APRIL 30

1 Peter 3:3-4 - The Apostle Peter's Advice to Christian Wives

Verse 3: "Whose adorning
[similar in meaning to ornaments or decorations, referring to a Christian wife's true beauty] let it not be [should not be] [judged by] that outward adorning of [or 'things that are done to improve her outward appearance, such as'] plaiting [braiding] the hair [which was commonly done by women in Bible times (especially lewd women, who exhibited sexually inappropriate behavior)], and of wearing of gold [jewelry, hair pins, etc.], or of putting on of [high-quality and expensive] apparel [clothing];"

Verse 4: "But let it
[the Christian wife's true beauty] be [determined by] the hidden man [or, in this case, woman] of the heart [referring to a person's mind, soul, 'inner man' (or 'inner self' or 'inner being')--see note below*], in that which is not corruptible [subject to destruction or decay], even the ornament [decoration] of a meek [gentle] and quiet spirit [referring to the traits of a kind and gentle person (or, in this case, woman), who has a calm temper and contented mind, free from anger, envy, pride, etc.], which is in the sight of God of great price [value]."

We should never neglect our outward appearance but should always be neat and clean and modestly dressed. However, in God's eyes, true beauty is more than skin deep, as he values what's in our hearts much more than how we look.
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*This is what a GotQuestions.org article says about the meaning of the term inner man:

"… Human beings were created by God with a spirit, soul, and body … It has been said that we are not bodies with souls; we are souls that have bodies. The body--the 'outer man'--is our physical housing through which we experience the world. Our bodies function primarily through the five senses and by meeting innate needs that drive us to eat, drink, and sleep …

"Our souls are the personality centers of our beings from which our mind, will, and emotions operate. With our souls we choose either to listen to and obey the lusts of our flesh or the desires of the Holy Spirit … The soul of a person is the courtroom where life decisions are made. It is the seat of the self-life and the fountain from which character traits such as self-confidence, self-pity, self-seeking, and self-affirmation originate.

"Our spirits contain the inner man about which the Scriptures speak. Our spirits are where the Spirit of God communes with us. Jesus said, 'God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth' … It is within our spirits that we are born again … The "inner man" contains the conscience upon which the Holy Spirit can move and convict of sin …"

(Source for above quote:
https://www.gotquestions.org/inner-man.html: "What is the inner man?")

Adam Clarke has a slightly different opinion on the meaning of inner man. He wrote:

"… Every part of the Scripture treats man as a compound being: the body is the outward or visible man; the soul, the inward, hidden, or invisible man …"

(Source for Adam Clarke quote:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/1-peter/3-4.html, "Adam Clarke Commentary")

APRIL 28-29

1 Corinthians 15:50-53 - The "Rapture"
In a letter to the church at Corinth (and to all Christians), the apostle Paul wrote:

Verse 50: "Now this I [Paul] say, brethren [fellow Christians], that [bodies composed (made up) of] flesh [the soft parts of the body (i.e., muscles, fat, glands, etc.) that cover the bones] and blood cannot inherit [be admitted as heirs to, be allowed to enter into] the kingdom of God [heaven]; neither doth [does] corruption [referring to our physical bodies, which die and decay] inherit incorruption [eternal life]."

Verse 51: "Behold
[look, see, take notice], I [Paul] shew [show] you a mystery [something that has never been revealed before]; We [born-again Christians] shall not all sleep [in death, or die], but we shall all be changed [transformed, or given spiritual (immortal) bodies],"

Verse 52: "
[This will happen] In a moment [of time], in the twinkling of an eye [quickly, suddenly, instantly; in less time than it takes to blink], at the last trump [of God, or at the last sound of his trumpet--see note below*]: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead [Christians] shall be raised [resurrected, brought back to life] incorruptible [free from corruption], and we [Christians who are still alive] shall be changed [shall receive new bodies]."

Verse 53: "For this corruptible
[body of ours] must put on incorruption [must be changed to a spiritual body, to die no more], and this mortal [body, which is corruptible and, thus, able to die and decay,] must put on immortality [must be changed to an immortal body that can live forever with God in a wonderful place called heaven]."

GotQuestions.org has written several articles about the rapture. Here are two of them that you might want to read:

-- "What is the rapture of the church?"
   
https://www.gotquestions.org/rapture-of-the-church.html

-- "Will babies and young children be taken in the Rapture?"
   
https://www.gotquestions.org/rapture-children.html
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*Here is what Adam Clarke says about the meaning of at the last trump in verse 52:

"At the last trump - This, as well as all the rest of the peculiar phraseology of this chapter, is merely Jewish, and we must go to the Jewish writers to know what is intended … Thus Rabbi Akiba [wrote]: 'How shall the holy blessed God raise the dead? We are taught that God has a trumpet a thousand ells long, according to the ell of God [see note below**]: this trumpet he [God] shall blow, so that the sound of it shall extend from one extremity of the earth to the other. At the first blast the earth shall be shaken; at the second, the dust shall be separated; at the third, the bones shall be gathered together; at the fourth, the members shall wax warm; at the fifth, the heads shall be covered with skin; at the sixth, the souls shall be rejoined to their bodies; at the seventh, all shall revive and stand clothed' … This tradition shows us what we are to understand by the last trump of the apostle; it is the seventh of [Rabbi] Akiba, when the dead shall be all raised, and, being clothed upon with their eternal vehicles, they shall be ready to appear before the judgment seat of God."

(Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/1-corinthians/15-52.html, "Adam Clarke Commentary")

**According to Wikipedia, one ell is equal to a cubit, or about 18 inches.

APRIL 27

Proverbs 27:1: "Boast not thyself of to morrow
[don't brag about future events]; for [because] thou knowest not what a day may bring forth [you don't even know what will happen tomorrow]."

In other words, prepare for the future, but don't expect that everything will turn out the way you thought it would. Consider, for example, how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our normal, everyday lives. It has caused an overwhelming amount of illness and death throughout the world, in addition to fear, anxiety, depression, job loss, food insecurity, economic disaster, etc., and no one knows how long it will last.

Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church has written an excellent commentary on this verse, including many examples of things that we tend to boast about (e.g., what will happen in the future to our sports teams, our children, our businesses and careers, our country, our Christian walk, etc.) and reasons why we shouldn't do that (i.e., because future events can be affected by things that happen unexpectedly, such as serious illnesses, wars, natural disasters, stock market crashes, death, etc.).

Near the end of his commentary (in paragraph 7), Pastor Delany summarizes the meaning of the above verse as follows: "Make the best plans you can," "Be hopeful … But also be realistic …," and "… Trust God and leave all our tomorrows in His care …"

If you want to read the pastor's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-27-index/proverbs-27_1/.


Note to procrastinators:
"Tomorrow" may never come for some of us, so one thing we shouldn't put off is salvation, since we can't know for sure that we'll get a second chance to be saved.

If you believe that Jesus Christ (God's Son) died on the cross to pay for your sins and that he was buried and rose again, all you need to do is sincerely ask him (through prayer, either silently or out loud) to come into your heart and save you so you can go to heaven when you die.

If you need more detailed instructions for the plan of salvation, you'll find them in most of the tracts on the "Printable Gospel Tracts" page of my website:
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

APRIL 26

Job 5:17-18 - When God Disciplines Christians
This is what Eliphaz said to his friend Job, who was experiencing great pain and suffering due to the loss of his children, animals, and servants and because his body was covered in boils after God gave Satan permission to "test" him:

Verse 17: "Behold, happy [blessed] is the man [or woman or child] whom God correcteth [corrects]: therefore despise not thou [don't disregard or feel contempt (disrespect) or hatred for] the chastening [punishment or discipline] of the Almighty [God, when he's acting in a fatherly way]:"

Verse 18: "For he
[God] maketh sore [causes pain or suffering, as when a surgeon makes an incision in an attempt to remove or fix a problem area], and [then he (God)] bindeth up [the wound (like when a bandage is applied) and, thus, provides protection and comfort]: [in other words,] he [God] woundeth, and [then] his hands make whole [bring healing]."

Regarding the phrase happy is the man whom God correcteth in verse 17, Matthew Henry wrote:

"… Happy is the man whom God correcteth if he make but a due improvement of the correction. A good man is happy though he be afflicted, for, whatever he has lost, he has not lost his enjoyment of God nor his title to heaven. Nay, he is happy because he is afflicted; correction is an evidence of his sonship and a means of his sanctification; it mortifies his corruptions, weans his heart from the world, draws him nearer to God, brings him to his Bible, brings him to his knees, works him for, and so is working for him, a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory …"

(Source for above quote: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/job/5.html, "Verses 17-27")

APRIL 25

John 9:4 - Jesus Didn't Procrastinate
Just before healing a blind man on the sabbath day, Jesus (who is the Son of God, or God the Son) told his disciples:

"I [Jesus] must work [do] the [good] works [work, including miracles similar to the one that was about to be performed] of him that sent me [to earth, referring to God the Father], while it is day [while I am alive]: the night [time of death, or period after we die--referring to Jesus' upcoming crucifixion, which would occur about six months later] cometh [is coming], when no man [person] can work."

