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.

5 exodus cloud night

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.”

14 exodus - black cloud

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.

21 exodus - Red Sea closes

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.

22 exodus - Chariot remains

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.

23 exodus - Thanking God

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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Did you know that Passover has been celebrated by the Jewish people for thousands of years and it is the retelling of the great story of how God redeemed the Jewish nation from enslavement in Egypt through Moses?

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As we have been learning, the first commemoration ever was when the Passover lamb was sacrificed when God told Moses to have every Israelite family kill a perfect lamb and put it’s blood over the doorposts as a sign of faith, so that the Lord’s angel would pass over the houses of the Jews, and they would not be affected, during the last plague poured out on the Egyptians, which was the killing of every firstborn.

Did you know that Jesus Christ was celebrating Passover before He shed His blood on the cross for us?

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Jesus was a Jew, and Jews were required, under the Law of Moses, to celebrate the Passover every year to remember the exodus from Egypt. The Last Supper, when Jesus ate with His disciples, was a Passover meal. Many elements in the ritual of the Passover meal pointed to the sacrifice that would be made by Messiah who would rescue Israel not from slavery in Egypt but from slavery to sin. Jesus was the Passover Lamb, the Messiah of Israel and Jesus is the Savior of all who believe in Him.

The Israelites had to put blood on the sides and top of the doorframes of their houses:

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Like the Bible tells us: “They are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.” (Exodus 12:7)

And Jesus shed His blood to cover our sins:

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“God gave Christ as a sacrifice to pay for sins through the shedding of His blood. So God forgives the sins of those who have faith. God did all this to prove that He does what is right. He is a God of mercy. So He did not punish for their sins the people who lived before Jesus lived. God did all this to prove in our own time that He does what is right. He also makes right with himself those who believe in Jesus.” (Romans 3:25-26)

The Israelites would be spared from death when they were under the blood:

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“The blood on your houses will be a sign for you. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. No deadly plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.” (Exodus 12:13)

And Jesus’ blood covers our sins, so that we shall not be condemned:

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Therefore: “The blood of Christ has made us right with God.” (Romans 5:9)

So remember that when we celebrate Resurrection Day (Easter), this day has nothing to do with “eggs, chicks and bunny rabbits”.

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It is all about what Jesus did on the cross for us because He loves us so much. 

If you would like to read more about the Jesus’ last Passover please click on the following link.

JESUS CELEBRATES PASSOVER AND THE LAST SUPPER

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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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31 10 Plagues

Last time we learned that God told Moses: “Go to Pharaoh! I am sending you to lead my people out of his country.”

But Moses was afraid and told God: “Who am I to go to Pharaoh and lead your people out of Egypt?

And God assured Moses that He would be with him. He also told Moses that: You will know that I am the one who sent you, when you worship me on this mountain after you have led my people out of Egypt.

2 Moses returns to Egypt

So God sent Moses back to Egypt and Moses took his wife and sons, put each of them on a donkey and started back to Egypt. And he took the staff of God in his hand.

3 Moses meets his brother Aaron

When Moses approached Egypt, God sent his older brother Aaron to the wilderness to meet him. Moses was very happy to see him and told Aaron everything the Lord had commanded him to say.

5 Moses Aaron and the leaders of Israel

When Moses and Aaron got back to Egypt they brought together all the elders of the Israelites, and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses.

Then Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh.

Moses told Pharaoh: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Let my people go.”

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And Pharaoh answered: “Who is this Lord and why should I obey him? I refuse to let you and your people go!”

Well, Pharaoh didn’t want the Israelites to leave, because then he would lose his slaves. So he denied God’s demand, and would not release the Hebrews.

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Pharaoh was so angry that he gave orders that same day to the slave drivers and the overseers in charge of the people. He said, “Don’t give the people any more straw to make bricks. Let them go and get their own straw. But require them to make the same number of bricks as before.

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Don’t lower the number they have to make. They are lazy. That’s why they are crying out, ‘Let us go. We want to offer sacrifices to our God.’ Make them work harder. Then they will be too busy to pay attention to lies.” 

