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Day 1: Genesis 1-3; Matthew 1
Day 2: Genesis 4-6; Matthew 2
Day 3: Genesis 7-9; Matthew 3
Day 4: Genesis 10-12; Matthew 4
Day 5: Genesis 13-15; Matthew 5
Day 6: Genesis 16-17; Matthew 6
Day 7: Genesis 18-19; Matthew 7
Day 8: Genesis 20-22; Matthew 8
Day 9: Genesis 23-24; Matthew 9
Day 10: Genesis 25-26; Matthew 10
Day 11: Genesis 27-28; Matthew 11
Day 12: Genesis 29-30; Matthew 12
Day 13: Genesis 31-32; Matthew 13:1-30
Day 14: Genesis 33-35; Matthew 13:31-58
Day 15: Genesis 36-38; Matthew 14
Day 16: Genesis 39-40; Matthew 15
Day 17: Genesis 41-42; Matthew 16
Day 18: Genesis 43-45; Matthew 17
Day 19: Genesis 46-48; Matthew 18
Day 20: Genesis 49-50; Matthew 19
Day 21: Exodus 1-3; Matthew 20
Day 22: Exodus 4-6; Matthew 21
Day 23: Exodus 7-8; Matthew 22
Day 24: Exodus 9-11; Matthew 23
Day 25: Exodus 12-13; Matthew 24
Day 26: Exodus 14-15; Matthew 25
Day 27: Exodus 16-18; Matthew 26:1-35
Day 28: Exodus 19-20; Matthew 26:36-75
Day 29: Exodus 21-22; Matthew 27:1-31
Day 30: Exodus 23-24; Matthew 27:32-66

Day 1: Genesis 1-3; Matthew 1
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.Genesis 1:1 | In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. | The words "In the beginning" would seem to refer to the beginning of the heaven and the earth, not the beginning of God. God himself is eternal and therefore would have no beginning, but always existed. However, since we live in the realm of time and all we know is time, that concept of eternity is difficult for us to grasp. Job 26:7 and Isaiah 45:18 refer to God's creation of the earth.
(Sep.13.2016) Notice that this says God created the heaven and the earth, not Heaven and Earth, because it is speaking of things, not places, as we commonly think of when we speak of someone going to Heaven when they die, or planet Earth. In verse 8, however, God does actually name the firmament Heaven, and names the dry land Earth in verse 10. This dry land was not what we see originally in verses one and two, however, because that earth mentioned in verses 1 and 2 was a thing that was without form and void, but the Earth mentioned in verse 10 was dry land that had been separated from the water, and therefore, it had form (updated Sep.22.2016). Perhaps, like we saw with the darkness in absence of light, God does not name the thing that is still without form or definition. I need to consider that thought further as I continue to seek understanding here. I also want to look at Eve as well, as she was not named before she was formed separate from Adam, and whether or not God having a name Himself comes into play in all of this.

.Genesis 1:2 (Genesis, chapter 1, verse number 2) | And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. | This verse can be further understood starting with Hebrews 1:2. It speaks of God's Son by whom God made the worlds. This is giving us a more specific hint of how exactly things came to be when God said "Let there be light" or "Let the earth bring forth grass" etc. God's Son, before He was born into the earth was the Word (and still is the Word, since the Word also exists in eternity). John 1:1-3 leads me to believe that when God spoke "Let there be," the Word came out from Him and did the construction, actually making the thing that was spoken. It says "in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made." To research more about God creating by His Word, read Colossians 1:14-19; Colossians 2:9; Isaiah 53:1; Isaiah 55:11; Hebrews 3:1-6; Revelation 4:11; and James 1:18.
(Sep.13.2016) Notice that although verse 1 says God created the heaven and the earth, it only says here that the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. It doesn't say darkness was upon the face of the earth, and it doesn't say that the heaven was without form; neither does is say there was darkness in the heaven. It also does not say that darkness pervaded throughout the deep, but that it was on the face of the deep. Maybe it did pervade throughout the deep, but the words that these few verses contain (and do not contain) may be presenting to us something more complex than it immediately seems. It mentions God creating the heaven and the earth, but doesn't necessarily or specifically say anything about God creating the deep or the waters that God's face is said to have moved upon. Considering verse 9, however, it seems likely that the earth was not yet dry land, but may have been wet, or perhaps a watery mess, like mud or grits. If you're not from the south and you don't know what grits are, it's the "information age" at the time I'm writing this, so you can look up a video or something about grits and see what I'm talking about.

.Genesis 1:3 (June.10.2013) | And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. | Isaiah 48:12;
(Sep.13.2016) God saying "let there be light" doesn't necessarily mean that light did not already exist, perhaps within Himself. I'm not sure of the complete definition or meaning of the word "there" when He says "Let there be light," but it could signify geographic placement, as in "let there be light" instead of "let here be light."

.Genesis 1:3-15 | 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. 6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. 9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. 11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 13 And the evening and the morning were the third day. 14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. | If the days were created in the first day with evening and morning, how then did the lights in v. 14 divide the day from the night?
Perhaps He made the day and the night each time Himself for the first three days, and then, on the fourth day He automated the process by making lights that would make the day and night themselves. Likewise, He made man, then He made another man (woman), then He enabled and appointed them to make the rest of the people (automation).

.Genesis 1:5 | And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. | "...the evening and the morning were the first day." The day was actually the evening and the morning, although now we think of a day as being a morning followed by the evening. Matthew 28:1 may reference this also.
(Sep.13.2016) Notice here that Day is the first thing that was ever named in the scriptures, and God named it, which means He is first establishing His dominion. In history, as shown in the Bible, naming signifies dominion. God gave man dominion over all of the animals and brought them to man for man to name them in Genesis 2:19. Parents name their children. So when God names the light Day and the darkness Night, it signifies His dominion over both Day and Night. Notice that Day and Night are not considered descriptions here as people commonly use them today, but are capitalized names. So although God said the light was good, He rules over both the Day and Night. And although the darkness appears to exist before the light does, it does not seem to be a recognized thing in and of itself, since it does not get named while it is still there alone without the presence of light. Perhaps the presence of light here helps define and legitimize the darkness. We also might consider that God saying "let there be light" in verse 3 doesn't necessarily mean that light did not already exist, perhaps within Himself. I'm not sure of the complete definition or meaning of the word "there" when He says "Let there be light," but it could signify location, as in "let there be light" instead of "let here be light."

.Genesis 1:6 | And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. | This says that God made a firmament to divide the waters. With us living on the surface of the earth, we usually think of it backwards. To our eyes, the water divides the land (or the firmament), but consider the fact that every ocean has a floor. Therefore, the land is not actually divided. Maybe on the surface, it appears that way, but the land is actually one mass, which on the surface divides the oceans and waters from each other. So much for the world being flat. Since they couldn't go deep enough in the ocean during those days and didn't have the mapping technology that we have now, it'd be interesting to know what those who didn't hear or believe the Word of God thought was at the bottom of the ocean. Perhaps they thought the world was all water and the land simply floated in it. (June.10.2013) The islands would float away.
(Sep.13.2016) Looking at my observations of how the text is worded in verse 1-5 and in verse 8, it could be possible that Heaven (the place, the firmament), is different than "the heaven" (the thing) that God is said to have created in verse 1, because it seems that God says "let there be light" before He says "let there be a firmament." (Sep.22.2016) From the way the text reads, there appears to be a pattern, which we can identify at the end of verses 5 and 8, which allows us to see that the light was created on the first day, and the firmament was created on the second day. However, I'm not ruling out the possibility here that verse 1 is only a summary of the creation of the heaven and the earth, since the term "heaven" is not mentioned again until verse 8. Some say they are certain that verse 1 is just a summary, but I would rather err on the side of uncertainty here, than to make a certain claim with without certainty.

.Genesis 1:8 (Sep.13.2016) | And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. | The firmament that divided the waters is named Heaven by God here.

.Genesis 1:10 | And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. | "God saw that it was good." In the beginning, God was the only one "seeing" what was good. The next living being that is said to supposedly "see" what is good is Eve in Genesis 3:6 before she ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

.Genesis 1:11,24 | 11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. | Verses 11 and 24 tell us that God determined that animals and non-animals reproduce their own kind. Can I say that? non-animals? (June.10.2013) Inanimate life-forms.

.Genesis 1:26 | And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. | Note that in verse 26, God actually says "let us make man in our image and after our likeness..." The Old Testament was originally written in the Hebrew language and Genesis 1:1 began with "Bereshith bara Elohim..." Elohim is the word for God, but it is a plural word. This is explained in 1 John 5:7 ("1 John" is a different book than "John" and is pronounced "First John." It's found near the end of the New Testament, while John is in the beginning of the New Testament in the Bible. 1 John 5:7 says "there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." Also see Zechariah 4:11-14.
(Sep.23.2016) Instead of trying to understand how God can be three beings in one, it may help to simply think of different parts of God as being God. Use me for example. I am me. My hand is also me. And my face, although you can't see it right now, is also me. In fact, you can't see my hand either. The only part of me that you can see right now is my words that came from me. Whatever you say about my words, although they are separated from me, you would be saying about me. If you say my words are a lie, you would be saying that I'm lying. In John 1:1 we are told that in the beginning God's Word existed, and it was with Him, and it was Him. Later in the chapter, around verse 14, it says that that God's Word came to live among us and describes His Word as being Jesus. That may be advanced for those who don't understand the concept of what I'm saying. To state this a simpler way, I'll say that if you hit my hand, you hit me, because my hand is me, although it is still distinctly a hand all by itself. If you hit it, you are actually hitting me, because it is me. If you see it, you see me. Yet, it doesn't do it's own thing, it does what I tell it to do (and by tell, I don't mean with words). God and His Word, which we now identify as Jesus, have a similar relationship. Remember that Jesus said "if you have seen me, you have seen the Father," "I and my Father are one," and most tellingly, John 5:19 says "Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." This appears to be a similar relationship to to you and your hand, which you are able to perfectly communicate to without words. Your hand can also be cut off from you and reattached (if you had someone skilled enough to reattach it). Likewise, Jesus was cut off from the Father on the cross, and still be God's Word and God's image the whole time, and later reconnected. It also benefits our understanding that Jesus refers to Himself and His relationship to others as being that of a body, since He says that He is the head and we are members (body parts) of His body in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. This is why God is considered only one God, instead of three Gods. Although people say that God exists in three persons (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit), scripture does not say that. It does not call them three persons anywhere in scripture, nor does it refer to them as three Gods. So Christians are not considered to be polytheistic. This also means that Jesus is God, and serving Jesus, does not equate to serving another god or committing idolatry, and is not a violation of the first commandment, which says "Thou shalt have no other Gods before me."

.Genesis 1:27 | So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. | This verse has unexpected wording if you're thinking of man as simply male, because it says "God created man," but then it says "male and female created he them." It's possibly worded this way because God made Eve from Adam's rib (Gen 2:21-23). When Adam was made, he was made with ribs. Therefore Eve, being his rib, was made at the same time he was. God made them both together. (Dec.25.2014) Also notice that every verse in Genesis 1 starts with the word “And” except this verse (verse 27), and verse 1.
(Sep.13.2016) Concerning God making man in the image of God, this may mean that man was made in Jesus Christ or in the image of Jesus Christ, since Paul identifies Jesus Christ as "the image of the invisible God" in Colossians 1:15.

.Genesis 1:22,28 | 22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. | As far as we know, this is the first time God spoke to anything outside of Himself.

.Genesis 1:28 (Sep.13.2016) | And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. | When God tells them to "replinish the earth" here, He may be referring to them replenishing the food and resources they and the animals are eating and using up, so there will always be food and resources. (Sep.22.2016) After all, God did take man from the place where he was created at, and put him in the garden of Eden to dress it and keep it Genesis 2:15 tells us.

.Genesis 2:4 | (Dec.26.2014) Notice that this is our first introduction to God as "LORD," which He is called approximately another ten times in this chapter and nine in chapter 3. I doubt that it is a coincidence that He happens to be referred to now as LORD God, immediately after He has finished His grand creation. I suppose now, He has something legitimate to be Lord over. It's as if He changes hats (metaphorically speaking) from the creative artist to the LORD of the creation.

.Genesis 2:14 | This river Euphrates is also mentioned in Revelation 16:12 (Rev. 16:12).

.Genesis 2:17 | Notice that Eve was not yet made from Adam when God gave him the command. This is important because she accidentally misquotes God later when the serpent asks her what this command is? Perhaps it was due to a lack of communication between Adam and Eve, causing her to misunderstand the command. Or maybe Adam misunderstands the command and miscommunicates it to Eve. God said not to eat of the tree. He didn't say anything about touching it, but when questioned, Eve told the serpent that God said "Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die." This is a huge misunderstanding that may play a big part in the fall of man. Because she is wrongly thinking that she will die if she touches it, she may have had the fruit in her hand thinking "oh, I'm touching it and I'm not dead," so she thought that the serpent was right (in verse 3:4) that she shall not surely die. So she went ahead and ate it. Well, perhaps the serpent didn't lie about her not dying if she ate the fruit, but still deceived her. In actuality, God had not told her that she couldn't eat it. He told Adam that he couldn't eat it. Yet, Eve thought that since she ate from the tree of knowledge of "good" and evil she could now see and judge what was good and evil. Therefore, she thought she was now knowledgeable and qualified to tell Adam whether it was good or not for him to eat. Listening to the serpent, she messed around and deceived her own self into thinking she was now hot stuff and had a Ph.D. in good and evil, when she was probably just the same as before she bit the fruit. Galatians 6:3 says, "For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself." (May.29.2015) Notice God also says "thou shalt surely die" in 20:7 to king Abimelech the king, if he does not restore Abraham's wife.

.Genesis 2:18 | (Dec.26.2014) From this verse, we see that Genesis chapters one and two is not told in a linear timeframe, since here it says Adam is alone and God makes Eve, but in 1:27, it says God created them, male and female, and blessed "them" in verse 28. This leaves us to view Genesis one (or certain parts of it) as a summary, which later is retold in greater detail, such as here in Chapter 2.

.Genesis 2:19 | God brought the animals to Adam to see what he would call them. In 2:23 Adam called his wife "woman" and named her Eve in 3:20. Parents name their children. God named His son, Jesus (Luke 1:19,31). We learn that he (or she) which names someone or something does so because they are the ones that have rule over that person or thing. It would be interesting to study where else in the Bible God has named people or renamed them and under what circumstances. (Dec.26.2014) In this verse, it sounds as if God made Adam first and then made the animals, but in Genesis 1:24-27 it sounds as if God made the animals first. First, the word "and" and not "then" is used, so neither specifies which happened first, but just that they happened. Genesis 1, gives us a general time frame, that it was after the fifth day, and apparently after He made the fowl of the air and the fish and wales in the sea. However, 2:19 doesn't specify any time frame.

.Genesis 2:21 | (Dec.26.2014) In hospitals all over the world, it is now standard practice to put people to sleep before a major operation, but we see here that God was the first to do it, way before anyone knew such a concept was possible. It's also interesting to note that this is recorded in the Bible way before anyone had any idea that surgery on a person in deep sleep was possible, or even an option. We don't know, however, if God used a type of anesthesia, because we're not told how He did it.

.Genesis 2:28 | (Dec.26.2014) All of this is important to note, because some have raised the question of whether "replenish" means that God was telling man to repopulate the earth, as if it had once been populated before man. But this verse does not appear to lend itself that speculation, because it simply doesn't say that. So we must call it a speculation, if even that, since God did not specify that meaning, and also sense the scriptures say the earth was void, without form, and dark, and God then created the light into existence, and then created man into existence; in His (God's) likeness, not the likeness of some preexisting man or being. I would therefore conclude that it would be wrong to say that the earth was ever populated before God's seven day creation, because that wouldn't make sense. -->

.Genesis 3:3 | (Dec.26.2014) Notice that Eve incorrectly states that God said not to touch the tree. However, looking back at 2:17, before Eve was made from man, We see that God never told Adam not to touch it. And furthermore, God told this to Adam, not to Eve. It never says He told Eve this. This is important to note, because later when they each eat the fruit, we see that nothing is said to have happened when Eve eats the fruit.

