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A self-confessed “late-bloomer,” Sue led a full single life as a high school teacher and as a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators, including two years in Brazil and six months in Papua New Guinea. God used these experiences to develop her love for Him and for people who needed to know Him personally.
From the “jungle” of a high school classroom to the Amazon, one would hope to gather enough experience for being a wife and mom. But Sue would be quick to admit that nothing quite prepares one for the challenges and exhaustion, joys and tears that come with marriage and family.
Sue loves to fill her home and kitchen with friends or strangers for the sake of Jesus. He invited first. We get to extend the invitation.
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Speaker, author, Sue Donaldson and her husband, Mark, live in San Luis Obispo, California. Sue taught high school English, part of the time in Brazil with Wycliffe Bible Translators. She and her husband, Mark, have raised 3 daughters who keep them at the bank and on their knees. Sue loves connecting people to one another, to God, and to His Word, and has been speaking for the last 20 years or so with long pauses for babies, diapers and soccer pasta parties. She blogs at WelcomeHeart: Knowing and Showing the Heart of God and hosts a weekly podcast: Make it Count: Living a Legacy Life- https://welcomeheart.com/podcast
Sue’s books include:
Come to My Table: God’s Hospitality and Yours
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Table Mentoring: A Simple Guide to Coming Alongside
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Speaker, author, Sue Donaldson and her husband, Mark, live in San Luis Obispo, California. Sue taught high school English, part of the time in Brazil with Wycliffe Bible Translators. She and her husband, Mark, have raised 3 daughters who keep them at the bank and on their knees. Sue loves connecting people to one another, to God, and to His Word, and has been speaking for the last 20 years or so with long pauses for babies, diapers and soccer pasta parties.
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Last time we looked at the Biblical Covenants, we explored the Mosaic Covenant and left the House of Jacob on their way into the Promised Land without Moses.
Joshua and Caleb were leading the people into the land of milk and honey after 40 years in the wilderness. Things were going well for them, and yet instead of returning God’s favor and lovingkindness, the Israelites spun down and out into disobedience to God’s Laws time and time again.
The times of the Judges had come to an end, and this little tiny Bible Book called Ruth pops up with a story of customs and life during the period of the Judges.
There are few points of DNA thread that weave their way through the book to our next stop along the way of the
Biblical Covenants like a Dot to Dot pencil activity book.
Genealogy is close to my heart. I love seeing the Family Tree fill up as research is done. The more the merrier, the more to love. Sometimes there is an unexpected surprise that pops up in the generations and I love to see how that particular branch of the family is grafted in to the Tree and see how and where they hail from. Family traits are sometimes strong, and overshadow what you might have thought was the norm. Whether it be an ancestral link that is lost or that pops up unexpectedly, it may cause much heartache or joy. I suppose it depends on the perspective of those already hanging in the family tree, whether they be nuts or peaches. Each family member can only be responsible for what is in their own heart as they reach out to the others.
The Book of Ruth is a great example of a family lineage that stems from Abraham, to Moses, amongst a family line that was kept pure and separate because of the racist hearts of the Egyptians at the time of the slavery before the Exodus, to a time when all the Kings of Israel did what was right in their own eyes.
Ruth is a beautiful account of a Moabitess, that marries into the line of the Hebrews. The Moabites were from the son of Lot and known to the Hebrews as “God’s washpot” and yet this young woman, Ruth, was used by God to bring about the ancestral line of someone near and dear to my heart.
A quick summary of Ruth’s story is that she marries into a family of Hebrews that left Bethlehem during the famine. Ruth marries one of the sons in this family, but the dad dies, both the sons die, and the other daughter in law goes back to her family.
Only Ruth, the Moabitess stays with her Mother in law Naomi and returns to Bethlehem to care for her. Here Ruth meets Boaz who cares for her and is a picture of a Redeemer. Boaz redeems the inheritance that belonged to the Hebrew widow Naomi and in the deal, gets the Land and a wife in Ruth.
The last portion of the Book of Ruth gives us the line of the ten generations from Pharez through Boaz and Ruth to their descendants.
So Boaz had Obed, which meant server, and Obed was the father of Jesse, and Jesse was the Father of David, and David brings us to the next Covenant.
Why do you think God would use someone so despised in the eyes of others to bring about something so beautiful? Perhaps He is showing us that we ourselves, no matter how sinful we are, however ugly we see ourselves in His sight, we are important to Him and loved by Him. God will use anyone that is willing to be used as we see in the picture of Ruth’s loving heart.
We have now seen the DNA thread weave from Adam to David and we pick up the story in the Book of Samuel Chapter 18 Samuel was a child that grew up taught by the Priests about the ways of God and served God with all his heart ever since Hannah, his mother dropped him off with the Priests after Samuel was weaned at three years old. He obeyed God and grew to be the Priest over Israel.
Just as Israel’s past, they made another choice that went against what God had in mind for them. Israel rejected the Priest and wanted a King like the other Nations around them had.
Have you ever wanted to bless your children with something that you know would be good for them? Only to find your child rejecting the gift.
Well, Samuel takes the demand of the people to God and then returns with the reply,
OK, you can have a King, but you won’t like it.
You know, things like taxes, your sons being scripted into the army, and TAXES and your daughters being taken out of your homes to work elsewhere.
Have you ever tired of doing what is good? It’s not easy always having to be the one to break up fights, rescue other Nations, and be a godly example to the world. Ever want to be just like the rest of the gang?