Because of Pharaoh’s disobedience, God brought ten plagues upon the people of Egypt. Before each one, Moses warned Pharaoh what would happen. Moses told him the disasters were being sent by God. But each time, Pharaoh hardened his heart and refused to see that the God of Israel was much more powerful than any of the gods that the Egyptians worshipped.

So Moses and Aaron did exactly as the Lord had commanded them. Moses was 80 years old and Aaron was 83 when they spoke to Pharaoh.

The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron. He said, “Pharaoh will say to you, ‘Do a miracle.’ When he does, speak to Aaron. Tell him, ‘Take your walking stick and throw it down in front of Pharaoh.’ It will turn into a snake.”

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So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh. They did exactly as the Lord had commanded them. Aaron threw the stick down in front of Pharaoh and his officials. It turned into a snake. Then Pharaoh sent for wise men and people who do evil magic. By doing their magic tricks, the Egyptian magicians did the same things Aaron had done.  Each one threw down his walking stick. Each stick turned into a snake.

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But Aaron’s walking stick swallowed theirs up.  

In spite of that, Pharaoh became stubborn. He wouldn’t listen to them, just as the Lord had said. So hear are the other plagues God sent to Egypt. 

So one morning Moses and Aaron met Pharaoh at the river Nile.

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And Aaron held out his staff in front of Pharaoh and his officials. He struck the water of the Nile River.

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And all the water turned into blood. The fish in the Nile died. The river smelled so bad the Egyptians couldn’t drink its water. There was blood everywhere in Egypt.

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But Pharaoh still said no, I will not let Israel go free.

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Seven day passed after the river turned into blood and now Moses told Pharaoh that the river and the land will be covered with frogs!

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But Pharaoh was stubborn and his heart was hard and after the frogs had all died he said: No again!

 14 gnats and flies

Moses said to Pharaoh: The air will be filled with gnats and flies!

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Pharaoh did not budge and again he said: No!

16 animals die

Then Moses told him that: Your animals will die,

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and your people will be covered with boils.

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But Pharaoh said: I will not release Israel.

18b hail

Moses warned Pharaoh that hail would come and destroy everything in the land.

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But Pharaoh’s answer was: No

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Then Moses told him that: Locusts will ravage your crops.

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And the answer was NO again.

20b darkness

Moses told Pharaoh that darkness will descend over the whole land.

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Pharaoh: I will not let Israel go!

Finally the last plague came which was the worst of all.

The Lord had spoken to Moses and He had said, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you and your people go.

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When he does, he will drive every one of you away. Tell the men and women alike to ask their neighbors for things made out of silver and gold.

22 put the blood on the doorposts

Take the blood of a lamb and smear it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of your houses. I will pass through Egypt and kill the first-born son in every family, and the first-born male of all animals. I am the Lord, and I will punish the gods of Egypt. The blood on the houses will show me where you live, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. Then you won’t be struck by the terrible disasters I will bring on Egypt.

23 death

So at midnight the Lord killed the first-born son of every Egyptian family,

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from the son of Pharaoh to the son of every prisoner in jail. He also killed the first-born male of every animal that belonged to the Egyptians. 

That night Pharaoh, his officials, and everyone else in Egypt got up and started crying bitterly. In every Egyptian home, someone was dead.

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During the night, Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron. He said to them, “Get out of here! You and the Israelites, leave my people! Go. Worship the Lord, just as you have asked.  Go. Take your sheep, goats, and cattle, and get out.

26 Moses leaving with the Israelites

The Hebrews knew they must leave Egypt quickly. They took all their belongings and followed Moses.

 27 Pharaoh chances his mind

A little while later Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them. 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!” 

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So he had his chariot made ready. He took his army with him and went after them.

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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 | June 16, 2015

JESUS IS COMING BACK SOON

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Did you know that before Jesus went back to heaven that He promised us that He would come back one day?

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He told his disciples: “In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:2-3)

For us who have received Jesus as our Savior, His coming will be a time of great joy, because He is coming to take us to be with Him forever!

