Choosing Leaders

My absentee ballot for the November 8th election arrived Saturday. How am I to choose a leader? I learned what to look for from men in the Bible.

Israel

  1. Self-controlled, Genesis 49:4.
  2. Non-violent, Genesis 49:5.
  3. Not self-willed; I will avoid their assembly, Genesis 49:6.
  4. One who restrains his enemies, Genesis 49:8.
  5. One who has the respect of his family, Genesis 49:8.

“A lion’s cub. A symbol of sovereignty, strength, and courage. Judah (or Israel) is often pictured as a lion in later times (see Ezekiel 19:2; Micah 5:8 and especially Numbers 24:9). Judah’s greatest descendant is himself called ‘The Lion of the Tribe of Judah’ (Revelation 5:5).”

New International Version Study Bible Note on Genesis 49:9

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Moses

  1. Stands up for and helps the weak, Exodus 2:17.
  2. Humble, Exodus 3:5.
  3. Following God, Exodus 3:12.
  4. Leads us through difficulties, Exodus 14:13-22.

“The Biblical account of God miraculously delivering His people and supernaturally guiding them to a place of liberty and plenty was a frequently invoked source of inspiration in early America. Today, that passage continues as a lighthouse for hope for those facing difficulties of any type, for its message is unchanged: God can still deliver His children and convey them to their own place of freedom, safety, and abundance, regardless of the circumstances in which they find themselves.”

“God’s Deliverance: The Birth of a Nation”
The Founder’s Bible
The Origin of the Dream of Freedom
p. 112

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Jethro, Moses’ Father-in-law

Exodus 18:21, “Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.” NASB

How to choose a judge:

  1. Able
  2. Fears God
  3. Truthful
  4. Honest

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America’s Political Form of Government

  1. Totalitarianism: a highly centralized government that does not tolerate individualism or differences of opinion. …communistic…socialistic…can also be led by a dictator, czar, sultan, premier, …emperor (Luke 2:1), Caesars (Mark 12:17), or pharaohs (Exodus 1-14).
  2. Monarchy: …headed by a king, queen, or emirate. …limited or constitutional monarchies, where a higher law is above the monarch, such as the Magna Carta with English kings. Israel’s kings…personally wrote out a copy of the laws that God gave to govern Israel (Deuteronomy 17:18-20). …the king and the people would first make a joint covenant with God (2 Samuel 5:3; 2 Kings 11:17).
  3. Republic or Constitutional Republic: …parliamentary systems…representative democracies, in which the representatives elected by the people are the sovereign power and rule until the people select new representatives. A constitutional republic…is one in which the representatives elected by the people are not sovereign but are instead subject to a higher sovereign law – a written constitution. (Exodus 18:21; Deuteronomy 1:15-16; 16:18).
  4. Oligarchy: …power resides in a small elite group …feudal tribal government, aristocracy, and plutocracy. …Sanhedrin (Luke 22:66).
  5. Anarchy or Revolutionary: A government without laws, …each individual, who does what he wishes or has the power to do. …[French Revolution] … “every man did what was right in his own eyes” (Deuteronomy 12:8; Judges 17:6; 21:25).
  6. Democracy: …direct majority votes…an unstable and fluctuating government. …Jesus during His final week…treating Him as a national hero (Matthew 21:9), …the same people ‘all said, “Crucify Him!”‘ (Matthew 27:21). …mob rule…where passions and selfishness often prevail over reason and deliberation.
  7. Theocracy: a government run by immediate representatives of God, claiming to act directly on His commands… (Eli and Samuel) …without separation of Church and State and with no input from the people. Many Islamic nations, …ruled by an ayatollah or imam…

“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican form of Government.” Article IV, Section IV of the U.S. Constitution

“America’s Political Form of Government”
The Founder’s Bible
The Origin of the Dream of Freedom
pp. 146-148

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I Learned

I have some homework to do before I fill out my ballot!