.Genesis 3:6 | Although this says that Adam was with Eve when she bit the fruit, notice that we are not given a time span from when the serpent spoke with Eve until when she bit the fruit. Some believe that Adam was with Eve when the serpent spoke to her and that he stood there idle, but since we are not given a time frame, it's possible that the serpent may have spoken with Eve way before she ever decided she was going to eat the fruit. The serpent could have planted his seed of temptation in Eve years ago and it finally grew into an intense urge until one day she just gave in and ate the forbidden fruit.

.Genesis 3:10-11 | This is funny (yet not funny) because when Adam told God he was naked, God asks him who told him he was naked. God was asking him, "Adam, who even taught you that word? And furthermore, who told you that it was even wrong to be naked?"

.Genesis 3:12 | Adam answers God by trying to pass the blame off on God as if it was partially God's fault that he did what he did. "...that woman whom thou gavest to be with me." It's almost as if Adam was saying "I would have been fine if you had just left me alone." This makes me wonder if this is the reason God said in James 1:13, "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed." Is this why Adam did it? Lust? Lust has not done good things for us men. (June.10.2013) In this passage, we also see that Adam said "to be with me," making it clear that she's with him, not him with her.

.Genesis 3:14-16 | Note that when God deals out punishments for the deed that was done, Eve was not actually being punished for anything, but was reaping consequences of what Adam did. I say this because God specifically says to the serpent "Because thou hast done this..." and says to Adam "Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife," but to Eve, God just says "I will greatly multiply thy sorrow, etc." He does not say "Because thou hast" to Eve, possibly because according to the scripture He didn't tell her what not to do. It's likely that He did not give her that commandment/law to live by, but gave it to Adam, although she should have supported Adam in that since we know she'd heard something of it. For further understanding, read Romans 4:15; 5:13 (Romans 4:13 & Romans 5:13).

.Genesis 3:17 | This correlates with Ecclesiastes 1:18 when it says "he that increaseth knowledge increases sorrow. Remember, Adam ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Part of his consequence now is to eat in sorrow all the days of his life.

.Genesis 3:21 | God made coats of skins to clothe them. This means something had to die in order for their nakedness/their shame to be covered up, for their sin to be hidden. This is the beginning of blood being shed and sacrifices for sin. Likewise, Jesus blood was shed and His life sacrificed for our sin.

.Matthew 1:1-10 | I noted in my Bible that I memorized Matthew 1:1-10 on 10/21/2005. It has just now turned 1/1/2009 and I don't have this memorized any longer, but knowing the names is now helping me to cross reference these scriptures when I run across them in the old testament.

.Matthew 1:3 | Phares and Zara are two brothers spoken of in Genesis 38:29-30 and 46:12. Judas, here in Matthew is then called "Judah" in Genesis 46:12 and Thamar is "Tamar," who is the widow that pretended to be a harlot in Genesis 38:14. Judah was Tamar's father in law, because she married his son Er, who God slew cause he was wicked. She deceitfully disguised herself as a harlot and put herself in Judah's path of travel and he gave her his signet and bracelets as a promise to pay her for sex. Unknowingly, he got her pregnant with twins, Pharez and Zarah. This is how they were born. Zarah put his hand outside of the womb first, although he pulled it back in and Pharez actually came out first (Gen 38:27-30). She cunningly used his signet and bracelets to prove that they were his children (bracelets were likely used as engagement rings are now. Genesis 24:47).

.Matthew 1:6 | We're told that Solomon was the child of David and her who had been the wife of Urias. This is important to note, because Solomon was the product of an adulterous affair between Uriah's wife and David. David later had Uriah killed so he could have the woman for himself. This did not stop God from making Solomon one of the wisest people and even a King. There are people today who may not come from the most ideal situations, but this does not keep God from blessing them and using them mightily. (June.10.2013) However, it is important to note that David did repent, as God requires repentance.

.Matthew 1:22-23 | refers to the words spoken by the prophet Isaiah, in Isaiah 7:14. Notice that in Isaiah, His name is spelled "Immanuel," but in Matthew it's spelled "Emmanuel." While reading, remember that not only has our Bible been translated from other languages, but that the world was not always so text based. The world was not always so particular about how everything was spelled because speaking and hearing was the common means of communication. Although my name is properly spelled Eric (to identify me), it's actually the same name as Erick, Erik, Aric, or Enrique.
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Day 2: Genesis 4-6; Matthew 2

.Genesis 4:3 | (Dec.27.2014) highlighting " process of time..."

.Genesis 4:8 | (Dec.27.2014) Let's remember that it wasn't known that anyone was even capable of being killed, let alone, how to do it. Sure, we know now that a shot through the heart or the brain, or depriving someone of air will almost certainly kill a human, but nobody had ever been killed before, or even died. Sure, God told Adam he would die, but that hadn't happened yet. As far as evidence goes, humans may have been seen as immortal. And what would Cain use to kill with anyway? It's not like there were knives or guns at the time. Maybe he used one of the tools that he tilled the ground with. However, not knowing how exactly to kill a person, I wonder if he just completely mutilated the poor guy just to make sure he got the job done, or if he just got mad and beat him up really bad and killed him on accident, not knowing he had the power to do so. We do know one thing... he was warned. Just before this happened, the Lord God told him "if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door." Now he is a convicted killer.

.Genesis 4:9 | (Dec.27.2014) It's interesting that God doesn't show up immediately, but apparently after Cain has already disposed of the body, perhaps using his tilling tools to bury him. Since God has to ask where Abel is, we know that Abel is not there anymore. And isn't this the God we know? He let's us think we've gotten away with our misdeed, and allows us to see just how far we will go with it before he steps in and convicts us with a long trail of evidence, leaving us obviously guilty as charged, and pleading "no contest." Thank God for a Saviour! But Cain, after all of that, proceeds to lie to God. It's not funny, but it makes me laugh! Cain, you don't know? You're going to stand here and tell me that you don't know where your brother is? I'm done. I'm not even going to talk about how he gets smart-mouthed with God, talking about "Am I my brother's keeper?" God is a better man than me, because Cain would have gotten struck down right there. "Who's next!? Who else wants to get smart with God? This is My house!"

.Genesis 4:10 | (Dec.27.2014) Blood has a voice. If you've ever watched the TV show CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), you can see just how well blood can sometimes talk. And I'm guessing that Cain also perverted the use of his tilling tools and used them to bury Abel in the ground; and probably did a fine job of patching it over.

.Genesis 4:11 | (Dec.27.2014) God let the earth curse him.

.Genesis 4:14 | (2009?) Listen to Cain. He's the only one who had ever killed anyone, and he's afraid of someone coming to kill him. Cain, ain't nobody killing people, but you! You're the only one. It's a strange thing how people think that others are as they are. Liars think people are lying to them. Adulterers think people are cheating on them. This is why man can't get away with anything even if he gets away with it. Man can't get away from himself. And though Adam tried, man can't get away from God.
(Dec.27.2014) Man, this guy cracks me up! "Everyone that finds me shall slay me?" LOL! (laughing out loud!). He obviously doesn't understand how this slaying thing works. You don't come back, Cain. After the first person slays you, the rest of the people that find you, can't slay you, because you will already be slain, okay? Haven't you learned anything from what you did to your brother? At least he realizes that his crime he committed was not just against his brother, but against everybody else in society.

.Genesis 5:25 | (Dec.27.2014) This is not Methusael and Lamech from Genesis 4. Their names are similar, but Methuselah (here in Gen. 5) has a dad named Enoch, and a son named Lamech. Methusael in Gen. 4 has a great grandfather named Enoch, and a son named Lamech. Occasionally, you find a person naming their son as did someone of their name in the past, such as Jacob and his son Joseph (the dreamer) in the Old Testament, and Joseph and his son Jacob (husband of Mary, Jesus' mother) in the New Testament.

.Genesis 5:27 | Methuselah at 969 years was the oldest person to ever live. No man has ever lived over 1000 years. Remember that God said to Adam in Gen 2:17 "For in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Some may ask, "well, why didn't he die that same day?" If we're looking at it from God's perspective given to us in 2 Peter 3:8, then he did die in the same day. 2 Peter 3:8 says, "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that the one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." Also see Psalm 90:4. Adam died at 930 years of age.

.Genesis 5:1-2 | Genesis 1:27

.Genesis 6:2 | notice that the men actually chose their own wives. It's probably a common misconception that everyone in old times had their marriages arranged by their parents. And though some people may say it's shallow, they did actually desire to marry because of their physical attraction to the women. The word "fair" was used to mean beautiful or attractive.

.Genesis 6:5 [new] | Have you ever wondered if God can really read your thougths? Well, here's your answer.

.Genesis 6:6 | (Dec.28.2014) It repented him that he had "made man on the earth?" I suppose it would be easier to dispose of man, had he been made on some disposable, rinky-dink planet, but not on God's grand creation... the earth. He made the lights (sun, moon, and stars) for earth, and now man is going to destroy it. No, God's not happy with every part of the story, just as we're not happy with every part of our own little portion of this story, but it is what it is. At least it's not boring. Us humans, we give God a challenge. Or I wonder if God made man in heaven instead of earth, would we have turned out a little better. Looking at what happened with the angels, I don't necessarily think so. So I guess God just figured He'd destroy most of us, and ride the rest of it out. At least this way, we won't destroy the earth as quickly as we would have.

.Genesis 6:15 | gives us an idea of how huge Noah's ark was. Sure, it was 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high, but how big is a cubit? To get an idea, consider that Genesis 7:20 says, "Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered." It's possible that if a mountain could be covered by waters raising up 15 cubits, and the ark was 30 cubits high, it appears that the ark could have been twice as high as a mountain, and ten times as long as that height. Here's an interesting study about how big the ark could have been (, however from the mountain comparison, I think their estimates may possibly be conservative or understated. Yet, it's also possible that the record in Genesis is saying that the waters rose up 15 cubits above the mountains, which would change my estimations. (June.10.2013) As discovered with The Titanic, the longer length keeps it more steady because it stretches across several waves.

.Matthew 2:8 | we see that Jesus was worshipped even as a young child.

.Matthew 2:10 | (Dec.28.2014) It doesn't specifically say they followed the star. If they had followed the star, they would have seen it the whole time and not rejoiced with exceeding joy when seeing it, because they would have always seen it.

.Matthew 2:11 | (Dec.28.2014) Notice that it says they went into a "house" and saw a "young child." It doesn't say they showed up at a manger and saw a baby, as depicted by many nativity scenes around December 25th. According to the timing mentioned in verse 16, Jesus was probably around one to two years old. The manger was a one night deal, while they were traveling, as far as I know. So again, that's not where the wise men were. But if you want to display wise men next to the manger for convenience sake, then do your thing. And if you really want to make it interesting, you can go ahead and put John the Baptist and the twelve apostles there too. You'll have the most interesting nativity scene in town.

.Matthew 2:17-18 | refers to Jeremiah 31:15. Note that instead of "Jeremiah the prophet" Matthew calls him "Jeremy the prophet," and where Jeremiah says "Rahel" Matthew says "Rachel." Also, Ramah in Jeremiah 31:15 is spelled "Rama" in Matthew. This may not be the actual names that the original writers used, since this is a translation from different languages. Jeremiah (an old testament book), was originally written in Hebrew, while Matthew (a new testament book) is said to have been originally written in Aramaic or Greek.

.Matthew 2:19 | says how an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph as he did also in Matthew 1:20, 2:12-13, and 2:20. It's interesting to note that another Jacob further back in this same bloodline also had a son named Joseph who was known for his dreams as well (Genesis 37-42).
Day 3: Genesis 7-9; Matthew 3

.Genesis 7:2 | You can read more about this and what is clean and unclean in Leviticus 11.

.Genesis 7:4 | Although God previously told Noah to prepare for this event, He gives Noah the specific timing here, telling him that the destruction will begin in only seven days. He also tells him how long the waters will pour in to flood the earth (40 days and 40 nights). 40 days and 40 nights was the same measure of time for at least two other instances in the Bible. In Exodus 34:28 Moses was alone with the Lord 40 days and 40 nights and he didn't eat or drink water while God dealt with him, giving him the words of the ten commandments. In Matthew 4:2, the spirit led Jesus off into the wilderness where he also fasted for 40 days and 40 nights and then was tempted by the devil. After that he began to preach. (June.10.2013) Jesus was seen for 40 days after His resurrection.

.Genesis 7:11 | Tells the exact day that the flood began, but instead of it being in reference to a calendar, it was in reference to Noah's life. Consider the words used here closely as well. It says "were all the fountains of the great deep were broken up" and the windows of heaven were opened. This tells us that the flood did not just come from 40 days and 40 nights of rain from above, but also came from fountains within the earth (or within the deep). Remember that originally before the earth experienced rain from above, God watered the earth by a mist that came up from the ground (Gen 2:5-6). This may have been like that, except much more water!

.Genesis 7:11 | (Jan.3.2015 corrected flood from 2069 to 1656 years) With the information given to us here, we can calculate that the flood happened 1656 years after the creation of man. It took us 1656 years to get on God's nerves so much that He basically said (in other words) "That's it! I'm sick of y'all! I'm going to kill everybody! I should have never made you little evil people!" (Gen 6:5-8). But thank God that Noah was not a corrupt man and had found favor in God's sight. Gen 7:11 tells us Noah was 600 years old the day the flood happened. Genesis 5 tells us that Noah's dad, Lamech was 182 when he had Noah. Lamech's dad, Methuselah was 187 when he had Lamech. Methuselah's dad, Enoch was 65 when he had Methuselah. Enoch's dad, Jared was 162 when he had Enoch. Jared's dad, Mahalaleel was 65 when he had Jared. Mahalaleel's dad, Cainan was 70 when he had Mahalaleel. Cainan's dad, Enos was 90 when he had Cainan. Enos' dad, Seth was 105 when he had Enos. Seth's dad, Adam was 130 when he had Seth. Adam was the first man created. When we add up those years, we see that the flood happened 1656 years after the creation of man.

.Genesis 7:21 | God only killed all the flesh that moved upon the earth, not the sea.

.Genesis 8:3-5 | The ark came to rest upon land exactly 5 months and 0 days from when the flood started. All of the months must have been 30 days, since verse 3 says it was 150 days. Although the ark came to rest upon land, remember that something like an ark or ship is partially submerged in the water so although it came to rest upon land after those five months, that land was still under water. In verse 5, we see that the water decreased for two months and fourteen days until the tops of the mountains were seen. This is likely not speaking about all the mountains of the world, but the mountains of Ararat where the ark rested. Also note that it says "mountains" of Ararat, not Mt. Ararat. It was a mountain range, not a singular mountain.

.Genesis 8:6 | When verse 6 says "at the end of forty days," it's not talking about at the end of 40 days of raining. Those days were far gone. This is a new forty day period after the top of the mountains were visible. I wondered why Noah waited forty days before opening the window (one window). Perhaps everything in the sea did not eat up everything that died, which may have left a rank smell from the water. Now that I think of it, maybe he had to open up that window quite a few times to dump out that human and animal waste. That ark must have smelled terrible, but hey, at least they were alive, right? Anyway, he didn't open up the window for fresh air. He opened it to send the raven out.

.Genesis 8:11 | The dove came back with an olive leaf. Olive trees hold a special significance in the Bible. Visit this online concordance ( and click on the letter "O" to look up the word "Olive" to see how and where the Bible has mentioned it. This will give you an idea of its importance.

.Genesis 8:13 | On the first day of the 601st year it says the waters were dried up from off the earth and the face of the ground was dry. (it says 601st year, and is likely talking about the 601st year of Noah's life). This is speaking of the ground where Noah is, seeing how it mentions how he removed the cover of the ark and looked and behold the ground was dry. Remember, he was up in the mountains, so although it was dry where he was, the water probably still covered the land below the mountains. The water didn't just disappear all of a sudden. It took several months.

.Genesis 8:14 | About 47 days later, it says the earth was dried. This is now likely referring to the land below the mountains, since God now releases them all off the ark. It's possible also that this extra time was needed for the ground to get a little more firm. Though it may have appeared dry before on the surface, the ground was probably pretty muddy and not firm enough until now.

.Genesis 8:20 | To learn more about burnt offerings, read Leviticus 1, Leviticus 6:8-13, Leviticus 7:8, Leviticus 8:18-21, Lev 12:6, Lev 12:8, Lev 14:19, Lev 14:22, Lev 15:15, Lev 15:30, and Exodus 29:38-42. (Instead of writing all of that out like that, it'd be much easier and faster for me to just abbreviate it as: Lev 1; 6:8-13; 8:18-21; 12:6,8; 14:19,22; 15:15,30; Ex 29:38-42. I'll move more toward referencing scriptures in this abbreviated way as we continue forward.)

