to walk with Him,

keep our eyes on Him,

listen to His voice leading us and

seek to know His will every moment of our life. 

When we walk with the Lord we draw closer to the Lord with all our heart.

He becomes our focus.

Our hearts longs for Him.

Our heart seeks His presence.

Our desire to have fellowship with Christ and be like Him will grow,

 while our desires to do what the world does will decrease. 

The Bible tells us that whoever says that God lives in him must live as Jesus lived.

1 John 2:6

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 Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week. 

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Posted by: wwyeshua | December 1, 2017

MOSES AND THE 10 COMMANDMENTS – Exodus 19 – 20

The Israelites had been traveling in the desert for about 3 months when they finally arrived at Mount Sinai. 

This great mountain rises straight up from the desert. It was near the place where Moses saw the burning bush.

This is where the Israelites camped, right in front of the mountain.

God spoke to Moses from the mountain and told him. “Don’t let the people touch this mountain. This is a holy place. Soon everyone will see me come to the mountain top.”

Remember Moses was already over 80 years old when this was all happening.

So God talked to Moses and told him to tell the Israelites to get ready because He was going to show up and was going to talk to them. 

So when Moses came down the mountain, he told the people to take a bath and to clean all their clothes in preparation of the coming of the Lord.

By obeying, the people were getting prepared to hear important words from God.  It is very important for all of us to show respect to God when He tells us to do something according to what the Bible tells us.

So they all went to sleep and waited.

On the third morning after Moses had talked to God, the Israelites were sleeping when all of a sudden there was a large rumble and thunder over the mountain.  If anyone was still sleeping they woke up startled and suddenly.

Everyone went out of their tents to see what was happening, and the mountain was wrapped in smoke. God had come down on it in a cloud of fire. The whole mountain shook wildly and the people were terrified.

A trumpet began to sound louder and louder.

Then Moses spoke to God and He answered in thunder. The people were so afraid that they thought they would die. “Don’t let God speak to us anymore,” they begged Moses.

Moses then went up and entered the cloud and the thick darkness on the mountain; and God called him to the mountain top.

Moses and God spoke together there on the mountain for forty days. God told him about all the laws Israel should obey.

God also gave Moses two tablets made of stone where God himself had written the Ten Commandments which He had told the Israelites when He showed up on the mountain top.

Let’s take a look and see what the 10 commandments say:

You must not have any other gods except me: The first commandment is to put God first. This means that nothing should be more important than God – a hobby you enjoy, TV or video games, money, even your friends and family should not be more important than God.

You must not make or have any idols or statues: The second command is to worship only God. This is   like the first commandment in that God wants our love, and He doesn’t want us to bow down and worship a statue just because we can’t see Him. In other words   God is the only one that we should pray to and worship.

You are not to take the Lord’s name in vain: The third commandment is broken all the time. God commands us to use His name with respect. Many people use God’s name like a swear word, or say it when they’re upset. God wants us to use His name when we’re talking to Him, or telling others about Him in a nice way. To use His name in these other ways is very disrespectful and hurts God.

Remember to keep the Sabbath as a holy day: The fourth commandment tells us that we are to remember God’s Seventh Day and keep it holy. The Old Testament Sabbath was Saturday; many Christian’s worship on Sunday, the day that Jesus was raised from the dead. Christians love to worship God every day.

Honor your father and your mother: In the fifth commandment God tells us to respect our parents. Sometimes you might think you know what’s best, or you get frustrated because your parents won’t let you do something. Remember your parents were once kids just like you, and they are trying to keep you safe and from making the same mistakes they’ve made.

You must not kill or hurt anyone: The sixth commandment says don’t hurt others. Now imagine for a minute if everyone in the whole world obeyed this rule like God wants us to. We probably wouldn’t have any jails and we would all get along with one another.

You must keep your wedding promises: The seventh commandment is for those who are married. God tells us to be faithful in marriage. He wants us to love our wife or husband only and to treat them with respect.

You must not steal: The eighth commandment is don’t steal. This means that we shouldn’t take something that doesn’t belong to us. And if we do we need to return it and ask for forgiveness.

You must not tell lies: The ninth commandment is don’t lie. It is always better to tell the truth because parents know when you’re lying, and if you get caught, you are going to be in trouble. The most important thing is that we should not lie because the Bible tells us that liars will not go to heaven. Remember, God sees, hears and knows everything that we do.

You must not be envious of others: The tenth and last commandment is don’t be envious of others. This means that we shouldn’t wish to have things that someone else has. I know there is always a new toy or game – there is always something that we want to get.  It’s important to remember that these things aren’t really important because God is the most important of all.