Join me in reading October’s chapters and November’s chapters. I would love to hear what you learned in the comments section below!

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When Your Heart Stops

Monday, September 26, 2022

Ragweed has blinded my eyes. Please, open them, Lord!

Psalm 146:8, “The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord raises up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.” NASB

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

My eyes are still flaring and watering constantly. I struggle to read.

Zechariah 9:1, “… (for the eyes of all …, are toward the Lord.)” NASB

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

I thought my watering eyes were unbearable. I was going for my second cup of coffee when my heart felt like a hand squeezed it and it stopped.

Repenting, I exclaimed, “Jesus, take me home!” (The pain did not stop but I forgot about my eyes!)

Then, I remembered coughing could start your heart again. I coughed a few times and the pain finally eased.

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“The books of Kings are the history of Israel from the perspective of the eyewitnesses in the court and the prophets at the time; the books of Chronicles are a recounting of that same history for those who returned from the exile in Babylon drawing spiritual lessons from the heart of the priests. It has been said that those who fail to learn the lessons of history are destined to repeat it. At first glance, 1 Chronicles reads as a condensed recap of the entire Old Testament. From Adam to Abraham to Jacob to King David to the exile and finally, to the return of the Jews to their homeland, it’s all there. It’s the official condensed record of Judah’s history from Genesis to Malachi, and that’s just the first nine chapters.”

Introduction to 1 Chronicles
The Founder’s Bible
The Origin of the Dream of Freedom

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How is history recorded? Through genealogy.

1 Chronicles 1:1, “Adam, Seth, Enosh.” NASB

Father, son, grandson. The story of Adam in the garden of Eden is not recorded here, just his son and grandson’s names. (See Genesis 5:1-8).

These chapters don’t list occupations or titles. Chapter three lists the genealogy of the kings. Yet, only their names are recorded.

1 Chronicles 3:17, “The sons of Jeconiah, the prisoner, .” NASB

King Jeconiah was captured by Nebuchadnezzar, see 2 Kings 24:6-16. He was a prisoner for 37 years, see 2 Kings 25:27-30. But here he is recorded as Jeconiah the prisoner.

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After feeling my heart stop, I evaluated my life. The only things that matter are my children and their children. They are more important than any occupation, title, accomplishments, or ministry.

The chest pain was replaced by the feeling of a steel band around my ribcage. I went to the ER. My EKG and blood tests showed I did not have a heart attack.

X-rays ruled out pneumonia even though the doctor heard crackling. I am in great health on paper. I just can’t breathe. He was perplexed.

“It’s ragweed,” I stated, “I will blow it out with the nebulizer.”

He was surprised that I had a nebulizer. He prescribed Aleve and Baby Aspirin for the “inflammation.” I declined Prednisone. The doctor agreed when he saw I had 14 rounds in the last three years.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

1 Chronicles 4:4, “…These were the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah, the father of Bethlehem.” NASB

Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Ephrathah. The city was named after this man, not the firstborn son, Hur. I’m glad God uses second-born and third-born children. (I’m a middle child!) 😉

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1 Chronicles 4:14, “…for they were craftsmen.” NASB

This is the third occupation listed in 1 Chronicles.

  1. Scribes, 2:55.
  2. Kings, Chapter 3.
  3. Craftsmen, 4:14.
  4. Potters, 4:23.
  5. Shepherds, 4:39.
  6. Soldiers, 5:18.
  7. Priests, Chapter 6.
  8. Musicians, 6:31-32.

Friday, September 30, 2022

The “inflammation” moved to my right lung and left bronchial tubes. I got to meet my new doctor. (My doctor retired.) 😦

My new doctor liked my curly hair, (because his wife has curly hair), and said I didn’t look my age. I like him! 🙂

He said I look great on paper but breathing is important. I talked him down to the lowest dose of Prednisone and am on Round 15. (Sigh.) I’m at war with Ragweed.