.Genesis 8:21 | The cursing of the ground God speaks of here may be related to when He cursed the ground because of Adam back in Gen 3:17.

.Genesis 9:16 | The rainbow is again mentioned in Revelation 10:1.

.Matthew 3:7 | Notice that John the Baptist, though he was warning everyone else to repent, did not warn them.

.Matthew 3:11 | This is also recorded in Mark 1:7. You'll notice minor differences in the reports of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. It's important to remember that they were telling their view of the story as they remembered it or recorded it. However, when I say "recorded it," they may have taken down a note or two but they didn't have voice and video recorders to capture everything and repeat it verbatim like we do these days. If you've ever tried to take notes of your teacher speaking in class and compare them to your neighbor's notes, you have an idea of how things turn out. Now hang out with your teacher all day long and see what your notes look like. (June.10.2013) Also keep in mind that their job was not to be scribes, note takers, and passive observers as if journalists. Their job was to be and to do the works of the ministry, especially Matthew and John, who were apostles.

.Matthew 3:16 | This is referred to in Acts 10:38. (Jan.19.2014)The way this verse reads is a little unusual. Normally, during a baptism, the person is dunked down underwater and raised up by the person that dunked them under. This scripture may suggest that something different happened during Jesus' baptism. It says "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water..." When it says that He "went up" it sounds as if He was not pulled out of the water by John, but that He went up out of the water on His own. I also wonder if "out of the water" may mean that He went all the way out of the water, or if this is just speaking of the top part of Him. What makes it even more pronounced is that it says He went up "straightway" out of the water. For the fact that it even mentions that He went straightway up out of the water, it sounds as if this was unusual, like others didn't go up straightway out of the water. It is causing me to wonder if Him being baptized was like trying to baptize a balloon full of air. Being that baptism is an image of being buried, and being buried is what is done when one dies, and dying is the payment for sin, I suspect that Jesus, being without sin, was not accepted by the watery grave, and floated up out of it, with a testimony from God above as to who He is and why this happened. "This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased" God says in 3:17. Regardless of whether He actually floated up out of the water or not, His baptism was still unusual, because the Holy Spirit descended upon Him, and the Father from Heaven spoke out, testifying of Him, like had not been done with any other baptism. We may tend to think of Jesus' baptism as occurring like others' baptism, but it is already clear to us that it was abnormal.
Jesus' baptism may be what is spoken of in Isaiah 29:23, when God speaks of the Holy One of Jacob being sanctified. His baptism, since He was not in need of actually being buried, and raised again for His sins, obviously served a different purpose than everyone else's baptism. It also does not say that Jesus repented. Perhaps His baptism served as a sanctification as He was about to begin His ministry, which He proceeded to do after this moment. Sanctification is generally understood to mean being separated unto God for a Holy purpose, or to be set apart for a special use or purpose.

.Matthew 3:17 | This is referred to in 2 Peter 1:17. (Jan.19.2014) This instance may be what Jesus is referring to later in Matthew 16:17 when He tells Peter "flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my father which is in heaven."

.Matthew 3:15-16 | It's possible that Jesus baptism was necessary because Jesus had to fulfill the Old Testament law. In Matt 5:16-17 Jesus says that He came to fulfill the law and the prophecies and that not one jot or tittle will be passed from the law until all of it is fulfilled. Jesus was a High Priest (Hebrews 3:1) and therefore would need to follow the law that the High Priests had to follow, but in a way to fulfill it for all time and not keep doing it over and over. Many of the things He did that seem pointless to us or those around Him may have been done by Him in order to fulfill the law of sin and death. Jesus was both the High Priest and the sacrificial offering to cover our sins. Notice from Exodus 29:44 that Aaron and his sons were priests. In Ex 30:19-21, God commanded Moses to instruct Aaron and his sons that they had to wash their hands and their feet when they are coming to the altar to minister and sacrifice offerings. The offering itself also had to be washed. It's possible that Jesus' baptism was done because He, both as High Priest and as the offering, needed to be washed because it was the law to do so. Leviticus 1:13 is one scripture referring to the washing of offerings. To find more scriptures about washing, pick the concordance back up ( and search the words "wash," "washed," "washing," etc.
Day 4: Genesis 10-12; Matthew 4

.Genesis 10:9 | Notice that Nimrod was a mighty hunter. This is probably the first mention ever of man hunting or eating flesh. However, since Nimrod is distinguished as a "mighty" hunter. I'm sure there were other hunters as well, though not as mighty. This may also be the first mention of anyone being noted as "mighty" or recognized for any high level of skill or performance and not just being ordinary, or good or evil.

.Genesis 11:4 | "let us make us a name lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth." It appears they were trying to make a society within humanity. (I'm writing more on this later this Sunday. Check back, it may get pretty interesting if my notions are correct.) (June.10.2013) Note to readers: Sorry, I didn't make it back to this that Sunday. I'll need to come back to this later, Lord willing.

.Genesis 11:5 | Notice again, the use of the word "us," like when God said "let us make man in our image, after our likeness" in Gen 1:26.

.Genesis 12:4 | Notice that Lot went with him. This will not be Lot's last time having to pack up and leave from one city or country to another. It doesn't say that Lot has a wife and kids this time though. (Gen 13:7-11; Gen 18:20-Gen 19:29)

.Genesis 12:13 | Like father, like son (almost). Notice that in Gen 26:7, his son says the exact same thing that his daddy does here! Except Sarai was actually Abram's sister (he withheld an important part of the truth), his son and his son's wife were cousins.

.Matthew 4:1 | "Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil." We see that there was a reason Jesus was in the wilderness, and it wasn't to fast. He went into the wilderness "to be tempted of the devil." The first thing the devil tempted him with was food (Matt 4:3), but now it becomes obvious to us that the devil didn't tempt him because He had fasted, but instead Jesus probably fasted mainly because He was preparing to be tempted. Now we understand how stupid the devil sounded to try to tempt Him that way. Perhaps the devil was thinking He could catch Jesus off guard, or that He was delusional or something from not eating for so long. There's a lesson we should learn from this also. We too must prepare to be tempted. From our previous failed attempts to beat temptation without preparing for it, we should know better by now. We should take a note from the Master, Jesus who never sinned. Who gets up one day and goes out and runs a marathon? It doesn't work like that. It takes preparation and conditioning. We see from James 1:12 that temptation is an endurance test. It's not really about speed or strength. You can be the fastest or strongest in the world, but if you have no endurance, you'll eventually fail. But it's possible to endure when you train to endure. You'll push yourself to your limits, but it's possible. So do we know when we are to prepare for temptation? Aside from realizing that temptation is always at our door, we can be informed when and where preparation is needed (and what type of preparation) the same way Jesus was informed. He was led by the Spirit to do it, this scripture says. If we seek God with all out mind, heart, and might, and desire to be led by His Spirit, instead of being led by our own flesh, then I believe God will give us our hearts desire and lead us.

.Matthew 4:2 | Gen 7:4; Ex 34:28.

.Matthew 4:4 [NEW 4/19/09] | This is written in Deuteronomy 8:3 "man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live." Whenever someone writes "it is written" or "it says" it is generally a good idea to find out what scripture they are referring to. A little searching and praying, and you should find it.

.Matthew 4:6 | You find this same thing ("if thou be the Son of God...") said to Jesus while He hung on the cross in Matthew 27:40, and I'm sure Jesus must have recognized them as the words of Satan. And look, Satan himself quotes scripture! He quotes Psalm 91:11-12. This should be a warning to you. Do not listen to people simply because they quote some scripture, because Satan himself will do it when it serves his purpose.

.Matthew 4:7 | This is mentioned later in 1 Corinthians 10:9, but what Jesus is quoting here is Deuteronomy 6:16. They are having some sort of sword fight here, and you know, of course, Jesus wins. You should look at this as a take a great lesson from it though. This should be a warning to you that you need to know what the scriptures say and what they mean, because Satan will try to use them to confuse and defeat you. He's used other people to try to do this to me, and often they will try to misquote the scripture, making slight changes to the wording, and you have to be able to recognize whether it is or is not what the Word says. Many people have been robbed spiritually and financially by people who come along and take advantage of them through the misapplication and twisting of scripture.

.Matthew 4:8-9 | The scripture Jesus probably applied to this temptation was Proverbs 8:10-11 "Receive my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it."

.Matthew 4:11 | Even Jesus was ministered to, although this is not the reason He came (Matthew 20:28). This ministering to Jesus by angels is spoken of in John 1:51.

.Matthew 4:18 | "into the sea," not into another's man's bucket. (I'm looking to find the scripture about Paul related to this to see if it relates. Check back soon.)

.Matthew 4:19 [NEW 4/19/09] | Mark 1:17 | This fishing of men is spoken of in Jeremiah 16:16.

.Matthew 4:23 | 9:35 echoes this.

.Matthew 4:24 | "And his fame went throughout all Syria..." Luke 2:52 also states that Jesus found favour with God and man. I'd like to take a moment to mention also that although Jesus found favour with man, He was still crucified. His own people, even His closest followers, still doubted Him despite all He did. It was important that Jesus did not allow this favour found with man to sidetrack Him from His purpose. He did not try to hold on to people's favoritism or relish in it, and did not compromise the message or water it down so people would stick around. We must also be of this same mind and not get sidetracked into seeking the wrong thing or forgetting our purpose. This life is not about having fame.

Day 5: Genesis 13-15; Matthew 5

.Genesis 13:10-11 [new] | Gen 18:20-Gen 19:29

.Genesis 14:20 | In Genesis 28:20-22, Jacob makes a vow to God to pay him the tenth. The word tithe means the tenth. Note, that a tenth (tithe) was not money, and may have literally meant the tenth (as in 8th, 9th, 10th). Then if there were only nine, there was no tenth to give (It's possible that this did not apply to every situation though). Many modern preachers have redefined the tithe to say that it is 10% of your money, but tithes were never money in the Bible although people then did get paid money for their work (this remains a point of controversy today, since many people have never read the Bible in entirety or studied about tithes and offerings in depth). If tithes were a mandate to everyone, then Jacob would not have made such a vow because he would have already been under such a command to do so. Abraham, likewise may have made a vow and therefore in obligation to tithe (but as far as I know, this is just my speculation.). He may not have even been in obligation to tithe, but just did it from his heart. Although the wording here seems vague in Gen 14:20, as to who gave the tithe to who, we can see it was Abraham paying it. When considering other scriptures, we see Abraham gave the tithe to Melchizedek. Read Hebrews 7:1-2 (feel free to read the rest of Hebrews also for more thorough understanding). I may cover this more later, but this area of study goes very deep and there are so many scriptures pertaining to this, I couldn't possibly cover it now while staying on task.

.Genesis 15:13-14 [new] | This ends up taking place through Moses in Exodus 12:35-36. Exodus 12:40 gives reference to the four hundred years, which is more precisely 430 years.

.Genesis 15:18-21 [new] | Exodus 13:5

.Matthew 5:13 | The Word "ye," Which starts this verse signifies that He's speaking to more than one person. If He were speaking to only one person, He would have only said "you." In the King James Version, ye means "you all," while "you" generally means you (singular) as in one person. People generally don't like the "ye/you" "thee/thou/thine" thing, but it serves its purpose. It's to add clarity, not confusion.

.Matthew 5:13 | "...if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted. It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under the foot of men." From the sentence structure and message, the first "it" is most likely to be referring to the earth here, not the salt. However, the second "it" when it says "It is thenceforth good for nothing..." is most likely be speaking of the salt, but may also be speaking of the earth because two times God destroyed a place when all the good (salt) people were gone out of that place: the World (Noah and his family), and Sodom and Gomorrah (Lot and his family). (If time permits, I'll also point out here why it could be saying the salt is good for nothing except to be trodden under foot. please check back.)

.Matthew 5:13 | Now that we've dealt with the wording, I'd like to focus on the message of this verse. (I'd like to focus on the story of Lot and his wife turning to the pillar of salt; the use of salt as a preservative; and possibly salt contents in certain parts of the world or certain seas, and the salt content that is in humans; also the spiritual significance of the verse.)

.Matthew 5:15 | Rev 1:12 mentions candlesticks again. Beware if someone claims to have some "light" or superior knowledge that is secret. If it were Godly at all, it would not be hidden or a secret.

.Matthew 5:17 | There are many things Jesus did which was actually the fulfilling of the law and prophecies. If a prophets prophecy does not come to pass... if the things said to be are not, then that prophet's name and character would be destroyed because they'd be regarded as a false prophet. This may be the reason Jesus used the word "prophet" instead of "prophecy." When regarding Matt 7:12, however, I'd be interested to see the Greek (or Aramaic) word that was originally used here, compared to the word used for "prophecy" to see how they were translated to English. If those prophets were false prophets, that would make them blasphemers of God because they lied on God (but they did not). Believe that you can be ultimately destroyed for lying on God. But Jesus confirmed their prophecies, and prophecies are still being confirmed today. That's why this is not just a storybook, but you are actually a part of this very thing that you are reading.

.Matthew 5:18 | Jesus was born as a Jew so he could be bound to the law and therefore have the opportunity to fulfill it all. Not only was he the offering, but a High Priest as well... our High Priest (Heb 3:1). Hebrews 7:12; Galatians 3:19.

.Matthew 5:20 | 5:18

.Matthew 5:21-22 | This is elaborated on a bit in 1 John 3:12-15. Remember, the book of "1 John" is not the same as "John." 1 John is in the back of the Bible before 2 John and 3 John.

.Matthew 5:23-24 | Forgiveness and relationship is apparently more important than offerings. Also notice that although they are doing offerings here, this is still before Jesus offered Himself once and for all on the cross. Once Jesus dies, then they will be in the New Testament. This happens in Matthew 27:51. Before that, they are still in the old testament (Hebrews 9:16-17). More specifically speaking, seeing how the veil was torn in two (Matt 27:51), the new and old testament were seemingly just one testament, but when it happened, there became an old and a new. Concerning offerings, there were at least 16 different offerings (burnt offering, cereal/grain/meal/meat offering, peace/fellowship offering, sin offering, guilt/trespass offering, drink offering, free will offering, wave offering, heave offering, votive offering, thank offering, ordination offering, jealousy offering, incense offering, gift offering, and personal offering).

.Matthew 5:27 | Leviticus 20:10. (pop quiz: please tell me why John the Baptist was killed? And no, he did not commit adultery. Please rule that one out.)

.Matthew 5:28 | Lord have mercy! (literally). We need mercy here too. We can't even look at someone the wrong way. If your number was just now called, then go ahead and take a moment of silence and repent now and get it over with. Let's look a little closer at the verse though. It says "whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her..." This really sounds to me like it's saying you purposely looked at her so that you could lust after her, not that she put the thing in your face and entrapped you (look up "entrapment" online or in a dictionary). I believe this is what this is saying because of the next part of the statement, "hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." This is saying that before you even looked you committed adultery with her in your heart. In fact, that's why you looked. What I'm not completely sure of and have not done a thorough study on is whether adultery is simply sex with someone you're not married to or specifically sex with someone who is married to someone else. If you have some insight on this, please inform me.

.Matthew 5:20-48 | Here, as Jesus preaches on the mountain (commonly referred to as the "Sermon on the Mount"), He teaches them that they must not simply fulfill the law that the scribes and Pharisees followed (or were supposed to follow), but they must be even more righteous than the scribes and Pharisees. He addresses different areas of righteousness point by point here. This is why He keeps saying "ye have heard it said... but I say unto you." He calls everyone to a higher standard. Some of our modern Leaders, at least one in particular, have even accused Jesus here of being "so radical," but it seems He was simply calling man back to living the life we were supposed to live before we fell in the garden of Eden. Read also Philippians 4:13. With these type of standards, we cannot say we are not in need of a savior, because surely we all have sinned and fallen short of God's glory (Romans 3:23).

.Matthew 5:33 |

.Matthew 5:34 |

.Matthew 5:38-39 |

.Matthew 5:44 |
Day 6: Genesis 16-17; Matthew 6

.Genesis 16:2-3,5 | in verse 5, Sarai admits that she does wrong here and regrets it deeply. She did not have to do this, and God did not tell her to do it. Neither did God tell Abram to listen to her.