Remember the first commandment says: PUT GOD FIRST!

Next time we will see what happened when Moses came down from the mountain to give the Israelites the Ten Commandments written by the finger of God on the tablets of stone..

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.  

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Posted by: wwyeshua | July 20, 2017

LAZARUS AND THE RICH MAN –Luke 16:19-31

Jesus told a story about a rich man who wore the finest clothes and lived in luxury and only thought about himself.

 

A beggar named Lazarus lay outside the rich man’s gate. Lazarus was hungry and his body was covered with sores. He was hoping that the rich man might have pity on him and that he might be able to satisfy his hunger with the leftovers from his table.

 

But every day the Rich man did not pay attention to Lazarus, he just did not care. He did not have the love of Jesus in him; he was selfish and cared only about himself.

 

The Bible says that one day Lazarus died and went to heaven.

 

 The rich man also died, but he went to hell. In hell, he looked up and saw Lazarus in heaven with Abraham.

 

He asked Abraham to let Lazarus dip his finger in water and come and touch it to his burning tongue, but Abraham said, “No.” Then he reminded the rich man how he had selfishly kept all of the good things that God had given him on earth while Lazarus had nothing.

  

The rich man then asked Abraham to allow Lazarus to come back to earth and warn his five brothers so that they would not end up in that terrible place with him. But again, Abraham said, “No.” The rich man finally understood what he had done, and that now it was too late.

God wants us to understand how dangerous it is when we do not listen and obey Him. We need to listen and obey before it is too late and there is no turning back. Once you are in the place like where the rich man is, there is no way out, even if you ask God for forgiveness.

 

Once someone dies, their decision has been made. If they accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and obeyed Him here on earth, they will go and live with Him in heaven for all eternity.

  

But if someone chooses not to obey God and continue doing things their way, they will go where Satan, the father of lies is also going – to hell for all eternity.

God is a loving God and He gives us many chances, but if you keep telling Him, later Lord, I will listen and obey you later, now I want to have fun and do what I want to do, then you might have a big surprise, because times might run out and you made the wrong decision. Please think about it, it is very dangerous not to obey our Lord and Savior just like what happened in our Bible story today.

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.  

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Posted by: wwyeshua | July 9, 2017

WHAT IS TITHING?

 

The Bible tells us that we are supposed to honor God by giving Him 10% of what we have. We should keep God always first in our mind when we receive something. (Proverbs 3:9)

So, tithing is about giving the first of everything to God.

It is an act of worship just like praying, singing songs to God and reading the Bible.

In the Bible people that loved God gave Him their first 10% of everything.

In Genesis 14 Abraham gave a tenth of everything he had to a priest of God; like we should give to the church.

Since everything we have comes in one way or another from our Heavenly Father. To tithe is just returning what was already His.

God only asks us to give back a little bit, which is 10% of what we earn like from our allowance, from chores that we perform around the house or money that we get as a present. God owns everything. We just give back because we love Him and want to honor Him with our faithfulness.

You may ask: “Why does God need money if He has everything?”

Well the reason is: The church is God’s house and the money we give to the church helps to pay for the building, the electricity and the water bill.

It pays the pastor who is dedicated to the work of God.

It also pays for supplies, ministry, missions and feeding the poor.

So why do we need to pay the pastor? Because the pastor’s job is to lead and teach the people in the church and be there to help them when they call him, because they have a need. Since the pastor works to help others, we need to help him so he can take care of his family, too.

So what is 10%?

If you earn an allowance by doing chores around the house, then you should give part of it to the church.

Let’s say you earn 10 pennies each week, then one penny is your tithing that should go back to God.

If you get $10.00 for your birthday, then you should give $1.00 which is 10% back to God.

The Bible tells us that if we do not give back to God, that we are actually stealing from Him.

That sounds pretty bad . . . don’t you think? (Malachi 3:8)

But the Bible also tells us that God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

So how about if you start learning how to “Save” to be able to “Tithe”, and have the rest of your money to “Spend” on what you would like.

Now that you know about tithing, next time during the worship service, when the offering is being collected, you can give back to God your tithing and thank Him for everything He does for you.

Remember tithing is a sign that we love God and that we love to help others that are in need.

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.  

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Posted by: wwyeshua | June 23, 2017

JESUS FEEDS A MULTITUDE AND DOES MANY MIRACLES

Jesus first fed 5000 people and not too long after that He fed another 4000.