What will happen when Jesus comes back?

When Jesus comes back to take all believers to heaven – both those who have died believing in Jesus and those who are living will all hear a loud trumpet from heaven and will be supernaturally ascended in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Jesus will command us to come to heaven and in an instant we will be there with Him.

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The Bible tells us, “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ (these are the believers who have died) shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

So the first thing that will happen is that all those that believed in Jesus who have died will be raised from the dead and they will receive a glorious new resurrected body as they go to meet the Lord in the air.

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Then, the believers who are living when Jesus comes will be instantly changed and they will also receive a glorious new resurrected body as they go to meet the Lord in the air. 

A resurrected body means that we will be pure like Jesus and there will be no sin in us because sin does not exist in heaven.

All of this will happen super fast, like when you blink your eye.

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We will be taken instantly to Heaven to be with the Lord Jesus. Our bodies will be instantly changed and made similar to Christ’s glorious resurrected body.  

The apostle Paul said, “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep (die), but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible (with new resurrection bodies), and we shall be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

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So, when Christ comes back for the believers, there will be a trumpet blast from the sky, and all those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will suddenly go up in the sky. They will have a new body that will never again get sick or die. In heaven there will be no more sadness or pain.

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The Bible tells us that: “Then there shall be two men in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. . . Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.” (Matthew 24:40, 42)

You might be asking yourself, what about those who are not saved? What will happen to those who have never asked Jesus to be their Savior?

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Well, they will be left behind to face a time of great trouble on earth like no one has ever seen before. There will be earthquakes that are going to do a lot of damage. There will be terrible wars, horrible diseases, volcanoes erupting and millions of people will starve to death. Jesus said, “For then shall be great tribulation (which means a time of great trouble), such as was not since the beginning of the world…” (Matthew 24:21)

I hope you understand why it is so important for you to tell your friends and loved ones about Jesus Christ’s free gift of salvation, because we want them

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to go with us to be with the Lord Jesus and not be left behind to face this terrible time on earth.

So, what will happen in heaven once we get there?

When the believers go to Heaven to be with the Lord Jesus, there will be a judgment called “the Judgment Seat of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:10)

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This judgment is not to see whether or not we are saved. Every true believer is saved forever. But believers will be judged to receive rewards for what they did here on earth, once they received the free gift of salvation that Jesus gave them. It is very important for us to understand the difference between salvation and rewards.

Salvation is a gift we receive while on earth. We receive the gift of eternal life the moment we accept Jesus as our Savior. The Bible says, “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Rewards are earned and we will receive them when we get to Heaven. Did you ever receive a reward for doing something good? God is going to reward His children for the things they do on this earth because they love Him.

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For instance, when we tell others about Jesus and teach them how they can be saved, God will reward us for this.

We need to remember that salvation is a gift that we have already received. And rewards we will receive when we get to Heaven.

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So you might be asking yourself, how do we earn rewards?

We earn rewards by faithfully serving the Lord Jesus. The Bible speaks of some very special rewards for those who serve the Lord Jesus faithfully. They are called “crowns.”

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There are five beautiful crowns which can be given to believers as rewards.

CrownThe Crown of Rejoicing – Is for those who win people to Christ. This is sometimes called “the soul-winner’s crown.” (1 Thessalonians 2:19)

CrownThe Crown of Righteousness – Is for those who wait anxiously for Christ’s return. (2 Timothy 4:8)

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The Crown of Glory – Is for those who faithfully teach and preach God’s Word. (1 Peter 5:4)

CrownThe Incorruptible Crown – Is for those who “run a good race” in the Christian life. (1 Corinthians 9:25)

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The Crown of Life. Is for those who suffer for the name of Christ, especially those who lay down their lives for Him. (Revelation 2:10)

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We live in a very exciting time and the most wonderful event is about to happen – the Lord Jesus is coming for His believers to take us to Heaven, to be with Him forever.

I believe that Jesus Christ is coming back real soon!

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Jesus said, “Behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” (Revelation 22:12)

People that do not study the Bible may laugh and make fun of us, but God’s Word is clear that Christ is coming for His believers, so we need to be ready.