.Genesis 17:1 | " thou perfect..." There are many other places in the Bible where God calls people to be perfect. (please send me some Old and new testament scriptures of this. I know there's other mention of it in the New.)

.Genesis 17:5 | Take note: Abram's name is changed to Abraham. God is speaking to Abram.

.Genesis 17:15 | Sarai's name is changed to Sarah. God speaks to Abraham (new name) and tells him to call her name Sarah. Notice that God here does not speak to Sarah. This is not to say that God doesn't speak to women because remember, He spoke to Eve in Gen 3:16 and I'm sure He must have spoken to other women as well. He did speak to Sarah around this time though to correct her when she says she didn't laugh at God (Gen 18:12-15).

.Genesis 17:17 | Wow! Did Abraham just laugh in God's face?

.Matthew 6:5 | Luke 20:47

.Matthew 6:8 | Notice, He doesn't say don't ask. He says your Father knows your needs before you ask.

.Matthew 6:9 | Luke also takes note of this prayer (Luke 11:2); This prayer shows us a model for how to pray. Here in v.9 it says "our" Father. "Hallowed" derives from the word "hallow," which is understood to mean greatly respected, and holy. See also Matthew 23:9.

.Matthew 6:10 | Matt 16:28 says they will "see the son of man coming in his kingdom." This gives one the image that when Christ returns, He'll have his whole Kingdom with Him. Also see Luke 17:20-21. It does not say you'll see the Kingdom, though you will see Him.

.Matthew 6:11 | Notice the use of "us" and "our." He's giving you the idea not just to pray for yourself but for/with your brethren also. Also notice that it says give us this day our daily bread. I know many of us may have been taught to say our bedtime prayers. This seems to be something you'd pray each day when you get up. (June.10.2013) On another note, this daily bread Jesus spoke of asking for sounds like the manna that God blessed the children of Israel with daily after they left Egypt.

.Matthew 6:12 | 1 Kings 8:50 (I'd like to study this a little further)

.Matthew 6:13 | At the end of it, it says "for Thine is the Kingdom, and the power..." acknowledging that God has the power to do all these things.

.Matthew 6:14 | I've heard many people say "I will never forgive them for (fill in the blank). This is a very important verse. A person deciding not to forgive others is a person deciding not to be forgiven, and we all have something we need to be forgiven for. (June.10.2013) Sometimes, we need to still forgive ourselves.

.Matthew 6:19-20 | 16:26; 19:21; James 5:2;

.Matthew 6:21-33 | I'm feeling in my heart like we need to read Proverbs 23:4 right about now. "Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom." Many are in a tough time in our economy as I write this and some of us have gotten caught up in it. We need to read Matthew 6:25-33 a few times and then read verse 34 and perhaps we'd get things back in balance. I would say verse 33 is the key verse though. I don't think this is saying you can't be rich, but being rich should not be your focus in life.

.Matthew 6:31 | Look how God caused those He brought out of Egypt to be taken care of (Exodus 3:21-22).

.Matthew 6:33 | Notice we are told to seek His Kingdom and His righteousness, not just sit back and do what we want to and be taken care of. Also notice that it does not say we must attain righteousness, but to at least seek it, and seek it first, not last.
Day 7: Genesis 18-19; Matthew 7

.Genesis 18:11-12 | God fulfilled his Word here in Gen 21:2; 2 Kings 4:14-17 is another instance of such an occurrence happening.

.Genesis 18:10-12 | When she says "my lord" in verse 12, she is referring to Abraham, her husband. Some say that this activity was just meant for procreation. Yet, back then even, it was known to be something of pleasure for man, but also for a woman. Also notice here how Sarah laughed within herself. Though she was not loud with it and may have shown no outward sign of laughing, the Lord knew it.

.Genesis 18:17-18 | According to Abraham's question in verse 23, God must not have hid it from Abraham.

.Genesis 18:20 | Notice that their sin had a measure of grievousness. It was very grievous. There are some that say sin is sin and all sin is equal. While it may be true that all sin warrants the same punishment (death), this verse suggests that this particular sin was more disturbing. The major sin named here was homosexuality, which is identified as an abomination in Leviticus 18:22.

.Genesis 18:20-21 | Remember, Lot came here because he was with his uncle Abraham and the land they came to was not big enough for both of them (Gen 13:7-11).

.Genesis 18:23 | Abraham knew of this coming destruction because God probably decided to tell him (Genesis 18:17-18).

.Genesis 18:22-33 | Abraham is pleading on behalf of Lot, his nephew. Look at v.28 closely and how my man Abraham was using some Serious negotiating skills here! I can imagine him with beads of sweat rolling off of his forehead. Also notice how few righteous people there were here. Just because "everybody's doing it," or because it's popular with the culture does not make it right. It never has, never will. Matthew 7:13. I underlined the word "communing" in verse 33, because I'd like to soon study to see how this compares to our communion with God.

.Genesis 19:4-5 | Notice that everyone was involved, not just a small minority of the people. The words "know them" meant have intercourse with them (see verse 8).

.Genesis 19:11 | These people, even after blind still tired themselves out trying to find the door. They were very relentless with this thing.

.Genesis 19:15-16 | By God's mercy was Lot and his family physically pulled out of the city, because they lingered for some reason. Perhaps they were scared, or perhaps Lot's wife didn't really want to leave and was procrastinating (or as my mom always said "pussyfootin' around" - she must have gotten that word from my grandma, bless her soul, cause I still haven't ever heard anyone else ever say that. Momma's making up words).

.Genesis 19:17 | Notice, they are told specifically to escape to the mountain.

.Genesis 19:19 | "lest some evil take me, and I die?" Why do we think like this? Lot, why would God go through the trouble of physically pulling you out of the city and send you to a mountain to let you get killed there? I suppose God just doesn't feel like arguing with him and seems to say, "Fine, Lot, you want to go to the city? Then go to the city." Another example of this is when God later tells Moses to speak to Pharoah and Moses tells God he's not a good speaker, so instead of going back and forth arguing about it, God just seems to say (in other words) "Fine, Moses, Aaron can speak then. You know, you treat Me like I don't know what I'm doing" (Exodus 4:10-15).

.Genesis 19:21 | "this city, for the which thou has spoken" is speaking of the little city Lot wanted to go to, Zoar.

.Genesis 19:24 | Brimstone is another name for sulfur. I've been inside of a inactive volcano in Italy (Mt. Solfatara) and smelled this smell of brimstone (sulfur) from the hot springs (320 degrees Farenheit / 160 Celsius) Pics! ( this lake is no ordinary lake... was once a lake of fire when time to erupt. Smoke was coming out of the ground from random holes where we walked. Smelled like rotten eggs... smelled like "was that you?"). "Elemental sulfur can be found near hot springs and volcanic regions in many parts of the world" ( Revelation 21:8 references the lake that burns with fire and brimstone. Imagine lava raining on two cities (not a slow creeping lava on the ground). This is sort of what happened there, except God rained it down from heaven. Remember, these cities were in a plain (flat land).

.Genesis 19:26 | This gives us the image that she was actually behind him. "...from behind him," the text says. Her looking back shows us that although she was leaving there physically, her heart was evidently still there as she still longed to be there in that wicked place. Perhaps God decided she would be no good to Lot, or that He did not want anyone with the heart of those people there to remain a trouble to the earth, spreading their ways to others.

.Genesis 19:28 | The angels told lot and his family "look not behind thee" and his wife became a pillar of salt because she looked behind her. So then why can Lot in v.28 look at Sodom and Gomorrah now without turning to a salt pillar? Because here he is no longer fleeing from the place. He is at his destination and is not looking back behind him, but looking toward it from where he is now.

.Genesis 19:30 | They should have probably went to the mountains like they were told in the first place. It's funny how he was at first scared to dwell in the mountains so he went to Zoar. Now he's scared to be in Zoar and ends up seeking refuge in a cave like he probably should have been in the first place, because it sounds from verse 21 that God was also planning to overthrow Zoar as well.

.Genesis 19:38 | when the writer says "unto this day," he of course does not mean unto our day now, but unto the day that he is writing it. "Unto" means "to" or "until," like when We say "to this day."

.Matthew 7:2 | Think of the word mete as short for meter. This would be kind of like saying with what measuring stick (or cup) you use to measure out what you're giving to others, that's what measuring stick (or cup) is going to be used to measure out what's given to you.

.Matthew 7:3-5 | This is not simply saying don't ever try to help your brother with his problem, because I'm sure your brother may need your help (v.5). It's saying that if you have something that's affecting your ability to properly see someone else's issue or help them with their issue, then take care of yours first so you can properly help them. I very seriously doubt this is saying you have to be perfect in all areas before you can try to help anyone. It is probably best summarized with the saying "the blind leading the blind" or "the spiritually blind leading the spiritually blind."

.Matthew 7:8 | James 4:2-3. I reference James because there is a new culture that I've seen preaching a thing known as "name it and claim it." This is where you name specifically whatever you want and God is supposed to give it to you. There is a distorted view that God is some sort of genie that is held captive to being ordered to grant wishes or something. While God does answer prayers and does give the desires of the heart, we are reminded in James 4:3 that we're not going to receive everything that we ask for when we are asking for the purpose of consuming it upon our lust. Man's heart is often in the wrong place with what he is asking. Yet there are some cases where God has given people what they asked for and it turned out not to be the best thing for them. (Can someone find the story for me where the people were free from a king, but saw others with a king and wanted their own king. I believe this is when they got Saul as a king and he did them wrong or something.)

.Matthew 7:13 | Gen 18:20-Gen 19:29; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12.

.Matthew 7:15 | Many of us expect "wolves" to look threatening or evil or to have the appearance of evil. How about a warm, inviting smile? We can't look at someone's smile, how well they speak, how well they conduct themselves in public, or even how they dress to determine whether they are good or not. Sometimes we think, "well if he's so evil, then how come I can't see it?" This verse is speaking of false prophets, but Satan has other ministers besides false prophets as well. (someone please find me the scripture about Satan's ministers appearing to transform themselves into angels of light). This verse Matthew 7:15 tells you to be aware, not to be unaware and expect God to slap us in the face with the evidence if we need to see it. It also says "inwardly they are ravening wolves," disguised in sheep's clothing. We can't think that one who is more evil looking (or evil acting one) is actually the most evil. It's not like we can say, "oh, if he's so evil, he can't possibly fit all of that evilness under an itty bitty piece of sheep's clothing." This speaks of ravening wolves. Also consider that wolves are animals that travel in packs. They support each other and watch each other's backs. We sometimes may look and say, well 14 out 15 of them, so they must be right. When it comes to the things of God, we can't hold on to this "majority rules" type of thinking. Even when it comes to our local church congregations. Just because almost all of them are doing a certain thing, does not make that thing right. Read the following verses in chapter 8 to gain a better idea of how to identify the good from the evil (at least through verse 23).

.Matthew 7:19 | These are also the exact words used by John the Baptist in Matthew 3:10.; Isaiah 9:14 and 10:17 may bear some resemblance to this teaching also. (I had cross referenced this in my Bible, but this could be a loose reference. I'd like to go back again and study in more detail).

.Matthew 7:21 | This tells me that we can not simply believe everyone's words. Neither can we assume that people are followers of Christ because they're wearing a cross around their neck, a fish symbol on their car, or because they say the name "Jesus" out of their mouth.

.Matthew 7:22 | Just because they say these things does not mean that they actually did them.
Day 8: Genesis 20-22; Matthew 8

.Genesis 20:3 | Leviticus 20:10; Exodus 20:7; Deuteronomy 5:18; Romans 13:9

.Genesis 20:7 | Abraham was a prophet. (May.29.2015) Notice that God tells Abimelech the king "thou shalt surely die" if he didn't restore Abraham's wife. These are the exact same words He told Adam in 2:17. God also mentions His saying "thou shalt surely die" in Ezekiel 3:18.

.Genesis 21:1 | Gen 18:10-15

.Genesis 21:2 | 2 Kings 4:14-17

.Genesis 22:5-8 | Notice how Abraham says that they will come again to them, signifying that Abraham was not planning on coming back without his son. Also in verse 8, he tells his son that God will provide the lamb. Remember also that Abraham was a prophet (Genesis 20:7). It appears that Abraham was never expecting to actually have to kill Isaac. Notice also back in 22:2, God said to offer him as a burnt offering, which Abraham did. Apparently Abraham offered his son, but before he went to far, God did not accept him as the offering but provided another offering for him which was acceptable.

.Genesis 22:14 | "Jehovah-jireh" was the name of this place. Today I hear so many people actually call God "Jehovah-jireh," but that wasn't the name of God, that was the name of that place. There's a song sung by many with the lyrics "Jehovah-jireh, my provider, Jehovah-jireh cared for me." I can only conclude that those lyrics were written in error, and others who had not checked the Bible just followed along, allowing the error was passed on to more and more followers.

.Matthew 8:12 | My conclusion is that because of the word "but," which starts this sentence (signifying a change in direction of thought), along with the fact that the specific term "Kingdom of God" or "Kingdom of Heaven" is not used here, that this is referring to Satan's Kingdom. Satan does have a kingdom (Luke 11:18). Matthew 24:7 says kingdom shall rise against kingdom, signifying more than one kingdom. Now whether or not Mt 24:7 is referring to earthly kingdoms or spiritual kingdoms, I can't say just yet.

.Matthew 8:17 | Esaias the prophet is Isaiah the prophet. Can someone please tell me where at in the book of Isaiah is this said? and how you found it?

.Matthew 8:24 | This sounds like a hurricane. Luke 8:23.

.Matthew 8:28 (July.18.2012) | Luke 8:26-27; Mark 5:1-2 call the place Gadarenes and only tell of one man. Briefly, I'll say we must remember that Matthew was one of the twelve, who walked with Jesus; Luke and Mark were not. Luke, in Luke 1:1-2 states his reason for writing his gospel, and in verse two says where he got his information from. He's retelling, or confirming, what the eye witnesses said happened. Matthew was one of the twelve, and was likely there when it happened. It's possible or probable that Luke didn't have an actual copy of Matthews writing, but heard the things that were said. In Luke 1:3, it said he was writing to Theophilus. Luke was a physician, and that probably has something to do with why he stated within the first three verses what his source was, who he was writing to, and why. Now, the question is should we raise a fuss that Matthew says two men, and Mark and Luke only tell of one man? It appears more that they didn't give a full account of all that happened, being that what they said happened to one man, did indeed happen to one man, and as Matthew tells it, it happened to another man there too. It sounds as though Mark and Luke didn't hear of the other man though, and consequently didn't speak of him.

.Matthew 8:29-32 | Notice how the devils know and testify who He is, and they also know what they have coming to them and are trying to negotiate with Jesus before He even opens His mouth. Perhaps they've been cast out before. Notice what happened to the swine. The nature of devils being in something is to cause it to self-destruct and bring death to it. The devils in this man were so fierce that when they got into something weaker than the man (a herd of swine), the swine stood no chance at all of living. Also see James 2:19 in reference to this. And about the infliction of self-destructiveness on their prey, read the story in Matthew 17:14-21 (you should probably read the King James Version because the NIV and many other versions are missing verse 21). Notice how they tried to drown this boy too just like the swine which turned suicidal. I once saw a video online of a raccoon (or squirrel) jumping into a bonfire, which makes me wonder if there was a devil involved, that made it jump into the bonfire (June.11.2013). Now looking up the word "bonfire," it's said that the word originated from the term bone fire, a fire where bones were burned.

.Matthew 8:31 (July.18.2012) | Animals can be possessed too, but it looks like they don't last too long once they are.

.Matthew 8:34 (July.18.2012) They kicked Him out?! Heathens! They were probably concerned that He'd cause them to lose more livestock and mess up their profits. You know what they say about the love of money. Or perhaps they thought what the Pharisees thought in 9:34.
Day 9: Genesis 23-24; Matthew 9

.Genesis 23:16 | Abraham had money, "current money" / currency

.Genesis 24:3 | 28:1

.Genesis 24:10 | It's obvious he's got money.

.Genesis 24:12 | Now we say Godspeed, which is to bid some one a prosperous journey or success.