Well, Israel wanted to be like the other Nations and have their own King. Not just any King though. They wanted the tall, dark and handsome King, even though he lacked a good character.So Israel chose Saul.
Well, Saul had a son named Johnathan, who was a better man than Saul who was not afraid in battle like his dad.
Johnathan and David met during the battle against that giant Goliath. You know, the battle that Saul was to afraid to fight and let little David go to fight the mighty Goliath all on his own.
Johnathan and David then cut a covenant with each other, and became Covenant friends. Jonathan gave David his robe, and sword and belt and told him all that I have is yours.
During this time it was Saul who became jealous of David and wanted to kill David to secure the throne for Jonathan, after all in Sauls eyes Johnathan was the rightful heir to the Kingdom for he was his son.
But the soul of Jonathan and the soul of David were knit together.
As we continue reading through I Samuel, Saul and Jonathan die and David is anointed King.
This is what many were fearing, for there were many that lived in fear of David. It was years that King Saul had put the fear of David into them. Saul wanted David killed. Find David for me and kill him! So when David took the throne after Saul and Jonathans death, the Nanny to Jonathans son Mephiboseth injured and crippled him accidentally in her haste to get him to safety.
But now it was time to face the King. Those who were guarding Mephiboseth feared he would be killed, but instead King David showed him great loving kindness because of theCovenant with his Father Jonathan.
So Mephiboseth has a choice to make. One who lived in fear of the man in front him, was now offered a home, a place at the Kings table at every meal and Mephiboseths servants would work his land and bring in the bounty for them all. Or he could reject King David’s offer.
All Mephiboseth had to do was change his mind about King David and accept his offer of lovingkindness.
So what do you think Mephiboseth did? He made a very wise decision and accepted his Fathers Covenant, and David restored Mephiboseths inheritance, and ate at the Kings Table for the est of his days. Could there be a more glorious happy ending of a story? Why yes actually there is.
If we connect the DNA dots we see an even greater happy ending, well perhaps because that depends on you.
Psalm 25:14 Tells us that the secret of the LORD is with them who fear Him, and He will show THEM His Covenant!
Do you understand what has happened here? Both parties of this covenant between Jonathan and David had made a blood covenant, which made them no longer enemies, but friends. Just like God who after making the covenant with Abraham called him a friend of God. the term friend is used very loosely these days as in the form of a thumbs up on social media, or a group of young adults that meander through life together while adulting.
But to God, friend is an even stronger bound than family, a blood brother bond.
Jesus who left heaven and came in the form of man, a little lower status than the angels, came in the form of man and the blood of God and man were mixed in his veins. The Symbol of Jonathan and David Covenant were the Robe that represented a yielding of his position to the future King The garments that Jon gave to David represented his possessions
The Sword, the Bow and his girdle or belt represented his power willingly yielded to the future King
1 David like Jesus sought out those who are lame and crippled, sinners like you and me.
2 David was a picture of God who is covenant bound to Abraham and all his generations
3 As sinners have we ever hid from the presence of GOd when we know full well we have been disobedient?
4 Jesus seeks us out and shows us and offers us His loving kindness and mercy, His Hesed (Ruth connection?) love and forgiveness.
5 We now have a choice. We have been shown the lovingkindness of God and need to make a decision. Will we cling to our own beliefs of God, our own picture of who He is or will we change or mind and repent? Will we accept or reject the love and mercy and covenants God has offered us by this picture of David and Jon in Covenant that points us toward all that is fulfilled in Jesus?
6 Does anyone else like a happy ending like I do? Mephiboseth repents and accepts God’s lovingkindness, mercy and forgiveness
He made a way for us to be with Him at His table and commune with Him.
There is power in the blood covenant
There is power in the blood of Jesus that was given freely by Him so that our sins could be washed away forever, not just covered up by the blood covenant by the way of an animal which was only a foreshadow of Jesus sacrifice.
The blood of man and God was mingled on the cross, so that crippled sinners like you and I could be heirs to the Kingdom of God.
Why did God put this story in the Bible for us? If we go back to the beginning Vicinni, we know that God created a perfect world for mankind so that God and mankind could spend time together in relationship and love each other. God put man into the Garden to rule and reign over the land an animals. Do you remember what happened next? Sin entered the world and mankind was crippled with sin, and fear and were cast out of the Garden into the barren land. Mankind was deceived into fearing and hating God, just as some still do today. But how can we hate what or who we do not know? Preconcieved ideas of God can keep us from loving who He really is. For He has shown us through His word that He is trustworthy and Faithful, and worthy of our love. That if we put our trust in Him, He will never leave us or forsake us.
You see, God is in covenant with His Son, Jesus and for Christs sake, God forgives us. It’s not a matter of our worthiness, but it is because of His steadfast Covenant Love.
The next time the enemy makes you FEEL unworthy before God, don’t spend precious energy arguing. Just admit you are unworthy and run to Jesus, and hide behind Him who is your strong tower. Let Jesus take care of the enemy and keep your eyes on your Savior.
If we walk in ignorance of the Blood Covenant, we lose out on so much in this present life as well as in our future eternity.
The story of David, and Jonathan and Mephiboseth show us forgiveness, fortune, fellowship, and that we are family with an inheritance. You see, Adam, the first man lost that inheiritance, and Jesus, the one who is called the second Adam in the Bible, restored our inheritance.