So, does anyone know when Jesus will come back? No, no one knows when He will come. Jesus said, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Luke 12:40)

You might be asking so how can I be ready?

We must accept Jesus Christ as our God and Savior and love Him with all our heart.

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And if we truly love the Lord Jesus, we will joyfully obey Him. Jesus said, “He that has My commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves Me: And he that loves Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love Him, and will manifest Myself to him.” (John 14:21)

GREAT COMMISSION

We need to serve the Lord Jesus by telling others about Him and we must pray for the lost. He told us: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

JESUS IS COMING BACK SOON – SO LET US BE READY…

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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 2, 2015

JESUS IS MY BEST FRIEND – John 15:13

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Did you know that Jesus is my best Friend? And did you know that He can be your best Friend also? 

Would you like for Jesus to be your best Friend? 

Once we learn about what Jesus did for us and we make Him the Lord and Savior of our lives He will become our best Friend.

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Jesus is my best Friend because He knows me better than anyone else. He is God, and He knows all about me. He knows how many hairs I have on my head (Matthew 10:30). He knows what I am going to say (Psalm 139:4) and He even knows my thoughts! (Psalm 139:2) 

Did you know that we are very important to Jesus!

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A best friend is one who loves you just the way you are, and yet helps you to be all you can be. Jesus is my best Friend because no one has ever loved me as He does. Jesus loved me so much that He gave His life for me so that I will be able to spend eternity with Him (John 3:16). Jesus said, “Greater love has no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

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When we are friends with Jesus, He changes us from our old sinful self and gives us a new and a holy spirit and we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). We become more like Him every day as we study the Bible and obey what He teaches us.

 The caterpillar and the butterfly

This wonderful change is like the change that takes place when an ugly caterpillar crawling in the dirt is transformed into a beautiful butterfly. The beautiful butterfly is free to fly it no longer has to crawl around in the dirt.  

Jesus wants only what is best for us and that is what true friends do, He will guide me in making decisions if I ask for His help and trust in Him.

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When we read the Bible, Jesus tells us the things we should do, like obeying our parents and teachers. He also tells us things that we should not do, like telling lies and saying hurtful things to others. 

When we are not sure if we are doing something right we should ask ourselves “what would Jesus do?”  

Since Jesus is the Son of God, He is a holy God and He wants us to be holy also. God tells us to be holy because He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).   

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Jesus is our best friend because He is always there when we need Him. You can talk to Jesus anytime you want to and He is always there to listen to you. He is there when I wake up, when I go to school; He is there with me all day and all night long. 

I cannot imagine ever living without Him. I never go to bed alone, I never am alone because Jesus is always there.

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No one cares for me like Jesus. He wants me to talk to Him about everything that concerns me. He is always ready to listen to me, to help me, to encourage me. He is truly the best Friend I could ever have.

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If I find myself in trouble my best Friend is always there to help me. 

Jesus and I are best Friends forever, but I must never forget who He is. He is my Creator and He created the entire world, He is my Savior, my Lord, and my God, and I will always treat Him with respect and reverence; because His Holy Spirit lives inside of me.

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Since Jesus is always with me, I must ask myself some questions: Is the Lord Jesus pleased when I am around those who are using bad language or doing bad things? No, He is very sad. 

Is Jesus pleased when I am watching a TV show or movie with bad stuff in it? No, He is not. Does Jesus enjoy listening to music that has dirty words in it? No, He does not. 

This means that I must not hang around those who use bad language or do naughty and destructive things. I must not watch bad stuff, and I must not listen to music with nasty words.

 Jesus walking with children

Wherever I go, the Lord Jesus goes with me. Whatever I watch, the Lord Jesus watches it with me. Whatever I listen to, the Lord Jesus listens to it also. If I truly love Jesus, I will not want to do anything that displeases my best Friend. 