Jesus always obeyed God's will, and Christians should try to do the same. One way to show our love for, and obedience to, God is by telling people how to be saved (born again) whenever we have the opportunity to do so. That's what is meant by the terms soul winning, evangelism, and witnessing.

APRIL 24

1 Chronicles 16:23-26 - Everyone Should Praise the Lord

Verse 23: "Sing
[praises] unto the LORD [God Almighty], all [of you inhabitants, or people, of] the earth; shew [show] forth from day to day [or 'each day'] his [God's] [promised] salvation [through his Son, Jesus Christ] [which means that, when given the opportunity to do so, we should try to spread the gospel message (the plan of salvation) by telling others that Jesus died on the cross to pay for their sins]."

Verse 24: "Declare
[make known] his [God's] glory among the heathen [referring to unbelievers, or unsaved people--see note below*]; [declare] his [God's] marvellous works [all of the wonderful things he has created and done] among all nations."

Verses 25-26: "For great
[in importance, power, strength, wisdom, etc.] is the LORD [God] and greatly to be praised [i.e., because God is greater than anyone or anything in the universe (see note below**), he deserves to be worshiped and adored]: he also is to be feared above [more than] all [other] gods. For all the gods of the people are idols [false gods]: but the LORD [Yahweh, or Jehovah--the one true God] made the heavens [i.e., the universe, sky, atmosphere, etc.]."

Note: Today's verses are similar to the ones found in Psalm 96:1-5.
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*Definition of heathen, according to the KJV Bible Dictionary (https://www.av1611.com/kjbp/kjv-dictionary/heathen.html): "A pagan; a Gentile; one who worships idols, or is unacquainted with the true God. In the Scriptures, the word seems to comprehend all nations except the Jews or Israelites, as they were all strangers to the true religion, and all addicted to idolatry. The word may now be applied perhaps to all nations, except to Christians and Mohammedans [and Jews]."

For additional information on heathens, see the GotQuestions.org article entitled "What is a heathen?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/what-is-a-heathen.html.

**"What does it mean that God is great?" is answered by GotQuestions.org in their article by the same name. If you want to read it, here's the link:
https://www.gotquestions.org/God-is-great.html.

APRIL 23

Proverbs 23:4-5 - Advice for Workaholics

Verse 4: "Labour not to be rich
[don't work hard just so you can become rich]: cease from [trusting, or don't depend upon] thine [your] own wisdom [which, in this case, means you should stop thinking that having lots of money will make you happy]."

Verse 5: "Wilt thou set thine eyes
[will you focus your eyes--and your heart] upon that which is not [going to last]? for riches certainly make themselves wings [and disappear]; they fly away as an eagle [does] toward heaven [see note below*]."

The above verses refer to priorities and motives for working hard. According to 1 Timothy 6:10, having money (to support your family, pay your bills, buy things you need, etc.) is okay, but loving money (having an overwhelming desire to become rich) is not good.

In addition to explaining the above verses, Salem Bible Church's commentaries list reasons (both good and bad) why people work hard. If you want to read one or both of these commentaries, here's are the links:

-- Verse 4: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-23-index/proverbs-23_4-5/

-- Verse 5: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-23-index/proverbs-23_5/
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*Regarding verse 5 above, one Bible commentator wrote:

"[In the New Testament, the apostle] Paul warned against the desire to be rich; and here we have a warning in the Old Testament. The heart of Paul's warning (1 Timothy 6:9f) centered upon moral and spiritual damage to the seeker; and here [in Proverbs 23:5] the warning stresses the nature of riches. They have the startling ability to leave their possessor 'holding the bag.' Ask any man who has experienced great loss … by the death of a trusted partner, a stock market crash, an earthquake, a flood, a tornado, a hurricane, a drought, a revolution, a robbery, embezzlement, fraud, some changing fashion, or any one of a thousand other ways that riches can make themselves wings and fly away …"

(Source for above quote: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/proverbs/23-4.html, "Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible")

APRIL 22

Psalm 24:1
[King David wrote]: "The earth is the LORD'S, and [so is] the fulness thereof [everything in it]; the world [is the LORD'S], and [so are] they that dwell therein [referring to the earth's inhabitants]."

God created this planet, which means that everything on it and in it (plants, animals, minerals and precious metals, people and the things that they make or build, etc.) belongs to him. Human beings may not own the earth, but since we live here, we should take care of it as much as possible.

APRIL 20-21

1 Timothy 2:1-4 - The Importance of Prayer
The apostle Paul wrote this in his letter to Timothy regarding prayer, both public and private.

Verse 1: "I [Paul] exhort [strongly urge] therefore, that, first of all [most importantly], supplications [requests for protection and help], prayers [for ourselves--everything that we may want or need, such as forgiveness, daily bread (meaning food, shelter, clothing, and other basic necessities), wisdom, guidance, and mercy], intercessions [prayers on behalf of others regarding salvation, assistance, blessings, etc.], and giving of thanks [to God for answered prayer], be made for all men [people];"

Verse 2: "
[And I also urge that prayers be made] For kings [see Note 1 below], and for all that are in authority; [so] that we may [have good government and religious freedom and, consequently,] lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty [i.e., regarding our duties to God and mankind]."

Verses 3-4: "For this
[thing; i.e., praying as outlined above] is good [well pleasing] and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour [in this case, referring to God the Father]; Who will have all men to be saved [or 'whose desire is for everyone to be saved (spiritually), or born again'--see Note 2 below], and to come unto the knowledge of the truth [both of the gospel (as stated by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4) and the Lord Jesus Christ, who (according to the Bible) is 'the way, the truth, and the life' (as stated in John 14:6)]."
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NOTE 1:

In his commentary on Chapter 2, verse 2 (
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-timothy-2.html), Albert Barnes explained the phrase For kings (i.e., rulers, leaders, etc.) as follows:

"… The meaning here is, that while all people should be the subjects of prayer, those should be particularly remembered before the throne of grace who are in authority. The reason is, that so much depends on their character and plans; that the security of life, liberty, and property, depends so much on them. God has power to influence their hearts, and to incline them to what is just and equal; and hence we should pray that a divine influence may descend upon them. The salvation of a king is of itself of no more importance than that of a peasant or a slave; but the welfare of thousands may depend on him [the king], and hence he should be made the special subject of prayer."

Adam Clarke, another Bible commentator, added:

"… Good rulers have power to do much good; we pray that their authority may be ever preserved and well directed. Bad rulers have power to do much evil; we pray that they may be prevented from thus using their power. So that, whether the rulers be good or bad, prayer for them is the positive duty of all Christians …"

(Source for above quote:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/1-timothy/2-2.html, "Adam Clarke Commentary")

NOTE 2:

Also in his commentary on Chapter 2, regarding the phrase Who will have all men to be saved in verse 4 (
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-timothy-2.html), Albert Barnes wrote:

"This verse proves … that people are to blame if they are not saved. If God did not wish their salvation, and if he had made no provision for it, they could not be to blame if they rejected the gospel. If God wishes it, and has made provision for it, and they are not saved, the sin must be their own - and it is a great sin, for there is no greater crime which a man can commit than to destroy his own soul, and to make himself the eternal enemy of his Maker."

APRIL 18-19

1 Timothy 2:11-14 - How Women Should Behave in Church
In a letter to Timothy, one of his traveling companions, the apostle Paul wrote:

Verses 11-12: "Let the woman learn [about the Bible] in silence with all subjection [submitting to those who are in authority, such as the pastor]. But I [Paul, as a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ] suffer not [do not permit] a woman to teach [during worship services in church--see note below*], nor to usurp [seize, take hold of] authority over the man, but to be in silence [to remain silent, or keep quiet]."

Note: Verses 11 and 12 above are similar to what the apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35.

Verses 13-14: "[This is why women should 'be in silence' in church:] For [because] Adam was first formed [by God], then Eve. And Adam was not deceived [fooled] [by Satan, who was disguised as a serpent] but the woman [Eve,] being deceived [by Satan,] was in the transgression [meaning she was the first one to disobey God and to sin--see note below**]."
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*According to Albert Barnes, the commands that women are to remain silent in church only apply to formal worship services. Here's what he said in his commentary on 1 Corinthians 14:35:

"… This evidently and obviously refers to the church assembled for public worship, in the ordinary and regular acts of devotion. There the assembly is made up of males and females, of old and young, and there it is improper for them [the women] to take part in conducting the exercises. But this cannot be interpreted as meaning that it is improper for females to speak or to pray in meetings of their own sex, assembled for prayer or for benevolence; nor that it is improper for a female to speak or to pray in a Sunday School. Neither of these come under the apostle's idea of a church …"

(Source for quote: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-corinthians-14.html, "Verse 35")

**Eve sinned because she believed Satan's lies, yielded (gave in) to temptation, and disobeyed God's command to not eat fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. After eating the fruit herself, she offered some to her husband (Adam) and persuaded him to eat it, too. In doing so, Eve proved that she was not qualified for a leadership position. This is explained further in Albert Barnes' commentary on 1 Timothy  2:14, which can be found here: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-timothy-2.html, "Verse 14."

