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Jesus the Bodyguard

Dear Jesus, You are my Bodyguard! You protect me from evil wolves and lions! I fear no Evil even when walking through valley of the Shadow of Death. Your staff…

Mother of the most merciful Jesus

My Perpetual Help, Mother of the most merciful Jesus, my sins and disobedience must cause you each to weep like Jesus wept over the pitiable city of Jerusalem. Lord, I…

Jesus fasted for forty days and nights

Gospel Mt 4:1-11

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus fasted for forty days

Jesus fasted for forty days

Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, after which he was very hungry, and the tempter came and said to him,‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to turn into loaves.’

But he replied, ‘Scripture says:

Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Then devil then took him to the holy city and made him stand on the parapet of the Temple. ‘If you are the Son of God, ‘ he said, ‘throw yourself down; for scripture says:He will put you in his angels’ charge, and they will support you on their hands in case you hurt foot against a stone.’

Jesus said to him, ‘Scripture also says:

You must not put the Lord your God to the test.’

Next, taking him to a very high mountain, the devil showed hill all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. ‘I will give you all these’,  he said ‘if you fall at my feet and worship me.’

Then Jesus replied, ‘Be off, Satan|  For scripture says:

You must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone.

Then the devil left him, and angels appeared and looked after him.

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The 12 Tribes of Israel

The 12 Tribes of Israel are also called the 12 sons of Israel (12 sons of Jacob).

Bible says in Genesis 32:28:
Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL

No Sons of Jacob Meaning of Name Mother
1 Reuben See, a son Leah
2 Simeon Hearing Leah
3 Levi Joined; attached Leah
4 Judah Yah be praised Leah
5 Dan Judge Bilhah(Rachel’s servant)
6 Naphtali My wrestling Bilhah(Rachel’s servant)
7 Gad Troop; invader;good fortune Zilpah(Leah’s servant)
8 Asher Happy Zilpah(Leah’s servant)
9 Issachar Man of hire Leah
10 Zebulun Dwelling Leah
11 Joseph Increaser Rachel
12 Benjamin Son of the right hand Rachel
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Abraham’s Family Tree

Abraham’s Family Tree

Abraham begot Isaac. Isaac begot Jacob.The 12 sons of Jacob are the patriarchs of the 12 Tribes of Israel and a daughter Dinah.

Abraham's Family Tree

Abraham’s Family Tree

 

 

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GOD CALL MOSES


GOD CALL MOSES

(Exodus: Chapter 3 & 4)

Objective: To learn that we are obliged to humbly accept and perform the work that God entrust us.

Moses reached the house of Jethro, a priest of Midian. Jethro gave Moses Zipporah, his daughter, in marriage. Moses tended his father-in-law’s flock. One day Moses led the flock to the west side of the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. Moses saw and was astonished that the bush was burning, but that it was not consumed. He went near the bush to see that marvelous sight. God then called ‘Moses, Moses’ from the midst of the burning bush. Moses replied, “God here I am”.

God told him to take off his shoes, as the ground where he stood was holy. (This is why we remove our shoes when we enter the church) Moses was afraid to look and stood there hiding his face. The Lord God told Moses that He had seen the affliction of the children of Israel. God told Moses that He would send him to Pharaoh so that he might bring them forth out of Egypt Moses expressed his limitations to God that he was not an able person to fullfill this order. Moses again told God that the people of Israel may not believe him and may say that God has not appeared to him . God did not accept the excuses put forth by Moses. God gave him three signs to make the people of Israel believe him.

1. God told him to put his staff on ground, and it became a serpent.

2. God told him to put his hand into his bosom and when he took it out it was leprous. He put his hand again into his bosom and it became normal.

3. Still if they do not believe him, Moses was to take some water out of the

river and pour it on the dry land and the water will become blood.

Upon this Moses said to the Lord “I am not eloquent, I am slow of speech, and have a slow tongue”. God strengthened him and commanded him to go, saying that He would send his brother Aaron to help him. God gave Moses power to do wonders before the Egyptians, and told him to go to Pharaoh and demand him to release the Israelites. Although hesitant, Moses accepted the command of God. He bid farewell to Jethro and returned to Egypt.

Moral: When we submit ourselves to the will of God, He will enable us to do greater things for Him.

Memory Verse: Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God. (Mathew 5:8)

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WHO IS THAT STUPID MAN

WHO IS THAT STUPID MAN

An Arabian proverb tells of a man riding toward Syria Leading his camel through the desert. At times the frightened animal reared, foamed, and roared so terribly that his owner had to abandon it to save himself.

Unfortunately when he dismounted from the camel, he happened to fall into a nearby deep abyss, but was caught on a shrub. He grabbed it with both hands and looked uneasily all around. On the top was terrible camel that never lost sight of him and in the abyss a dragon was opening his monstrous mouth ready to devour him. He saw two mice at his side, one white and the other black, that were gnashing away the root of the branch that was holding him. The unfortunate man, frozen with fear and seeing no way out of his predicament, suddenly discovered a golden fruit on a small branch of the shrub.

He instantly became oblivious to the enraged camel, the dragon’s mouth, and the mice. He extended his hand and plucked the fruit, tasted it and its sweet flavor made him forget all his dangers.

Do you want to know who that stupid man was? It is you, my friend. The dragon in the abyss is death, and the camel is life’s anguish. You are hanging from a branch between life and death. The two mice are day and night, and in this situation you see pleasure’s fruit, forget life’s anxieties, death’s threats, ` the quick passing days and nights to enjoy that forbidden fruit on the very brink of doom.

“Earthly life — an unsolved mystery!”