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1 Chronicles 7:5, “… families of Issachar were mighty men of valor, …” NASB

The mighty men of valor were troops for the army. (See, 1 Chronicles 5:18; 7:5-11; 7:40.)

  • Issachar, 87,000.
  • Benjamin’s son Bela 22,034.
  • Benjamin’s son Becher 20,200.
  • Benjamin’s son Jediael 17,200.
  • Ashur 26,000.
  • Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh 44,760.

King David’s nephews were the officers of the army. His sister, Zeruiah’s sons were Abishai, Joab, and Asahel, 1 Chronicles 2:16; and 2 Samuel 2:18. Amasa, the son of his sister Abigail, replaced Joab, 1 Chronicles 2:17 and 2 Samuel 17:25.

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Those who returned to Jerusalem were:

  1. The Levites – those in charge of teaching God’s Laws.
  2. The Judahites – the worshippers, princes, and officers.
  3. The Benjaminites – the soldiers.
  4. The sons of Joseph – the Ephraimites and Manassehites. (Israel transferred the birthright of the Firstborn from Joseph to Reuben, 1 Chronicles 5:1.) They were the elders.

To rebuild America, we need to send those who know the Laws of God to Washington.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Genesis 1:12, “The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.” NASB

We talk about bearing fruit but does our fruit have seeds that reproduce? My children are serving the Lord. Am I doing everything I can to help ensure my grandchildren serve the Lord?

Because when my heart truly stops, that is what matters.

Stalls of vendors in the Jewish Quarter during Jesus' time.
A mural of what the Jewish Quarter looked like in Jesus’ time. Each stall was a different occupation. The artist added a young boy with a baseball cap and backpack in the front for whimsy.

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Circles Around the Mountain

Journal, March 27, 2022:

The lines on the mountains are sheep trails. Shepherds lead sheep around mountains to feed on both sides. Psalm 23:3, “…He guides me in the paths of righteousness.” NASB

Those paths are circles on the mountain. In Hebrew, they are called circles of righteousness.

We are supposed to go around the mountains. Plants that grow at different elevations have varied nutrition. We learn everything we need to at this level before our Shepherd leads us higher.

The Bible gives us promises and corrections. Like sheep, we eat sweet greens and bitter greens. Bitter greens have more nutrients. We grow when we are corrected.

Those lines are sheep trails made by circling the mountain and feeding on both sides. This was taken on our way to Jerusalem from the Dead Sea.

My Top Ten List of Verses I Did NOT Want to Share This Month

  • 1. “I will deal with you according to your anger and according to your envy which you showed.” Ezekiel 35:11 NASB (Ouch.)
  • 2. “For everyone who goes astray or is naive; so you shall make atonement,” Ezekiel 45:20 NASB (There’s hope for me!)
  • 3. “Wisdom…sets her table.” Proverbs 9:2 NASB (It’s easier to eat on the couch. Sigh.)
  • 4. “When you shall eat the fruit of your hands, you will be happy and it will be well with you,” Psalm 128:2 NASB (This verse must be for my friends who have gardens and can their produce. What is the fruit of my hands?)
  • 5. “He also gets hungry and his strength fails; he drinks no water and becomes weary.” Isaiah 44:12 NASB (Does sweet tea count?)
  • 6. “Then he wrote the dream down and related the following summary of it,” Daniel 7:1 NASB (Some dreams I would rather forget than summarize but I know God speaks through dreams.)
  • 7. “Daniel began distinguishing himself…because he possessed an extraordinary spirit,” Daniel 6:3 NASB (How is my spirit? Hopefully, it would not be described as bitter, jealous, or proud.)
  • 8. “Remove the false way from me.” Psalm 119:29 NASB (Ouch again.)
  • 9. “Give honor to their husbands, great and small,” Esther 1:20 NASB (No comment.)
  • 10. Finally, from Wednesday night’s sermon, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6 NASB (I’m totally humbled now!)