APRIL 17

2 Peter 2:1 - Beware of False Teachers!
In a letter to Christians, the apostle Peter wrote:

"But [in Old Testament times,] there were false prophets also among the [Jewish] people, even as there shall be false teachers among you [born-again Christians], who [referring to the false teachers] privily [secretly] shall bring in [to the church] damnable heresies [destructive doctrines (religious beliefs) or opinions, mixed with truth], even denying the Lord [Jesus Christ] that bought them [with his blood--see note below*], and [the people who spread false doctrine will] bring upon themselves swift destruction [such as endless torment in hell and the lake of fire for unbelievers who have died--when they are sent there by God on judgment day, since this type of destruction will come suddenly and unexpectedly, with no opportunity to escape]."
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*The phrase even denying the Lord that bought them means that even though Jesus died on the cross to pay for their sins and purchase their salvation (see 1 Timothy 2:4-6 and 1 Peter 1:18-19), the false teachers will refuse to accept God's gift of eternal life (see Romans 6:23).

APRIL 16

Philippians 4:6-7 - How to Deal With Anxiety and Stress
In a letter to the church in Philippi, this was the apostle Paul's advice to Christians:

Verse 6: "Be careful [troubled with care] for nothing [in other words, don't worry]; but in every thing by prayer and supplication [asking for something that you need or want] with thanksgiving [along with giving of thanks] let your requests be made known unto God."

Verse 7: "And the peace of
[or 'that comes from'] God, which passeth [surpasses (exceeds, goes beyond, is greater than)] all [or everyone's] understanding, shall keep [guard, protect] your hearts and minds [or will help you remain calm and free from anxiety and fear] through [the power of] Christ Jesus."

APRIL 15

Romans 3:23: "For all
[people] have sinned, and [have] come short of [failed to attain, match, equal] the glory [perfection, excellence] of God;"

We're all sinners, due to our sin nature (which was inherited from Adam and Eve) and the bad things that we think, say, and do on a daily basis.

Regarding today's verse, a Bible commentator wrote: "This is [the apostle] Paul's statement of the fact of God's justice in making salvation to all who complied with the terms upon which it was extended. All people are in fact sinners; and the same basis for saving one, or making salvation available, is the basis for extending it to all."

(Source for above quote: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/romans/3-23.html, "Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible")

APRIL 13-14

John 20:24-29 - "Doubting Thomas" Wants Proof of Jesus' Resurrection
In the evening of his resurrection day, Jesus appeared to all but one of his disciples in the place where they were assembled, which convinced them that he had risen from the dead.

Verse 24: "But Thomas, one of the twelve [disciples of Jesus], called Didymus, was not with them [the other disciples] when Jesus came [to visit]."

Verse 25: "The other disciples therefore said unto him
[Thomas], We have seen the Lord [Jesus]. But he [Thomas] said unto them [the disciples], Except I shall see in his [Jesus'] hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails [that he was crucified with], and thrust [insert, put] my hand into his side [i.e., the side in which he had been stabbed with a sword], I will not believe [that he is alive]."

Verse 26: "And after eight days again
[or 'eight days later'] his [Jesus'] disciples were within [the same house where they had gathered before], and Thomas [was] with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut [for privacy and protection], and stood in the midst [middle], and said, Peace be unto you."

Verse 27: "Then saith he
[Jesus] to Thomas [sometimes called 'Doubting Thomas' due to his unbelief], Reach hither [reach out] thy [your] finger, and behold [touch] my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing."

Verse 28: "And
[when he saw (and perhaps touched) Jesus' wounds,] Thomas answered and said unto him [Jesus], My Lord and my God."

Verse 29: "Jesus saith
[said] unto him, Thomas, because thou hast [you have] seen me, thou hast believed [that I am alive]: blessed [happy] are they that have not seen [me in person], and yet have believed [the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3-4); i.e., that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on the cross to pay for our sins, and that he was buried and rose again the third day].

Charles Spurgeon ended his commentary on John 20 by writing:

"Now, dear friends, has the purpose, for which this Book was written, been answered in your case? Have you been led to 'believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,' and so to believe that you 'have [eternal] life through his name'? If not, why not? May you have grace to answer that question, for the Lord Jesus Christ[']s sake! Amen."

(Source for quote:
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/spe/john-20.html)

APRIL 11-12

John 20:1-18 - The Resurrection of Jesus

Verse 1: "
[On] The first day of the week [Sunday] cometh [came] Mary Magdalene early [before dawn], when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre [tomb], and seeth [saw] the stone taken away [or 'and noticed that the very large rock had been removed'] from the [entrance of the] sepulchre."

Verses 2-4: "Then she
[Mary] runneth [ran], and cometh [came] to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple [John], whom Jesus loved, and saith [said] unto them, They [referring either to enemies (who may have stolen and hidden Jesus' body) or friends (who may have moved his body to another tomb)] have taken away the Lord [Jesus] out of the sepulchre, and we [meaning Mary and the women who had gone there with her] know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple [John], and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple [John] did outrun [run faster than] Peter, and came first to the sepulchre."

Verses 5-9: "And he
[John] stooping down, and looking in [into the tomb], saw the linen [grave] clothes [i.e., strips of linen cloth that were wrapped around dead bodies] lying [there]; yet went he not in [but he didn't go inside]. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth [saw] the linen clothes lie [lying there], And the napkin [cloth], that was about [had been covering] his [Jesus'] head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together [folded] in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple [John], which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw [the same things that Peter saw], and believed [that Jesus was alive]. For as yet they knew not the scripture [or Bible verse, probably Psalm 16:10], that he [Jesus] must rise again from the dead."

Verse 10: "Then the disciples
[Peter and John] went away again unto their own home."

Verses 11-13: "But Mary stood without
[outside] at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth [saw] two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain [had been lying]. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou [why are you crying]? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him."

Verses 14-15: "And when she
[Mary] had thus said, she turned herself back [around], and saw Jesus standing [there], and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou [whom do you seek]? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou [you] have borne him [Jesus] hence [or 'carried him away'], tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away."

Verses 16-17 "Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself
[toward Jesus], and saith unto him, Rabboni [a title of honor]; which is to say, Master [or, literally, my great Master]. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not [don't touch me--see note below*]; for I am not yet ascended to my Father [in heaven]: but go to my brethren [in this case, meaning disciples], and say unto them, I [Jesus] ascend [go up] unto my [heavenly] Father, and your [heavenly] Father; and to my God, and your God."

Verse 18: "Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord
[Jesus], and that he had spoken these things unto her."
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*In regard to Jesus' words Touch me not in John 20:17, C. I. Scofield explains:

"… Three views are held:

"(1) That Jesus speaks to Mary as the High Priest fulfilling the day of atonement (Leviticus 16). Having accomplished the sacrifice, He was on His way to present the sacred blood in heaven, and that, between the meeting with Mary in the garden and the meeting of Matthew 28:9 [when the women came and held him by the feet]. He had so ascended and returned: a view in harmony with types.

"(2) That Mary Magdalene, knowing as yet only Christ after the flesh … and having found her Beloved, sought only to hold Him so; while He, about to assume a new relation to His disciples in ascension, gently teaches Mary that now she must not seek to hold Him to the earth, but rather become His messenger of the new joy.

"(3) That He merely meant: 'Do not detain me now; I am not yet ascended; you will see me again; run rather to my brethren,' etc. …"

(Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/john/20-17.html, "Scofield's Reference Notes")


The following excerpt gives an excellent reason for believing the first view listed above. It is quoted from an article entitled "The Blood of Jesus is in Heaven On the Mercy Seat!" (https://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Believer%27s%20Corner/Doctrines/blood_in_heaven.htm).

   The LITERAL Blood of Jesus Had to be Applied to the Mercy Seat in Heaven

   The great Bible teacher, M.R. DeHaan, M.D. …, has it 100% correct when he states concerning the blood of Jesus...