I hope that Jesus is or will be your best Friend to. If you want to learn more about salvation click on the following link. ABOUT SALVATION 

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Posted by: wwyeshua | May 17, 2015

MOSES AND THE BURNING BUSH – Exodus 3 and 4

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Forty years had gone buy and one day Moses was taking care of the flock of his father-in-law Jethro who was the priest of Midian when something amazing happened. Moses was 80 years old now.

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One day Moses decided to lead the flocks to the western side of the desert until he came to mount Horeb.

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Mount Horeb was called the mountain of God. As Moses sat down to rest, he looked up and all of a sudden he saw a burning bush, but it did not burn up. So he thought I will go over there and see this strange sight.

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Why doesn’t the bush burn up?”

The LORD, who was watching him, saw that Moses had gone closer to take a look. So God spoke to him from inside the bush. He called out, “Moses! Moses!”

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“Here I am,” Moses said.

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals. The place you are standing on is holy ground.”

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Then He continued, “I am the God of your father. I am the God of Abraham. I am the God of Isaac. And I am the God of Jacob.” When Moses heard that, he hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.

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Then he Lord said, “I have seen how my people are suffering in Egypt. I have heard them cry out because of their slave drivers and seen how badly the Egyptians are treating them. I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to save them from the Egyptians. I will bring them up out of that land. I will bring them into a good land. It has a lot of room. It is a land that has plenty of milk and honey.  So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh. I want you to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. They are my people.”

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So Moses answered God. “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?” he said. “Who am I that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

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God said, “I will be with you. I will give you a sign. It will prove that I have sent you. When you have brought the people out of Egypt, all of you will worship me on this mountain.”

Then Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the people of Israel. Suppose I say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ And suppose they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?”

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The God answered Moses and said: “I am who I am. Here is what you must say to the Israelites. Tell them, ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ”

God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord is the God of your fathers. He has sent me to you. He is the God of Abraham. He is the God of Isaac. And he is the God of Jacob.’ My name will always be The Lord. Call me this name for all time to come.

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“Go, gather the elders of Israel together. Say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, appeared to me. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God said, “I have watched over you. I have seen what the Egyptians have done to you.  I have promised to bring you up out of Egypt where you are suffering. I will bring you into the land that has plenty of milk and honey.” ’

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“The elders of Israel will listen to you and then you and the elders must go to the king of Egypt. You must say to him, ‘The Lord has met with us. He is the God of the Hebrews. Let us take a journey that lasts about three days. We want to go into the desert to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God.’  But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you and your people go. Only a mighty hand could make him do that.  So I will reach out my hand. I will strike the Egyptians with all the amazing things I will do. After that, their king will let you go.

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 “I will cause the Egyptians to treat you in a kind way. Then when you leave, you will not go with your hands empty. Every woman should ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house for things made out of silver and gold. Ask them for clothes too. Put them on your children. In that way, you will take the wealth of Egypt along with you.” 

Then Moses asked God, “What if the elders of Israel won’t believe me? What if they won’t listen to me? Suppose they say, ‘The Lord didn’t appear to you.’ Then what should I do?”

The Lord said to him, “What do you have in your hand?”

“A walking stick,” he said.

The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”

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So Moses threw it on the ground and it turned into a snake. He got really scared and ran away from it. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Reach your hand out.

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Take the snake by the tail.” So he reached out and grabbed the snake. It turned back into a walking stick in his hand.  The Lord said, “When they see this sign, they will believe that I appeared to you. I am the Lord, the God of their fathers. I am the God of Abraham. I am the God of Isaac. And I am the God of Jacob.”

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Then the Lord said, “Put your hand inside your coat.” So Moses put his hand inside his coat. When he took it out, the skin had become as white as snow. His hand was covered with a skin disease.

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“Now put it back into your coat,” the Lord said. So Moses put his hand back into his coat. When he took it out, the skin was healthy again.

Then the Lord said, “Suppose they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign. Then maybe they will believe the second one. But suppose they do not believe either sign. Suppose they will not listen to you.

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Then get some water from the Nile River. Pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will turn into blood on the ground.”

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Moses spoke to the Lord. He said, “Lord, I’ve never been a good speaker. And I haven’t gotten any better since you spoke to me. I don’t speak very well at all.”

