"And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there."
(Genesis 11:31 KJV)
Abraham, Our Awesome God's chosen man, once lived in Ur of Mesopotamia with his family. What do we know about ancient Ur? What we know is that ancient Ur is being explored in a Tel in Iraq. Once a coastal city near the mouth of the Euphrates River on the Persian Gulf, the city of Ur is now well inland, south of the Euphrates River on its right bank. Because the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers flooded many times with wind and heavy erosion, the Persian Gulf coast moved away from the city away and eventually to its present location.
The famous Ziggurat of Ur is located here. The city-state of Ur was a growing city in the fourth millennium BC and in the third millennium BC (3800 BC), the city was described as a city-state with a king. Cuneiform tablets are plentiful and described the business of the city-state and the business of the kings. This city-state had the best of everything that archeology has so far has found of this time period in technology. In fact, Ur was the most centralized bureaucratic state so far found in the ancient world of this time. The other fact that testifies to Ur's importance is the amazing amount of wealth that was buried in kings' tombs here and from where these jewels and things had to come. Places like Asia Minor, Iran and India. They were very rich, even during the Early Bronze Age. They belonged at this time to the empire of Sumer. Around 2047 to 2030 BC a king named Ur-Nammu came to rule and the people developed an irrigation system, a ziggurat was built, two-story houses with 12 and 13 rooms were built with plastered walls and the king wrote a code of laws 300 years before Hammurabi did. This was the city of Ur where Abraham was probably born and grew up. Our Awesome God chose well when He chose Abraham but He always chooses well for He knows what is best. Abraham was wealthy and he chose to follow God and wander the desert. He knew God!
We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) and Worship Service at (10:30 AM) Then again Sunday evening (6:00 PM) for Bible Study along with AWANA for children which goes until 7:30 PM. Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) there is a Prayer Meeting and Bible Study. When you come, ask about the choir and Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
"And will go all of you armed over Jordan before the Lord, until he hath driven out his enemies from before him...But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord : and be sure your sin will find you out."
(Numbers 32:21, 23 KJV)
The book of Numbers in our Holy Bible relates the victories that the Lord God had given Joshua and the Israelites as Moses led them across the land toward Canaan. After Moses died, God told Joshua to be of "good courage" and do as God told him. So they crossed the Jordan River into Canaan and they took Jericho, a large fortified city. Then they came to a little city called Ai who had a small army and Joshua was soundly defeated. God had assured Joshua that, if they kept God's commandments, Our Awesome God would be with them and they would win. What went wrong?
The children of Israel had a small hidden problem (Joshua 7:1). The problem became noticeable when Joshua sent 3,000 troops against the little city of Ai. Although this should have been enough to easily defeat Ai's small army, the Israelites fled before them. Joshua had no idea why this happened. Then Our Awesome God revealed that a man named Achan had taken an "accursed thing" from the sacking of Jericho and hidden it in his tent (Joshua 7:11). Only after the small hidden problem was found and taken care of could Israel go on to win the Promised Land.
We need to remember, small hidden problems must be brought to the surface and dealt with because of the damage and consequences they cause. Our Awesome God knows that we did wrong and we need to take care of the hidden problem before we go on. Do you have those "small problems" in your life? The "hidden problems" may consist of cursing aloud or in your thoughts, it may be taking things that don't belong to you, it may be pride, it could be envy, etc. but check what you think and do with what God wants, then change anything He would not want. Small "hidden things" can grow or just may be a big problem with God. All sins are large to God.
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and at 10:30 AM for a Praise and Worship Service. At 6:00 PM Sunday evening, we have a Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesday, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all people and love them!
"And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father."
(Genesis 49:1, 2 KJV)
To be an Israelite by blood, a person must be a descendent of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The 12 sons of Jacob had grown into 12 tribes by the time they left Egypt. All together they had become a 3 million man “nation” of Our Awesome God's chosen people.