      "The blood was to be sprinkled, remember, on the mercy seat right after the death of the substitutionary animal of sacrifice, Now Christ is, of course, our substitute. He was slain for us upon the Cross, and entered into death for us, and when He arose, He immediately went to heaven, entered into the holy of holies in heaven, sprinkled His precious blood upon the mercy seat before the throne of God, and forever settled the sin questions, and delivered us from the curse of the law. This is clearly taught in the New testament. Hebrews 9:12 is very definite on this:

         'But by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.'

      "The Bible also makes plain when He accomplished this. On the morning of the resurrection He meets Mary at the tomb. As soon as Mary recognized Him, she prostrated herself upon Him, and would have kissed His feet, but with shocking suddenness, Jesus emphatically says to her: 'Touch me not'; and then He proceeds immediately to give the reason why Mary is not permitted to touch Him at all.

         'For I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.' (John 20:17)

      "Literally the Lord Jesus Christ said, 'Touch me not; for I now am about to ascend unto my Father.' We can understand this action when we remember the [that] the high priest after he had offered the sacrifice, was to enter the holy of holies, before he did anything else, with the precious blood. No one was allowed to approach him. Everyone was shut out until this was completely done. And here in the record of the meeting with Mary we have the fulfillment of this type. Here Mary meets her great High Priest, just arisen from the tomb, but before He had entered the holy of holies with the reconciling blood. And so He says to her, 'TOUCH ME NOT.'

   SOURCE: The TABERNACLE, by M.R. DeHaan, M.D., ISBN 0-310-23491-3, page 129.

APRIL 9-10

Matthew 12:38-41 - Was Jesus Really Crucified on Friday?

Verse 38: "Then certain
[some] of the scribes [teachers of the Jewish people and interpreters of the law] and of the Pharisees [members of a Jewish sect (religious group)] answered [Jesus], saying, Master, we would [like to] see a sign from thee [you] [i.e., a sign from heaven, in the form of a miracle] [to prove that you are the Christ, or Messiah, and have been sent by God]."

Verses 39-40: "But he
[Jesus] answered and said unto them [the crowd], An evil and adulterous generation [referring to the Jews, many of whom--at that time--were unfaithful to their spouses and/or God] seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it [to the 'evil and adulterous generation'], but [except] the sign of the prophet Jonas [Jonah]: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man [Jesus] be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth [i.e., Jesus meant that he would be in the grave, or tomb, for three days and three nights between his crucifixion and resurrection, which was the same amount of time that Jonah spent inside the whale]."

Verse 41: "The men
[inhabitants] of Nineveh [capital city of the Assyrian empire] shall rise [as witnesses] in judgment [on judgment day] with this generation [of Jews], and [their example, or the example of the Ninevites] shall condemn it ['this generation']: because they [the people of Nineveh] repented at the preaching of Jonas [who was only a prophet, or messenger, of God]; and, behold, a greater [one] than Jonas [Jonah] is here [referring to himself (Jesus), who was and is the Son of God--second person of the trinity (which means one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost)] [and the Jews wouldn't even repent at his preaching]."

Christians normally celebrate Good Friday as the day when Jesus was crucified, but according to Matthew 12:40, that's not true. There are other theories about when he died, and they are discussed in the following article: "On what day was Jesus crucified?". If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/three-days.html.

APRIL 2-8

Exodus 12:1-14 - The First Passover

Verses 1-2: "And the LORD
[God] spake unto [spoke to] Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month [Abib, or Nisan--March/April] shall be unto you the beginning of months [on the Jewish calendar]: it shall be the first month of the year to you [with respect to religious rites or ceremonies]."

Verse 3: "Speak ye unto all the congregation
[people] of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month [Abib] they shall take to them every man [head of household] a lamb [a young sheep or goat], according to the house of their fathers [or ancestors, or according to the group they belonged to--see note below*], a lamb for an house [family, meaning one lamb per household]:"

Verse 4: "And if the household be too little
[in number] for the lamb [i.e., if there aren't enough people (at least 10 but no more than 20) in the family, including servants (but not uncircumcised males), to eat an entire lamb], let him [the head of the household] and his neighbour next unto his house [referring to the family or families living next door] take it [the lamb] according to the [total] number of the souls [people] [involved]; every man [and woman and child] according to his [or her] eating [or 'appetite'] shall make [be included or considered in] your count for [sharing] the lamb." [According to some commentators, because this was done for a solemn religious occasion, a portion, or serving, could have been as small as an olive.]

Verses 5-7: "Your lamb shall be without blemish [will have no defects or imperfections], a male of the first year: ye [you] shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it [with you, in your house, like a pet] up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly [gathering] of the congregation of Israel [meaning anyone, not just the priests] shall kill it in the evening [before sunset]. And they shall take of the blood, and [using a bunch of hyssop (a plant in the mint family) like a brush] strike it [with a slapping motion] on the two side posts and on the upper door post [also called 'lintel'] of the houses, wherein [in which] they shall eat it [the lamb] [after sunset]."

Verses 8-10: "And they shall eat the flesh
[meat] [of the lamb] in that night, roast[ed] with fire, and unleavened bread [made without leaven, or yeast]; and with bitter herbs [to represent their bondage (as slaves) in Egypt] they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw [rare, half-cooked, not thoroughly roasted], nor sodden at all with water [boiled], but roast[ed] with fire; his [the lamb's] head [should be roasted] with his legs [i.e., the lamb should be roasted whole], and with the purtenance [entrails] thereof [referring to its internal organs, especially the heart, liver, and lungs]. And ye shall let nothing of it [none of the edible parts (i.e., the meat and internal organs)] remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it [the lamb, meaning the inedible parts, such as bones] until the morning ye shall burn with fire."

Verses 11-12: "And thus shall ye eat it
[the  meal, consisting of the lamb, unleavened bread, and bitter herbs]; with your loins girded [with your long, loose clothes tied up around your waist], your shoes [or sandals] on your feet, and your staff [walking stick] in your hand; and ye shall eat it [the meal] in haste [quickly]: it is the LORD'S passover. For [because] I [Almighty God] will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite [strike, kill] all [of] the firstborn [males, or 'the oldest son in each family'] in the land of Egypt, both man [mankind, human beings] and beast [animals]; and against all the gods [false gods, or idols] of Egypt [i.e., everything and everyone that the Egyptians worship] I [Almighty God] will execute [carry out] judgment: I am the LORD."

Verse 13: "And the
[lamb's] blood shall be to you for a token [sign] upon the houses where ye are: and when I [God] see the blood, I will pass over you [the Israelites], and the plague [calamity, disaster] shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite [strike, kill the firstborn males throughout] the land of Egypt."

Verse 14: "And this day
[Passover] shall be unto you [Jewish people] for a memorial [reminder, remembrance]; and ye shall keep it [as] a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever."

In Moses' day, it was the blood of the sacrificial lambs applied to the doorposts that protected the children of Israel from God's judgment (i.e., the death of the firstborns in Egypt). Today, only the blood of the "Lamb of God" (i.e., God's Son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to pay for our sins) can save us from God's wrath (extreme anger) and coming judgment (i.e., punishment in hell and the lake of fire) when it is applied to our hearts by faith. This takes place the moment we are saved, or born again.

Note:
My gospel tracts (
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html) explain how to be saved, in case you're curious or interested.

GotQuestions.org has an article entitled "What is Passover?" that has a lot of additional information about this Jewish holiday. If you want to read it, here's the link:
https://www.gotquestions.org/what-is-Passover.html.
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*According to Adam Clarke: "… The whole host of Israel was divided into twelve tribes, these tribes into families, the families into houses, and the houses into particular persons …" (Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/exodus/12-3.html, "Adam Clarke Commentary")

APRIL 1

Psalm 53:1: "The fool
[in this case, a person with no conscience] hath said in his [or her] heart [or 'has thought, or said to himself (or herself)'], There is no God. Corrupt [dishonest and immoral] are they [the fools], and [they] have done abominable iniquity [bad things]: there is none [no one, including so-called 'good' (moral) people] that doeth good [who does good things] [in other words, we have all sinned]."

Some people deny God's existence because they don't want to have to worry about being punished for their sins. Unfortunately, on judgment day, when they will know for sure that they were wrong, and that there really is a God and that they are accountable (answerable) to him, it will be too late. Hopefully, you don't belong to this group.

Atheist or not, if you want to stay out of hell, you need to be born again, or saved, according to the Bible. It's not hard to do, but first you must truly believe in God and admit that you're a sinner.

How to be saved God's way:
If you believe that Jesus Christ (God's Son) died on the cross to pay for your sins and that he was buried and rose again, all you need to do is sincerely ask him (through prayer, either silently or out loud) to come into your heart and save you so you can go to heaven when you die.

Detailed instructions for the plan of salvation can be found in most of the tracts on the "Printable Gospel Tracts" page of my website. If you want to read one or more of them, here's a direct link:
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.


(Note: Psalm 14:1 is almost exactly like the verse quoted above.)