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The holy house of God

The Holy House of GOD

The Holy House of GOD

From the very early days special place has been set apart for holy worship; in the Christian church.The special place thus set apart for worship is called the sanctuary or house of God. The house of God is the place where God resides or where there is presence of God.

It is not possible for man to build a house for God who created and built heaven and earth. However He had commanded that He would be present at all the place set apart and sanctified in accordance with this command.

It was King Solomon the great who, for the first time; built a house for worshiping God. Even though King David his father desired to build a temple of God, God did not allow it. God did not allow it because sin of arranging the death Ooria, his servant without any reason was out standing against David. Accepting the repentance of David the Lord forgave him and blessed him with the promise that his son would build the home of the Lord. Thus even though David had initiated the work, it was Solomon who built and offered to the Lord, the temple of God. Well pleased in this, the Lord blessed Solomon and promised that He would reside in the temple of God.

Solomon built the house of the Lord in accordance with the resemblance shown by the Lord, to Moses on the Mount Sinai. After completing the temple of God , Solomon offered it to the Lord and prayed to Him as follows “‘But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have built! Have regard to your servant’s prayer and his plea, O Lord my God, heeding the cry and the prayer that your servant prays to you today; that your eyes may be open night and day towards this house, the place of which you said, “My name shall be there”, that you may heed the prayer that your servant prays towards this place. Hear the plea of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray towards this place; O hear in heaven your dwelling-place; heed and forgive. (1King 8:27-29)(2 Chronicle 6:18-20)

God listened to the supplication of Solomon, hallowed that place and established His name there. He spoke to Solomon as follows “ Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. 16For now I have chosen and consecrated this house so that my name may be there for ever; my eyes and my heart will be there for all time”(2 chro 7:15,16)

Now it is clear from the supplication of Solomon and the answer there to given by the Lord that the house of the Lord is the place selected by Him for worship and that the Lord’s eyes are always there. So the persons responsible for its maintenance and those who go there for worship should go with utmost caution and piety. All those entering the house of God should do so saying the following prayer “ with reverence do I enter thy house and make my offerings unto thee”. From this prayer it is clear that you should not come to the house of God empty handed. Everyone should give offerings according to one’s capacity.

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Flight into Egypt

Flight to Egypt

Flight to Egypt

Joseph got up and took the young child(Jesus) and his mother and left for Egypt that very night. Joseph, Mary and the young child, Jesus stayed in Egypt until the death of Herod. This happened in order to fulfill the word spoken by the Lord through his prophets saying, Out of Egypt did I call my Son.

When Herod realized that he had been mocked by the wise men he went into a fit of rage and sent out his soldiers to kill all the male children in Bethlehem and the surrounding area who were two years old or under.

This fulfilled the prophecy that was spoken through Jeremiah saying, A voice was heard in Ramah. Weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children. And she would not be comforted because they are no more.

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Wise Men from the East

Wisemen

Wisemen

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea during the time that Herod was king, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem. As soon as they entered Jerusalem they began asking, Where is the one that has been born King of the Jews? We have seen his star in the east and are come to worship him.

When King Herod heard about this he was troubled, and all Jerusalem was troubled also. Herod gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Christ would be born.
They told Herod that according to the prophets that the Christ would be born in Bethlehem of Judaea. They quoted the scripture that said, And you Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah: For out of you shall come a governor, who shall be the shepherd of my people Israel.
Herod privately called the wise men to learn the exact time the star appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem to go and find out all they could about the young child. He also told them that when they found him they should bring all the information to him so that he could he could come and worship the child also.
The wise men listened to what Herod said and went their way. The star, which they saw in the east, went before them until it came and stood over the place where the young child was. And when they saw that the star had guided them to the right spot, they rejoiced with very great joy.
The wise men came into the house that the star had directed them to, and saw the young child with Mary his mother; and they fell down and worshipped him and opened up their treasures and offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.
And being warned by God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they returned to their own country by a different route.
After the wise men had left an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Get up and take the young child and his mother, and flee to Egypt. You will stay in Egypt until I tell you to return: Herod is going to search for the child in order to destroy him.

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Naming of Jesus

Naming of Jesus

Naming of Jesus

After eight days, having fulfilled the rite of circumcising the child and officially naming him JESUS, and after all the ceremonial laws concerning purification was complete; they brought Jesus to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. This was all done according to the law of the Lord written by Moses.

There was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon. He was a righteous and devout man who was looking for the era of the Messiah to be ushered in. The Holy Spirit was upon him and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the long awaited Messiah, the Lord’s Christ.

Simeon had been inspired by the Spirit to go into the temple at the same time that Joseph and Mary brought the child Jesus into the temple in order to perform all the customs and duties that the law of Moses required.

And when Simeon saw Jesus he took him into his arms and blessed God, and said, Now let your servant depart in peace Lord, according to your word. For I have seen with my own eyes your salvation, which you have prepared before the face of all peoples. A light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel. Joseph and Mary were marvelling at the things that Simeon was saying about the child Jesus. Then Simeon blessed the parents of Jesus and said to Mary, Behold, this child is going to cause the falling and the rising of many in Israel and many will resist the truth. Yes, and for a sword that shall pierce through your own soul and the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

And there was a very old woman named Anna, a prophetess of the tribe of Asher. Anna was very devoted to all the services of the temple and spent much of her time worshipping with fasting, and praying both night and day. And when she saw Jesus she spoke to him and gave thanks to God, and pointed Jesus out to all that were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

After Joseph and Mary had completed all the ceremonies and fulfilled all the laws required regarding their first-born, they returned home.

Written by Joemon Mani

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