The Lord said to him, “Who makes human beings able to talk? Who makes them unable to hear or speak? Who makes them able to see? Who makes them blind? It is I, the Lord. Now go. I will help you speak. I will teach you what to say.”

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But Moses said, “Lord, please send someone else to do it.”

Then the Lord became very angry with Moses. He said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you. He will be glad to see you. Speak to him. Tell him what to say. I will help both of you speak. I will teach you what to do. He will speak to the people for you. He will be like your mouth. And you will be like God to him. But take this walking stick in your hand. You will be able to do signs with it.”

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Then Moses went back to his father-in-law Jethro. He said to him, “Let me return to my own people in Egypt. I want to see if any of them are still alive.”

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Good bye, until next time when we will learn what happened to Moses when he returned to Egypt.

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 | April 22, 2015

MOSES FLEES FROM EGYPT TO MIDIAN – Genesis 2

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Last time we learned about how Moses was saved from being thrown in the River Nile, instead his mother built him a basket and left him by the river amongst the reeds where the Egyptian women went to take a bath.

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Moses was found there by the princess of Egypt servants and she decided to keep him. Remember his sister Miriam was watching all this and she suggested to the princess that someone nurse him and take care of him.

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So his own mother Jochebed looked after him until he was old enough to live in the palace. And when that day came the Princess gave him a new name and she called him Moses.  

So, instead of being brought up as a slave like all the other Israelites, Moses was raised as an Egyptian prince. He was given special treatment living in the palace and learning many things. Moses learned their language ate their food and wore Egyptian clothes, but he always knew that he was different. He didn’t look like the Egyptian boys. Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, didn’t seem to like him as much as the others.

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Then at last one day the Princess told him the truth – she wasn’t really his mother at all, he was adopted, he wasn’t really an Egyptian, he was an Israelite.

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Now that Moses knew the truth it changed everything, how could he sleep at night in his soft, comfortable bed in the palace when his people worked all day for no pay and they had barely enough to eat, when they had no hope to be free?

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Then one day, when Moses was forty years old, he was driving in his chariot around where the Hebrew slaves were and he saw an Egyptian guard beating an Israelite slave and he got very angry.

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So he waited until he thought nobody was watching and then he killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand.

The next day, when Moses went out to visit his people again, he saw two Hebrew men fighting. “Why are you beating up your friend?” Moses said to the one who had started the fight.

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Then the man replied, “Who appointed you to be our prince and judge? Are you going to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?”

Then Moses was afraid, thinking, “Everyone knows what I did.”

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And sure enough, Pharaoh heard what had happened, and he ordered his guards to find Moses and arrest him so he could kill him.

When Moses heard about it he realized that he had no choice, he had to get away from the land of Egypt, so he packed some of his things and he ran.  

Moses didn’t stop until he reached the land of Midian. He kept himself out of sight and waited until he was sure he was safe.

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When Moses arrived in Midian, he sat down beside a well. Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters who came as usual to draw water and fill the water troughs for their father’s flocks.

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But some other shepherds came and chased them away. So Moses jumped up and rescued the girls from the shepherds.

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Then he drew water for their flocks.

When the girls returned to Reuel, their father, he asked, “Why are you back so soon today?”

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“An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds,” they answered. “And then he drew water for us and watered our flocks.”

 “Then where is he?” their father asked. “Why did you leave him there? Invite him to come and eat with us.”

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Moses accepted the invitation and he settled there with him. In time, Reuel who was also called Jethro gave Moses his daughter Zipporah to be his wife.

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He was given a job as a shepherd and settled down to a new life. Soon Zipporah  gave birth to a son whom Moses named Gershon, which meant “I have been a foreigner in a foreign land”. He forgot all about Egypt and the Israelites until one day, forty years later, something very astonishing happened.

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Good bye, until next time when we will learn what happened to Moses that special day 40 years after he arrived in Midiam.

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 | April 12, 2015

MOSES IS BORN – Exodus 1 – 2:8

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After many years had passed and Joseph and all his brothers died the people where still in Egypt and they had many children and there were many people from Israel living there.  There were so many of them that they filled the land.