A multitude followed Jesus wherever He went. One day Jesus walked along the Sea of Galilee and then He went up on a mountainside and sat down.

Many people came to Him because of the miracles He had already performed. They brought blind people and those who could not hear and many others that needed to be healed.

And the people were amazed because they saw those who could not speak were speaking. The ones that were sick were made well. Those who were not able to walk were walking. Those who were blind could see. So the people praised God.

I sure would have liked to be there seeing all there miracles happening. Wouldn’t you?

 

People loved listening to Jesus and one time they were there with Him for three days.

Jesus was getting concerned since the people had not eaten, so He called His disciples and asked them if there was anything to eat.

His disciples answered him. “There is nothing here, where can we get enough bread to feed this large crowd?”

Andrew the brother of Simon Peter heard Jesus and told him that there was a boy that was willing to give Him the food he had brought with him. He had a basket with five small loaves of barley and two small fish. He probably had been listening to Jesus so intently that he forgot all about being hungry.

After seeing so many miracles he was probably looking forward to see Jesus perform another one.

Jesus said, “Tell the people to sit down.” This was a very grassy place. There were about five thousand men there, in addition to women and children.

 Then Jesus took the loaves of bread. He thanked God for the bread and gave it to the people who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish. He gave them as much as they wanted.

They all had enough to eat. When they had finished, Jesus said to his followers, “Gather the pieces of fish and bread that were not eaten. Don’t waste anything.”  

So they gathered up the pieces that were left and they filled 12 large baskets full of fish and barley loaves.

Now, after the people had re-gained their strength after eating, they all left to go back home and Jesus went to the mountain to be by Himself.

We have an awesome God and He still performs miracles every day. So trust, obey and believe in Him.

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.  

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Posted by: wwyeshua | March 31, 2017

ABOUT LYING – Proverbs 12:22

 

The Lord hates those who tell lies, but He is pleased with those who do what they promise. (Proverbs 12:22) 

Do you know what it means to tell a lie? A lie is a story that isn’t true.

 

Why do kids lie? Sometimes they tell a lie when they are afraid that they might get in trouble for what they have done, which was not good.

 

Sometimes kids want to make up an unkind story to get others in trouble, when the Bible tells us to: Be kind and loving to each other. Forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ. (Ephesians 4:32) 

The bad thing is that once you start telling lies, you get into a bad habit and start telling more lies, which will harm you and other also.  

Lying damages our relationship with God, because, our goal in life is never to say think or do anything that offends Jesus, our Savior and best friend.

 

God doesn’t want you, or anyone else, to get hurt. So God always wants you to tell the truth.

When you tell the truth to your parents and your friends, it makes you feel good inside and your family and friends will know they can trust you, and believe what you say.

Now let’s talk about a few things:

Have you ever lied to keep from getting into trouble? We all lie in our lifetime, but we need to remember that there is one that knows everything and that is God. We cannot hide anything from Him and we should not lie.

 Have you ever lied and blamed someone else when it was really your fault? How did you feel? Did you end up telling the truth and asking for forgiveness?

 

Have you ever said that you would do something and didn’t do it? Well that is lying also because you did not keep your promise. When we tell someone that we are going to do something we should do it and not just tell them yes, because we want them to quit asking us. 

How do you think Jesus feels when you lie? Well, instead of honoring Him you are obeying Satan, who is the father of lies.

 

Have your parents ever found out that you where lying? What happened? I bet that you got into big trouble and got punished – right?  

Is lying worth the consequences? No, it is much better if we tell the truth even if we have to be punished for disobeying or something we did wrong.

  

Why is it important that we tell the truth to each other? First because God hates lies and second because if we keep lying people are not going to believe us anymore and it will take a very long time for them to trust us again. 

What happens between you and God when you lie? Well lying is a sin and the Bible tells us that if we have sin in our heart that God will not hear our prayers – and that is something we don’t want to happen. We want God to be happy with us always.

 

Do you need to ask God to forgive you for lying? Yes, we all do and if we confess our sins, He will forgive your sins. You can trust God. He does what is right and He will make you clean from all the wrongs you have done.  (1 John 1:9)

 

Do you need to ask someone else to forgive you for lying? Yes, if you have lied to someone else you need to ask them for forgiveness. It might be a hard to do, but when you do, you will feel much better and very relieved.

The Lord promises to be a friend to those who can be trusted. Do you want to be a friend of the Lord? What must you do? You must obey your parents and your teacher and other adults that care for you and love you.