.Genesis 24:47 | The earring and bracelets seem to be the equivalent of what we do now with engagement rings, although the use of a diamond within an engagement ring is said to be a very new practice, popularized by a DeBeers commercial by their hired advertising agency. "According to a recent DeBeers study, four out of five brides receive diamond engagement rings. National Jeweler's 2003 survey found that more than 40 percent of customers planned on buying a diamond one carat or larger. And the 2002 American Wedding Study (sponsored by Conde Nast) revealed that the average engagement ring costs $3,576: more than 16 percent of the average wedding budget.... DeBeers put New York's N.W. Ayer advertising agency on the case, and in 1948 they hit pay dirt with the slogan 'A Diamond Is Forever.' This hypnotic mantra has seduced America ever since, calling out from magazine and television ads, billboards, and bus shelters" ( 1/8/09 5:39pm EST).

.Genesis 24:58 | She was given a choice.

.Genesis 24:59 | didn't travel alone.

.Genesis 24:65 | she was not wearing a vail until she saw her groom.

.Matthew 9:1 |

.Matthew 9:2 | Calls him son, and from this verse and verse 6, seems to be saying that the man's condition was due to sin. There is mention of sin being a reason for sickness or health conditions in the Bible, but not all conditions. Paul mentions taking communion with the wrong purpose or without examining oneself (1 Corinthians 11:20-34, especially v.30). I once saw a lady next to me show her daughter that she took two pieces of bread for communion because she was hungry and then snickered. Yet, there is the case of the blind man that Jesus healed and said the man had not sinned nor his parents as a cause of him being born blind, but that he was born blind so that the works of God should be manifest in him. (John 9:1-3)

.Matthew 9:4 | Jesus knew their thoughts.

.Matthew 9:9-12 | I've heard some people say "Jesus hung out with sinners" as their justification to live the sinful life they want to live or to feel okay about hanging out in certain places and doing certain things. However, if you see here, these people came to Jesus and for a purpose. Jesus was not following along with them and "hanging out" with them. He allowed them to come to Him, just as He allowed you to come to Him. He was not following them. Read Luke 15 to look into this situation further and see what happened here.

.Matthew 9:18 | 28:9. Notice that Jesus was indeed worshipped and even told them all in Matthew 28:9 to "'ALL HAIL.' And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him."

.Matthew 9:28-30 | Jesus healed people according to their faith in Him to do it. There is one instance where He heals a man's servant without even going into the house with the servant who is in some other place, so this wasn't according to the servant's faith, but to the man's faith who asked Him to do it (Math 8:8-10). Also see Matthew 13:58, where Jesus didn't do many might works where the people didn't believe.
Day 10: Genesis 25-26; Matthew 10

.Genesis 25:8,17 | This term "gave up the ghost" is used in various places in the Bible, in the old testament and the new.

.Genesis 25:34 | This may have saved Esau's life (v.32). I would have thought that Jacob could have been a little more compassionate though than to try to take advantage of his brother's illness. I can't say whether he was just being selfish or if he was jealous perhaps. Maybe he was just that tired of living in tents.

.Genesis 26:7 | He lied just like his daddy (Gen 12:11-19). His daddy didn't lie, but withheld some very important truth (that she was also his wife). I believe Jacob did lie here because he said she was his sister, although she was his cousin (his uncle's daughter), but also his wife. Perhaps he didn't lie if it's possible that the term sister could have also been applied since they weren't using the word "cousin" at that time. Here's a website that may help

.Matthew 10:2 | 27:56

.Matthew 10:3 | This may be the same Matthew Jesus told to follow him in Matthew 9:9, because it does mention in 9:11 that Jesus was eating with publicans.

.Matthew 10:5-6 | They were specifically told not to go to the gentiles and Samaritans, possibly for the reason mentioned in Luke 15:4.

.Matthew 10:7 | I think it would be wise for us to look at this from a perspective extending beyond our own little lifespan on this earth. The time of this occurrence was really not so long ago. As you get older, you began to notice how quickly the years began to fly by. We've experienced a lot of events in our short time on this earth, not just speaking of my generation, but those before me as well.

.Matthew 10:8-10 |

.Matthew 10:11-13 |

.Matthew 10:15 |

.Matthew 10:17-22 |

.Matthew 10:23 |

.Matthew 10:28 |

.Matthew 10:31 | Matt 6:26 (Mt 6:26)

.Matthew 10:41 |
Day 11: Genesis 27-28; Matthew 11

.Genesis 27:39-41 | Even though his father Isaac told Esau the good that was to come to him and that he'd one day break the yoke of his bondage, he still hated his brother and planned to kill him.

.Genesis 28:1 | 24:3 what Abraham said with Isaac.

.Genesis 28:3 | Exodus 6:3

.Genesis 28:4 | passing down Abraham's blessing

.Genesis 28:19 | 35:6

.Matthew 11:5 | Notice that the poor having the gospel preached to them is listed among other great miracles.

.Matthew 11:8 | John the Baptist was rugged, not wearing some nice outfit. He was dressed for his job.

Day 12: Genesis 29-30; Matthew 12
[NEW: Added Genesis 29-30 on March 3rd]

.Genesis 29:10-12,21 | From verse 10, we see that Laban was Jacob's mother's brother. That means Laban is his uncle. In verse 12, Jacob tells Laban's daughter, Rachel, that he is her father's brother. He is not her father's brother, he is her father's nephew. He is Rachel's first cousin. In Genesis 28:1-2, Jacob's dad Isaac told Jacob to go and marry one of Laban's daughters. Yes, he married his cousins from his mother's side (verse 21).

.Genesis 29:25-28 | Jacob had sex with Leah by mistake, thinking it was her sister Rachel. Apparently this is how they got married. In verse 27 Laban says "fulfil her week." This may signify that instead of an actual wedding, sex and whatever exactly he meant by fulfilling her week was the ceremonial act of that sealed the deal of their marriage. Perhaps the fulfilling of her week was just him being married to her for a week before Laban gave him Rachel also. If so, then sex itself was the ceremonial act bonding them as a couple. Perhaps this was the same way that Adam and Eve became married. In verse 28, he wifes her sister Rachel also.

.Genesis 30:4,7 | Jacob also wifes Bilhah by having sex with her, because his wife Rachel wanted him to so she could claim the child as hers. In verse 7, we see that Jacob keeps laying with Bilhah, Rachel's maid. I'm not sure that Rachel wanted him to keep doing it, but he does.

.Genesis 30:8-9,12 | The sisters got pretty competitive over who could have the most children as if there was some kind of trophy to win. I'm sure they wanted to win the heart of Jacob, but it seems they kind of forgot about him at the same time, and got wrapped up in their antics. Jacob ends up with four wives, two of which are sisters and their maids. This is truly what you call baby momma drama! We see in verse 12 that Jacob keeps laying with Leah's maid, Zilpah also. He's having an ongoing sexual relationship with four women at the same time, I assume all in the same house. Did somebody say reality TV show? Bring in the cameras, we're sure to see some emotions flaring out of control and plates flying in every episode. On top of that, his wives' dad is his cunning uncle/father-in-law.

.Genesis 30:16 | What? Did Rachel just pimp Jacob? Oh my goodness! what's going on? Lord Jesus, what are your children doing? And Leah just paid for her own husband to have sex with her... paid with her son's mandrakes. I don't know what a mandrake is, but this just does not sound right.

.Genesis 30:23 | Remember, Rachel was physically unable to have children before, but now has a son by Jacob, his tenth son. He has six sons by Leah (Genesis 30:19), which probably included the ones he had with her maid, Zilpah.

.Genesis 30:26 | 29:27-28 is the reference of where Jacob served Laban for so many years.

.Matthew 12:5 | In Malachi 2:1 The Lord uses the prophet Malachi and commands the priests, finding fault with them for not completely keeping the law.

.Matthew 12:18 | Isaiah 42:1-3

.Matthew 12:24 | Beelzebub is a name used for Satan.

.Matthew 12:26 | Notice that Satan has a kingdom as well. Also see Matthew 8:12.

.Matthew 12:43-45 | This is the unclean spirit that is returning into the man he was cast out of (or left out of). This is why it's important to feed on the Word of God and once clean to be filled by the Holy Spirit and not empty inside. When I say filled with the Holy Spirit, I am not saying the Spirit in you is manifest only by speaking in tongues, because I do not find that supported in the Bible when reading 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.

Day 13: Genesis 31-32; Matthew 13:1-30

.Genesis 31:7 | Jacob had this coming to him after the way he lied on his brother Esau and cheated him out of his blessing.

.Genesis 31:20 | "stole away" basically means he snuck away.

.Genesis 31:53 | Exodus 3:6. Notice how God often names Himself in reference to others (i.e. The God of Abraham, The God of Nahor, etc.).

[NEW: Added Genesis 32 on March 3rd]

.Genesis 32:12 | He is referring to what God said to him in 31:3,13.

.Genesis 32:12 | He is referring to what God said to Abraham in Genesis 22:17, to Isaac in Genesis 26:3-4,24 and to him, Jacob, in Genesis 28:13-14.

.Genesis 32:28-30 | Although Jacob here says that he has seen God face to face (and in 33:10), this is not what the text here says. However, in this passage the "man" he wrestles tells him that he shall no more be called Jacob, but Israel. This is the same thing God says to him in 35:10. I need to go back and study this again, searching more in detail to learn more about this. However, I do recall that God used angels to appear to man by which He spoke in several other instances, such as with Moses in the burning bush, and also how He went to see about the people in Sodom and Gomorrah, having the angels appear there. So far from my understanding, it's possible that Jacob was actually wrestling one of these angels which he sees face to face. I say this because John testifies in 1 John 4:12 that no man has seen God at any time. Also, the prophet Hosea said in Hosea 12:4 that Jacob had power over the angel, most likely speaking of this incident.

.Matthew 13:20 | "Anon" means immediately

.Matthew 13:21 | This scripture speaks of how a man may receive the word of God or seem to receive the Word, but it has not actually taken root in his heart. You can tell it has not taken root in his heart because when he is persecuted "because of the word", he is immediately offended. (the term "by and by" means immediately). If the Word of God had truly taken root his heart then he would not have been offended simply because he was persecuted for the Word of God or because he experienced tribulation for the Word of God. This is echoed in Mark 4:17. It's very important also to read and understand John 15:17-27, especially verse 20 when Jesus said "If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you."

.Matthew 13:22-23 | These are very important scriptures. In fact, verse 22 is one of the most important scriptures in the whole Bible for this very moment in time. Were it not for the truth in these two verses, you and others would not be here reading this at this moment, because none of this would have been studied, written about, and you would have received no invitation. I pray that you will be the hearer that is spoken of in Matthew 13:23. Click here to read Matthew 13:22-23. Then you may want to go back and read verse 3 through 23 again.

.Matthew 13:24-30 | Jesus explains this to his disciples in 13:36-43. This is covered more in tomorrow's commentary (below).

Day 14: Genesis 33-35; Matthew 13:31-58

.Genesis 33:1 | There's only one reason you have 400 men all traveling together... well, aside from going to build something, and everybody knows they weren't on their way to build anything.

.Genesis 33:4 | This reminds me slightly of a story that Jesus told later in history of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32. The prodigal finally comes back home, expecting not to be accepted well and his dad runs to him like this, happy to see his son is alive and has come home. Like the prodigal son, Jacob, in the eyes of Esau was a dead man. It appears that Esau came prepared to do battle. Although Esau may have still been upset or troubled about what had happened in the past, this was still his brother that he had grown up with. I imagine that a load must have been lifted off of his heart to see his brother coming in such humility and bowing himself to him in surrender, knowing that he would not have to do him harm as he had probably anticipated all of these years. They were both relieved too. They both wept.

.Genesis 33:9 | 27:39

.Genesis 34:1 | The birth of women is often not mentioned in the Bible. Dinah's birth was mention, however, in Genesis 30:21.

.Genesis 34:19 | This is the 1000th verse in the Bible. Um, I don't know why anyone would want to know that, but I had marked it in my Bible some time ago, so maybe this will mean something to somebody.

.Genesis 35:1 [NEW 4/19/09] | God appeared to him in a dream in 28:13-15.

.Genesis 35:6 | This city was called Luz at first, but he named it Beth-el in 28:19.

.Genesis 35:9-10 | This happened in 32:28. God did this vicariously through an angel (Hosea 12:4).

.Genesis 35:15 |

.Matthew 13:31-32 | A grain of mustard seed is also mentioned in Luke 17:6. Luke 17:6 says "if ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed..." Notice that this does not say, if you had faith as small as a grain of mustard seed. I'd like to point out this description of the nature of a grain of mustard seed here in Matthew 13, because Luke 17 may be referring to this quality of it being able to grow greater than all the others. From this, I'd say you should not just be content with trying to work with a small little measure of faith, but should nurture it so that it grows to the stature that it may grow to.

.Matthew 13:36-43 | This is the explanation of the parable told by Jesus in 13:24-30. These are important scriptures because it's not hard to look at the church these days and see things going on that should have no association with the church. This passage in the Bible is speaking of the people who appear to be the children of God's kingdom, but who are actually not. After reading this passage and understanding it, you should understand that there are actually fake Christians and that God, for a reason, allows them to continue in the church, and that you should not be discouraged, fooled or turned away by their presence. You may see false prophets, false preachers, and blatant hypocrites. God is aware of this. This passage speaks a parable of wheat and tares. A parable is somewhat like a fable. It's essentially an allegorical story told to teach a certain lesson or inform a certain people, yet is not understood by those who don't need to understand it. An older brother in Christ informed me that wheat and tares actually look the same, but the tares are weeds that grow in a grain field. They look so alike, you can't really tell the difference between the two until it's time for harvest, when you go and collect he wheat. What happens at harvest time is that the wheat bows down, while the tares are still standing proudly upright and will not bow. This allows the reaper to take a tool like a sickle or scythe can swipe up those (the tares) that are still standing up straight. This is also likely to be what is spoken of in Matthew 8:12. There's much more to say on this, but perhaps I can write more on this later and even do some further research in the Bible. This should be enough to get you going on your own study of it.

.Matthew 13:39 | Read Revelation 14:14-20 to look more into this verse highlighted from the passage of scripture just commented on.

.Matthew 13:43 | "he who hath ears to hear, let him hear." Read verse 13 for further explanation about this.

.Matthew 13:54-56 | Although they recognized his mighty works and wisdom, here in his home country, they were still looking at him as the little boy they saw grow up. In fact, they even referred to him as "the carpenter's son," signifying that they probably didn't even believe that Joseph wasn't actually Jesus' father, but that He was born of a virgin as was prophesied. (June.11.2013) By calling Him "the carpenter's son," they are not even allowing Him to have His own personal identity.

.Matthew 13:57 | They were even offended. What Jesus says to them may be in reference to John the Baptist who was from this same country and had prophesied of the coming of Jesus' coming.

.Matthew 13:58 | Notice that this verse doesn't say that He couldn't do the works. However, Mark says he couldn't do the works when Mark tells of the same thing (Mark 6:5). Also note that Mark was not one of the twelve apostles (Matt 10:2-4).

Day 15: Genesis 36-38; Matthew 14

.Genesis 36:1 | 36:8 (cross referencing these two scriptures)

.Genesis 36:4 | 36:12 Adah was Esau's wife.

.Genesis 36:8 | 36:1 (cross referencing these two scriptures)

.Genesis 36:12 | 36:4

.Genesis 37:21 | 37:29 Reuben seemed to be a little different than his brothers, valuing his brothers life. Judah, in verse 26 may have also valued his life or perhaps valued it financially only.

.Genesis 37:36 | This is continued at the beginning of Chapter 39.

.Genesis 38 | This chapter plays out like some type of soap opera. When you read about these people in the few words in Matthew 1:3, you have no idea how deep their drama went. This is a chapter to read closely and see how each person is related to the other. Tamar from this chapter is called Thamar in Matthew. Their sons' names are slightly different as well. This is accounted for by them being spoken of in different languages between the old testament and the new testament.

.Genesis 38:3 | This Er was wicked and the Lord slew him 38:7; 46:12. This is the Er who married the lady, Thamar, who played the harlot to have sex with his dad and gave his dad two son by deceiving him. This is Tamar and their sons mentioned in Matthew 1:3 (Judas is Judah; Tamar is Thamar; Phares is Pharez; Zara is Zarah)

.Genesis 38:11 | She was told to wait till his other son, shelah, grew up, probably to marry him.

.Genesis 38:24 | Judah didn't know at the time that she was the one he laid with.