The next time we get together to look at the The New Covenant, we will see we are not there to mourn a corpse, but celebrate eternal life because of a final perfect sacrifice in Jesus.
Just as John 3:16 reminds us: For God so loved the world that He gave is His only begotten son, so that whosoever believes in Him, will not perish, but have everlasting life.
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This is the first time another Covenant is made, but this one is not for the entire human race. God chooses not just one person that finds grace in His eyes, but an entire Nation that will be born to be His particular people which is made by God through Moses with the people of Israel.
To re-cap: At the end of our time together through the Second part of the Abrahamic Covenant, we left two sides of a split family, heading in different directions. God tells of the History account of the family side of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, now the generations, the Blessed Nation that God has made and we follow into slavery into Egypt.
Slavery?? What kind of blessing is that, you say?
There was supposed to be Land, a Name, and all the families of the Earth were to be blessed through Abraham. Had God changed His mind?
No, no, let’s just keep reading.
After Abraham’s son Jacob led the family into Egypt, Jacob’s eleventh son Joseph, was sold into slavery by his brothers no less, and ended up as the second in command in Egypt. Don’t ever try to get away with this at home kids, because God knows and sees all. So the Pharaoh (like the King of Egypt) invited Joseph’s large family to come live in Egypt with him during this time of famine
Yikes, again, what kind of a blessing is that?
Well, it takes time to bake brownies. You have to first make a list, check it twice, go shopping, sometimes to several different stores to find all the ingredients, and then bring it all home. Wipe it all down with Lysol because of Covid and let it dry on the counter before using it. By that time you are too tired, and it’s time to make dinner anyway.
So some days later the ingredients are all measured out on the counter and it’s time to put them together. But the grandchildren come over to play and help so they are in the sink washing their hands, a-lot. We then put together the ingredients, and pour the batter into the pans that the children finally agreed on, and then we place the pans into the oven to bake them. We pull them out, let them cool enough to frost because, well, there are some in the family who do not like brownies without frosting. Eventually we have a finished product. (DING)
Why did I share about a batch of brownies and what does that have to do with Abrahams family in Egypt? I’m glad you asked.
It’s actually all related to Racism.
You see Abrahams descendants went into Egypt and were protected from a famine. The family may have numbered around 70 -100 at this time. So not only did God place the family in a safe place to ride out the famine, but also a very racist culture to protect the family.
Stay with me here.
When my family immigrated from Germany to America back the late 50’s, they came because America offered them a better place to raise a family. Both of the parents who raised me, lived through War on their land, and wanted better for their children. They came to a Country where Germans, Ethiopians, Italians, Yugoslavians, Mexicans, Spanish, and English, could gather. Not just in a new Country, but in the same kitchen, week after week to discuss what today is off limits. As children we heard discussions about Religion, Politics, History, and more. Our country was a great melting pot of all peoples, which made for a beautiful blend of Americans. I was taught the German language, and passed it on to our children as well as taught it to other Homeschoolers, and even the grandchildren are learning German along with other foreign languages. With each new generation, we have stepped away from the strong German customs we have known and made our own, we inter-married with other Nationalities and we proudly became Americans with a German Heritage.
You see, God used the racist Egyptians to grow the Hebrew Family into a Hebrew Nation just as God had promised. The Family lineage from Abraham to Issac to Jacob. After time in Egypt under the protection of God and Joseph, one of Jacob’s sons, who was the second in command under Pharaoh, the family survived and prospered during years of leaness in the land. Eventually Joseph died, and the Pharaoh who trusted Joseph died, and along with those deaths the connection of the Hebrew family to the Racist Pharoahs who thought they were better than any other race. The Egyptians woke up one day and realized that these Hebrews were quite the growing Nation within their borders and placed them into slavery. All this came to a head when Moses, a Hebrew who grew up in the courts of the Pharaoh realized his calling was to lead his people out of Egypt under God’s leading. No longer a large family but a large quantity of people that brought wealth and ease to the Egyptians, Pharoah was unwilling to let the people go. In fact, Pharoah hardened his own heart towards Moses’s request to let the Hebrews go, to God’s request to let the people go, so many times that God finally hardened Pharaohs heart and let him have is own way, and in a round about way had Pharoah choose how it was to be done, which was by the death of the first born in all the households. Now this was no laughing matter, and a very sad day in the history of mankind. Ahhh, but God made a way out…..again.
Again God gave instructions to all those who would believe in Him to put animals blood over the doorposts and all who were inside those homes would be spared, including the first borns. Pharaohs heart was hard, and did not believe God, and his very own first born died that night when the angel of death “Passed over” the homes marked with the sacrificial blood.
This was the last of the plagues on Egypt while the Hebrews were slaves in the Land. It was the last straw and Pharoah sent them all away, and told them to take whatever they wanted as payment. The Hebrews left with jewels and cattle, sheep, and goats, their children, and made a great Exodus form the land.
Moses led the people out, but they were trapped in front of the waters while Pharaohs warriors were traveling quickly to once again enslave them because Pharoah changed his mind, and hardened his heart once more.
After Moses prayed and asked God what to do, God made a way for the great number of Hebrews to escape….through the waters. God parted the Nile River, and the Hebrews made it through the parted walls of water and sea life on either side, made it to dry ground on the others side, when the walls of water came crashing down on either side and s wallowed up the Egyptian Warriors and drowned them.