  

Satan is called the “father of lies.” You cannot trust or believe anything that Satan says or does.  Now, God only speaks what is right and true and it is impossible for Him to lie (Hebrews 6:18). So God can be trusted and honest people can be trusted but liars and dishonest people cannot be trusted. 

Remember, the Lord hates those who tell lies, but He is pleased with those who do what they promise, (Proverbs 12:22). We can fool one another but we can never fool God. He always knows when we are telling the truth and when we are lying.  

What do you want to do? Be God’s child or be disobedient and a liar and belong to Satan?

 

God loves you and He sent Jesus to pay the price for our sins on the cross. It is a free gift that you can accept or reject. It is up to you, so please think about it. 

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.  

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Posted by: wwyeshua | February 18, 2017

JESUS AS A BOY – Luke 2:41-52

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Do you know what Jesus was like when He was a boy? Well let’s take a look. 

First we must look in the Bible, and read what the Bible tells us!

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We know that Jesus came to earth from heaven as a baby.

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We know that when he was two years old that He and His parents went to Egypt to live for a while before they moved to a town named Nazareth.

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Then when Jesus was 12 years old the Bible tells us that every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast. God had commanded them to celebrate this feast every year to remember the time when they left Egypt, where they had been slaves for 430 years.

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So that year, they went to the feast as they always did. When the feast days were over, they went home.

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They walked home with a lot of people from their family. So there were aunts and uncles and cousins and friends that walked back home together from the celebration to keep each other company and because the distance between Jerusalem and Nazareth was about 90 miles and they could help each other out.

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This time however, Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.

Now Joseph and Mary had been traveling for an entire day when they began to look for him among their family and friends, but they did not find him.

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So they went back to Jerusalem to look for him there. After looking for three days they found him. Jesus was sitting in the Temple with the religious teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

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Now everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and intelligent answers.

When Jesus’ parents saw him, they were surprised. His mother said to him, “Son, why did you do this to us? Your father and I were very worried about you. We have been looking for you.”

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Jesus was surprised and asked, “Why did you have to look for me? You should have known that I must be where my Father’s work is!” But they did not understand the meaning of what He said.

But now, we understand what He said because we know that even though He was a real human just like you and I, He was also God. He was in the Temple where they studied and learned about God, and where they worshiped God the Father who lives in heaven where Jesus came from.

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Jesus is God’s Son, how do we know this? Because the Bible tells us that before He was born, that the angel Gabriel told Mary, his mother that she would become pregnant and would give birth to a son, and she should name him Jesus. Also that people would call him the Son of the Most High, because He is the Son of God.

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Now after Mary and Joseph found Jesus, He went back to Nazareth with them, where he lived and obeyed them.

Jesus continued to grow physically and learn more and more each day.

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People liked him very much, and he always obeyed God.

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Jesus celebrated birthdays just like you and I.

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Jesus loved to read and listened carefully to what His parents taught Him about the Bible. He probably also asked many questions and searched the Scriptures that were available to Him.  

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That is what every child should do, ask many questions about God and take time to read the Bible every day with their mom and dad to learn more about Jesus.

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Jesus always obeyed His parents; he helped them with chores and learned from Joseph, his earthly father how to become a carpenter.

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The Bible tells us that Jesus never sinned (1 John 3:5).

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Just like oil and water do not mix; sin and holiness do not mix. God hates sin because He is holy. God hates sin because sin separates us from Him.

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Do you remember the story in Genesis 2:17 where Satan deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and they disobeyed God by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? The Bible tells us that God told them that if they ate from that tree, that they would surely die. Well they would not die immediately, but eventually they would die. However if they had not disobeyed nobody would ever have to die.

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So, since that time, we are all born with sin because the Bible tells us that all people have sinned (Romans 3:23).

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Now God loves us so much that He sent Jesus from heaven as a baby and He grew to be our Savior. He died on the cross to pay for our sins so that one day we can live with Him in heaven and spent all eternity with Him.

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 Would you like that? Let’s find out what we need to do first.

  1. Admit – That I am a sinner and cannot attain eternal life by myself. (Romans 3:23)
  2. Believe – in Jesus Christ as God’s only Son who was crucified for my sins. (Romans 5:8)
  3. Confess that God raised Jesus from the grave. Confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of my life (Romans 10:9)
  4. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

When you admit, believe and confess, something will change inside of you, because you love Jesus you will want to obey Him, and you don’t want to do bad things anymore and you don’t want to lie anymore either. 