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Eyes That See not

Our church held an Independence Day celebration last night. They had 7 food trucks, 5 bouncy houses, music, and a special speaker.

(I chose to stay home and play with twenty-two-month-old Gideon.)

Our daughter Laura went with David. She surprised us by staying for the fireworks.

Laura gets up between 3:30 and 4:00 a.m. for work. I wondered if she got enough rest last night.

“Did Laura sleep on the way home?” I asked David.

“No,” he replied, “but her eyes were glazed over.”

That was a perfect example of someone in a stupor!

Romans 12:8, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes to see not and ears to hear not, down to this very day.”

New American Standard Bible

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Dear Lord, give me eyes to see and ears to hear. Amen.

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Ollie, Ollie, in Free

Yesterday, I talked about freedom and liberty. True freedom is found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

“This is the ‘ollie, ollie, in come free’ opening book of the New Testament. Hide and seek is over; the Savior has been found! Everyone can come home, we all win!”

The Founder’s Bible,
The Origin of the Dream of Freedom,
Introduction to the book of James

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As we walk in faith, we do our best to live a holy life. But it is not “do,” but “who.”

“First, we are called to ‘be’ holy, not ‘do’ holy. Second, holiness is relational: it’s not so much about an absence of wrong behavior as it is about the presence of Someone. When Moses was told to take his shoes off because he was standing on holy ground (Exodus 3:1-5), the ground was not holy because it was some special kind of dirt; it was holy because the presence of God was abiding there. Third, God is the source of our holiness…because He is holy, and He lives in us, we shall be holy, for we shall be like Him.”

The Hope of Holiness,
The Freedom Bible,
The Origin of the Dream of Freedom,
p. 2017

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We cannot be holy in ourselves but we can do everything to “keep ourselves unstained by the world.”

James 1:27, “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”

New American Standard Bible

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It is by grace that we are saved and God’s grace makes us holy.

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Freedom Versus Liberty

“Freedom is something that a government grants; liberty is something we own that a government cannot take away. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” President John Adams

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” Benjamin Franklin

“Freedom Versus Liberty”
The Founder’s Bible, The Origin of the Dream of Freedom,
p. 1860
John Adams, The Works of John Adams (Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1851) Vol. VI, p. 484, to John Taylor, April 15, 1814
Benjamin Franklin quotes, Notable Quotes. (at http://www.notable-quotes.com/f/franklin_benjamin.html) (Accessed April 26, 2012)

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Works of the Law Versus Faith

Galatians 2:15, 16, “We are Jews by nature and not sinners from among the Gentiles, 16) nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.”

New American Standard Bible

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Galatians 2:29, “And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.”

New American Standard Bible

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I am grateful that we can celebrate liberty in America. We are more than free! (America is a Republic, not a democracy. Remember, you learned that in the Pledge of Allegiance.)

I am more grateful that I do not have to rely on the works of the Law to be justified. Jesus Christ paid the price so I can live justified (just as if I hadn’t sinned). It is by faith in what He did on the cross that I can live in liberty!

Since I belong to Christ, I will receive everything promised to the Jews.

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Show Hospitality

My cousins gathered for our family reunion a few weeks ago. I have 47 cousins on that side of the family. The hot, breezy weather kept me from attending. (I attended a cool, rainy, send-off picnic in May and battled allergies for a few days afterward.)

Another cousin, Danny, lives three blocks from us. They were hosting three of the out-of-town cousins. His wife Laura brought Jerry over to meet me. He lives in California and hadn’t been back to Iowa for years.

After a few hours of visiting, they rose to leave. They planned to go to my cousin’s farm.

“Can we stop somewhere for food?” Jerry asked. “I haven’t had lunch.”

Embarrassed, I realized I hadn’t even offered him water, sweet tea, or lemonade! I am not the “hostess with the mostest!”

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David went to the reunion with our daughter, Laura, and met our son’s family there. Derek and Rachel were amazingly able to put twenty-one-month-old Gideon down for a short nap. David made a video of Gideon playing on some “rocker animals” to show me.

