Good day all,
Due to the Corona Virus our church is still closed, but we hope and pray that we should be able to open up in the beginning of September 2020.
We miss you all and are praying for you, shalom.
God does not look at what you wear, how you dress, how you present yourself to others…. the only thing He is really concerned about is what is going on in your heart…. Look at 1 Sam 16:7. But having said that, this does not mean that you can wear see-through things; or low blouses, or mini-skirts that show everything (particularly to women)….
1 Sam 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.
But i also want to stress the following: This does not give you permission to dress and walk around like a “wooligan” and cover yourself in tattoo’s and other things so that you look like a walking painting…. There are also scriptures in God’s Word that warns about those things. But for the benefit of this “Did you Know” section ….
God always looks at what is going on in your heart – and if you heart is OK then God is pleased with you.
The Hebrews followed a lunar calendar. The month began when the thin crescent of the new moon was first visible at sunset. The day of the new moon that ushered in a new month was considered Holy. The Autumnal equinox was viewed as “at the end of the year” (Exo 23:16 NIV); and the Spring, or vernal equinox, was called “the return of the year” (1 Kin 20:26).
The Hebrews also commonly indicated the time of year by the Season rather than by the names of the months. In Palestine the year divided loosely into the dry season (April – September) and the rainy Season (October – March), and these were sub-divided into seed-time (November – December) and Harvest (April – June).
We also find calendar designations by agricultural activities such as: “Wheat harvest” (Gen 30:14) “Barley Harvest” (2 Samual 21:9); or the “earing time” (Exo 34:12)
In the next DID YOU KNOW? we will give the different months of the Jewish Calendar.
1Sa 11:5 Now Saul came out of the field after the oxen, and [he] said, What ails the people that they are weeping? And they told him the words of the men of Jabesh.
1Sa 11:6 The Spirit of God came mightily upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was greatly kindled.
1Sa 11:7 And he took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces and sent them throughout all the territory of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, Whoever does not come forth after Saul and Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen! And terror from the Lord fell on the people, and they came out with one consent.
In the above scripture the Spirit of God came mightily upon Saul when he heard the tidings; and His anger was greatly kindled.
Isn’t it amazing that God loved Saul so much that the Lord worked through Saul to send a message to the people of the Land. And when Saul’s anger arose, the people of the land feared Saul and God.
Did you know that the Levites did not receive an Inheritance like the other tribes of Israel did?
They received no inheritance. Let us read Josh 13:33
Jos 13:33 But to the tribe of Levi, Moses gave no inheritance;
the Lord, the God of Israel, is their inheritance, as He told them.
In the Old Testament of God’s Holy Word there is mention of a Foundation of a Gate; or rather the name implies that it is called “The Foundation gate”.
The Foundation Gate (also called the “Horse Gate” V15) in Jerusalem is mentioned in the above scripture, but it is advisable to read the whole story in 2 Ch 23:1-15. The story is about Athaliah’s execution and could possible also be the “Gate Sur” (see 2 Kin 11:6) or “Gate of the ways”; leading to the King’s Palace. It might be that this gate could have connected between the Temple and the Palace.