If you want Jesus to forgive your sins, and you want Him to be in charge of your life, then you need to tell Him. In a moment we are going to pray and talk to Him. 

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Remember though that God knows and sees everything.  

Repeating the words in this prayer will not save you, unless you really want to do what you are praying for. So this is a very important prayer and decision you are making in your life, because you are making a permanent commitment with God. 

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Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that You sent Jesus to be my Savior, and that He died on the cross to take the punishment for my sins.  I know that Jesus rose from the dead and is coming back someday. Please forgive me of all of my sins, and come into my life and change me. Please guide me every day and help me to follow you for the rest of my life.

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Thank you for saving me and taking me to heaven when I die; in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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Now after Moses let the Israelites through the Red Sea he took them to the Desert of Shur. They traveled for three days in the desert but found no water.

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Then they came to Marah, where there was water. But they could not drink it because it was too bitter. That is why the place was named Marah, because in their language it meant bitter.

The people grumbled to Moses. They asked, “What will we drink?”

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So Moses cried out to the Lord and the Lord showed him a tree.

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Moses threw the tree into the water. And the water became good to drink.

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At this place the Lord gave the people a rule and a law to live by, which Moses told them.

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He said, “You must obey the Lord, your God. You must do what the Lord said is right. You must obey all his laws and keep his rules. If you do these things, I will not give you any of the sicknesses I gave the Egyptians. I am the Lord. I am the Lord who heals you.”

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Then the people traveled to Elim and there were 12 springs of water and 70 palm trees.

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So the people camped there near the water.

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Then the whole Israelite community left Elim and came to the Desert of Sin. By this time they had already travelled 75 days since they left Egypt.

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Now once again the Israelites grumbled to Moses and Aaron in the desert. This time they said to them, “It would have been better if the Lord had killed us in the land of Egypt. There we had meat to eat. We had all the food we wanted. But you have brought us into this desert. You will starve us to death here.”

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And Moses prayed and talked to the Lord and God said to Moses, “I will cause food to fall like rain from the sky. This food will be for all of you. Every day the people must go out and gather what they need for that day. On the sixth day of each week, they are to gather twice as much as they gather on other days. Then they are to prepare it.”

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So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites: “This evening you will know that the Lord is the one who brought you out of Egypt. Tomorrow morning you will see the greatness of the Lord. He has heard you grumble against Him. You are not grumbling against us, but against the Lord.” And Moses said, “Each evening the Lord will give you meat to eat. And every morning he will give you all the bread you want. He will do this because he has heard you grumble against him.

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Then Moses said to Aaron, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them, ‘Meet together in front of the Lord because he has heard your grumblings.’”

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So Aaron spoke to the whole community of the Israelites. While he was speaking, they looked toward the desert. There the greatness of the Lord appeared in a cloud.

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The Lord said to Moses,  “I have heard the grumblings of the people of Israel. So tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat. And every morning you will eat all the bread you want. Then you will know I am the Lord, your God.’”

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 That evening, quail came and covered the camp and they ate.

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And in the morning dew lay around the camp. When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost were on the desert ground. When the Israelites saw it, they asked each other, “What is that?” They asked this question because they did not know what it was.

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So Moses told them, “This is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. The Lord has commanded, ‘Each one of you must gather what he needs. Gather about two quarts for every person in your family.”

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So the people of Israel did this. Some people gathered a lot, and some gathered little.

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However, each person gathered just as much as he needed.

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Moses said to them, “Don’t keep any of it to eat the next day.” But some of the people did not listen to Moses. They kept part of it to eat the next morning. But it became full of worms and began to stink. So Moses was angry with these people.

Every morning each person gathered as much food as he needed. But when the sun became hot, it melted away.

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On the sixth day the people gathered twice as much food. They gathered four quarts for every person. So all the leaders of the community came and told this to Moses. Moses said to them, “This is what the Lord commanded. Tomorrow is the Sabbath, the Lord’s holy day of rest. Bake what you want to bake, and boil what you want to boil today. But save the rest of the food until tomorrow morning.”

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So the people saved it until the next morning, as Moses had commanded. And none of it began to stink or have worms in it. But this only happened on the Sabbath, the Lord’s day of rest. So you will not find any out in the field today. You should gather the food for six days. But the seventh day is a Sabbath day. On that day there will not be any food on the ground.”

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On the seventh day some of the people went out to gather food, but they couldn’t find any. Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will all you people refuse to obey my commands and teachings? Look, the Lord has made the Sabbath a day of rest for all of you. So on the sixth day he will give you enough food for two days. But on the Sabbath each of you must stay where you are. Do not leave your house.” So the people rested on the Sabbath.