He casually said, “David and Becky are in town until Wednesday. Cousin Laura is going to bring them over one night.”

After failing my hostess duties on Friday, I went into high gear! Monday, I cleaned the house and made more sweet tea, lemonade, and “no-bake” cookies. I was prepared! (I hid the cookies.)

They came over Tuesday evening and I “talked their leg off” about our trip to Israel. (That means I did most of the talking.)

I apologized and explained, “I don’t get out, literally!”

My favorite memory was David’s face when I brought out the cookies!

“Where did you hide those?”

I didn’t tell.

I felt better about being a hostess until I read Hebrews 13.

Hebrews 13:2, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some had entertained angels without knowing it!”

New American Standard Bible

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I think I’m doing okay but Jesus wants me to go above and beyond what is required. Obviously, it is too dangerous to invite the stranger walking by to come in for cookies. But I could carry some extra water to give away.

The temperature is in the 90’s and humid this week. A bottle of water could be a life saver.

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Random Acts of Kindness

All of my life we have prayed for revival. We ask God to send people that need Him to our churches. As much as we love each other, and the new people coming in, we still will have problems. Look at the first church.

Acts 6:1, “Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food.”

New American Standard Bible

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Complaints come from those being overlooked. In this case, the Hellenistic Jewish widows were not being fed. So, after fasting and prayer, they chose Stephen to ensure they were given food. Stephen was martyred.

Acts 8:1, “…And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.”

New American Standard Bible

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Disciples scatter. Apostles stay. How do we become an apostle? Spend time with Jesus.

The disciples did not abandon their faith. They preached everywhere they went. They were witnesses in their country, the next country, and to the remotest parts of the world, see Acts 1:8. But eventually, they had to come back to Jerusalem.

Acts 8:25, “So, when they had solemnly testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, and were preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.”

New American Standard Bible

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Those who scattered were sent, and the road they were on wasn’t pleasant.

Acts 8:26, “But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, ‘Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a desert road.)”

New American Standard Bible

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The disciples couldn’t avoid persecution by leaving town. It followed them.

Acts 9:2, “…so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.”

New American Standard Bible

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Jesus stopped Saul on the road to Damascus. He went from being a persecutor to joining the persecuted.

Acts 9:22, “But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews…”

New American Standard Bible

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Where did Saul’s strength originate?

Acts 9:9, 11, “And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. 11) …a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.'”

New American Standard Bible

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Strength comes from fasting and praying. But no matter how strong we become, at some point, we have to return home, see Acts 9:30. Home is where they know you – the good and the bad. They know your history and will not shower you with honor, see Mark 6:4.

Your greatest witness is going home and letting them see how God has changed you. Your greatest testimony is how you treat your family, friends, and those in need.

Acts 9:36, “Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called Dorcas); this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did.”

New American Standard Bible

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It is easy to do “Random Acts of Kindness” for strangers. Charity begins at home.

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Return Everything that Belongs to Her

COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 31

Journal, 4-15-2020: “It snowed. My eyes are still bad. … Pastor Peggy Knudsen preached. “God doesn’t start something he won’t finish.” Someday, I will write posts again.

1 Kings 22:14, “But Micaiah answered, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, I will say only what the Lord tells me to say.'”

Common English Bible
April 15, 2020: 2 Chronicles 18; Psalm 44; 1 Kings 22.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 32

Journal, 4-16-2020: “My eyes are worse – swollen and bright red. When Pastor Gary Van Nyhuis called, I told him something triggered the allergies last fall. He asked if that was when David stopped drumming. I checked with David. No, that was in January.”

2 Chronicles 20:17, “You don’t need to fight this battle. Just take your place, stand ready, and watch how the Lord, who is with you, will deliver you, Judah and Jerusalem. Don’t be afraid or discouraged. Go out tomorrow and face them. The Lord will be with you.'”