The Ingredients are now put together, the portions are correct, the heat has been turned on for just the right amount of time and DING, we have brownies….or should I say we have a family that has grown into a Nation on their way to be with their God.
From Abraham to Issac, to Jacob (now called Israel) it was three months before the children of Israel, had traveled from Egypt into the wilderness at Mt. Sinai.
It was here, at the base of the Mountain that God would call Moses to speak with him, to give a message to the “house of Jacob”
God tells Moses: Tell the house of Jacob, the children of Israel,
You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I delivered you and brought you to Myself. So, if you will INDEED obey my voice, and keep My Covenant, then you will be My peculiar treasure, my treasured possession above all the other peoples of the earth. You will be to Me a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation.
I need to mention that God tell Moses not to tell the people of Abraham, known as a great man of God to the Jews, not the God of Issac, a good man of God, no, He said tell them I speak to the the People of Israel. (AKA Jacob the deceiver, but let’s not bring up the past now) Before the mountain stands an immature people that God had travel three months to get to this spot, to mature them, give them the law, to share His heart with them, to make them into a Nation of Priests that would be different, set apart from the other peoples on the Earth.
As I record this, I see the clouds swirling and turning darker shades of grey and green and blue outside my window with a splash of setting sun off in the distance. I hear there is a major storm heading our way, and I think of the people of Israel as they answered God and said, All that the LORD has spoken, we will do. So Moses reported those words back to the Lord.
God came before the people as a thick cloud after they consecrated themselves and washed their garments.
God came to them in a thick cloud with thunder and lightening and a very loud Trumpet blast. All the people trembled, and then Mt Siani was wrapped in smoke as God descended and the mountain trembled and the sound of the Trumpet grew louder.
Can you imagine this scene? I can, as it seems to be arranging right outside my window. Imagine a recent Hurricane with thunders and lightenings, and loud noises, and the voice of GOD!
God begins to give them what we know as the Ten Commandments in Exodus chapter 20.
As the people of Israel experienced the thunder and the flames of light and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, they were afraid and tumbled, and stood far away from the mountain. They also told Moses…Moses, You go speak for us, and we will listen, but don’t let God speak to us, because we might die of fright.
Moses told the people, Do not be afraid, for God has come to test you….so that you may fear him Him so that you don’t sin.
BUT the people still stood back a distance, so Moses approached the thick cloud by himself.
God proceeds to give Moses laws for the people. The Old Testament and this Mosaic Covenant shows us the Law as well as the heart of God. Do you remember when we spent time together looking at the life of Adam and Eve in the Garden? They only had one law, one restriction placed on them. Don’t eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Mankind couldn’t even handle keeping that one straight. So here, with Moses, God lays it all out.
It is just amazing how God can keep all of our lives and choices straight. We are told that God knows how many hairs there are on our heads. I guess those with no hair, make this easier on Him. :)
Anyway, During the time the Hebrews were in slavery in Egypt, eventually Joseph and all his brothers died, and the new Pharaoh had a large nation on his hands that he wanted to control. So he called the midwives to him and told them that when they deliver the babies of Hebrews, if it is a girl let her live, if it is a boy, kill him. However the Midwives feared God more than Pharoah and let all the babies live. Pharoah decided to lower the population one more time and commanded his people to throw all the Hebrew boys into the Nile river.
Once again God steps in and protects a little Hebrew boy that was placed in the river, and he ended up being raised by Pharoah’s daughter! Oh the irony of it all. You can read the whole story in Exodus chapter 2. But for our story today, Moses is a grown man that God has forgiven and called to serve the Almighty by leading the people of Israel out of slavery. Moses a man who thinks he can do nothing, was hiding in the wilderness, helped water some sheep, and was invited to dinner and ended up with a wife. Moses answers God’s call to deliver the people, a people that complained about everything. It’s always lonely at the top for leaders. Complaining doesn’t help the situation, it only makes their job more difficult. Next time we a re tempted to complain, perhaps we will remember Moses, this reluctant leader, and pray for our leaders instead.
Back to God laying it all out. God gave the Ten Commandments, which the people break before Moses even comes down off the mountain so Moses breaks the Stones with the Ten Commandments written on them, symbolically showing Israel that they had broken them.
Moses was up and down the mountain eight times. The figure eight is a symbol of eternity. Even though the Israelites broke God’s heart, He will forever keep His covenant with them, and be their God.
Instead of a time of nearness to the LORD in the wilderness at Mt Sinai and coming to know God’s ways and learning the ways of being Priests in God’s Kingdom, the children of Israel, wandered in the desert for 40 years until all but two of that generation died off. During this time Moses was Israel’s leader, Prophet, and mediator. Moses was the only one in Israel’s History to hold the positions of Prophet, Priest and King, which makes Moses a a foreshadow of Jesus.
The Mosaic Covenant is a conditional Covenant, which meant both sides, God and the people of Israel are responsible for keeping the requirements.
The Requirements of the Covenant:
The Blessings of the Covenant:
And that your days may be prolonged in the Land which the LORD God promised to your ancestors by an oath to your descendants….a land flowing with milk and honey.
This Covenant was made to prepare Israel for the coming of Jesus Christ. It would point to a need for a Savior. This Covenant is usually referred to as the Law. Spiritually it was a covenant of works and therefore conditional and impossible to keep. This Covenant ended with the death of Jesus.