Previous Verses
April 2020
APRIL 30

1 Peter 3:3-4 - The Apostle Peter's Advice to Christian Wives

Verse 3: "Whose adorning
[similar in meaning to ornaments or decorations, referring to a Christian wife's true beauty] let it not be [should not be] [judged by] that outward adorning of [or 'things that are done to improve her outward appearance, such as'] plaiting [braiding] the hair [which was commonly done by women in Bible times (especially lewd women, who exhibited sexually inappropriate behavior)], and of wearing of gold [jewelry, hair pins, etc.], or of putting on of [high-quality and expensive] apparel [clothing];"

Verse 4: "But let it
[the Christian wife's true beauty] be [determined by] the hidden man [or, in this case, woman] of the heart [referring to a person's mind, soul, 'inner man' (or 'inner self' or 'inner being')--see note below*], in that which is not corruptible [subject to destruction or decay], even the ornament [decoration] of a meek [gentle] and quiet spirit [referring to the traits of a kind and gentle person (or, in this case, woman), who has a calm temper and contented mind, free from anger, envy, pride, etc.], which is in the sight of God of great price [value]."

We should never neglect our outward appearance but should always be neat and clean and modestly dressed. However, in God's eyes, true beauty is more than skin deep, as he values what's in our hearts much more than how we look.
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*This is what a GotQuestions.org article says about the meaning of the term inner man:

"… Human beings were created by God with a spirit, soul, and body … It has been said that we are not bodies with souls; we are souls that have bodies. The body--the 'outer man'--is our physical housing through which we experience the world. Our bodies function primarily through the five senses and by meeting innate needs that drive us to eat, drink, and sleep …

"Our souls are the personality centers of our beings from which our mind, will, and emotions operate. With our souls we choose either to listen to and obey the lusts of our flesh or the desires of the Holy Spirit … The soul of a person is the courtroom where life decisions are made. It is the seat of the self-life and the fountain from which character traits such as self-confidence, self-pity, self-seeking, and self-affirmation originate.

"Our spirits contain the inner man about which the Scriptures speak. Our spirits are where the Spirit of God communes with us. Jesus said, 'God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth' … It is within our spirits that we are born again … The "inner man" contains the conscience upon which the Holy Spirit can move and convict of sin …"

(Source for above quote:
https://www.gotquestions.org/inner-man.html: "What is the inner man?")

Adam Clarke has a slightly different opinion on the meaning of inner man. He wrote:

"… Every part of the Scripture treats man as a compound being: the body is the outward or visible man; the soul, the inward, hidden, or invisible man …"

(Source for Adam Clarke quote:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/1-peter/3-4.html, "Adam Clarke Commentary")

APRIL 28-29

1 Corinthians 15:50-53 - The "Rapture"
In a letter to the church at Corinth (and to all Christians), the apostle Paul wrote:

Verse 50: "Now this I [Paul] say, brethren [fellow Christians], that [bodies composed (made up) of] flesh [the soft parts of the body (i.e., muscles, fat, glands, etc.) that cover the bones] and blood cannot inherit [be admitted as heirs to, be allowed to enter into] the kingdom of God [heaven]; neither doth [does] corruption [referring to our physical bodies, which die and decay] inherit incorruption [eternal life]."

Verse 51: "Behold
[look, see, take notice], I [Paul] shew [show] you a mystery [something that has never been revealed before]; We [born-again Christians] shall not all sleep [in death, or die], but we shall all be changed [transformed, or given spiritual (immortal) bodies],"

Verse 52: "
[This will happen] In a moment [of time], in the twinkling of an eye [quickly, suddenly, instantly; in less time than it takes to blink], at the last trump [of God, or at the last sound of his trumpet--see note below*]: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead [Christians] shall be raised [resurrected, brought back to life] incorruptible [free from corruption], and we [Christians who are still alive] shall be changed [shall receive new bodies]."

Verse 53: "For this corruptible
[body of ours] must put on incorruption [must be changed to a spiritual body, to die no more], and this mortal [body, which is corruptible and, thus, able to die and decay,] must put on immortality [must be changed to an immortal body that can live forever with God in a wonderful place called heaven]."

GotQuestions.org has written several articles about the rapture. Here are two of them that you might want to read:

-- "What is the rapture of the church?"
   
https://www.gotquestions.org/rapture-of-the-church.html

-- "Will babies and young children be taken in the Rapture?"
   
https://www.gotquestions.org/rapture-children.html
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*Here is what Adam Clarke says about the meaning of at the last trump in verse 52:

"At the last trump - This, as well as all the rest of the peculiar phraseology of this chapter, is merely Jewish, and we must go to the Jewish writers to know what is intended … Thus Rabbi Akiba [wrote]: 'How shall the holy blessed God raise the dead? We are taught that God has a trumpet a thousand ells long, according to the ell of God [see note below**]: this trumpet he [God] shall blow, so that the sound of it shall extend from one extremity of the earth to the other. At the first blast the earth shall be shaken; at the second, the dust shall be separated; at the third, the bones shall be gathered together; at the fourth, the members shall wax warm; at the fifth, the heads shall be covered with skin; at the sixth, the souls shall be rejoined to their bodies; at the seventh, all shall revive and stand clothed' … This tradition shows us what we are to understand by the last trump of the apostle; it is the seventh of [Rabbi] Akiba, when the dead shall be all raised, and, being clothed upon with their eternal vehicles, they shall be ready to appear before the judgment seat of God."

(Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/1-corinthians/15-52.html, "Adam Clarke Commentary")

**According to Wikipedia, one ell is equal to a cubit, or about 18 inches.

APRIL 27

Proverbs 27:1: "Boast not thyself of to morrow
[don't brag about future events]; for [because] thou knowest not what a day may bring forth [you don't even know what will happen tomorrow]."

In other words, prepare for the future, but don't expect that everything will turn out the way you thought it would. Consider, for example, how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our normal, everyday lives. It has caused an overwhelming amount of illness and death throughout the world, in addition to fear, anxiety, depression, job loss, food insecurity, economic disaster, etc., and no one knows how long it will last.

Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church has written an excellent commentary on this verse, including many examples of things that we tend to boast about (e.g., what will happen in the future to our sports teams, our children, our businesses and careers, our country, our Christian walk, etc.) and reasons why we shouldn't do that (i.e., because future events can be affected by things that happen unexpectedly, such as serious illnesses, wars, natural disasters, stock market crashes, death, etc.).

Near the end of his commentary (in paragraph 7), Pastor Delany summarizes the meaning of the above verse as follows: "Make the best plans you can," "Be hopeful … But also be realistic …," and "… Trust God and leave all our tomorrows in His care …"

If you want to read the pastor's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-27-index/proverbs-27_1/.


Note to procrastinators:
"Tomorrow" may never come for some of us, so one thing we shouldn't put off is salvation, since we can't know for sure that we'll get a second chance to be saved.

If you believe that Jesus Christ (God's Son) died on the cross to pay for your sins and that he was buried and rose again, all you need to do is sincerely ask him (through prayer, either silently or out loud) to come into your heart and save you so you can go to heaven when you die.

If you need more detailed instructions for the plan of salvation, you'll find them in most of the tracts on the "Printable Gospel Tracts" page of my website:
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

APRIL 26

Job 5:17-18 - When God Disciplines Christians
This is what Eliphaz said to his friend Job, who was experiencing great pain and suffering due to the loss of his children, animals, and servants and because his body was covered in boils after God gave Satan permission to "test" him:

Verse 17: "Behold, happy [blessed] is the man [or woman or child] whom God correcteth [corrects]: therefore despise not thou [don't disregard or feel contempt (disrespect) or hatred for] the chastening [punishment or discipline] of the Almighty [God, when he's acting in a fatherly way]:"

Verse 18: "For he
[God] maketh sore [causes pain or suffering, as when a surgeon makes an incision in an attempt to remove or fix a problem area], and [then he (God)] bindeth up [the wound (like when a bandage is applied) and, thus, provides protection and comfort]: [in other words,] he [God] woundeth, and [then] his hands make whole [bring healing]."

Regarding the phrase happy is the man whom God correcteth in verse 17, Matthew Henry wrote:

"… Happy is the man whom God correcteth if he make but a due improvement of the correction. A good man is happy though he be afflicted, for, whatever he has lost, he has not lost his enjoyment of God nor his title to heaven. Nay, he is happy because he is afflicted; correction is an evidence of his sonship and a means of his sanctification; it mortifies his corruptions, weans his heart from the world, draws him nearer to God, brings him to his Bible, brings him to his knees, works him for, and so is working for him, a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory …"

(Source for above quote: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/job/5.html, "Verses 17-27")

APRIL 25

John 9:4 - Jesus Didn't Procrastinate
Just before healing a blind man on the sabbath day, Jesus (who is the Son of God, or God the Son) told his disciples:

"I [Jesus] must work [do] the [good] works [work, including miracles similar to the one that was about to be performed] of him that sent me [to earth, referring to God the Father], while it is day [while I am alive]: the night [time of death, or period after we die--referring to Jesus' upcoming crucifixion, which would occur about six months later] cometh [is coming], when no man [person] can work."

