Today is April 24, 2019

Verse of the Day — 1 Corinthians 8:6

. . . we exist through Him.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

As Christians, our desire should be to live through Jesus.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

Scientists today still don’t know how the atom holds itself together. According to what we understand from the science of physics, the basic structure of an atom should cause it to repel or explode. THE most basic element in the universe cannot be explained (science attempts to explain this by referring to it as “cosmic glue”). But there is a simple answer: Jesus holds the whole universe together. Colossians 1:17 says, “. . . in Him all things hold together.”

So we do literally exist through Him. He is not only our Creator, but also our Sustainer. He is the God of the universe, living in us today. What a privilege to be a Christian in the Church Age!


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Regarding your comment that there are no examples in scripture of women pursuing men in relationships, what about Ruth pursuing Boaz?


ANSWER:

We think you have made a really good argument. Ruth did pursue Boaz under the direction of her mother-in-law Naomi. Naomi was banking on the law, which decreed that a childless widow should be given in marriage to her husband’s brother and not outside the family.

When brothers live together and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the deceased shall not be married outside the family to a strange man. Her husband’s brother shall go in to her and take her to himself as wife and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her. It shall be that the firstborn whom she bears shall assume the name of his dead brother, so that his name will not be blotted out from Israel.

But if the man does not desire to take his brother’s wife, then his brother’s wife shall go up to the gate to the elders and say, “My husband’s brother refuses to establish a name for his brother in Israel; he is not willing to perform the duty of a husband’s brother to me.” Then the elders of his city shall summon him and speak to him. And if he persists and says, “I do not desire to take her,” then his brother’s wife shall come to him in the sight of the elders, and pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face; and she shall declare, “Thus it is done to the man who does not build up his brother’s house.” In Israel his name shall be called, “The house of him whose sandal is removed.” —Deuteronomy 25:5-10

However, this Old Testament example still doesn’t negate our original premise—that Scripture portrays women as the treasure to be found and men as the pursuers.

So despite the fact there were extenuating circumstances, we think we were wrong with that statement that there are no examples, as Ruth is clearly an example. We should have said, “There are no verses suggesting women should take the lead in a relationship.” That would allow for all those women who can claim, “I chased him ’til he caught me.” 🙂

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QUESTION

Dear Compass:

Why do the Jews celebrate Pentecost?

ANSWER

There is no specific Old Testament scripture that attaches any historical significance to Pentecost. According to Jewish TRADITION, Moses received the law on that day of the year.

Pentecost (fiftieth) is the second of three major annual festivals the Jews were required to celebrate according to the Old Testament.

Also you shall observe the Feast of the Harvest of the first fruits of your labors from what you sow in the field; also the Feast of the Ingathering at the end of the year when you gather in the fruit of your labors from the field. —Exodus 23:16

You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete sabbaths. “You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to the LORD. You shall bring in from your dwelling places two loaves of bread for a wave offering, made of two-tenths of an ephah; they shall be of a fine flour, baked with leaven as first fruits to the LORD. Along with the bread you shall present seven one year old male lambs without defect, and a bull of the herd and two rams; they are to be a burnt offering to the LORD, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to the LORD. You shall also offer one male goat for a sin offering and two male lambs one year old for a sacrifice of peace offerings. The priest shall then wave them with the bread of the first fruits for a wave offering with two lambs before the LORD; they are to be holy to the LORD for the priest. On this same day you shall make a proclamation as well; you are to have a holy convocation; You shall do no laborious work. It is to be a perpetual statute in all your dwelling places throughout your generations.

When you reap the harvest of your land, moreover, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field nor gather the gleaning of your harvest; you are to leave them for the needy and the alien. I am the LORD your God.” —Leviticus 23:15-22

Also on the day of the first fruits, when you present a new grain offering to the LORD in your Feast of Weeks, you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work. You shall offer a burnt offering for a soothing aroma to the LORD: two young bulls, one ram, seven male lambs one year old; and their grain offering, fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ephah for each bull, two-tenths for the one ram, a tenth for each of the seven lambs; also one male goat to make atonement for you. Besides the continual burnt offering and its grain offering, you shall present them with their drink offerings. They shall be without defect. —Numbers 28:26-31

You shall count seven weeks for yourself; you shall begin to count seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain. Then you shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the LORD your God with a tribute of a freewill offering of your hand, which you shall give just as the LORD your God blesses you; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you and your son and your daughter and your male and female servants and the Levite who is in your town, and the stranger and the orphan and the widow who are in your midst, in the place where the LORD your God chooses to establish His name. You shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and you shall be careful to observe these statutes. —Deuteronomy 16:9-12

The other two major festivals were Passover and Tabernacles. Pentecost was celebrated 50 days after Passover, or seven complete weeks; therefore, it is sometimes referred to as the Feast of Weeks. It is also referred to as the Feast of the Harvest, probably because it comes at the conclusion of the Jewish harvest of the later grains.

Naturally, Christians view Pentecost differently as it marks the beginning of the Church Age with the arrival of the Holy Spirit. Consequently, the Church Age will end with the departure of the Holy Spirit, referred to as the Rapture.

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