After Moses spent 40 days and 40 nights up on Mt Sinai with God, He gave Moses a pattern for a Tabernacle to be built. This Tabernacle was a model of Heaven on earth that would give Israel access to Him. It was a temporary, moveable Tabernacle that the Israelites moved as they followed God. God led the people through the wilderness by a Pillar of Fire by night, and a Cloud during the Day. It was used by the Priests, the Tribe of Levi, for sacrifices. The Sons of Jacob, the Tribes of Israel, set up camp surrounding the Tabernacle. It was here that the Tribes learned to follow after God and the remember his faithfulness to them and their parents rebellion and the judgement of wandering in the wilderness for 40 years.
As we take a quick walk through the Pentatuch, Gesundheit, no I said Pentatuch, the first five books of the Bible, we can see the plans of God from a readers Digest view.
God creates humanity who rebels and chooses Abraham to bless all the Nations through his family, who ends up in slavery in Egypt.
God rescues the Israelites in a mass Exodus from Egypt
God makes another Covenant with Moses and Isreal on Mt Sana. The LORD gives Moses the Ten Commandments, rituals and customs, social justice, and morality to show the world what God is like. They are to live and be different than the world, as a set apart people to God.
The people sin. Before Moses even comes down off the mountain with God, the people have made a golden calf out of gold and worship it instead of God.
So God gives more laws
The people sin again
So God gives even more laws.
God gives the regulations on sacrifices and offerings
Consecrates the Priests
Clean and unclean and Purification is described
The Day of Atonement is enacted
Along with Ritual Laws blessings and Cursings and more regulations.
Recounts their time in the Wilderness, which is when Moses wrote the first five books of the Biblical, Historical record of Israel.
Moses gives the Israelites a speech
Basically…Don’t you get it??
Your heart is so hard
You need a new heart
As Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings continue it proves Moses right. They go into the promised land and break all the laws once more. Moses was right and Ezekiel and Jeremiah and Isaiah plus 12 more minor prophets reflect on the story of Israel
Ezekiel states that if Israel was ever going to obey the law, then God’s Holy Spirit would have to transform their hard hearts into soft hearts.
Jeremiah states that if their hearts were softened then it wouldn’t feel like a duty to be obedient to God but God’s laws would written deign their hearts
Isaiah Promised a future leader, Messiah, who would lead the people in obedience to the law.
And God is faithful, God is good, God is trustworthy, God is merciful, God is full of grace, God keeps His word even when mankind doesn’t. Moses eventually leads the people of Israel to the Promised land, but because of his disobedience at times, Moses sees the Promised Land, but did not set foot onto it. It was Jacob and Caleb that led the people
There was a Messiah coming for Israel, but not yet.
For now we have a people that have been taught by God Himself.
It wasn’t just one man Adam, or one family as in the case of Noah, it was an entire Nation. And by this example those of us that are living today have been taught and see a glimpse of what Heaven is like.
Travel back in TIME to Eternity past where the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit were, are and always will be...to the very throne of God! Here God created angels and the earth, sun, moon, stars and man was created, in their image. A time when God had you and I on His heart, before the thoughts of His heart were the written word.
God said, And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. Exodus 25:8
In the Old Testament God made a way for mankind to look forward in faith to the redemption of their sins by the sacrificing of an animal. Blood needed to be shed in order to cover sin. However these animals were not perfect sacrifices. God gave Moses instructions on how to make a tabernacle where God would dwell, to be among His people. In Exodus Chapter 26 we see a description of this tabernacle.
It was not until the Spotless Lamb, that God made a way for mankind to be cleansed of our sin through one man, Jesus Christ.
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I got to know Jen a few months ago, and have been waiting to be able to share this episode with you. As we spoke for the first time, she helped me pronounce her name. She said it's Jen Uren, and rhymes with genuine, which she truly is!
The episode will be posted Friday, October 9th, 2020 HERE
For now, let me give you a sneak peak
BIO: Jenn Uren lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband, 5 kids (toddlers, tween, teen, and twenty-something!), and no pets (no time!).
As she raised her kids, life came at her fast and furious — including a surprise adoption of 2 babies (yep! one day 3 kids, the next day 5) — and she was paralyzed with overwhelm.
As she worked to dig her way out of overwhelm, she began to really understand the magic of the right tool or system. She learned how to make things easier so that she could spend less time doing the things she had to do, and more time doing the things that she wanted to do.
She began to blog as a way to help other moms do the same. Not by setting out to create her own products or solutions, but by connecting moms to principles, existing products, and encouraging people who could help them use their personal resources (time, space, and money) most impactfully. (And creating systems and tools where there wasn’t one.)
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At the end of our last story, The Abrahamic Covenant Part One, Abram and Sarai had taken matters into their own hands and used Sarai’s maidservant to be a surrogate mother so the two could “fulfill God’s promise to them." After all, they thought they were getting too old for something like this and it was the custom of the time to have a child this way if you were unable to have them. Surely God would bless our efforts.
After Hagar returned with Ishmael from running away because of being treated harshly, she submitted herself to Sarai once again.
At this time Abram was 86 years old.
Have you ever run ahead of God and done things for Him rather than waiting for Him to do what He had promised? One verse, and four years later, God reappears to Abram and says, I am the Almighty God, walk uprightly before me. And I will make my Covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
Abram fell on his face and listened to God reiterate what He had promised to Abram. Sometimes we need to hear the promises of God repeated, and God is always good to do just that, when we stop and listen.