.Genesis 38:29 | This Pharez is mentioned in Matthew 1:3 as Phares.

.Matthew 14:9 | Is it so wrong for the king not to honor his oath, but yet it's not wrong take this innocent man's life? The king had something to gain by John being killed. He could continue with his adulterous relationship (with his own brother's wife) without being bothered about it by John the Baptist who had spoken to Herod to try to convince him to turn from this sinfulness (Mark 6:17-19). Notice that John didn't go to the lady, he went to Herod about it. Herod must have went to the lady (Herodias) about it.

.Matthew 14:11 |
No, not this type of Charger:
This type of charger:

.Matthew 14:15 | victuals is pronounced "vittles" and it basically means FOOD! You may also see some people spell it as "vitals."

.Matthew 14:21 | Read closely. It was only 5000 men, but this does not even include the women and children! So apparently it was a whole lot more than 5000 people that were fed here. This was done again with seven loaves of bread and a few fish among 4000 men, beside women and children, told in Matthew 15:29-38.

.Matthew 14:29 | He wasn't just walking on the water just to be walking around on the water. He was walking on the water "to go to Jesus."

Day 16: Genesis 39-40; Matthew 15

.Genesis 39:1 | This is continued from the end of Chapter 37.

.Genesis 39:10 | I had missed this part when reading it before, how she was trying to seduce him every day. I'm not sure they showed this persistence on "Joseph King of Dreams," a "Prince of Egypt" type of movie that I recommend (same producers).

.Genesis 39:12 | "got him out" is the same as "got himself out." Notice what he did here, he fled (a.k.a. ran, jetted, bounced, dipped, peaced out, however it is you say it). He didn't try to fight the feeling, he doesn't try to keep talking. It doesn't even say he prayed although he might have. He "got him out." Sometimes you have to physically get yourself away from the situation. This is what we're told to do in 1 Corinthians 6:18 where it says "flee fornication..."

.Genesis 39:20 | Many people spoken of in the Bible were actually put into prison wrongfully, including Joseph, John the Baptist (Matthew 14:3), Paul and Silas (Acts 16:24-25), and Jesus. I'm sure I've forgotten some others, so please send me an email and let me know who they are (and scripture reference, thanks).

.Genesis 40:20 | They celebrated birthdays during this time, or at least Pharaoh's.

.Genesis 40:23 | The chief butler later remembers in 41:9.

.Matthew 15:3 | Read more about this in Colossians 2:4,8; In Galatians 2:18 "transgression" is defined as building again the things that were destroyed. This was speaking in regard to the law and how we're no longer supposed to be seeking to be justified by works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:16). Some people still seek righteousness through the law now, following the things they follow, making them mandatory traditions.

.Matthew 15:8-9 | We must love God with all of our heart (all means none left over... 100%). This is said by Jesus in Matthew 22:36-37. This which is mentioned here in Matthew 15:8 is related to what was mentioned in Matthew 15:3 and also to the scriptures I pointed out with that and to many more scriptures. Many pastors and preachers these days have many people following some of these commandments of men and teaching them as doctrine. Some of these commandments are held on to by certain followers with tightened fists because they have been taught to them for so long and have become longstanding traditions in their church congregations. They are not necessarily traditions they love, but traditions/commandments that have been drilled into their brain so much along with threats about what will happen to them if they don't follow them. Many people have been held captive by these traditions. Some are captives and unaware of their captivity. Yet, the truth is in this Bible, and as said, the truth will set them free. If you find yourself to be one of these people, the truth will set you free also. So please keep reading the Bible and studying the Bible, because it will teach you things that many leaders have neglected to teach you or have taught wrongly. Some teach wrongly because they were taught that way and passed on the traditions down to you without studying about them first. Yet, some teach wrongly because they have selfish ambitions. Also read Matthew 23:4 and Ezekiel 22:23-31 (whenever you see the word "stranger" mentioned, you will almost always see "widow" "fatherless" "poor" or "Levite" mentioned also. Most of those words will usually appear together for a reason). I'll probably get into this later, because this comes up frequently.

.Matthew 15:10,17-20 | Draught is pronounced "draft." Once upon a time, there were certain laws that had to be followed in regards to what someone could eat, and what they couldn't eat.

.Matthew 15:17-18 | Draught is pronounced "draft."

.Matthew 15:25 | Jesus was indeed worshipped while He was still on earth. See also Matthew 28:9.

.Matthew 15:26 | When you realize what Jesus says here, it sounds pretty harsh. Look back to verse 24. He says He was only sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, and basically, she wasn't one of them. Jesus' primary mission at this point was to fulfill the law, and He, speaking of himself as bread, was saying it wasn't a proper thing to do for Him to use Himself for her instead of for them. What she said in verse 27 was basically that she would only need a crumb of His majesty to help her. And she was fully convicted of how much power He held, and the greatness that one little drop would do. This, and the magnitude of the problem she (her daughter) was facing showed how much faith she had. She was neither discouraged, nor offended.

.Matthew 15:32 | These people were seeking Him so much that they had not even eaten for three days. Some were probably just standing around or camping out just waiting for their turn to be healed. This is like that time when you stood outside of your favorite store for a few hours in the morning darkness until they opened the doors the day after Thanksgiving for that big sale. This was much more drastic though, and much more important... no fast food place across the street... no camping chairs or sleeping bags. Yet, notice that Jesus didn't require them to fast to the point of fainting. No, they may not have went out there with the purpose of fasting, but they were fasting nevertheless.

.Matthew 15:38 | Read closely. It was 4000 men, but that was only counting the men, not including the women and children that were there also! So apparently it was a whole lot more than 4000 people that were fed here. This was done before with five loaves of bread and two fish and 5000 men, beside women and children, which Matthew 14:13-21 spoke about. This was over 4000+ that he fed after day 3. Imagine how many people must have been there in the first two days. Don't quote this figure, but I would guess there could have been about 15,000 to 20,000 men out there. I'd guess that a lot people left after a day or two with no food up in the mountain, or perhaps after they were healed.

Day 17: Genesis 41-42; Matthew 16

.Genesis 41 | This is an account in our history that we should pay attention to now, due to our current economic condition in the world here in 2009 and even talk of famine. It helps to know how involved God was with that situation and that whatever we go through now, is nothing new for God.

.Genesis 41:8-14 | Especially read 41:9. The chief butler now remembers Joseph and the situation he was brought out of. Remember back in Genesis 40:23, it says the chief butler didn't remember Joseph but forgot him after Joseph had interpreted their dreams and told him he would get out of prison and be restored (all of Genesis 40).

.Genesis 41:40 | Pharaoh exalted Joseph even overtop of himself, except in regard to the throne.

.Genesis 41:46 | Joseph was thirty years old here.

.Genesis 41:56 | The famine was not just there in Egypt, but was over the whole face of the earth.

.Genesis 42:3 | Joseph's ten brethren went to buy corn from him in Egypt. There were twelve of them altogether, including Joseph. There were the ten that went down there, Joseph, and then the youngest one that was at home, Benjamin. They say in 42:32 "we be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan." When they said "one is not," they're speaking of Joseph, meaning he's no longer with them or either dead (see verse 36).

.Genesis 42:7-8 | Joseph was also speaking a different language from them and using an interpreter to speak with them (Genesis 42:23). We see from 41:46,54-57 that Joseph was around age 37 when his brothers next see him again here, after 20 years (he was about 17 when they left in the pit | Gen 37:2,37-29). He's speaking a different language, might be bigger than some of them now who used to be bigger than him, has probably grown facial hair, and he's alive and well, and not somebody's slave, but a ruler. They had no way of recognizing him. (June.11.2013) Even if his face did look mildly familiar, they could never ever consider insulting the ruler by saying "you look like my little long lost brother. Are you my little brother?" because most likely that's not their little brother, and it'd be reckless and offensive for them to try to exalt themselves above a ruler like that.

.Genesis 42:9 | The dreams he dreamed are told in Genesis 37:5-10.

.Genesis 42:23 | 42:7

.Genesis 42:24 | What Reuben said in verse 22 may be what brought Joseph to the point of tears, seeing that he remembered him and finally knowing that at least one of them, Reuben, had spoken up for his life way back then. He may have also just now realized that Reuben may have caused him not to be killed.

.Genesis 42:34 | It's possible that Joseph just wanted to see his younger brother who he had probably never met (if they were telling the truth).

.Genesis 42:36 | Simeon was the one locked up by Joseph in 42:19

.Matthew 16:4 | For more understanding of this verse, read Matthew 12:39-41 and Chapters 1 and 2 of Jonah (Jonah is a book near the end of the Old Testament.) Jonas was Jonah (spelling difference). You'll notice that when names from the Old Testament ended in "ah," being in Hebrew, they now appear to end in "as," being in Greek (or Aramaic).

.Matthew 16:5 | meaning they had forgotten to bring food to eat.

.Matthew 16:6 | When speaking of their leaven, He was actually speaking of the doctrine that the Pharisees and Sadducees taught. (a doctrine is essentially a set of taught beliefs). There is another verse that says "a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump" (Galatians 5:9). Leaven was something that was used to make bread rise when it was baked, but you only needed a little of it to leaven the whole lump of dough. Jesus was using this term as a metaphor.

.Matthew 16:13-15 | This is a scripture that I often refer to. Some people focus more on how Jesus' name is pronounced throughout various languages in the world and how it was pronounced at the time and place where He walked. Yet, what's more important is who are you actually saying that He is. Some people there in that time and place may have called Him Jesus but were saying that He was somebody that He wasn't. Jesus' question however, was not, "how do people say my name?" but "who do men say that I am?" (literally "whom do men say that I the son of man am?"). And more importantly in verse 13, "who do you say that I am?" Some people these days even come up with more different images of who they believe Jesus is, and make Him out to be who they want Him to be instead of who He actually is. For example, the Muslims believe that Jesus was just a prophet and not the son of God, since they say in the Koran that there is no God but Allah, and that Allah has no son.

.Matthew 16:14 | Again, notice the spelling. Here, they're saying Elijah and Jeremiah.

.Matthew 16:16 | Note that he is not saying "the Christ is in thee," but rather "thou art the Christ." There are some people who preach a different doctrine, who try to make claim that Jesus is not the Christ, but that the Christ was just in him. [Messiah/Messias/Christ - John 1:41]

.Matthew 16:17 | Jesus calls Peter "Simon Barjona." John 1:42. (Jan.19.2014) This is possibly referring to the instance in Matthew 3:16, when Jesus was baptized by John and His "Father which is in Heaven" spoke out and revealed it to everyone, saying "This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased."

.Matthew 16:18 | Peter spoke the truth of the truth. [currently researching 1 Cor 10:4; Ex 17:6; Deut 8:15; Num 20:8-11; Ps 105:41; Eph 2:20]. (Jan.19.2014) It's evident that Jesus is not calling Peter the rock, because while He's speaking to Peter, He says "thou are Peter, and upon this rock..." instead of saying "thou art Peter, and upon you, the rock..." or "this is Peter, and upon this rock..." Thou and this (or you and this) could not be speaking of the same thing. Reader, if I'm speaking to you, and I say to you "this rock," then you know I'm not telling you that you are the rock.

.Matthew 16:21-23 | as quickly as Jesus said "blessed art thou" to Peter, Satan was using him, and Jesus had to rebuke Satan in him. [currently researching about Peter, who seemed to have a rough time, seeing how often he was being warned and corrected and why (not necessarily a bad thing). Matt 26:33-34,40,43,73-75; John 18:10; Gal 2:11]

.Matthew 16:24-25 | [currently researching v.24-25; 13:22]

.Matthew 16:26 | [currently researching Amos 2:6; Genesis 37:28; Matthew 26:15]

.Matthew 16:28 | [currently researching Matthew 6:10; 12:28; 24:34; Mark 9:1]

Day 18: Genesis 43-45; Matthew 17

.Genesis 43:14-16 | Joseph's younger brother was named Benjamin.

.Genesis 44:12 | This cup was planted there by Joseph in verse 2.

.Genesis 44:28 | 37:31-32

.Genesis 45:5 | He says "to preserve life," not "to preserve my life" because the work he was doing was to preserve many lives of all the countries, since all the countries came to that land for food.

.Genesis 45:6 | This gives us an idea of the timing. It was only two years into the seven years of famine.

.Matthew 17:5 | 3:17

.Matthew 17:12-13 | 11:13-14

.Matthew 17:20 |

.Matthew 17:22-23 | Jesus speaks of himself in the third person.

.Matthew 17:24-27 |

Day 19: Genesis 46-48; Matthew 18

.Genesis 46:1 | Israel is Jacob. His name was changed to Israel in 32:28. Also see Genesis 31:53.

.Genesis 46:12 | This is Judas, mentioned in Matthew 1:3, and Er and Onan mentioned in Genesis 38:2-4.

.Genesis 47:16 | Now in our economy, we should have a better idea of what it means when it says "if money fail."

.Genesis 47:18 | Notice that they did use money, even back then. It wasn't all a system of bartering as some think.

.Genesis 47:27-28 | remember that Jacob is Israel.

.Genesis 48:2 | I don't know why, but you'll see the author seems to often use both names, Jacob and Israel, interchangeably when identifying him.

.Genesis 48:7 | Bethlehem is the place where Jesus was born, because of the circumstances of His birth, but He was not actually from Bethlehem. These are His people. Notice that Jacob here had a son named Joseph and later in their genealogy there is another Jacob who's son's name is Joseph, the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

.Genesis 48:13 | Here we have Israel (Jacob), Joseph, Ephraim, and Manasseh. Israel is the grandfather of Ephraim and Manasseh, who are Joseph's children. Remember, Joseph has not seen his dad in over 20 years. Now, picture the image here in this verse: Joseph is standing directly in front of his dad, and they are probably all three facing Israel. Joseph has his oldest son, Manasseh on left hand, which would position him on his grandfather's right hand (to be on someone's right hand is the more favorable position). On Joseph's right hand, he has his youngest son, Ephraim, which would position him on his grandfather's left hand (the less favorable position). Yet, although Joseph tries to position them in the order of importance that he wanted them in, Israel decides for himself which hand he's going to put toward which grandchild and has the youngest grandchild under his right hand. This would mean either Israel had them switch positions, placed his hand on their head one at a time, or either had his hands crossed if he had his hands on their heads, both at the same time. Remember in verse 10 it says that Israel could hardly see. This means he somehow knew the order Joseph was trying to position them in and where to guide his hands (verse 14). This is interesting that in verse 21 Israel sets the younger before the older when he blesses them. Remember, Israel as Jacob was the younger between him and his brother Esau, but got the birthright and stole his brother's blessing from his dad. Joseph also, who was the younger among his brothers, ended up having rule over his older brothers.

.Genesis 48:17 | It's possible Joseph was displeased even at himself, being more knowledgeable now about what he did to his brother.

.Matthew 18:1 | contrast this with Matthew 11:11 where "least of the Kingdom of Heaven" is mentioned. Matthew 5:19 may also be relevant to compare.

.Matthew 18:6 | keywords: "which believe in me." Notice that these little children believe in Him.

.Matthew 18:7 | Some reason to themselves that there must be sin or offences in the world, and use that as a justification for doing wrong. For example, some say there was needed a Judas to betray Jesus, yet regarding this verse, we see that regardless if these offences are needed or not, it's still bad for the person who commits them.

.Matthew 18:10 | The word "their" gives us the idea that these little children may actually have guardian angels.

.Matthew 18:20 | 1 Corinthians 3:9,16 " are God's building" 1 Cor 3:16 says "know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" Acts 17:24 says, "Got that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands:"

.Matthew 18:26 | 18:29 He said the exact thing his servant said to him, "Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all."

.Matthew 18:23-30 |

Day 20: Gen 49-50; Matthew 19

.Genesis 49:17 | Genesis 3:1. Dan must have had Satan in him. An Adder is a venomous viper. This scripture calls Dan an Adder.

.Genesis 49:18 | May be the first mention of salvation in Bible.

.Genesis 49:27 | To ravin means to prey on or prowl for food; devour, or feed greedily; plunder

.Genesis 49:29 | Others who were buried in a cave were Lazarus (John 11:38) and it seems the sepulchre Jesus was buried in was basically like a cave (John 20:1-5); these both were resurrected. (Send me an email to let me know if you find anyone else in the Bible who was buried in a cave).

