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"who is a teacher like him?"

In Job 36:13-16 we read –

13 The godless in heart cherish anger; they do not cry for help when he binds them.
14 They die in youth, and their life ends among the cult prostitutes.
15 He delivers the afflicted by their affliction and opens their ear by adversity.
16 He also allured you out of distress into a broad place where there was no cramping, and what was set on your table was full of fatness.

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“The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean"

In John 13:8 we read - "Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.”

From Jesus' words we see the great importance of being washed by him. We must be washed in order to have share with him. But what does Jesus mean by this illustration of washing the disciples feet? The whole context of this washing is played out in John 13:1-20.

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"praying that you may have strength..."

In Luke 21:34-36 we read these words of Jesus -

34 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

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"God saw...and God knew"

Do you ever wonder - does God see, really sees what I'm going through. Does God really know, really knows how much I'm hurting?

Well, have you pondered lately the story of Israel, God's people in the Old Testament, when they we're oppressed and slaves in Egypt?

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"Behold, we are slaves this day"

Are you a slave this day?

You may be saying, "Not me! I read my Bible, pray, go to church, I'm nice to people. I'm doing okay, thank you".

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A 'big surprise' at the last judgment

In Matthew 25 Jesus speaks of the last judgment. In verses 31-40, he's dealing with the righteous. He sets them on his right hand, the good side, and gives them a big surprise in what he says about them. So we read -

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"And it is 'God' who establishes us with you in Christ"

In 2 Corinthians 1:12 - 2:4 Paul explains why he hasn't come to visit the Corinthians yet. His reason being is God's timing, and not wanting to come and cause them more pain over the painful issue they have been dealing with in the church. But Paul is so wise, and so passionate for the Corinthian church to grow through this hard time, that he digresses into a beautiful spiritual talk about God's faithfulness and his "Yes" to us in Christ Jesus, to do in us what God has promised to do.

In verses 18-21 we read -

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"Count it all joy, my brothers/sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds"

James, the brother of the Lord, is writing to Christians scattered everywhere, who are in "trials of various kinds". At the beginning of the letter in verses 2,3 we read -

2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Faith is dependence, leaning, resting on another, our precious Lord Jesus. We run as a child to its parent, and stay safe.

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Seeking God, "even though not according to the cleanness of holiness"

In 2 Chronicles 30, Hezekiah summons the people of Israel and Judah, to come and celebrate the Passover together. It has been a long time since the people obeyed the LORD in keeping this ordinance. Passover was to be kept perpetually as a reminder of God's deliverance of Israel form the slavery in Egypt.

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God's sudden surprises

I was reading 2 Chronicles 28-29. Very sad at times to read about the kings of Judah and Israel. Sometimes a good king/father is not a guarantee for a good/God fearing son. But sometimes bad king will have a good son.

Like here in this passage, Ahaz did evil in burning his sons as an offering to idols. God chastised him in letting king of Syria to defeat him. So, Ahaz became distressed, angry and spiteful against the LORD, and setting up idols all over Jerusalem he provoked the LORD to anger against himself and the people.

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