Jesus always obeyed God's will, and Christians should try to do the same. One way to show our love for, and obedience to, God is by telling people how to be saved (born again) whenever we have the opportunity to do so. That's what is meant by the terms soul winning, evangelism, and witnessing.

APRIL 24

1 Chronicles 16:23-26 - Everyone Should Praise the Lord

Verse 23: "Sing
[praises] unto the LORD [God Almighty], all [of you inhabitants, or people, of] the earth; shew [show] forth from day to day [or 'each day'] his [God's] [promised] salvation [through his Son, Jesus Christ] [which means that, when given the opportunity to do so, we should try to spread the gospel message (the plan of salvation) by telling others that Jesus died on the cross to pay for their sins]."

Verse 24: "Declare
[make known] his [God's] glory among the heathen [referring to unbelievers, or unsaved people--see note below*]; [declare] his [God's] marvellous works [all of the wonderful things he has created and done] among all nations."

Verses 25-26: "For great
[in importance, power, strength, wisdom, etc.] is the LORD [God] and greatly to be praised [i.e., because God is greater than anyone or anything in the universe (see note below**), he deserves to be worshiped and adored]: he also is to be feared above [more than] all [other] gods. For all the gods of the people are idols [false gods]: but the LORD [Yahweh, or Jehovah--the one true God] made the heavens [i.e., the universe, sky, atmosphere, etc.]."

Note: Today's verses are similar to the ones found in Psalm 96:1-5.
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*Definition of heathen, according to the KJV Bible Dictionary (https://www.av1611.com/kjbp/kjv-dictionary/heathen.html): "A pagan; a Gentile; one who worships idols, or is unacquainted with the true God. In the Scriptures, the word seems to comprehend all nations except the Jews or Israelites, as they were all strangers to the true religion, and all addicted to idolatry. The word may now be applied perhaps to all nations, except to Christians and Mohammedans [and Jews]."

For additional information on heathens, see the GotQuestions.org article entitled "What is a heathen?" Here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/what-is-a-heathen.html.

**"What does it mean that God is great?" is answered by GotQuestions.org in their article by the same name. If you want to read it, here's the link:
https://www.gotquestions.org/God-is-great.html.

APRIL 23

Proverbs 23:4-5 - Advice for Workaholics

Verse 4: "Labour not to be rich
[don't work hard just so you can become rich]: cease from [trusting, or don't depend upon] thine [your] own wisdom [which, in this case, means you should stop thinking that having lots of money will make you happy]."

Verse 5: "Wilt thou set thine eyes
[will you focus your eyes--and your heart] upon that which is not [going to last]? for riches certainly make themselves wings [and disappear]; they fly away as an eagle [does] toward heaven [see note below*]."

The above verses refer to priorities and motives for working hard. According to 1 Timothy 6:10, having money (to support your family, pay your bills, buy things you need, etc.) is okay, but loving money (having an overwhelming desire to become rich) is not good.

In addition to explaining the above verses, Salem Bible Church's commentaries list reasons (both good and bad) why people work hard. If you want to read one or both of these commentaries, here's are the links:

-- Verse 4: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-23-index/proverbs-23_4-5/

-- Verse 5: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-23-index/proverbs-23_5/
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*Regarding verse 5 above, one Bible commentator wrote:

"[In the New Testament, the apostle] Paul warned against the desire to be rich; and here we have a warning in the Old Testament. The heart of Paul's warning (1 Timothy 6:9f) centered upon moral and spiritual damage to the seeker; and here [in Proverbs 23:5] the warning stresses the nature of riches. They have the startling ability to leave their possessor 'holding the bag.' Ask any man who has experienced great loss … by the death of a trusted partner, a stock market crash, an earthquake, a flood, a tornado, a hurricane, a drought, a revolution, a robbery, embezzlement, fraud, some changing fashion, or any one of a thousand other ways that riches can make themselves wings and fly away …"

(Source for above quote: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/proverbs/23-4.html, "Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible")

APRIL 22

Psalm 24:1
[King David wrote]: "The earth is the LORD'S, and [so is] the fulness thereof [everything in it]; the world [is the LORD'S], and [so are] they that dwell therein [referring to the earth's inhabitants]."

God created this planet, which means that everything on it and in it (plants, animals, minerals and precious metals, people and the things that they make or build, etc.) belongs to him. Human beings may not own the earth, but since we live here, we should take care of it as much as possible.

APRIL 20-21

1 Timothy 2:1-4 - The Importance of Prayer
The apostle Paul wrote this in his letter to Timothy regarding prayer, both public and private.

Verse 1: "I [Paul] exhort [strongly urge] therefore, that, first of all [most importantly], supplications [requests for protection and help], prayers [for ourselves--everything that we may want or need, such as forgiveness, daily bread (meaning food, shelter, clothing, and other basic necessities), wisdom, guidance, and mercy], intercessions [prayers on behalf of others regarding salvation, assistance, blessings, etc.], and giving of thanks [to God for answered prayer], be made for all men [people];"

Verse 2: "
[And I also urge that prayers be made] For kings [see Note 1 below], and for all that are in authority; [so] that we may [have good government and religious freedom and, consequently,] lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty [i.e., regarding our duties to God and mankind]."

Verses 3-4: "For this
[thing; i.e., praying as outlined above] is good [well pleasing] and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour [in this case, referring to God the Father]; Who will have all men to be saved [or 'whose desire is for everyone to be saved (spiritually), or born again'--see Note 2 below], and to come unto the knowledge of the truth [both of the gospel (as stated by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4) and the Lord Jesus Christ, who (according to the Bible) is 'the way, the truth, and the life' (as stated in John 14:6)]."
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NOTE 1:

In his commentary on Chapter 2, verse 2 (
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-timothy-2.html), Albert Barnes explained the phrase For kings (i.e., rulers, leaders, etc.) as follows:

"… The meaning here is, that while all people should be the subjects of prayer, those should be particularly remembered before the throne of grace who are in authority. The reason is, that so much depends on their character and plans; that the security of life, liberty, and property, depends so much on them. God has power to influence their hearts, and to incline them to what is just and equal; and hence we should pray that a divine influence may descend upon them. The salvation of a king is of itself of no more importance than that of a peasant or a slave; but the welfare of thousands may depend on him [the king], and hence he should be made the special subject of prayer."

Adam Clarke, another Bible commentator, added:

"… Good rulers have power to do much good; we pray that their authority may be ever preserved and well directed. Bad rulers have power to do much evil; we pray that they may be prevented from thus using their power. So that, whether the rulers be good or bad, prayer for them is the positive duty of all Christians …"

(Source for above quote:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/1-timothy/2-2.html, "Adam Clarke Commentary")

NOTE 2:

Also in his commentary on Chapter 2, regarding the phrase Who will have all men to be saved in verse 4 (
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-timothy-2.html), Albert Barnes wrote:

"This verse proves … that people are to blame if they are not saved. If God did not wish their salvation, and if he had made no provision for it, they could not be to blame if they rejected the gospel. If God wishes it, and has made provision for it, and they are not saved, the sin must be their own - and it is a great sin, for there is no greater crime which a man can commit than to destroy his own soul, and to make himself the eternal enemy of his Maker."

APRIL 18-19

1 Timothy 2:11-14 - How Women Should Behave in Church
In a letter to Timothy, one of his traveling companions, the apostle Paul wrote:

Verses 11-12: "Let the woman learn [about the Bible] in silence with all subjection [submitting to those who are in authority, such as the pastor]. But I [Paul, as a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ] suffer not [do not permit] a woman to teach [during worship services in church--see note below*], nor to usurp [seize, take hold of] authority over the man, but to be in silence [to remain silent, or keep quiet]."

Note: Verses 11 and 12 above are similar to what the apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35.

Verses 13-14: "[This is why women should 'be in silence' in church:] For [because] Adam was first formed [by God], then Eve. And Adam was not deceived [fooled] [by Satan, who was disguised as a serpent] but the woman [Eve,] being deceived [by Satan,] was in the transgression [meaning she was the first one to disobey God and to sin--see note below**]."
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*According to Albert Barnes, the commands that women are to remain silent in church only apply to formal worship services. Here's what he said in his commentary on 1 Corinthians 14:35:

"… This evidently and obviously refers to the church assembled for public worship, in the ordinary and regular acts of devotion. There the assembly is made up of males and females, of old and young, and there it is improper for them [the women] to take part in conducting the exercises. But this cannot be interpreted as meaning that it is improper for females to speak or to pray in meetings of their own sex, assembled for prayer or for benevolence; nor that it is improper for a female to speak or to pray in a Sunday School. Neither of these come under the apostle's idea of a church …"

(Source for quote: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-corinthians-14.html, "Verse 35")

**Eve sinned because she believed Satan's lies, yielded (gave in) to temptation, and disobeyed God's command to not eat fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. After eating the fruit herself, she offered some to her husband (Adam) and persuaded him to eat it, too. In doing so, Eve proved that she was not qualified for a leadership position. This is explained further in Albert Barnes' commentary on 1 Timothy  2:14, which can be found here: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-timothy-2.html, "Verse 14."