This Covenant is between God and Abram
This is my covenant with you Abraham, and with your descendants and this will be the sign of the covenant. You and every man child among you are to be circumcised as a sign of this covenant, your children by birth and those that are bought or servants. Signs were an important part of a covenant.
Ephesians 2:10-13, explains more about how the Jews and the Gentiles were reconciled through Jesus during New Testament times. This is another reason to see that the New and the Old Testaments work together and cannot be separated if we are to see God’s plan clearly.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. So remember you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands) remember that when you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the “covenants of the promise”, without hope and without God in the world.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Circumcision today is of the heart. And that will be made more clear when we get to the New Covenant.
Back to Sarai:
As for your wife, her name will also be changed from “Sarai, to Sarah” Matthew Henry’s comments on the name change confers a sense of changing from “my princess, to princess of multitudes,” signifying that the Messiah, the prince, even the Prince of the Kings of the Earth were to come from her. God continues to tell Abraham.
But then Abraham brings up the other son who he has come to love, and inquires of God, Oh that Ishmael might live or be declared by You.
But God replies, No for Sarah:
God continues to speak to Abraham: But, My covenant with you I will establish with Isaac, which Sarah will bear to you at this time next year.
When God was finished speaking with Abraham, that very same day, Abraham, those born in his house, and those who were bought, were circumcised.
Now being reminded of the promises, the eternal, unconditional Covenant with God, Abraham was instantly obedient in all things that God had told him.
And it came to pass just as God had said. Abraham and Sarah gave birth to a child and named him Issac, and when the child was eight days old, the circumcision took place, the symbol to remind them of the covenant with each new generation.
When little Issac was weaned, some scholars say three some say up to five years old, Abraham made a feast to celebrate. During this time Sarah was an eye witness to Ishmael mocking Issac.
It looks as if Hagar and Ishmael were welcome to remain until this point. It was Sarah who went to Abraham and said, Cast out this bondwoman, and HER son for the son of this servant will not be heir with MY son Issac.
This grieved Abraham, for he had become attached to his son of the the flesh, Ishmael. Ishamel may have been Isaac’s buddy and school mate, but he was not a fellow heir to the inheritance.
God told Abraham not to grieve over Ishmael, listen to your wife, and put him away, for I will make of Ishmael a nation, because he is your seed.
As Matthew Henry shares in his Commentary on this passage:
“If Hagar and Ishamel had conducted themselves well in Abraham’s family, they might have continued there but they threw themselves out by their own pride and insolence, and were justly chastised.”
Again we see an opportunity to have obeyed God in the things He tells us, or to walk in our own ways. We were made in the Image of God. While here on earth we have and earth suit, this flesh that covers the real us, the spirit within. There will always be a struggle between the flesh and the spirit for control.
Are you lost? I was the first time I heard all these things. It took me awhile to connect the dots of all this History and prophecy which is still History and some is yet prophecy.
This account of History was not a written account by Abraham, but God had Moses write it down many years later. Early tradition of passing down historical accounts was through story telling in most cultures, just as we still do in our our family today. It usually goes somewhat like, “Omi, tell me a story about when Grandpapa was little.” Which means those glorious little grandchildren want to hear those funny stories about Grandpapa, and then they go to him to find out those tales of old about me, which after many tellings becomes exhagerated for the fun of it.
The difference between our family stories, which, reminder to myself, I must write down the actual details to pass them on correctly, and the stories that Moses wrote down in the Pentatuch, the first five stories of the Bible, is that Moses was guided by the Holy Spirit with information from God.
So Moses has given us an accurate account of:
Hagar & Ishamael and Sarai & Issac were also an allegorical way of explaining the flesh and the spirit. The Apostle Paul explained this in the letter he wrote to the Galatians. Paul marveled at how the Galatians who have now tasted of grace, are now placing them selves back under the law. Paul really gets his point across when he shares….Oh foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth when some of you saw with your own eyes the crucifixion of Jesus Christ!
They obviously understood the gospel at one time, but were now confused by it so he reminds them of the covenant with Abraham once more, in how God rejects the works of the flesh. This letter to the Galatians was written around AD 54, and credits the Covenant even though it was established 430 years before the law, shows us the promise of this Covenant was still in effect.
Paul asks the Galatians, why would you want to put yourself back under the old ways, the law, when the perfect has come and He is the better, the BEST way?
Do you not remember what was written, that Abraham had two sons? One son was by a servant woman and was born according to the flesh, and the other son to a free woman born into the promise.
My Thomas Nelson Bible Foot note for Galatians 4:25 explains this well and leads us into the next Covenant on our List.
Hagar is Mount Sinai means, Hagar stands for MT Sinai, Hagar corresponds to the then current Jerusalem or Judisam. Paul views Hagar and Judiasim in the same way, for as Hagar and her offspring were in social bondage, so Judiasim and her adherents were in spiritual slavery to the law. Christianity is represented by Jerualsem which is above, that heavenly city. The Christian community is described as being free, that is not under the law.
For those that are free in Christ, are free indeed!
I have already mentioned the Sign of the Covenant, but there was also the exchanging of names. God took on the Covenant Names, “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob and the God of Israel. It’s just like being part of a family isn’t it?