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Then the whole Israelite community left the Desert of Sin. They traveled from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim. But there was no water there for the people to drink. So they again argued with Moses. They said, “Give us water to drink.”

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But Moses said to them, “Why do you argue with me? Why are you testing the Lord?”

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But the people were very thirsty so they were mad at Moses and said, “Why did you bring us out of Egypt? Was it to kill us, our children and our farm animals with thirst?”

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So Moses cried to the Lord, “What can I do with these people? They are almost ready to kill me with stones.”

The Lord said to Moses, “Go ahead of the people of Israel. And take some of the elders of Israel with you. Carry with you the walking stick that you used to strike the Nile River. Now go!  I will stand in front of you on a rock at Mount Sinai.

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Hit that rock with the stick, and water will come out of it. Then the people can drink.” Moses did these things as the elders of Israel watched.

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And water came out of the rock and all the people could drink.

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Good bye, until next time when we will learn what happened next.

Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.

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Posted by: wwyeshua | December 1, 2016

THE STORY OF DAVID AND GOLIATH – 1 Samuel 17:1-58

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Did you know that the Philistines who lived close to the Israelites were their enemies? Yes, they were and here they go again gathering their armies for war.

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They met at Socoh, which was an area in the state of Judah. Their camp was located at Ephes Dammim between Socoh and Azekah. They sure had interesting names for those areas don’t you think?

King Saul and the Israelites gathered in the Valley of Elah. And they camped there. They got ready and took their positions to fight the Philistines.

The Philistines controlled one hill and the Israelites controlled another. The valley was between them.

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Now, the Philistines had a champion fighter named Goliath. He was from a city called Gath and he was about nine feet four inches tall.

At this time, he came out of the Philistine camp with a bronze helmet on his head. He also wore a coat of scale armor. It was made of bronze and weighed about 125 pounds. Can you imagine carrying an armor that weighed 125 pounds?

That was not all, he wore bronze protectors on his legs, and he had a small spear of bronze tied on his back. The wooden part of his larger spear was like a weaver’s rod, and its blade weighed about 15 pounds.

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He also had an officer who carried his shield and he walked in front of him.

This day, Goliath stood and shouted to the Israelite soldiers, “Why have you taken positions for battle? I am a Philistine, and you are Saul’s servants! Choose a man and send him to fight me. If he can fight and kill me, we will become your servants. But if I defeat and kill him, you will become our servants.”

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Then he proceeded to say: “Today I stand and dare the army of Israel! Send one of your men to fight me!”

Now when Saul and the Israelites heard the Goliath’s words, they were very afraid.

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Now while this was all going on, David who was the son of Jesse and lived in Bethlehem in Judah had 7 brothers and three of the oldest sons followed Saul to the war.

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The oldest son was Eliab then came Abinadab and then Shammah were soldiers in Saul’s army. David was the youngest and he was a shepherd and he also knew how to play the harp really well.

David had also been serving Saul because he had a very bad problem because he disobeyed God and he always was very nervous so David played the harp and that helped him to relax.

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But David went back and forth from helping King Saul to tending his father’s sheep.

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Goliath came out every morning and evening and he stood before the Israelite army and dared them to send someone to fight with him. Can you imagine, this continued for 40 days?

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Now one day towards the end of the 40 days, Jesse said to his son David, “Take this half bushel of cooked grain. And take ten loaves of bread. Take them to your brothers in the camp and also take ten pieces of cheese. Give them to the commander of your brothers’ group of 1,000 soldiers. Check on your brothers and see how they are doing and bring back something to show me they are all right. You know that your brothers are with King Saul and his army in the Valley of Elah and that they are fighting against the Philistines.”

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Early the morning David left the sheep that he was caring for with another shepherd. He took the food and left as his father had told him.

When David arrived at the camp, the army was leaving. They were going out to their usual battle positions. The soldiers were shouting their war cry, you know just like the Indians would do.

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The Israelites and Philistines were lining up their men to face each other in battle.

When David got there he left the food with the man who kept the supplies and then he ran to the battle line to talk to his brothers. While he was talking with them, Goliath came out and that was the first time David got to see him. This time when he shouted things against Israel as he always did David heard it.

He also noticed that when the Israelites saw Goliath, they were very much afraid and ran away.

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They said, “Look at this man Goliath. He keeps coming out and speaking against Israel. The king will give a lot of money to the man who kills Goliath. He will also give his daughter in marriage to whoever kills him. And his father’s family will not have to pay taxes in Israel.”

