“Our forces saved the remnants of the Jewish people of Europe for a new life and a new hope in the reborn land of Israel. Along with all men of good will, I salute the young state and wish it well.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower
"A confession has to be part of your new life." - Ludwig Wittgenstein
“And then Jonah heard God’s voice. “Jonah, do you know what the difference is between you and the trees?” “Yes,” he said. “The difference between me and the trees is that the trees let go of their leaves. I keep holding onto mine. The trees make room for new life. I don’t.” ― David W. Jones, Going Nuts!
“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” - Joshua J. Marine
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby
“Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish it.” – Unknown
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard
“Time moves forward don’t live backwards” ― E'yen A. Gardner
Exodus 5:4-9; Romans 6:20
The Hebrew’s were slaves under the hand of a hard task-master.
Mankind is slaves to sin and it certainly is a hard task-master.
No mercy, no ease, no release.
Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you can afford to pay.
Galatians 5:19-21 (ERV): “19 The wrong things the sinful self does are clear: committing sexual sin, being morally bad, doing all kinds of shameful things, 20 worshiping false gods, taking part in witchcraft, hating people, causing trouble, being jealous, angry or selfish, causing people to argue and divide into separate groups, 21 being filled with envy, getting drunk, having wild parties, and doing other things like this. I warn you now as I warned you before: The people who do these things will not have a part in God’s kingdom.”
Sin is bad!
Sin/Sins: Sin = Character; Sins = behaviors.
Many people what to try and control, oppress, keep in check their “bad” behaviors… sins.
However, if you do not change the Character, it will again produce what is lying within it.
Think of it like soil (Character); If the soil has grass seeds (sins) within it, then no matter how many corn seeds you plant, the grass is going to come up to. Sure you can pull cut the grass down with a hoe, but it will just keep coming back.
Therefore you “must” kill, remove the grass seed from the soil.
Revelation 21:5 “And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new…”
II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
We are “shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” –Psalm 51:5
We are all born with a sin (fallen) nature. A bad character if you will.
Romans 3:10, 23 “10- …There is none righteous, no, not one: 23- For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
That is why we “must” be Born Again:
John 3:5, Jesus said, “…Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
A person addicted to drugs will crave them above all reason, even into self-destruction (self – de – construction).
God, God’s Spirit and God’s Word is all about Re-Construction.
Jesus said in John 2:19 “…Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
The grave could not be Holden of Him. Sin could not destroy Him.
II Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him[Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
If therefore we are His and He is ours the grave will not hold us for sin will not destroy us!
Genesis 11:1-4 “1- And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2- And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 3- And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. 4- And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name...”
They were making bricks to make a name for their-selves.
They were making bricks in defiance of God’s promise of no flooding.
There were making bricks to exalt their-selves up to heaven.
The Hebrew’s under the rule of Pharaoh (house of god) were sorely laden with a laborious punishment of laying bricks.
In sin we toil to no advantage.
Sin justly results in a permeate separation from God.
James 1:14-15 “14- But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15- Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
But “…mercy rejoiceth against judgment.” James 2:13
God (Spirit – John 4:24) freed the Hebrew slaves through the man (flesh) Moses.
I Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”
And He did it with the Passover.
Passover was when the blood was applied and the death angel Passed-over.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread was to commemorate the Hebrews being freed from serving the Egyptians as slaves. Their brick-making days were over.
Today many Jews celebrate the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread on the same day.
Originally they were on separate days:
The Encyclopedia Judaica states: "The feast of Passover consists of two parts: The Passover ceremony and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Originally, both parts existed separately; but at the beginning of the [Babylonian] exile they were combined," Vol. 13, p. 169.
First comes Passover… Jesus crucified and His blood applied to our hearts.
Then the Feast of Unleavened Bread… celebration of on-going release from brick making (sin).
Tomorrow is Memorial Day.
And the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread are Memorials…
Exodus 12:14 “And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations;…”
Exodus 13:9 “And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD'S law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt.”
Memorials to never forget what Jesus our Christ has done for us.
Memorials to never forget where our Savior has brought us from.
Memorials to remind us where God is taken us to… Heaven with life eternal.
For God, by a strong hand has delivered us from the bondage of sin.
We are not brick makers anymore!