APRIL 17

2 Peter 2:1 - Beware of False Teachers!
In a letter to Christians, the apostle Peter wrote:

"But [in Old Testament times,] there were false prophets also among the [Jewish] people, even as there shall be false teachers among you [born-again Christians], who [referring to the false teachers] privily [secretly] shall bring in [to the church] damnable heresies [destructive doctrines (religious beliefs) or opinions, mixed with truth], even denying the Lord [Jesus Christ] that bought them [with his blood--see note below*], and [the people who spread false doctrine will] bring upon themselves swift destruction [such as endless torment in hell and the lake of fire for unbelievers who have died--when they are sent there by God on judgment day, since this type of destruction will come suddenly and unexpectedly, with no opportunity to escape]."
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*The phrase even denying the Lord that bought them means that even though Jesus died on the cross to pay for their sins and purchase their salvation (see 1 Timothy 2:4-6 and 1 Peter 1:18-19), the false teachers will refuse to accept God's gift of eternal life (see Romans 6:23).

APRIL 16

Philippians 4:6-7 - How to Deal With Anxiety and Stress
In a letter to the church in Philippi, this was the apostle Paul's advice to Christians:

Verse 6: "Be careful [troubled with care] for nothing [in other words, don't worry]; but in every thing by prayer and supplication [asking for something that you need or want] with thanksgiving [along with giving of thanks] let your requests be made known unto God."

Verse 7: "And the peace of
[or 'that comes from'] God, which passeth [surpasses (exceeds, goes beyond, is greater than)] all [or everyone's] understanding, shall keep [guard, protect] your hearts and minds [or will help you remain calm and free from anxiety and fear] through [the power of] Christ Jesus."

APRIL 15

Romans 3:23: "For all
[people] have sinned, and [have] come short of [failed to attain, match, equal] the glory [perfection, excellence] of God;"

We're all sinners, due to our sin nature (which was inherited from Adam and Eve) and the bad things that we think, say, and do on a daily basis.

Regarding today's verse, a Bible commentator wrote: "This is [the apostle] Paul's statement of the fact of God's justice in making salvation to all who complied with the terms upon which it was extended. All people are in fact sinners; and the same basis for saving one, or making salvation available, is the basis for extending it to all."

(Source for above quote: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/romans/3-23.html, "Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible")

APRIL 13-14

John 20:24-29 - "Doubting Thomas" Wants Proof of Jesus' Resurrection
In the evening of his resurrection day, Jesus appeared to all but one of his disciples in the place where they were assembled, which convinced them that he had risen from the dead.

Verse 24: "But Thomas, one of the twelve [disciples of Jesus], called Didymus, was not with them [the other disciples] when Jesus came [to visit]."

Verse 25: "The other disciples therefore said unto him
[Thomas], We have seen the Lord [Jesus]. But he [Thomas] said unto them [the disciples], Except I shall see in his [Jesus'] hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails [that he was crucified with], and thrust [insert, put] my hand into his side [i.e., the side in which he had been stabbed with a sword], I will not believe [that he is alive]."

Verse 26: "And after eight days again
[or 'eight days later'] his [Jesus'] disciples were within [the same house where they had gathered before], and Thomas [was] with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut [for privacy and protection], and stood in the midst [middle], and said, Peace be unto you."

Verse 27: "Then saith he
[Jesus] to Thomas [sometimes called 'Doubting Thomas' due to his unbelief], Reach hither [reach out] thy [your] finger, and behold [touch] my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing."

Verse 28: "And
[when he saw (and perhaps touched) Jesus' wounds,] Thomas answered and said unto him [Jesus], My Lord and my God."

Verse 29: "Jesus saith
[said] unto him, Thomas, because thou hast [you have] seen me, thou hast believed [that I am alive]: blessed [happy] are they that have not seen [me in person], and yet have believed [the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3-4); i.e., that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on the cross to pay for our sins, and that he was buried and rose again the third day].

Charles Spurgeon ended his commentary on John 20 by writing:

"Now, dear friends, has the purpose, for which this Book was written, been answered in your case? Have you been led to 'believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,' and so to believe that you 'have [eternal] life through his name'? If not, why not? May you have grace to answer that question, for the Lord Jesus Christ[']s sake! Amen."

(Source for quote:
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/spe/john-20.html)

APRIL 11-12

John 20:1-18 - The Resurrection of Jesus

Verse 1: "
[On] The first day of the week [Sunday] cometh [came] Mary Magdalene early [before dawn], when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre [tomb], and seeth [saw] the stone taken away [or 'and noticed that the very large rock had been removed'] from the [entrance of the] sepulchre."

Verses 2-4: "Then she
[Mary] runneth [ran], and cometh [came] to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple [John], whom Jesus loved, and saith [said] unto them, They [referring either to enemies (who may have stolen and hidden Jesus' body) or friends (who may have moved his body to another tomb)] have taken away the Lord [Jesus] out of the sepulchre, and we [meaning Mary and the women who had gone there with her] know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple [John], and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple [John] did outrun [run faster than] Peter, and came first to the sepulchre."

Verses 5-9: "And he
[John] stooping down, and looking in [into the tomb], saw the linen [grave] clothes [i.e., strips of linen cloth that were wrapped around dead bodies] lying [there]; yet went he not in [but he didn't go inside]. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth [saw] the linen clothes lie [lying there], And the napkin [cloth], that was about [had been covering] his [Jesus'] head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together [folded] in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple [John], which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw [the same things that Peter saw], and believed [that Jesus was alive]. For as yet they knew not the scripture [or Bible verse, probably Psalm 16:10], that he [Jesus] must rise again from the dead."

Verse 10: "Then the disciples
[Peter and John] went away again unto their own home."

Verses 11-13: "But Mary stood without
[outside] at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth [saw] two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain [had been lying]. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou [why are you crying]? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him."

Verses 14-15: "And when she
[Mary] had thus said, she turned herself back [around], and saw Jesus standing [there], and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou [whom do you seek]? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou [you] have borne him [Jesus] hence [or 'carried him away'], tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away."

Verses 16-17 "Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself
[toward Jesus], and saith unto him, Rabboni [a title of honor]; which is to say, Master [or, literally, my great Master]. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not [don't touch me--see note below*]; for I am not yet ascended to my Father [in heaven]: but go to my brethren [in this case, meaning disciples], and say unto them, I [Jesus] ascend [go up] unto my [heavenly] Father, and your [heavenly] Father; and to my God, and your God."

Verse 18: "Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord
[Jesus], and that he had spoken these things unto her."
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*In regard to Jesus' words Touch me not in John 20:17, C. I. Scofield explains:

"… Three views are held:

"(1) That Jesus speaks to Mary as the High Priest fulfilling the day of atonement (Leviticus 16). Having accomplished the sacrifice, He was on His way to present the sacred blood in heaven, and that, between the meeting with Mary in the garden and the meeting of Matthew 28:9 [when the women came and held him by the feet]. He had so ascended and returned: a view in harmony with types.

"(2) That Mary Magdalene, knowing as yet only Christ after the flesh … and having found her Beloved, sought only to hold Him so; while He, about to assume a new relation to His disciples in ascension, gently teaches Mary that now she must not seek to hold Him to the earth, but rather become His messenger of the new joy.

"(3) That He merely meant: 'Do not detain me now; I am not yet ascended; you will see me again; run rather to my brethren,' etc. …"

(Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/john/20-17.html, "Scofield's Reference Notes")


The following excerpt gives an excellent reason for believing the first view listed above. It is quoted from an article entitled "The Blood of Jesus is in Heaven On the Mercy Seat!" (https://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Believer%27s%20Corner/Doctrines/blood_in_heaven.htm).

   The LITERAL Blood of Jesus Had to be Applied to the Mercy Seat in Heaven

   The great Bible teacher, M.R. DeHaan, M.D. …, has it 100% correct when he states concerning the blood of Jesus...