David asked the men who stood near him to repeat what they had just said and asked: “What will be done to reward the man who kills this Philistine? What will be done for whoever takes away the shame from Israel? Goliath is a Philistine and he does not believe in our God who created us and the entire world. Why does he think he can speak against the armies of the living God?”

The Israelites repeated to David what they had been saying. They said, “This is what will be done for the man who kills Goliath.”

As David was taking to the soldiers his oldest brother Eliab heard him and became angry with David. He asked David, “Why did you come here? Who’s taking care of those few sheep of yours in the desert? I know you are proud. Your attitude is very bad. You came down here just to watch the battle!”

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David was very surprised at this brother’s attitude and asked, “Now what have I done wrong? Can’t I even talk?” Then he turned to other people and asked the same questions. And they gave him the same answer as before. Some men heard what David said about Goliath – that he was being disrespectful against the living God – and told King Saul. Then Saul ordered David to come to him.

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When David arrived he said to Saul, “Don’t let anyone be discouraged. I, your servant, will go and fight this Philistine!”

Saul was very surprised and answered, “You can’t go out against this Philistine and fight him. You’re only a boy; well David was about 16 years old and in those days he was still considered to be a boy. Goliath has been a warrior since he was a young man.”

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But David said to Saul, “I, your servant, have been keeping my father’s sheep. When a lion or bear came and took a sheep from the flock, I would chase it. I would attack it with my staff and save the sheep from its mouth. When it attacked me, I caught it by its fur. I would hit it and kill it.  I, your servant, have killed both a lion and a bear! Goliath, the Philistine who is a very bad man, will be like the lion or bear I killed. He will die because he has stood against the armies of the living God. The Lord saved me from a lion and a bear. He will also save me from this Philistine.”

Wow, I am sure King Saul was impressed, so he told David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you.”

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Then King Saul put his own battle uniform on David, he put a bronze helmet on David’s head and armor on his body. He gave him his sword and David tried to walk around in all of this armor, but he was not used to the armor Saul had put on him.

He said to Saul, “I can’t go with all this on me; I’m not used to it.” Then David took it all off. He took his shepherd’s stick in his hand and chose five smooth stones from a stream. He put them in his pouch and held his sling in his hand.

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Then he went to meet Goliath.

As David was doing this, Goliath was coming closer to him and the man who held his shield walked in front of him.

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Well, Goliath took a good look at David and saw that he was only a handsome boy that was tanned from being out in the sun tending his father’s sheep.

He looked down at David with disgust and said, “Do you think I am a dog that you come at me with a sling?” He used many bad names to curse David and told him that he was going to feed his body to the birds of the air and the wild animals!”

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But David was not scared and said to him, “You come to me using a sword, a large spear and a small spear. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of heaven’s armies. He’s the God of the armies of Israel! You have spoken out against him and today the Lord will give you to me. I will kill you, and I am the one who will feed the bodies of the Philistine soldiers to the birds of the air and the wild animals. Then the entire world will know there is a God in Israel! Everyone that is gathered here today will know that the Lord does not need swords or spears to save people. The battle belongs to Him! And He will help us defeat all of you.”

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As Goliath came near to attack him, David ran quickly to meet him. He took a stone from his pouch. He put it into his sling and slung it. The stone hit the Goliath on his forehead and sank into it and Goliath fell facedown on the ground.

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So David defeated the Philistine with only a sling and a stone! He hit him and killed him. He did not even have a sword in his hand. David ran and stood beside the Philistine. He took Goliath’s sword out of its holder and made sure he was dead.

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When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they turned and ran. The men of Israel and Judah shouted and started chasing the Philistines. They chased them all the way to the entrance to the city of Gath and continued until the gates of Ekron.

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Many of the Philistines died. And when the Israelites returned after chasing the Philistines they took many things from the Philistine camp. David took Goliath’s weapons and placed them in his own tent.

Now all the Israelites were happy because they had won the war and Goliath was not a threat to them any more.

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Good bye, until next time when we will learn what happened next.

Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.

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Exodus & Red Sea

Did you know that when the Israelites left Egypt, there were about 600,000 men walking? This did not include the women and children.  So there were many people that left Egypt.

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There were also many other people who were not Israelites that went with them.

Do you remember when Joseph brought his family to Egypt there were 70 that came to live with him, and now 430 years later to the very day, there were probably close to 3 million people that left Egypt.

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 They took a large number of sheep, goats and cattle with them.