.Genesis 49:30 | 23:4-20

.Genesis 50:18 | 37:5-8

.Genesis 50:24 | Exodus 3:7-10; They will be brought out of Egypt. Exodus 12:31,42

.Genesis 50:26 | A coffin is a bit different than a casket. A casket is usually what you see these days, yet a coffin is shaped much different (wide at the shoulders) narrow at that head and feet, somewhat diamond shaped.

.Matthew 19:4-6 | This scripture is also speaking of us (being the wife) and Jesus (being the man). See Romans 7:3-4 for more clarification on this. Ephesians 5:31-32 speaks of this more directly also. (June.12.2013) A coffin is usually what vampires slept in on old vampire movies.

.Matthew 19:7-9 | This reference to Moses is from Deuteronomy 24:1. Notice here in Deut. that it says "because he hath found some uncleanness in her." This seems to be paralleled to what Jesus teaches in Matthew 5:32. Yet, this wording may give the idea that this is saying if the man finds, to his surprise, that she has fornicated before him. Yet, this is also commonly thought to relate to adultery while in marriage as well. Now what Jesus says is that although there was given such permission, from the beginning this is not how things were and is not how things were meant to be, but was eventually allowed because of the hardness of the people's hearts. Jesus appears to be calling them back to the standard that was once in place, that there should be no divorce. Remember also, He is not simply speaking of marriage between a man and woman, but the marriage between Him (Jesus) and us, the Church (Ephesians 5:31-32). Now we begin to see that divorce is the symbol of something greater than just that man and that woman. When He speaks about the hardness of man's heart, we begin to see the relation to this and those that would turn away from Christ, having a hardened heart. We also see this in Jeremiah 3:6-8 where God gives Israel a bill of divorce because she "played the harlot" and would not return to Him, though He still asked her to return to Him and she refused. From the whole context of the scripture, even with Ephesians, it seems that Jesus is saying that Divorce is not something to be taken lightly and is not simply about a man and woman (for some selfish reason) deciding to part ways, but also symbolic for man turning away from God. This is why Satan loves divorce. What happened in the garden of Eden between man and God might also be an image of divorce.

.Matthew 19:17 | Jesus didn't say He wasn't God. Seeing how this man turned away sorrowful in verse 22, it seems that he really didn't believe in Jesus being good/God, because he came to him with this question but seemed not to accept the answer at all. He specifically asked what good thing should he do. He was first under the impression that there was some work he could do to earn eternal life. In verse 24-26 we get the picture that if we're trying to do it ourselves it's going to be impossible to earn ourselves an eternal life, yet, "with God all things are possible."

.Matthew 19:18-22 | This may have been the only person who could have actually bought his way into eternal life, yet it seems that the young man thought the price wasn't worth it. When Jesus lists off the commandments, we notice that these are the same commandments listed in the ten commandments that, by God, Moses brought to the people (Exodus 20:1-17). However, Jesus does not mention all of the ten commandments here. Jesus knew how much this young man trusted in his riches and also his own good works, seeing how he had kept certain commandments. What we may conclude is that Jesus specifically mentions only the commandments the man had kept, and not those he may not have kept, such as "thou shalt have no other Gods before me" and "thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image..." and thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain". This would allow the man to say "I've kept all of those" so He could then ask the man to keep those commandments he had not kept (having his money as his God and serving mammon | Matthew 5:24). Neither Mark nor Luke in their account of this incident record Jesus saying "thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" as Matthew mentions (read Mark 10:19; Luke 18:20). We could conclude that Matthew, Mark, and Luke were there trying to record what they heard and may have missed some of the commandments Jesus listed, or possibly couldn't write them all fast enough or recall all of them, but caught which ones they could and the point that Jesus was making. They may have even wrote it later from their memory of the incident. (July.18.2012 Mark and Luke were not part of the 12 apostles and may not have even been there).
However, it's doubtful that Jesus actually said all ten commandments to the young ruler, because I doubt that He would have agreed that the young man had kept the first commandment "thou shalt have no other Gods before me" because as we see from Matthew 5:24, the young rich ruler was likely serving his money as his god, which would make perfect sense for why Jesus would have told him to get rid of it in the first place.

.Matthew 19:21-22 |

.Matthew 19:23 | The word "hardly" here could mean two things. I'm not sure as of yet, which way it is being said here. Even today, we use the word to either mean "with difficulty / painfully" or it could mean "not at all." For example, one may say "It was so dark in that movie theatre, I could hardly see my seat." One could still see the seat, but it was difficult to see it. Or, one could say "the Yankees beat the White Sox every game, so I'm hardly (not at all) surprised they won again."

.Matthew 19:24-26 | The disciples realized that this saying sounded pretty hopeless to anyone desiring to be saved. Yet 1 John 5:18 lets us know that Jesus Christ keeps himself sinless and in perfect righteousness, that through Him, we can have this eternal life and are not in a hopeless situation. It says "he that is begotten of God. From looking at how the word "begotten" is used everywhere else in the Bible, we can see that this word a little more specific than simply saying He was a son of God. We are also sons of God, but Jesus was the only begotten son of God. When it speaks of the genealogy of the line of descendents in the Bible, it uses the word "begat," like in Matthew 1:2 "Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob;" yet Matthew 1:16 does not say Jacob begat Jesus. Jacob may have raised him and played the daddy role to Jesus, but he didn't actually begat him (not his biological father).

Day 21: Exodus 1-3; Matthew 20

.Exodus 1:8 | It says the new king of Egypt didn't know Joseph, so Joseph must have been dead by the time these things happened with Moses.

.Exodus 1:13 | Not only did they make the children work, but to serve with rigour.

.Exodus 1:16 | He told the women to kill the male babies. Midwives assisted in the birthing process. So he was trying to have the babies killed as soon as they came out. This also shows us that Satan does not wait until children grow up to target them. He has no compassion on the babies. I'm sure if the King could have simply aborted the babies, he would have done so.

.Exodus 1:22 | Notice, at first he just gave the command to the midwives to kill the babies, but since the midwives feared God and the job wasn't getting done, he commanded all of the people to do this dirty work.

.Exodus 2:1 | Moses is Levi's grandson, through his daughter.

.Exodus 2:2-3 | Moses, when all the others were being killed, was saved by an ark because he was seen as goodly. This seems to be an echo of what happened with Noah.

.Exodus 2:4-7 | Moses had a sister followed him down the river.

.Exodus 2:8-9 | Moses was sent back to his own mother for Pharoah's daughter and Moses' sister was paid for it. Yet, Pharoah's daughter didn't know Moses was back with his mother being nursed.

.Exodus 2:11-14 | From the way Moses looked around to try to make sure nobody saw him before he killed he Egyptian, we see that he was deliberately planning to kill the man. Yet, he must not have looked around good enough, because in v.14 we see that he was seen.

.Exodus 2:15 | Moses, the fugitive

.Exodus 2:21-22 | Moses' wife was Zipporah;

.Exodus 2:25 | Joseph says that God had promised this to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Genesis 50:24). I believe this is speaking of the covenant in Genesis 15:7-18.

.Exodus 3:2 | Notice that there was an angel that appeared in the flame. I should soon be posting more info about how God used angels like this in other incidents in the Bible. If you've seen "The Prince of Egypt" movie, you'll notice that the angel was not included in the movie scene depicting this incident. I'd like to dedicate the rest of this comment to the witty weed smokers I met who had found a verse in the Bible about a burning bush. This verse ends with the words "and the bush was not consumed." Sorry weed smokers, but there wasn't any puff puff pass going on here or any of that type of nonsense. So next time you muster up the audacity to quote a Bible verse to try to justify getting high, please quote the whole thing.

.Exodus 3:5 | There's no need for foot protection while on holy ground, especially not when standing there talking to God. Ephesians 6:15 speaks of when you're out in the world, having your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. That's gospel of peace is protection for you that allows you go whereever you may need to go.

.Exodus 3:6 | God uses this as His name also in Exodus 3:15,16; 4:5, 1 Kings 18:36, and Acts 3:13. Hebrews 11:16 sheds more light on this. Also, see my commentary for Genesis 31:53 when I mentioned how God has at times defined His name by His relationship to others.

.Exodus 3:9 | Compare this to what God says in Genesis 18:20-21 about the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah and what happened to that place.

.Exodus 3:13-14 | God says His name is I Am. This name signifies a few different things to me. First, God is always present. (June.12.2013) He is the I am, not I was, or I will be. He's eternal. He's not in the past, or in the future, but is always in the present because He is not subject to time. Secondly, I can't put together any choice of words to fully explain the magnitude of God. However, reading the following scriptures with prayer should help: Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:1-3, and Genesis 1. Prayerfully, I'll be able to explain it more later and share the words that led me to a better understanding of God's greatness.

.Exodus 3:15-16 | God says that His name is forever, also that it is a memorial.

.Exodus 3:17 | God establishes the importance of His word when He says, "I have said."

.Exodus 3:18 | God again calls His own name in reference to His people. Again, read Hebrews 11:16

.Exodus 3:21-22 | 10:24-29; 12:35-36

.Matthew 20:6-7 | This goes on today. In Woodbridge, VA on the corner of Longview Dr (Prince William Pkwy) and Jefferson Davis Hwy (Rt. 1) there are about 50-100 Hispanic guys that stand around all day long, seven days a week, waiting for someone (anyone) to pull up in a car and hire them for the day to do some type of painting, landscaping, plumbing, or construction job. The person picking them up is usually someone who has sold their services to some third party, but needs more workers to actually get the job done. They'll pull up, ask who can do the work, and whoever is qualified will hop in the truck and go to work. I imagine they simply tell the guys just as the householder told the workers in the Bible, "whatsoever is right, that shell ye receive." There's not a lot of waiting around and negotiating because there's so many guys out there needing to work that the first to hop in the truck is the one that gets the job.

.Matthew 20:9 | The New King James Version (NKJV), New International Version (NIV), and some other versions say they were paid a "denarius," but the King James Version (KJV) uses the word "penny" instead of "denarius."

.Matthew 20:11-16 | There are some people I've met who are bitter with God just as this passage speaks of. They are upset that people who have lied, cheated, stolen, killed, etc. can be forgiven and go to the same Heaven as they who feel they've lived a better life. Some of them are so bitter and unforgiving about this that they will probably not even go to Heaven themselves, either because of what Jesus says in Matthew 6:15 (if you don't forgive others, God will not forgive you) or because they are mad at God because they think that Heaven is unfair and want to boycott the place.

.Matthew 20:22 | Mark 10:35-39 | Jesus was baptized by John in Matthew 3:13-16, but here, He is most likely speaking of actually dying (or being killed). It says He was speaking to the sons of Zebedee, which were James and John (Matthew 4:21). Read also Matthew 10:2 - this is John the apostle (not John the Baptist) and James the apostle who was the son of Zebedee (there were two others named James. James, son of Alphaeus [Matt 10:3], and James the half brother of Jesus [Galatians 1:19]). This James, son of Zebedee, was killed by the sword by Herod (Acts 12:2). I haven't found yet what eventually happened to James' brother John; how his end came about.

.Matthew 20:28 | In Matthew 4:11 angels did minister to Him, but as said, this is not why He came.

.Matthew 20:29-34 | John 20:29 The blind men didn't have to see Jesus or witness Him doing any miracles. They heard and believed. This incident and what Jesus teaches in John 20:29 is what so many people these days need to hear, because they often say the contrary. In error they say "seeing is believing."

Day 22: Exodus 4-6; Matthew 21

.Exodus 4:1 | excuse #1. Notice God doesn't argue with him.

.Exodus 4:2 | God can use what's already in your hand.

.Exodus 4:3 | sign #1. Aaron does this too in Exodus 7:10.

.Exodus 4:4 | We see that Moses ran from the serpent in verse 3, so we know this took faith because he was afraid of it.

.Exodus 4:6 | sign #2

.Exodus 4:9 | sign #3

.Exodus 4:10 | excuse #2. Moses is so concerned about his speech that he doesn't even realize that the miracles will speak for themselves. Moreover, God already tells him 3:9 that the King is not going to let them go yet anyway, so in a sense, it really doesn't even matter. Moses is public speaking in Leviticus 8:4-5.

.Exodus 4:30 | Aaron did the signs

.Exodus 5:2 [new] | John 15:21

.Exodus 5:9 | This is one of the most important scriptures in the Bible, because it shows how even now, things are done to us and our economy to keep us working so hard that we don't have the time and energy to regard the Word of God. I know because I always hear the excuses, and I have seen the ulterior motives of the works of the men who govern the lands, and all I can think of is this verse. It's only by a miracle that you even made it here to read this, and that I was able to write it.

.Exodus 6:3 | 3:6

.Exodus 6:12 | excuse #3

.Exodus 6:30 | excuse #4

.Matthew 21:5 | This is prophesied of by Zechariah the prophet in Zechariah 9:9.

.Matthew 21:16 | Jesus is probably referring to Psalm 8:2

.Matthew 21:23 | They walked up in the temple and interrupted His teaching. It seems the chief priests and elders were being used by that same wicked one in Matthew 13:19.

.Matthew 21:42 | Luke 20:17. This is prophesied of in Isaiah 53:3

Day 23: Exodus 7-8; Matthew 22

.Exodus 7:1 | Apparently since Pharaoh doesn't know God according to his own admission (Exodus 5:1-3), God made Moses a god to Pharaoh.

.Exodus 7:12,22 | Bible records magic and sorcery being real.

.Exodus 7:15 | 2:3 This is where Moses was put in the river by his mother for his life to be spared: the river's brink.

.Exodus 8:20 | Exodus 5:1 says that he wasn't simply asking let us go away forever, but simply to let us go to hold a feast to God in the wilderness.

.Exodus 8:16-19 | The magicians were able to copy the other signs that Moses and Aaron did, but couldn't do this one. The magicians were not doing the signs of God, but doing enchantments which were not working by God's power, so it's because of this they were not able to do this sign. God is the creator of life and lice are living organisms. So to bring forth lice, they'd have to create life, which only God could do.

.Matthew 22:10 |

.Matthew 22:13 |

.Matthew 22:16-15 | The Pharisees had their own disciples, who were against Jesus. This would make them anti-Christ.

.Matthew 22:20 | Upon seeing the money he asked "whose is this image and superscription?" Revelation 13:15-18 speaks also about an image; the image of the beast. I believe the use of the word "image" here in Matthew may be linked to the use of the "image" of the beast since it's used in reference to currency or buying and selling. There will be a time which may not be far off at all that people (small, great, rich, poor, free, and bond) will be caused to receive his mark in their right hand or in their foreheads and that nobody may be able to buy or sell unless he has that mark of the beast, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (666). Also read Rev. 14:9. These who do receive the mark will drink the wrath of God and be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb (Rev. 14:10-13). See also Revelation 20:4. Do not think that this is far off. The technology, motive, economic condition, popular culture, and controlling organizations are all already in place now to bring this about. Some of the identification technology is already available and tested, but has not been fully implemented. Also, most people are already conditioned to receive such a thing, and would even stand in line to receive it willingly when in desperate need for food, health care, medicine, gas, welfare, electricity, employment, banking, credit reputation, security, etc. And even many corrupted "church" leaders have conditioned their members to value the wealth of this world over the intangible things of God or the treasures of Heaven, so that they too will receive whatever mark/number/name in order to maintain their worldly comforts and worldly "blessings" as they call them, which have nothing to do with the life of Christ or the calling of Christ's followers. Within the prosperity movement, you see many megachurch leaders who have gone astray from preaching of the gospel, along with smaller congregational leaders who aspire to material greatness, who all willingly compromise the truth of the Bible to get it and justify having it. I'm aware that this is hard to hear, but it will be harder for whoever refuses to hear. This is the fulfilling of prophecy, not something that we need to be trying to stop, but to be aware of so that we do not walk in error because we lack knowledge about this. Please do not sit back waiting for some prophet or preacher to give you the warning of these things to come. You've already received the warning alarm and the prophecy (it's written in the Bible) of exactly what to look for (Matt 24) and have already been told in the Bible to watch and wait for it (Luke 12:35-56). Seek and ye shall find. The truth of Christ for His followers gives comfort, freedom, and freedom from fear. "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind" (2 Tim 1:7 // Romans 8:15).

.Matthew 22:29 | We need to know the scripture so we do not err. Err is the root word of error, and I wonder if possibly linked to the wicked man Er in Genesis 38:7, which God slew.