      "The blood was to be sprinkled, remember, on the mercy seat right after the death of the substitutionary animal of sacrifice, Now Christ is, of course, our substitute. He was slain for us upon the Cross, and entered into death for us, and when He arose, He immediately went to heaven, entered into the holy of holies in heaven, sprinkled His precious blood upon the mercy seat before the throne of God, and forever settled the sin questions, and delivered us from the curse of the law. This is clearly taught in the New testament. Hebrews 9:12 is very definite on this:

         'But by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.'

      "The Bible also makes plain when He accomplished this. On the morning of the resurrection He meets Mary at the tomb. As soon as Mary recognized Him, she prostrated herself upon Him, and would have kissed His feet, but with shocking suddenness, Jesus emphatically says to her: 'Touch me not'; and then He proceeds immediately to give the reason why Mary is not permitted to touch Him at all.

         'For I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.' (John 20:17)

      "Literally the Lord Jesus Christ said, 'Touch me not; for I now am about to ascend unto my Father.' We can understand this action when we remember the [that] the high priest after he had offered the sacrifice, was to enter the holy of holies, before he did anything else, with the precious blood. No one was allowed to approach him. Everyone was shut out until this was completely done. And here in the record of the meeting with Mary we have the fulfillment of this type. Here Mary meets her great High Priest, just arisen from the tomb, but before He had entered the holy of holies with the reconciling blood. And so He says to her, 'TOUCH ME NOT.'

   SOURCE: The TABERNACLE, by M.R. DeHaan, M.D., ISBN 0-310-23491-3, page 129.

APRIL 9-10

Matthew 12:38-41 - Was Jesus Really Crucified on Friday?

Verse 38: "Then certain
[some] of the scribes [teachers of the Jewish people and interpreters of the law] and of the Pharisees [members of a Jewish sect (religious group)] answered [Jesus], saying, Master, we would [like to] see a sign from thee [you] [i.e., a sign from heaven, in the form of a miracle] [to prove that you are the Christ, or Messiah, and have been sent by God]."

Verses 39-40: "But he
[Jesus] answered and said unto them [the crowd], An evil and adulterous generation [referring to the Jews, many of whom--at that time--were unfaithful to their spouses and/or God] seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it [to the 'evil and adulterous generation'], but [except] the sign of the prophet Jonas [Jonah]: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man [Jesus] be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth [i.e., Jesus meant that he would be in the grave, or tomb, for three days and three nights between his crucifixion and resurrection, which was the same amount of time that Jonah spent inside the whale]."

Verse 41: "The men
[inhabitants] of Nineveh [capital city of the Assyrian empire] shall rise [as witnesses] in judgment [on judgment day] with this generation [of Jews], and [their example, or the example of the Ninevites] shall condemn it ['this generation']: because they [the people of Nineveh] repented at the preaching of Jonas [who was only a prophet, or messenger, of God]; and, behold, a greater [one] than Jonas [Jonah] is here [referring to himself (Jesus), who was and is the Son of God--second person of the trinity (which means one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost)] [and the Jews wouldn't even repent at his preaching]."

Christians normally celebrate Good Friday as the day when Jesus was crucified, but according to Matthew 12:40, that's not true. There are other theories about when he died, and they are discussed in the following article: "On what day was Jesus crucified?". If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/three-days.html.

APRIL 2-8

Exodus 12:1-14 - The First Passover

Verses 1-2: "And the LORD
[God] spake unto [spoke to] Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month [Abib, or Nisan--March/April] shall be unto you the beginning of months [on the Jewish calendar]: it shall be the first month of the year to you [with respect to religious rites or ceremonies]."

Verse 3: "Speak ye unto all the congregation
[people] of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month [Abib] they shall take to them every man [head of household] a lamb [a young sheep or goat], according to the house of their fathers [or ancestors, or according to the group they belonged to--see note below*], a lamb for an house [family, meaning one lamb per household]:"

Verse 4: "And if the household be too little
[in number] for the lamb [i.e., if there aren't enough people (at least 10 but no more than 20) in the family, including servants (but not uncircumcised males), to eat an entire lamb], let him [the head of the household] and his neighbour next unto his house [referring to the family or families living next door] take it [the lamb] according to the [total] number of the souls [people] [involved]; every man [and woman and child] according to his [or her] eating [or 'appetite'] shall make [be included or considered in] your count for [sharing] the lamb." [According to some commentators, because this was done for a solemn religious occasion, a portion, or serving, could have been as small as an olive.]

Verses 5-7: "Your lamb shall be without blemish [will have no defects or imperfections], a male of the first year: ye [you] shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it [with you, in your house, like a pet] up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly [gathering] of the congregation of Israel [meaning anyone, not just the priests] shall kill it in the evening [before sunset]. And they shall take of the blood, and [using a bunch of hyssop (a plant in the mint family) like a brush] strike it [with a slapping motion] on the two side posts and on the upper door post [also called 'lintel'] of the houses, wherein [in which] they shall eat it [the lamb] [after sunset]."

Verses 8-10: "And they shall eat the flesh
[meat] [of the lamb] in that night, roast[ed] with fire, and unleavened bread [made without leaven, or yeast]; and with bitter herbs [to represent their bondage (as slaves) in Egypt] they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw [rare, half-cooked, not thoroughly roasted], nor sodden at all with water [boiled], but roast[ed] with fire; his [the lamb's] head [should be roasted] with his legs [i.e., the lamb should be roasted whole], and with the purtenance [entrails] thereof [referring to its internal organs, especially the heart, liver, and lungs]. And ye shall let nothing of it [none of the edible parts (i.e., the meat and internal organs)] remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it [the lamb, meaning the inedible parts, such as bones] until the morning ye shall burn with fire."

Verses 11-12: "And thus shall ye eat it
[the  meal, consisting of the lamb, unleavened bread, and bitter herbs]; with your loins girded [with your long, loose clothes tied up around your waist], your shoes [or sandals] on your feet, and your staff [walking stick] in your hand; and ye shall eat it [the meal] in haste [quickly]: it is the LORD'S passover. For [because] I [Almighty God] will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite [strike, kill] all [of] the firstborn [males, or 'the oldest son in each family'] in the land of Egypt, both man [mankind, human beings] and beast [animals]; and against all the gods [false gods, or idols] of Egypt [i.e., everything and everyone that the Egyptians worship] I [Almighty God] will execute [carry out] judgment: I am the LORD."

Verse 13: "And the
[lamb's] blood shall be to you for a token [sign] upon the houses where ye are: and when I [God] see the blood, I will pass over you [the Israelites], and the plague [calamity, disaster] shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite [strike, kill the firstborn males throughout] the land of Egypt."

Verse 14: "And this day
[Passover] shall be unto you [Jewish people] for a memorial [reminder, remembrance]; and ye shall keep it [as] a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever."

In Moses' day, it was the blood of the sacrificial lambs applied to the doorposts that protected the children of Israel from God's judgment (i.e., the death of the firstborns in Egypt). Today, only the blood of the "Lamb of God" (i.e., God's Son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to pay for our sins) can save us from God's wrath (extreme anger) and coming judgment (i.e., punishment in hell and the lake of fire) when it is applied to our hearts by faith. This takes place the moment we are saved, or born again.

Note:
My gospel tracts (
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html) explain how to be saved, in case you're curious or interested.

GotQuestions.org has an article entitled "What is Passover?" that has a lot of additional information about this Jewish holiday. If you want to read it, here's the link:
https://www.gotquestions.org/what-is-Passover.html.
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*According to Adam Clarke: "… The whole host of Israel was divided into twelve tribes, these tribes into families, the families into houses, and the houses into particular persons …" (Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentary/exodus/12-3.html, "Adam Clarke Commentary")

APRIL 1

Psalm 53:1: "The fool
[in this case, a person with no conscience] hath said in his [or her] heart [or 'has thought, or said to himself (or herself)'], There is no God. Corrupt [dishonest and immoral] are they [the fools], and [they] have done abominable iniquity [bad things]: there is none [no one, including so-called 'good' (moral) people] that doeth good [who does good things] [in other words, we have all sinned]."

Some people deny God's existence because they don't want to have to worry about being punished for their sins. Unfortunately, on judgment day, when they will know for sure that they were wrong, and that there really is a God and that they are accountable (answerable) to him, it will be too late. Hopefully, you don't belong to this group.

Atheist or not, if you want to stay out of hell, you need to be born again, or saved, according to the Bible. It's not hard to do, but first you must truly believe in God and admit that you're a sinner.

How to be saved God's way:
If you believe that Jesus Christ (God's Son) died on the cross to pay for your sins and that he was buried and rose again, all you need to do is sincerely ask him (through prayer, either silently or out loud) to come into your heart and save you so you can go to heaven when you die.

Detailed instructions for the plan of salvation can be found in most of the tracts on the "Printable Gospel Tracts" page of my website. If you want to read one or more of them, here's a direct link:
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.


(Note: Psalm 14:1 is almost exactly like the verse quoted above.)


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