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Then a new king came to power in Egypt and the name Joseph didn’t mean anything to him. “Look,” he said to his people. “The Israelites are far too many for us. Come, we must deal with them carefully, if we don’t, there will be even more of them. Then if there is a war, they’ll join our enemies. They’ll fight against us and leave the country.”

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The new king loved having the Israelites there because they were all working for him.

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So the Egyptians put slave drivers over the people of Israel. The slave drivers treated them badly and made them work hard. The Israelites built the cities for them and they built the city of Pithom and Rameses so Pharaoh could store things there.

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But the worse the slave drivers treated the Israelites, the more Israelites there were. So the Egyptians became afraid of them. They made them work even harder and were very mean to them.

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The people suffered because they had to do very hard work. The slave drivers forced them to work with bricks and mud. And they made them do all kinds of work in the fields. The Egyptians didn’t show them any pity at all. They made them work very hard.

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There were two Hebrew women named Shiphrah and Puah. They helped women when they had their babies.

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The king of Egypt spoke to them. He said, “You are the ones who help the Hebrew women.

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I want you to watch them and when they have a baby boy you need to kill them but let the girls live.” But Shiphrah and Puah respected God and they didn’t do what the king of Egypt had told them to do. They let the boys live.

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Then the king of Egypt sent for them and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”

The women answered Pharaoh, “The Hebrew women are not like the women of Egypt, they are strong. They have their babies before we get there.”

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Then Pharaoh gave an order to all his people. He said, “You must throw every Hebrew baby boy into the Nile River. But let every Hebrew baby girl live.”

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Now when all this was going on, a man and a woman from the tribe of Levi who were married had a baby boy. The baby was such a beautiful baby so the mother hid him for three months. After that, she couldn’t hide him any longer.

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So she got a basket made out of the stems of tall grass it was called papyrus. She coated the basket with tar so it would float. She placed the baby in the basket, which was like a little boat.

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Then she put it in the tall grass that grew along the bank of the Nile River. Moses sister watched and followed the little basked because she wanted to see what would happen to him.

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Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile River to take a bath. Her attendants were walking along the river bank, when she saw the basket in the tall grass. So she sent her slaves to get it.

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When she opened it, Pharaoh’s daughter saw the baby. He was crying and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.

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Then his sister spoke to Pharaoh’s daughter and asked, “Do you want me to go and get one of the Hebrew women? She could breast-feed the baby for you.”

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“Yes, Go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and feed him for me. I’ll pay you.” So the woman took the baby and fed him. 

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When the baby grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter. And he became her son. She named him Moses because she had “pulled him out of the water.”

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Good bye, until next time when we will learn what happened when Moses realized that he was an Israelite.

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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1 Triuphal EntryThe records of this event are found in all four Gospels: Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44 and John 12:12-19.

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

This happened just a few days before Jesus would celebrate the Passover Feast with His disciples,

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as it was customary for all Jews to do, since it was commanded by God to Moses in Exodus 12.

Now as Jesus and His disciples approached Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, they came to two villages named Bethphage and Bethany who were located by the Mount of Olives.

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Then Jesus sent out two of his disciples. He said to them, “Go to the village ahead of you. As soon as you get there, you will find a donkey’s colt tied up. No one has ever ridden it. Untie it and bring it here. Someone may ask you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ If so, say, ‘The Lord needs it.’ But He will send it back here soon.’ ”

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So they left. They found a colt out in the street. It was tied at a doorway. They untied it and some people standing there asked, “What are you doing? Why are you untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to. So the people let them go.

This took place so that what was spoken through the prophet Zechariah would come true.

“Say to the city of Zion (Jerusalem), ‘See, your king comes to you. He is gentle and riding on a donkey.  He is riding on a donkey’s colt.’ ” (Zechariah 9:9)

Did you know that the prophet Zechariah wrote that this would happen about 450 to 500 years before Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem on this triumphal entry day?