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They also used the dough they had brought out of Egypt and baked loaves of bread without yeast. The dough had no yeast in it because they had no time to get food ready for their trip.

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Moses carried the bones of Joseph with him, because, before Joseph died, he had made the sons of Israel promise to do this. He had said, “When God saves you, remember to carry my bones with you out of Egypt.”

4 exodus camping

So the people of Israel left Succoth and on the first night camped at Etham that was located on the edge of the desert.

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And the Lord showed them the way. During the day he went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud.

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And during the night the Lord was in a pillar of fire to give them light. This way they could travel during the day or night.

The pillar of cloud was always with them during the day. And the pillar of fire was always with them at night.

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6 Exodus Pharaoh back in Egypt

Now meanwhile back in Egypt, do you remember? Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about letting the Israelites go. They said, “What have we done? We’ve let the people of Israel go! We’ve lost our slaves and all the work they used to do for us!” 

7 Exodus 600 charriots

So Pharaoh prepared his war chariot and took his army with him. He took 600 of his best chariots. He also took all the other chariots of Egypt. Each chariot had an officer in it.

8 exodus camping by red sea

So they went after the Israelites and they caught up with them while they were camped by the Red Sea. This was near to Pi Hahiroth and Baal Zephon. Those locations sure had strange names didn’t they?

9 exodus see chariots coming

Then, when the Israelites looked where they had come from, they saw Pharaoh’s army coming after them. There were so many horses and chariots that they could see the dust being kicked up in the desert and they were very frightened and cried to the Lord for help.

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But apparently they did not trust God very much and neither in Moses, because they got upset and started pointing fingers at Moses and said to him, “What have you done to us? Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in the desert? There were plenty of graves for us in Egypt. We told you in Egypt, ‘Let us alone! Let us stay and serve the Egyptians.’ Now we will die in the desert.”

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But Moses answered, “Don’t be afraid! Stand still and see the Lord save you today. You will never see these Egyptians again after today. But you will need to remain calm, because the Lord will fight for you.”

12 Exodus - start moving

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Command the people of Israel to start moving.

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Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they will charge in after the Israelites. But I will be honored when I defeat Pharaoh. I will defeat him, his chariot drivers and chariots. Then Egypt will know that I am the Lord.”

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Then the angel of God who usually traveled in front of Israel’s people moved behind them. Also, the pillar of cloud moved from in front of the people and stood behind them.  So the cloud came between the Egyptians and the people of Israel. The cloud made it dark for the Egyptians. But it gave light to the Israelites; so the cloud kept the two apart all night.

15 exodus - water separates

Moses held his hand over the sea like God had instructed him to do and the waters separated. All that night the Lord drove back the sea with a strong east wind, and made the sea become dry ground.

16 exodus - walking thru the Red Sea

And the Israelites went through the sea on dry land. A wall of water was on both sides as they walked through.

17 exodus - Pharaoh's army in the sea

Then all Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and chariot drivers followed them into the sea.

18 exodus - Army soft ground

Between two and six o’clock in the morning, the Lord looked down from the pillar of cloud and fire at the Egyptian army. He made them panic and He kept the wheels of the chariots from turning. This made it hard to drive the chariots to catch up with the Israelites.

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Then the Egyptians got really scared and shouted, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them and against us.”

20 exodus - Moses on the other side

Then as they were getting close to where Moses was standing on a rock the Lord told Moses, “Hold your hand over the sea. Then the water will come back over the Egyptians, their chariots and chariot drivers.” So Moses raised his hand over the sea. And at dawn the water went back to how it had been and became deep again.

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The Egyptians tried to run from it, but the Lord drowned them in the sea and covered all the chariots and their drivers.

So all Pharaoh’s army that had followed the Israelites into the sea did not have a chance. Not one of them survived.

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But all the people of Israel crossed the sea on dry land and were safe.

So that day the Lord saved the Israelites from the Egyptians. And after all that had happened the Israelites saw the Egyptians lying dead on the seashore.

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When the people of Israel saw the great power that the Lord had used against the Egyptians, they feared the Lord. And they trusted the Lord and his servant Moses.

Then they sang a song in honor to the Lord that is called the Song of Moses.

And after that Miriam who was Moses and Aaron’s sister took a tambourine in her hand and all the women followed her, playing tambourines and dancing.

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Miriam told them: “Sing to the Lord because He is worthy of great honor. He has thrown the horse and its rider into the sea.”

And they all thanked God for the amazing miracle He had performed.

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Good bye, until next time when we will learn what happened next.

Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.

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