We can see the lineage of the Covenant here.
I remember my dad telling us, you are part of this family and I expect you to represent us well.
How are we representing our heavenly Father?
Are we acting as ambassadors for His Kingdom and sharing the truth “unveiled” if we know it already? How are we using the time and the gifts and the talents that our Father has given us?
Have we taken the time to learn about our family history?
I know I have searched through the Ancestry accounts to look for anyone in my family tree that I may have missed, but now I am looking forward to meeting the Head of the Family, and the One who makes it possible for me to get there one day.
I have take on his name, Christian, and He one day will give me a new name when
I arrive in the Heavenly realm to see my Savior face to face! What a glorious day that will be. No more sorrow, no more pain, no more tears, and no more shame. I will bow at His feet and place the crowns that He gives me at His feet for it is only by His grace that I will be there.
And after the Ancestral view let’s take a look at the history page.
Have we been studying the Historical accounts of our biblical families roots?
A quick re-cap gives us a look into what God has been doing on our behalf.
In Genesis God created humanity who rebelled and yet God chose Adam, then Noah, and then Abraham, through which God would bless all the nations through his family. However this family will end up in slavery in Egypt.
As we follow the Covenant with Abraham to it’s future end, we that Abrahams benefactors, the beneficiaries of the promise to his physical seed, receive the real Promised Land.
There are a few more Covenants in-between the here of Abrahams’ Covenant and the now of today. The Covenant points to History’s end for it’s ultimate fulfillment, as the promise of the land was given to Abram, then to Issac, then to Jacob, and future generations. Israel became a Nation about a Millenium after Abraham’s day, about 1,000 BC during the time of David. Then Israel was overrun by the Assyrian Nation, and Israel was deported and and resettled outside of Caanan. The Jewish State of Israel was re-established in 1948. Between 586 BC and 1948 AD no Jewish state existed. But even in the darkest part of Israel's History, they looked forward to the fullfillment of God’s promise.
Are you familiar with Isaiah chapter 9? It is read many times at Christmas for it speaks of the Birth of the Savior of the Nation of Israel and they are still looking forward to that day. A day when their Savior is born and will grow to rule and reign on the earth. Israel missed the boat first when Noah left without them, and then again, when they rejected this Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, this Prince of Peace that came to rescue them once more, but they sent Jesus to the cross to be crucified instead. There were more prophecies through Jeremiah and Ezekiel Of the same manner.
The entire land that was granted to Abraham and his descendants has never been occupied by the ancient Israeilites or the modern Jewish people. The Covenant and the promise of the land has yet to be fulfilled. However, after walking through these few Covenants already, we know that God keeps His word and that He loves us, and that we can trust Him. We know this is a Covenant of grace, that it invites a response of faith, it implies God’s Sovereignty and that it foreshadows the work of Jesus Christ.
We know that this covers the Jewish people, the descendants of Abraham but if we are not physical descendants of Abraham, where does that leave us?
Well, I don’t want to spoil the ending, but time is of the essence in these last days of this Church Age. So let’s take a side tour of Hebrews Chapter 11 where we read....
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. For by faith the elders, those that have gone on before us, have obtained a good report. It’s by FAITH that we understand that the world was made just by God speaking it into existence. By FAITH we understand The ages which were prepared are now visible.
The Chapter goes on to tell of the History from beginning of time and many Old Testament saints that by FAITH did what God asked of them as they looked forward to and believed in the promises, the Covenant promises of God. These all died, not having received these promises, but died in faith, seeing the fulfilment of these promises in their future, and the future country, a heavenly country that God has prepared for them.
Since we have such a great cloud of witnesses that have gone on before us, that have been our examples, LET US, look to Jesus, the originator and perfector of our FAITH. Because WE, those who look to Him in FAITH, are the JOY that was on his heart as He went forward to perfect and fullfill the covenants once and for all so that those who TRUST in the finished work of Jesus can join Him in our forever Home with Him and while we are still here, lead and point others to that heavenly country as well.
And let’s finish with these words from Paul that focus on the spiritual account after reading the ancestral and historical accounts.
“Paul says that the Galatians must choose between their slavish observance of outward ritual and a simple faith in the finished work of Jesus; and exhorts them to cast out Hagar and Ishmael, which savor of the flesh, and to give themselves to the service of the Spirit, which stands for freedom, peace and joy in God. Let us also guard against a religious subservience to the outward, and cultivate a quick sensitiveness to the Holy Spirit.
There is much more to the story and it’s difficult to give you a reader’s digest version, so make time to read the Bible, God’s love letter to you, for yourself until we meet again to take a look at the Mosaic Covenant.
If you have any questions or comments, you can join us in the the Moments with Moni Community Group to continue the conversation.
Well, it has been years since I have made my Homemade Biscotti but the weather is beginning to cool and it might be time to learn to convert my recipe to a Keto friendly one. For now, there may be some of you that may appreciate this recipe. I used to make it for fundraisers and it always sold well. Enjoy a piece for me.