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The disciples went and did what Jesus told them to do. They brought the donkey to Him. They placed their coats on donkey for Jesus to sit on.

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A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road. Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road and others waved them in the air.

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Placing cloaks and palm branches in the path of someone was an act of respect and obedience. The people were actually for a moment, recognizing Jesus as their promised Messiah.

There were many people and some went ahead of Jesus, and some followed Him. They all shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” They where shouting for salvation and recognized that Jesus was able to save.

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They were saying:  “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Psalm 118:26). And again “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Hosanna means “save now.” However, despite what Jesus had foretold about His mission, the people were looking for a military Messiah who would overthrow the Romans who were ruling them and their county and restore Israel’s independence. They did not understand that Jesus had come to save them from their sins; He was going to be their Passover Lamb who would shed His blood to save them.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was excited. The people asked, “Who is this?”

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And the crowds answered, “This is Jesus, He is the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Then once Jesus entered Jerusalem, He went into the temple courtyard. He looked around at everything. But it was already late, so He went out to Bethany with the twelve disciples.

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This was a very memorable day, but the very sad thing was that just a few days later; their hosanna shouts would change to shouts of “Crucify Him!” (Luke 23:20-21). Those who hailed Jesus as a King would soon reject and abandon Him, how sad.

Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? If not and you would like to, please click on the following very important link about: Salvation

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Posted by: wwyeshua | March 20, 2015

WHAT IS PRAYER?

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Can you tell me what prayer is?

Yes, prayer is talking to God. Did you know that Jesus talked to His Father a lot through prayer?

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If Jesus prayed, we should follow His example and pray also. Do you know why Jesus prayed? Because He loved His Father and wanted to stay close to Him.

So the first and most important reason we should pray is because we love God and want to stay in fellowship with Him.

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We pray to God to thank Him for everything that He does for us. We pray for our family, our home, our food, our friends and many other things.

We should pray and ask God to give us guidance, protection, strength and wisdom because we all need these things to walk according to God’s Holy Word.

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We can pray when we are scared or when we feel that we are in trouble.

We should pray for others. Like when they are sick, or sad, or if something is troubling them.

We can talk to God anytime we want to.

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And do you know what? God loves us and He loves to answer our prayers, He loves when we fellowship with Him. It is kind of like speaking to your very best friend anywhere you are, because God is always there for us.

Did you know that we can talk to God anytime we want to? We can talk to Him while kneeling, or while walking. We can pray quietly or we can sing to God. We can pray while lying down in bed or while standing up.

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Praying before meals and bedtime is good, but God wants to hear from us more often than that. He wants to be involved in our lives, to comfort us when we are sad, strengthen us when we are scared and laugh with us when we are happy. God will give true meaning and direction to our lives. We need to make Him part of our lives throughout the day by reading of His Word, the Bible and seeking Him through prayer.

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How can we pray to God, our heavenly Father, if we can not see Him? Praying to God is a lot like talking to your best friend on the phone; even you don’t see your friend who may be several miles away, you know that your friend is talking to you because you recognize his voice.

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When we come to God we need to be completely open and honest with Him, because if we are not He will not hear our prayers. Even thought He is ready to forgive us of our sins He wants us to come to Him with a repenting heart.

Here are 5 points on how to pray:

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  1. Praise – Thank God for Who He is, and especially thank Him for sending Jesus to save us from our sins.

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  1. Thanksgiving – Thank God for something that He has done for you today because He is always doing something good for us. “Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20)

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  1. Ask Something for Someone Else – You can pray for someone to get well, or for your friend to have a safe trip. You might ask for someone that has lost his or her job to find a better one. Paul told Timothy “prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings are to be made for all people” (1 Timothy 2:1)

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  1. Confession – We should ask God to forgive us when we have not been so nice or have been selfish. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

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  1. Ask for Something for Yourself – In fact God is willing to give us many good things as long as we ask for them in accordance to His will and not for selfish motives. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

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We have to remember that God know everything about us and that we cannot hide anything from Him.  

The Bible tells us: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

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So let’s keep talking to the Lord because if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us.

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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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