The tribe of Levi was to be dedicated to God’s service. Moses, a Levite, was the leader out of Egypt and Our Awesome God gave him the Law. God put Moses’ brother, Aaron, the High Priest in charge of all the sacrifices and worship in the Tabernacle, assisted by his sons. The rest of the Levites were responsible for temple transport, security, maintenance and provisions.
Also of special consideration, the tribe of Joseph was divided between his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. Each of these “half tribes” was given equality with the other 11 tribes so 13 tribes came to conquer and divide up Canaan, the Promised Land.
Only 12 tribes received large tracts of land. Those people needed access to the priesthood through the Levites, so instead of a land tract, Our Awesome God gave the Levites cities with adjoining “suburbs” within all the other 12 tribal lands. So the 12 landed tribes were: Reuben, Simeon, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Ephraim and Manasseh. The four most prominent have been mentioned earlier as: Judah. The tribe of kings and the most preeminent of the 12 tribes in the Bible. Reuben: Descended from Jacob’s firstborn, whom Jacob said was as “uncontrolled as water” (Genesis 49:4). Simeon: The man Simeon (with his brother Levi) slaughtered the men of an entire city to avenge his sister (Genesis 34:25–31). Levi: The tribe of the priesthood. The tribe of Levi is noted for standing by Moses during the golden calf incident at Mount Sinai (Exodus 32:25–29). The “Twelve Tribes of Israel” refers to the twelve tribes who inherited land in or around Canaan when it was divided by Joshua.
Our Awesome God still uses sinners to teach them about Himself, what He expects of them and that He can do anything (even forgive sinners who know they have sinned to create and populate His heaven). God will adopt us if we will just believe in His Son, Jesus Christ, and that He died for us, taking our sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for us when we sin. Are you ready to believe? God loves you! Join us at church next Sunday.
Learn more about Our Awesome God by reading His Holy Bible, praying to Him and worshipping in a church which preaches and teaches the Holy Bible. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and 10:30 AM for worship Service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM for Bible Study along with a children's program called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and prayer. First, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your creator and Savior. We can show you how from the Word of God and we love visitors.
"And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi."
(Genesis 29:34 KJV)
Levi was the third son of Jacob and Leah from Our Awesome God's chosen people. Leah was still concerned about getting Jacob to love her so the Scripture above tells some of her words, but her father had tricked Jacob when they were married and Jacob probably never loved her. Levi, with his brother, Simeon, killed a man and all his relatives who lived close when they got angry over the rape of their sister, Dinah. Jacob said they made him "stink" when he described it in Genesis 34:30.
From Levi, Jacob's third son, came the Levites who were dedicated to Our Awesome God's service. As such, they were later not treated as the other tribes in that the Tribe of Levi was not given a separate allotment of land during the conquest of Canaan, when the nation of Israel was first established. Moses had singled out the Tribe of Levi to serve as the nation's priests. This tribe served all positions in the temple from the High Priest, to musicians, to cleaning the instruments of the tabernacle, to lighting of incense (Luke 1:9) until the temple was destroyed in 70 AD. As priests to the nation, the Levites needed to be distributed among the other tribes rather than confined to a single territory.
Instead of a land allotment, Joshua, who led the conquest of Canaan, gave 48 towns, scattered throughout the land of Israel, to the Tribe of Levi. The descendants of Levi played a role in guarding and serving the tabernacle (Numbers 3:21-37) and later on in the temple at Jerusalem.
Our Awesome God established the tribe of Levi as the principal agents for communication with God in the nation of Israel. They were to lead the nation to be a kingdom of priests (Exodus 19:6) in teaching the rest of the world about God. Instead, for 1500 years they made access to Our Awesome God so difficult that few would even attempt it. He didn't really give up on them, but God also gave the Gentiles the chance to become His adopted sons through the death, burial and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. You can become a son of Our Awesome God who loves you and knows your many sins as He does my sins. If God can forgive the many sins of the Tribe of Levi, He can forgive your sins.
