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on March 25, 2024 — by .
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & books ISAIAH, Jeremiah, Mark, Matthew.

Jesus in the temple

After Jesus’ triumphant entry to Jerusalem, He entered the temple but it was not ready for God. God had come to His temple. (See Malachi 3:1-3). Inside its gates, people were doing business. There was a market in its yard. Some people were selling the special coins that people used in the temple. Other people were selling birds and animals. People bought birds and animals there to give them to God.

on February 27, 2024 — by .
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & books Genesis, ISAIAH, John, Psalm.

Jesus the logos

To Israelites of Old Testament times, God’s word was more than something written down or spoken out. It was something active so that when God expressed His will, that will be carried out. God spoke, and it was done (Genesis 1:3; Psalm 33:9; Isaiah 55:10-11 ). By His active word, God created the universe (Gen 1:6,9,14; Ps 33:6 ). God’s word had such life and power that people thought of it almost as if it were a person – God’s living agent or messenger (Psalm 107:20; 147:15,18 ).

This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & books 1 Samuel, Deuteronomy, Exodus, Genesis, ISAIAH, Mark.

Sabbath for people

The 4th of the 10 commandments requires that people must rest on the Sabbath day. (Deuteronomy 5:12-15).

In the fourth commandment, God showed that people could combine an attitude of reverence towards Him with an attitude of care for their own needs and those of other fellow human beings. The weekly Sabbath encouraged people to worship God since the day was set apart for Him as holy, but at the same time, it benefited them by making sure they had adequate rest from their regular work. The Sabbath was intended to give rest to all slaves from overworking themselves.

on July 11, 2023 — by .
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books ISAIAH, Luke, Matthew, Psalm.

Jesus transfigures

Jesus’ transfiguration took place on a high mountain, possibly Mount Hermon, which was not far from Caesarea Philippi. The event was a revelation of Christ’s glory and was witnessed by only three chosen apostles. In coming into the world as a human being, Jesus had laid His divine glory aside, but now it reappeared briefly through a human body. It gave an indication of the glory He would receive after He had finished the work He came to do.

on June 28, 2023 — by .
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books Amos, Deuteronomy, Exodus, ISAIAH, Job, Psalm.

Day of the Lord

The day of the LORD is the intervention of God in judgement where He is expected to restore people and bless them. Israelites thought that this day would be one of victory and rejoicing for them because their enemies would be destroyed. Amos tells them that when God acts in judgement, He will act against all the wicked, and Israel will be the first to suffer. There will be no way of escape, no place of safety, when God’s judgement falls (verse 18-20).

on May 17, 2023 — by .
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books Daniel, ISAIAH, Luke, Matthew.

Follow me

The home of Peter was in Capernaum. Jesus may have used Peter’s house as His own home. Jesus healed Peter’s wife’s mother at once when He touched her hand.

Usually, people feel weak and need time to convalesce after they have been ill like that. But she immediately got up and served a meal to Jesus.

This happened on the day of the Sabbath. Mark and Luke wrote that they left the synagogue that day (Mark 1:29; Luke 4:38 ). Nobody could go for a walk until the evening when that special day ended. They could not travel very far. Also, they could not carry a sick person.

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