Pre -heat oven to 350 F
(Soak 1 cup raisins in warm water for 5 minutes & drain)
Place in a large bowl:
½ cup melted (lightly browned) butter (This adds alot of flavor! Melt butter slowly in a pan until it begins to brown on the bottom. Do not let it burn by swirling it gently now and then)
1 cup brown sugar
4 beaten eggs
2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
½ cup mashed canned pumpkin
4-5 cups Flour (You want a thick dough)
3 Tablespoons Pumpkin Pie spice
1 cup soaked raisins (drained)
2 Tablespoons Baking Powder
Coat hands with Oil and form three long flattened rolls
Place on cookie sheet lined with parchement paper
Bake 1/2 hour @ 350 F
Let cool 15 minutes
Slice each portion at an angle
Place sliced side down
Bake for 12 minutes till lightly brown
Flip and Bake another 12 minutes to lightly brown
½ cup melted, browned butter
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
Mix and add a few tablespoons of regular OR evaporated milk
While mixing till desired consistency is achieved
Drizzle glaze on cooled Biscotti
Store in airtight container after glaze has dried.
Enjoy with Coffee or Tea and Company
Fall is definitely in the air! Pumpkin is everywhere, and the crisp leaves under foot are piling up. The Season of Testimonies with Moni is coming to an end, and it's time to share the next. I will still be sharing more in the Biblical Covenant Series on Monday's but Friday's will now be called the Domestic Lady Series. When I first started the Moments with Moni Podcast, I shared that it would be practical help for the heart and home. The heart has been my focus since we began back in January, with a few mentions of homemaking and herbs and health in a couple of the Podcasts. I will add the links below.
Moving forward, during this time of uncertainty, I'd like to bring back a bit of home stability. Stress has been at an all time level in our quarantine world. There is much bickering online and in the homes about 2-3 am on a Saturday night when the bars close. I pray for you, you who are walking through difficult times because of this uncertainty and help where I am able. Calm hearts focused on Jesus can accomplish much with a kind word in reply to angry ones.
I think it is wonderful that families have more time together these days, but the transition from a busy outward life to a calm inward life takes time and practice. So now that we are in the discipline of digging into the word and sitting at His feet, it's time to start crawling. Just like a toddler who is learning to walk, we may teeter a bit, but moving forward in grace and love will help us grow and mature and will be wonderful examples to those around us. Our family usually sees us at our worst, so let's start giving them a taste of our best and create a sanctuary within the walls of our home, a safe place from the cares of the world.
I know that I am more creative if my surroundings are clean and organized. However, when I was a young mom, I would drive my family crazy wanting to keep things so clean that they felt they could not relax. I know that trait came from my German roots. I heard my mother say on many occasions that we need "Ordnug" "order." I learned that my home needed to be as clean as it made my family happy. That clean standard changed as the seasons of the family changed. When there were little ones in the house, I was in survival mode. As they grew, we taught them to pick up after themselves from a very young age which helped make it a natural process as they got older, until the teen age years hit and they need more privacy and kept things all over their bedroom floor so I could not walk in safely. Part of growing up is learning to care for your surroundings, and the roof over our head was not being paid by the teenagers, so there was at least a clean up of their floors about once a week. I don't have a picture to show you after all these years, but that is probably a good thing.
There is so much to cover in what is almost 60 years of living! I don't feel 60, at least when I am sitting here typing. With so many topics to cover in this Domestically Inclined Series, I will post a few of the upcoming topics here. If there are any topics you would like me to cover, please leave me a comment.
Upcoming Moments with Moni in regards to the Domestic Lady Series:
Practical Help for the Heart and Home
Home as our Sanctuary
Proverbs 31 Woman
Home & Heart Podcast Links
Practical Helps for the Home and Heart
Moments with Moni Podcast #4 Herbs and Health, Socrates, Psalm 104
Testimonies with Moni & Dave Ebert Episode #60
The Episode posts Friday October 2, 2020 and 2:00 AM Pacific on Momentswithmoni.com What a wonderful time spent with Dave Ebert. A humble man who has had his share of pain in life, but has given it to the Lord and is using his life to honor God. Currently Dave is part of Comedy Team that brings joy and laughter to many who are hurting. With Covid hampering there live shows, you can find Dave and the Well Versed Team online sharing their gifts to help others. Links below. As the interview ended, Dave was gracious enough to give me a Two Thumbs up rating on Moments with Moni! Humbled and honored to be able to share the work you are doing Dave!
Dave is an improviser, actor, improv coach, speaker, and credentialed minister. He was born in Chicago, but grew up in southwestern Virginia. Much of his improv and acting ability is attributed to his 8 years as a pro wrestler on the independent circuit in the south.
In 2013, after nearly two decades of battling with depression and suicidal ideations, Dave finally made the life-changing decision to pursue God. He says, “At that point, I wrestled with this choice: I could take my life…or I could give my life. I chose to give my life to the Lord.”
Most of his life, Dave covered his depression with humor. He used it to make others feel better while disguising how he truly felt inside. Dave often tells his testimony by saying, “I used to use comedy to hide who I was, but now I use comedy to reveal Who He is.”
Shortly after deciding to pursue a real relationship with God, Dave relocated back to Chicago in 2013. Through his passion for comedy renewed with a deeper purpose, he founded Well Versed Comedy, an improv comedy ministry team. Doing comedy is his primary passion for reaching people, either to uplift and encourage fellow Christians, or to bring light, laughter, and joy to non-Christians.
He married his wife Bobbie in June 2015, and they live together in Crest Hill, Ill., with their 3 cats.
Gifts for Glory Ministries
Well Versed Comedy
Dave Ebert (Acting/Speaking/Improv Coaching)
Gifts for Glory Ministries
Our gifts for His Glory
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