You Won’t Be Harmed

I have been sick this week. I don’t know what caused it, but I am feeling better.

Psalms 121:6, “You won’t be harmed by the sun during the day or by the moon at night.” CEV

“Harmed…sun…moon: In ancient times people saw the harmful effects of the rays of sun, and they thought that certain illnesses (especially mental disorders) were also caused by the rays of the moon.” CEV Bible Notes

“Let Us Help!”

Ezra 4:1, 2, “The enemies of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin heard that the people had come back to rebuild the temple of the Lord God of Israel. So they went to Zerubbabel and to the family leaders and said, ‘Let us help! Ever since King Esarhaddon of Assyria brought us here, we have worshiped your God and offered sacrifices to him’.” CEV

“Foreigners: People from foreign countries who had been captured by Assyrian and Babylonian kings and forced to settle in Palestine.” CEV Bible Notes

Interesting. The enemies of the Jews still are professing that they want to “help.”

 

As Much Happiness As Being Rich

In his sermon last night, Pastor Monte Knudsen said, “Life is not about the accumulation of stuff.”

When people were asked how much money it would take to make them  happy everyone answered $10,000 more than what they make now. It was the same answer for those who made $25,000 and for those who made $150,000.

Today’s verses show us the key to true happiness.

Psalms 119:14, 36, 37, “Obeying your instructions brings as much happiness as being rich…Make me want to obey you rather than to be rich. Take away my foolish desires, and let me find life by walking with you.”

He Did Everything He Was Supposed To Do

I had trouble starting my work today. I blamed my son who was watching “The Office” on Netflix, but it was more from apathy. I wonder if I am still going in the right direction? I got my answer in today’s verse.

Daniel 6:4, “The other men tried to find something wrong with the way Daniel did his work for the king. But they could not accuse him of anything wrong, because he was honest and faithful and did everything he was supposed to do.”

I work for King Jesus. I am honest and faithful. If I am to do everything I am supposed to do today…I had better get to that ironing. (Yuck.)

Seventy Weeks

Daniel 9:24, “God has decided that for seventy weeks…” CEV

“Seventy weeks: or ‘seventy times seven years’.” CEV Bible Notes

We do not know God’s calendar. We try to figure everything out based on our calendar, but that doesn’t work.

2 Peter 3:8, “Dear friends, don’t forget that for the Lord one day is the same as a thousand years, and a thousand years is the same as one day.” CEV

His Father

Daniel 5:2, “He got drunk and ordered his servants to bring in the gold and silver cups his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple in Jerusalem…”

“His father Nebuchadnezzar: Belshazzar was actually the son of King Nabonidus, who was from another family. But in ancient times, it was possible to refer to a previous king as the ‘father’ of the present king.” CEV Bible Notes

Pounds, Quarts, and Yards

Ezekiel 46:5, “With the ram, he is to offer twenty pounds of grain, and with each of the lambs, he can offer as much as he wants. He must also offer four quarts of olive oil with every twenty pounds of grain.”

Ezekiel 46:14, “Along with it, three pounds of fine flour mixed with a quart of olive oil must be offered as a grain sacrifice…”

Ezekiel 47:3, “The man walked east, then took out his measuring stick and measured five hundred sixty yards down stream…”

I can visualize 20 pounds of grain, a gallon of olive oil, 3 pounds of flour mixed with a quart of olive oil and 560 yards. I understand the amounts because they are listed in terms I understand.

If you don’t understand what you are reading in your Bible, GET ANOTHER VERSION!

I am currently reading from the Contemporary English Version, but there is also an English Standard Version.

If you grew up on the King James version, I recommend the New International Version or the New American Standard.

“The Message” Bible is easy to understand and there are even various formats. I bought my son a Bible that looked like a sports magazine and my daughter one that looked like a teen magazine.

Find one that works for you because God is the one that brings understanding…not a specific version. You will be surprised how much you recognize his voice speaking to you through his word when you read a version that makes sense to YOU!

The Standard Unit

Ezekiel 45:11, 12, “The Ephah will be the standard dry measure, and the bath will be the standard liquid measure. Their size will be based on the homer, which will equal ten ephahs, or ten baths. The standard unit of weight will be the shekel. One shekel will equal twenty gerahs, and sixty shekels will equal one mina. CEV

“The homer…ten ephahs…ten baths: A homer was either a dry or liquid measure and equaled about five bushels or fifty-five gallons; an ephah would be about a half bushel, and a bath would be about five and a half gallons. The shekel: The shekel was about four-tenths of an ounce.” CEV Bible Notes