DID YOU KNOW?
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.
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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?
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.
Foundation of the Gate
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”.
- 2 Ch 23:5 A [second] third shall be at the king’s house, and [the final] third at the Foundation Gate; and all the people shall be in the courts [only] of the house of the Lord.
- 2 Ki 11:6 A third shall be at the gate Sur, and a third at the gate behind the guard. So you shall keep watch of the palace [from three places] and be a barrier.
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.
DID YOU KNOW?
There was a King that told King David that he was almost like an “Angel of God”…
Let’s read where we can find this statement….
1Sa 29:6 Then Achish called David and said to him, As surely as the Lord lives, you have been honest and upright, and for you to go out and come in with me in the army is good in my sight; for I have found no evil in you from the day of your coming to me to this day. Yet the lords do not approve of you.
1Sa 29:7 So return now and go peaceably, so as not to displease the Philistine lords.
1Sa 29:8 David said to Achish, But what have I done? And what have you found in your servant as long as I have been with you to this day, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?
1Sa 29:9 And Achish said to David, I know that you are as blameless in my sight as an angel of God; nevertheless the princes of the Philistines have said, He shall not go up with us to the battle.
1Sa 29:10 So now rise up early in the morning, with your master’s servants who have come with you, and as soon as you are up and have light, depart.
1Sa 29:11 So David and his men rose up early in the morning to return to the land of the Philistines. But the Philistines went up to Jezreel [to fight against Israel].
1Sa 29:6 So Achish had to send for David and tell him, “As GOD lives, you’ve been a trusty ally–excellent in all the ways you have worked with me, beyond reproach in the ways you have conducted yourself. But the warlords don’t see it that way.
1Sa 29:7 So it’s best that you leave peacefully, now. It’s not worth it, displeasing the Philistine warlords.”
1Sa 29:8 “But what have I done?” said David. “Have you had a single cause for complaint from the day I joined up with you until now? Why can’t I fight against the enemies of my master the king?”
1Sa 29:9 “I agree,” said Achish. “You’re a good man–as far as I’m concerned, God’s angel! But the Philistine officers were emphatic: ‘He’s not to go with us into battle.’
1Sa 29:10 So get an early start, you and the men who came with you. As soon as you have light enough to travel, go.”
1Sa 29:11 David rose early, he and his men, and by daybreak they were on their way back to Philistine country. The Philistines went on to Jezreel.
THE BURNING BUSH
We read the story of Moses and the Burning Bush in the Desert in Exo 3, to show you that even MOSES knew about the Kingdom of God even as far back as the book of EXODUS. Keep in mind Exodus was only in final writings in Jewish History between the end of the Exile to Babylon 538bC.
Exo 3:2 The Angel of the Lord (Jesus) appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, yet was not consumed. Exo 3:3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burned. Exo 3:4 And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the midst of the bush and said, Moses, Moses! And he said, Here am I. Exo 3:5 God said, Do not come near; put your shoes off your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground.
So, first of all, The Voice is that of God the Father; and the Fire is the Holy Spirit.
The Tree represents Jesus Christ who is the Tree of Life; that is WHY He appeared in Tree-form…..
- Rev 22:14 Blessed are those who cleanse their garments, that they may have the authority and right to [approach] the tree of life … so Jesus is the Tree of Life.
This “Burning Bush” – Moses was raptured [enlightened] into the spiritual Dimension while he was standing here on earth. That is living in the Kingdom! It was the Holy Spirit (Fire) that is part of Jesus Christ (Moses had had an encounter with the bodily Godhead) even long before Jesus was born on earth.
DID YOU KNOW?
2 Ch 28:1 AHAZ was twenty years old when he began his sixteen-year reign in Jerusalem. He did not do right in the sight of the Lord, like David his father [forefather]. 2 Ch 28:2 But he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel and even made molten images for the Baals. 2 Ch 28:3 And he burned incense in the Valley of Ben-hinnom [son of Hinnom] and burned his sons as an offering, after the abominable customs of the [heathen] nations whom the Lord drove out before the Israelites. 2Ch 28:4 He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, on the hills, and under every green tree.
Within the above scriptures we see that Ahaz was only sixteen years old when he became King. When i think what my son was doing when he was sixteen, it almost seems impossible for me to understand that a child at that age can become a King; but in the old Bible Times this is how they did things… of course, there was always the Priests, Levites, and others who would help the King to make decisions that would benefit the Kingdom, until he was old enough to make decisions himself.
Ahaz was not a King that pleased God because he burnt incense and he offered up his own sons as offerings to idols. I cannot imagine for one moment what must go through your mind when you have to put your own son on the Altar because your believes forces you to do such a thing. In Christianity there is no sacrifices needed from children of God since Jesus Himself has already payed the one time sacrifice that was needed so that we can have a good victorious life.
Today as Children of God, there is only one thing needed to give to God which would make sure that you are part of His Kingdom – faith (Believe in Christ), and along side faith, you need obedience. These are the only two requisites needed to belong to Gods Kingdom. You do not need to sacrifice anything or anybody like King Ahaz did…. Jesus already did the sacrifice!
DID YOU KNOW?
You can hear the sound of God’s Army in the top of the Mulberry Tree’s…. God said you can!
2 Sam 5:23 When David inquired of the Lord, He said, You shall not go up, but go around behind them and come upon them over opposite the mulberry (or balsam) trees.
2 Sam 5:24 And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then bestir yourselves, for then has the Lord gone out before you to smite the army of the Philistines.
Anybody that knows the Old Testament of the Word of God knows that you were not allowed to eat meat with fresh Blood because it was against the Law in those years. I am so thankful that we are not living under those laws anymore; and that we are living under Grace from God in the New Covenant that we have with Jesus.
Nevertheless, despite the Law of Moses, there were hungry men that still ate raw meat with Blood.
Let us have a look at the following Scripture:
1Sa 14:32 [When night came and the oath expired] the men flew upon the spoil. They took sheep, oxen, and calves, slew them on the ground, and ate them [raw] with the blood.
1Sa 14:33 Then Saul was told, Behold, the men are sinning against the Lord by eating with the blood. And he said, You have transgressed; roll a great stone to me here……
This is a very interesting story in God’s Word. Do you want to know what Saul did after this…. go and read the whole Chapter.
For interesting sake – have a look at what Jonathan did in V27….. with the HONEY…. and what happened after he ate the Honey!