Common English Bible
April 16, 2020: 2 Chronicles 19; Psalm 82; 2 Chronicles 20.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 33

Journal, 4-17-2020: “No relief. I didn’t dress. I listened to TV. My eyes are constantly tearing.”

Psalms 118:1, “Give thanks to the Lord because he is good because his faithful love lasts forever.”

Common English Bible
April 17, 2020: Psalm 118; 2 Kings 12.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 34

Journal, 4-18-2020: “I woke up with my eyelashes mattered together. I waited for David to wake up and asked for a washcloth with warm water. After soaking them for a few minutes, I could open them. I took pictures and emailed them to my doctor. I explained my symptoms and how I was treating them. An infection has set in. … I’m struggling with my faith. Will my eyes ever heal? Why isn’t God giving me posts?”

2 Kings 4:26, “…She said, ‘Things are okay.'”

Common English Bible

Her world is falling apart and she still trusts.

“Both Elisha and the woman use the Hebrew word Shalom, which, in this context, implies well-being. Yet all is not well. In her distress, the woman exhibits extraordinary trust in the ability of the prophet to address her new situation of need. … It seems as though Elisha doesn’t understand the problem. The woman’s reply in 4:28 recalls her earlier plea (2 Kings 4:16) and evokes Elisha’s personal involvement.”

Common English Bible Notes on 2 Kings 4:26

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Proverbs 17:3, “A crucible for silver and a furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.”

Common English Bible
April 18, 2020: 2 Kings 3, 4.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 35

Journal, 4-19-2020: “The doctor never replied. I got up to watch church online and went back to bed. My sister-in-law, Melinda dropped off a box of cupcakes and cookies. I wanted to eat the whole box.”

2 Kings 6:33, “While Elisha was still speaking with them, the messenger arrived and said, ‘Look, this disaster is the Lord’s doing. Why should I trust the Lord any longer?'”

Common English Bible

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“Given the overall theme of the prophet stories – the Lord’s supervision of Israel’s history – this question is the heart of the matter. Doesn’t the siege contradict the Lord’s presence and power? … The prophet’s immediate response indicates that the prophetic word continues to shape Israel’s story. His answer indicates that the economy will again flourish and that the inflation reported in 2 Kings 6:25 will end. Salvation is on its way…”

Common English Bible Notes on 2 Kings 6:33-7:1

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Proverbs 18:7, “The mouth of fools is their ruin; their lips are a trap for their lives.”

Common English Bible
April 19, 2020: 2 Kings 5, 6.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 36

Journal, 4-20-2020: “The doctor ordered an antibiotic and Prednisone. The pharmacy was out of the second one. They’ll get some in the morning. … The waterbed mattress arrived – 3 days late. I will leave it on the floor for 5 days because of COVID-19.”

2 Kings 8:6, “… Return everything that belongs to her, as well as everything that the farmland has produced, starting from the day she left the country until right now.”

Common English Bible

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Proverbs 20:22, “Don’t say, ‘I’ll repay the evildoer!’ Wait for the Lord, and he will save you.”

Common English Bible
April 20, 2020: 2 Kings 7, 8; 2 Chronicles 21.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 37

Journal, 4-21-2020: “David picked up the Prednisone at noon. I should have waited until the morning to take it. I had insomnia for 3 hours!”

2 Kings 9:11, “Jehu went out to his master’s officers. They said to him, ‘Is everything okay? Why did this fanatic come to you?’ Jehu said to them, ‘You know the man and the nonsense he talks.'”

Common English Bible

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“Fanatic: The word is sometimes translated ‘Madman.’ It describes the behavior of the prophets (cf. Jeremiah 29:26; Hosea 9:7). A related noun form appears in 2 Kings 9:20, where it is translated ‘madman.'”

Common English Bible Notes on 2 Kings 9:11

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2 Kings 9:20, “…Jehu drives like a madman.”