We invite you to our church services for Our Awesome God on Sunday mornings (9:30 AM) and Worship Service at (10:30 AM). Then again Sunday evening (6:00 PM) for Bible Study along with AWANA for children which goes until 7:30 PM. Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) we have a Prayer Meeting and Bible Study along with the Youth Group. When you come, ask about the choir and Prayer Team. We love visitors!
"And he went up from thence unto Beth–el: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them."
(2 Kings 2:23, 24 KJV)
This sounds horrible when we read what happened to these teenage to 25-year-old men. The term used by the author to refer to these young men is one that is quite flexible. It is used for a young child, but it can also refer to what we would call a “young man.” It is apparent that these are not “little boys” who accost Elisha, but “young men.” They were mocking God's chosen one - they were mocking Our Awesome God. What did Elisha "see" when he "turned back and looked on them?" Did he "see" all the sins they (God's people) had committed against God?
Scripture doesn't say that Elisha called up those bears. Our Awesome God called the bears. If God did it, He did it for a definite purpose or reason. So let's look at this for a moment and see what the reason could have been. This was a time that God's people were worshipping those "gods" made by the hands of man. Was Our Awesome God warning His people of the upcoming destruction of all Canaan by the Babylonians under King Nebuchnezzar? They needed to turn from their wicked ways and return to Yahweh. God always warns us! We just don't listen. And neither did they listen. They just kept insulting God!
Is Our Awesome God warning us of the coming Tribulation? Or maybe He is telling us with this long ago story that we, as a nation, are following false "gods" as the nation of Israel did. Are you following the true God? Or are you following a "world god?"
Come join us at our church or join any church that preaches and teaches that Jesus Christ, died for you and took your sins upon Himself, arising the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. Read the Book in the Bible called Revelation which talks about the time coming called Tribulation. Read the website tomorrow, 8/29/15, for #3 Elisha's Servant, Gehazi.
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 10:30 AM for praise and worship, Sunday at 6:00 PM is Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM (September through May). On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study. We welcome all people and love them!
"And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan."
(Numbers 13:27-29 KJV)
Why, of all places in our world called earth, did Our Awesome God choose Canaan to give to His chosen people? We can only guess what God thought. We can ask Him when we get to heaven. But knowing the people He chose, God prepared a special place for them, midway between the two major civilizations of that day, yet separated from them by large deserts. Was this the ideal place for God’s “kingdom of priests” (Exodus 19:6) to begin exporting Him to the world?
Here was a fertile land depending on Our Awesome God sending the rains for crops to grow and develop with little effort by the people. There is a wide variation in climate in this area. The area along the coastal plain, where the tribe of Dan settled, can receive up to 40 inches of rain a year and En-gedi in Judah, near the Dead Sea, only gets about 3 inches. Winters are wet while summers are usually hot and dry. This means that while the mountains in northern Canaan can be covered with snow, crops can be growing along the coastal plain and a nearly bone dry desert can be to the south at the same time. So these special people who were to tell all people about God would be near the most knowledgeable and those with the least knowledge on their continent, near the richest and the poorest people. They were near the water and could travel by land as needed. They had all they needed. But they wouldn't obey.
Israel has yet to become God’s kingdom of priests. When they took Our Awesome God's goodness for granted and did not live as He had told them to (Joshua 1:7-8), drought and famine came (Amos 4:7; Hag.1:11). The prophets would call the people to repentance and to acknowledge that God was in control of all His creation including the seasons and weather. They would repent and God would send relief. This continued in a cyclic fashion while they lived in Canaan.
Our Awesome God has a purpose for everything. He rarely tells us His purpose but He always tells us what He wants us to do if we are listening. If we obey Him, His purpose may be accomplished sooner but, sooner or later, His purpose is always accomplished. Our Awesome God wants us to follow His commandments and acknowledge that He controls our world and follow Him.
Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. Our programs include AWANA and an Intercessory Prayer Team but are varied as we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible. We love visitors and practice the "love one another" commandment to all.
Flo & Bill