Common English Bible

Madman. Fanatic. Acting like a prophet. Jehu drove as if under prophetic influence. He heard the prophecy Elijah made about King Ahab, 2 Kings 9:25, 36. Did he know he would be the one carrying it out?

Proverbs 21:5, “The plans of the diligent end up in profit, but those who hurry end up with loss.”

Common English Bible
April 21, 2020: 2 Kings 9, 10.

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I Am the Lord

COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 24

Journal, 4-8-2020: “My eyes are running constantly. I can’t see anything very well. It’s like trying to look through Vaseline. Obviously, cold compresses are not working. I switched back to hot compresses. Nobody went on a “bear hunt.” The hearts in windows are what everyone is doing. I took the bears out of my windows. I’m depressed.”

Matthew 26:6, “When Jesus was at Bethany visiting the house of Simon, who had a skin disease.”

Common English Bible

Jesus heals skin diseases. Please heal me.

April 8, 2020: Matthew 26.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 25

Journal, 4-9-2020: “I woke up at 4:00 a.m. with a sore throat. I gargled and then rinsed my sinuses and eyes. I drank blueberry tea with honey. I ate a banana and took my medication. … Heartburn! I ate cereal and milk. Then I propped up the pillows and went back to sleep. I’m depressed. I can’t get on top of the watery eyes. I have difficulty reading and writing.”

John 17:4, “I have glorified you on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.”

Common English Bible

I can’t work at all!

April 9, 2020: Mark 14; John 17.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 26

Journal 4-10-2020: “I went to take a nap after lunch and found the waterbed mattress leaked in a corner seam. (You cannot repair those.) We drained the bed. We borrowed a single size air mattress from Derek. I slept on it and David slept on the daybed. I’m glad I didn’t know this was going to happen.”

John 18:4, “Jesus knew everything that was going to happen to him…”

Common English Bible
April 10, 2020: John 18; Mark 15.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 27

Journal, 4-11-2020: “David bought a queen-sized air mattress from Walmart. He pumped it up and put it in the waterbed frame. We woke up at midnight. We were laying on wood. We pumped it up again. We were back on the wood at four. I moved to the couch and David went back to the daybed.

Matthew 27:58, “He came to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate gave him permission to take it.”

Common English Bible

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“…Victims of crucifixion typically hung on the cross after death as food for scavenging animals. …”

Common English Bible Note on Matthew 27:58.
April 11, 2020: Matthew 27; Luke 23.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 28

Journal, 4-12-2020: “Easter Sunday. We had our first “Drive-In Church.” I wore sunglasses the entire time. No one could see my eyes. Laura came! She hasn’t been to church since Derek graduated from Victory Bible College in 2015. … David exchanged the air mattress. The new one is 18″ high. I can look down the street while sitting in bed.”

Luke 24:11, “Their words struck the apostles as nonsense, and they didn’t believe the woman.”

Common English Bible

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“…James…doubts his mother.”

Common English Bible Note on Luke 24:11
April 12, 2020: John 19; Matthew 28; Luke 24.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 29

Journal, 4-13-2020: “It was cold. I ate breakfast in bed. My eyes are almost completely healed. Thank you, Jesus!”

John 21:9, “When they landed, they saw a fire there, with fish on it, and some bread.”

Common English Bible

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“The scene of Peter’s reinstatement (John 21:15, 17) matches the scene of his denial.”

Common English Bible Note on John 21:9
April 13, 2020: Mark 16; John 20, 21.

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COVID-19, “Shelter in Place,” – Day 30

Journal, 4-14-2020: “The hives around my eyes are back. They are thick and red. I wonder what the trigger is? Western Dressing? I tried Hydrocortisone and olive oil. The red got even brighter. (So much for home remedies. Sigh.)”

1 Kings 20:13, “… Do you see that great army? Today I am handing it over to you. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”

Common English Bible
April 21, 2020: 1 Kings 20, 21; 2 Chronicles 17.

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