.Matthew 22:36-40 | Mark 12:29-31 Notice that they asked Jesus which is "the" (singular) greatest commandment, but He told them two commandments. These two commandments are linked together, inseparable. This, His answer, is the essence of Christianity. I call it the love law. "Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." These are linked and inseparable because the 2nd commandment (verse 39) must be fulfilled within the first commandment (verse 37). Notice that the first commandment required "all" your heart, soul, and mind. All means none left over. So now we can ask the important questions, "okay, so if we give all of our love to God, then how can we have any love left to give to our neighbour? And secondly, who is our neighbour?" 1 John 4:20-21; 5:1-2 and Luke 10:25-37 help to answer these questions. 1 John 4:20-21 says, "If a man say, "I love God," and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God who he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also." 1 John 5:1-2 says "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments." This tells us that loving God and loving our brethren in Christ also must be done together. This is pinpointed in 1 John 5:1 that if we love God, we'll love His Son Jesus the Christ. Likewise if we love Jesus the Christ, we'll love the body of Christ, which is us. Now extend that a little further and He tells us to even love our neighbour as ourself. This is where our second question gets answered. But first, I'll point out that we are supposed to love ourself. Now, since we in the body of Christ are one, loving ourself doesn't only mean to love my individual self, Eric, but to love my brethren also. Now if I must love my neighbour also as I do myself, and doing so is part of fulfilling the first commandment I need to know who my neighbour is. In Luke 10:25 a lawyer came to Jesus to tempt him and questions Jesus about this which I call the love law. The lawyer interprets the law to say love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy strength and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. Jesus confirms, but then the lawyer asks "who is my neighbour?" just as we have asked. Jesus answers us with a story in Luke 10:30-37 (please click on the verse to the left to read it to know this important answer). I'll also point out from this answer that the one who was the man's neighbour was someone from a different group of people who were said to be at odds with each other (the people from Jerusalem and the Samaritans). This tells us also that our neighbour may not necessarily be someone from our own race, tribe, country, social class, or whatever group of people we might usually associate ourselves with. In Deuteronomy 11:13,18; 13:3 the people were commanded to love the Lord God and serve Him with all their heart and soul. (June.12.2013) so this is not only a new testament precept.

.Matthew 22:39 |

Day 24: Exodus 9-11; Matthew 23

.Exodus 9:1 | 5:1-3 says that he wasn't simply asking "let us go away forever," but simply to let them go to hold a feast to God in the wilderness; a three day journey.

.Exodus 10:29 | Notice by his response, Moses has matured and learned how to handle rejection. Before in Exodus 5:23, Moses was frustrated at the mercy of God or God's timing, although God has already told him that Pharaoh would reject him. It's good to see God's mercy, grace, and patience with Moses is paying off. God did choose the right man for the job. Moses seems to still have a bit more learning to do though. Here he says "I will see thy face again no more" to Pharaoh" but he possibly had to retract his words, since it says in 11:8 that Moses went out from Pharaoh in great anger. God then told Moses again that Pharaoh is not going to listen to him, but only because God needed it to be that way.

.Exodus 11:5 | 12:29

.Exodus 11:9 | God hardening Pharaoh's heart against letting the people go was not affecting Pharaoh's standing with God. Pharaoh was already disregarding of God from 5:2 when he says he doesn't know the Lord. So God wasn't doing Pharaoh any injustice.

.Matthew 23:3-4 | 15:8-9

.Matthew 23:8 |"But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren." The Jewish religious teachers were called Rabbi, and still are. The term is said to literally mean "my great one" ( 1/25/09 10:24p).

.Matthew 23:9 | "And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your father, which is in heaven." The Catholic religion leaders are still called father. I'm not sure why they do not regard this that Jesus said. I'm not sure if this is being said in regard to biological parents or not, but I'd rather just if play it safe and just not say it. How much is lost by not saying it?

.Matthew 23:10 | "Neither be ye called masters: for one is your master, even Christ."

.Matthew 23:14 | Mark 12:40 | This is one of the few places in the Bible where widows are mentioned alone without mention of strangers, fatherless, or Levites too. They are usually mentioned together, because whenever mentioned it's usually in reference to their right to receive a certain portion of the tithes. They were often denied this right, and still are denied this right today, as the meaning of tithes has been unjustifiably changed in regards to what the tithe is, what's supposed to be done with it, and whether it's even required now at all. This is addressed many places in the Bible, and the Lord seemed to be very angry about this injustice. One place it's mentioned is in Malachi 3:5. This is where God was speaking to the priests who weren't acting in accordance with the law. Malachi 3:8-9, however has become famous these days by preachers saying that this word is for believers in Christ who do not pay tithes, and using this to control them by a misguided fear. He was speaking to the priests, starting in Malachi 2:1 and was still speaking to the priests. Deuteronomy 26:12-13 is one verse that speaks of this right they had to all of the tithes for the third year (tithes were on a yearly cycle, and was not money, and never did God in the Bible change it to be money). We should also look at the passage (Mark 12:41-44) where Jesus sat over against the treasury (apparently not participating) and pointed out to his disciples how the poor widow put her last little bit of money into the treasury (collection plate). He does not say that she was required to do this or to give anything at all, neither does the scripture, but since this happens as he's telling them how they devour widows' houses (in the accompanying verse: Mark 12:40) we can come to a reasonable conclusion that they must have made her feel compelled to give her money. If anything, they were supposed to be giving to her, not her giving to them, but God still counted it for what was in her heart along with the other poor widows who gave from their heart, yet we are still told that their houses were devoured. 2 Corinthians 8:13-14 speaks of how it's not God's will for one person to be burdened and the other eased, but that there should be an equality so one's abundance will supply the others need. This still happens today as preachers acting as some sort of redefined priests require people to give even their rent and mortgage money in the name of tithes and offerings, which by biblical definition is not at all tithes and offerings. Rather, it is either a heretical and hypocritical device that is evidence of their lack of faith in God to provide for the church, or evidence of their lack of knowledge of what tithes and offerings are. There are some leaders who may simply teach this new thing to others because it's what was taught to them, and received by them without any Bible study of their own, but it's still just a tradition of man which transgresses the commandment of God (Matthew 15:3; Colossians 2:8). (note: It is good to give and even necessary if you are able to, but tithing and offering is not the same thing as "giving," nor for the same purpose. 2 Corinthians 9:6-9). Certain verses within the gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John that may speak of tithing are sometimes used to try to show that there was still tithing in the New Testament, but this is still in the Old Testament. Although the companies that print the Bibles usually place a page or marker before the book of Matthew stating "NEW TESTAMENT," the new testament wasn't actually in effect until Jesus died in Matthew 27:51 (or Mark 15:38, Luke 23:47, John 19:31). This is the significance of the veil being "rent in twain" (torn in two) from the top to the bottom. It is confirmed that the New Testament does not begin until Jesus' death in Hebrews 9:16-17 when it says "For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. (17) For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth." If you'd like to learn more about tithes and offerings, you may want to start by checking the concordance and reading the passages containing the following words: tithe, tithes, offering, widow, fatherless, levite, stranger, priest, high priest. There is also an informative, well laid out book written by two brothers, Michael & Mitchell Webb called "Beyond Tithes and Offerings," containing a wealth of scripture references. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God..." 2 Timothy 2:15. If you don't study, it can cost you like it cost the widow. "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..." Hosea 4:6.

.Matthew 23:23-25 | The Pharisees paid tithes of mint and anise and cummin (not money). Jesus had not died and given Himself as the offering yet by this point though, so the people were not yet under the new covenant. Note that even though they did tithe, there were more important areas of the law "weightier matters of the law." Read Hebrews 9:17 and the other surrounding verses to learn more about the relationship between the death of Christ (the offering) and the forming of a new testament. You may want to go as far back as Hebrews 7 and as far forward as Hebrews 13, praying for understanding.

.Matthew 23:24 (Oct.15.2016) | 2 Peter 1:8-9; 5:14; Luke 6:39; Mk 12:40; Prov. 30:14-15

.Matthew 23:25 (Oct.15.2016) | extortion (Psalm 109:11); Clean the outside for show, how certain people of certain religions like to make a show of praying in public, publicly announcing their fasting or trying to dress pious looking other things, neglecting the part of them that is not seen by others. The Muslims praying in the middle of a mall parking lot, or alongside of the highway may fall into this category, as well as those who call themselves priests, cardinals, and popes, and others who wear the big fancy garments to display to others an appearance of spiritual highness, enlarging the borders of their garments.

.Matthew 23:28 | Notice that they appear righteous. So often I hear people judging based off of outward appearance and not digging deeper. Do not just look at the outward appearance. Do not just look at the robes, titles, financial wealth, and multitude of members, and buildings, because Satan has these things too.

.Matthew 23:35 (Oct.15.2016) | They are charged with Abel (Genesis 4:8). As Jesus pays for the sins of the saints, they will pay the sins of the wicked.

.Matthew 23:37 (Oct.15.2016) | God still wanted them, but they refused God.

Day 25: Exodus 12-13; Matthew 24

.Exodus 12:2 | God redefines the new year for the children of Israel. This first month is called Abib (Ex 13:4).

.Exodus 12:5-6 | Jesus was considered a lamb without blemish (sinless) and came in the third 14th generation (Matthew 1:17) and told us to eat His flesh and drink His blood (communion). 1 Corinthians 10:16-18. Ex. 12:46 is where God commands that no bone be broken of the lamb killed for passover, and so there was no bone broken in Jesus, although it was the custom to do so (John 19:36). Also Read Psalm 22:17 and Psalm 34:20.

.Exodus 12:11 | It's pretty rare that anyone in the Bible was told to do anything in haste.

.Exodus 12:12 | "this night" means the night of the tenth day of this new first month (12:2-3).

.Exodus 12:15-20 | Read the commentary for Matthew 16:6 on Day 17 to learn about the significance of leaven, and why it was probably not allowed to be in the bread or in the house. Bread is later representative of the Body of Christ, and leaven is representative of the doctrine of the Pharisees.

.Exodus 12:27 | wow, the word "passover" is pretty literal, huh?

.Exodus 12:29 | This is on the tenth day of that new first month (12:2-3). Exodus 11:4-5 is where the Lord uses Moses to tell the people (and/or Pharaoh) what is to come, however God doesn't tell Moses what day it will happen. He does tell them the hour though. Later, in Exodus 12:12 is where God tells them what day He'll do it. Ex 12:29 is where it is recorded of God actually doing it.

.Exodus 12:31-32 | "as ye have said" is referring to 5:1-3. Although Pharaoh was so obviously distraught, he wasn't so distraught that he would forget about taking advantage of an opportunity to be blessed. The fact that he even asked for a blessing gives us a hint that he was actually starting to believe in this God after all that. But then of course, how could he not believe after all of that?

.Exodus 12:35-36 | Remember, God said He would do this in Ex 3:21-22. Also remember Ex. 10:24-29.

.Exodus 12:37 | There were 600,000 men of that Moses led out of Egypt, not counting the children.

.Exodus 12:40 | The Hebrews were in Egypt for 430 years. Back in Genesis 15:13-14, God told Abram (who became Abraham) that this would happen. Remember, Abraham was a prophet (Genesis 20:7).

.Exodus 12:46 | This relates to Jesus not having any of his bones broken when crucified (John 19:36). Also Read Psalm 22:17 and Psalm 34:20.

.Exodus 13:2,12 | God confirms this in 34:19 saying "all that openeth the matrix is mine."

.Exodus 13:5 | God tells this to their ancestor, the prophet Abram (who became Abraham), in Genesis 15:18-21.

.Exodus 13:14 | This was also done for an opportunity to present the testimony to generations to come when they ask why it's done.

.Exodus 13:13-15 | Leviticus 27 speaks of redemption and may also relate to Jesus and Judas. In verse 15, the testimony is that all of the firstborn of the children are redeemed. Jesus is the first to be resurrected among men, but this resurrection is not the resurrection of someone simply brought back to a carnal life in which one can die again, but resurrected unto eternal life. This resurrection is Him being redeemed. Notice how Ex 13:13-15 keeps speaking of the firstling and the firstborn among man being redeemed. When we are born again, this is the birth that we are born into. Christ at His resurrection was first to be born again unto eternal life. Thus, He is the firstfruits of us. "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firsfruits of them that slept" (1 Corinthians 15:20). "But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming" (1 Cor 15:23).

.Matthew 24:4-6 | Mark 13:5-6 | Luke 21:8 | We are one with them, so these words are to us as well (John 17:21). Do not think that you're too smart and that only "stupid" people can be deceived. This scripture may be saying that the many deceivers who will come may be saying that they themselves are Christ, which seems likely from the placement of the comma. However, it could be possible that this could be saying that these deceivers may proclaim that Jesus is Christ and by saying so, causing people to put their guard down by mistaking them as actual followers of Christ. I've been less likely to believe this latest interpretation of it, but I must admit, I have seen people plainly proclaiming Jesus to be Christ, the Messiah, but then turning and speaking/doing against Jesus' very teaching, such as our nation's leaders and certain preachers. Regard verse 6, that you don't allow these things to trouble or worry you. If anything, when you see these things, it should give you more comfort and even more faith that what is said here is true. "But the end is not yet."

.Matthew 24:7 | This may speak of earthly kingdoms or spiritual kingdoms (Kingdom of God & Kingdom of Satan).

.Matthew 24:9 | Saints will be killed and hated of all nations for the sake of Jesus' name. Just as Jesus accepted being afflicted, persecuted, killed and hated, so will His followers be. Jesus did not try to fight them or cry about it or back down from His position. Read these very important scriptures: John 15:17-21 and also 1 John 3:13 where Jesus testifies that if the world hates you, know that it hated Him first, and persecuted Him, and did it because they didn't know Him that sent Him, our Father in heaven.

.Matthew 24:10 | The fact that it says they shall betray one another, lets us know that there will first be trust between them. Looking at the fact that they will be offended, I am brought back to Matthew 13:21, where it speaks of those who heard the word, but it hadn't really taken root in their heart. Read my commentary on this on January 13/Day 13. Because of the context in which it speaks of being offended (during persecution or tribulation), I'm thoroughly convinced that these two verses are directly linked to each other and that those who will betray one another will have both been the people who heard the word of God and seemed to receive it, yet they did not all receive it. Those who did not truly receive it will be the ones who will be offended. They may not be necessarily afflicted and persecuted here if they turn from Christ. Yet, if they turn from Christ, their fate is much much worse.

.Matthew 24:11 | "And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many." I do believe false prophets actually proclaim themselves to be prophets, yet I'm not convinced every false prophet will claim to be a prophet. I do believe it's possible that one can be a false prophet simply by making false prophecies or trying to deceive people by making false forecasts of conditions to come. On the contrary, it may be possible that there are some who are true prophets who may not necessarily go by the title of prophet (i.e. "I'm Prophet Johnson"). I say that, because I don't recall Abraham ever telling anyone that he was a prophet, yet he prophesied truly, and God also testified that he was a prophet.

.Matthew 24:12 | "Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." When I look at verses 5, 10, 11, and 12, I see the word "many" keep occurring, and it seems that the many are always being spoken of as those who are either the deceivers or those who are deceived. This may also pertain to Matthew 20:16 as well, where Jesus says many shall be called, but few chosen. I'll have to do a more thorough study to say for sure, but from what I've studied so far, it appears that there are the many and then there are the few, and that the many are those who are not truly believers and followers of Christ. From that view, I'd say that "the love of many" that shall wax cold (or grow cold) are the people who are not really in Christ. They will no longer love others, but those who are truly in Christ will still love others, loving both their neighbour and their enemy, as Jesus commanded (Matthew 5:44; 22:39).

.Matthew 24:13 | "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." There are a few ways that people have interpreted this verse, yet there is one in particular that I favor, because of the context that this is said in. If we regard the condition or the atmosphere that is painted in the previous verses, we come to the conclusion that this enduring unto the end is speaking of enduring the climate of these events. We can't simply conclude that one must endure in order to be saved though, since some will be killed before the end for Christ's sake. This verse would seem to simply be saying that those who will not continue to stand for Christ, or allow themselves to be deceived, will not be saved. There are some people this day in time that say that nobody is saved until they die. I believe that's taking this scripture out of context, because Paul and others, while they were still alive said that they themselves were saved, as in already saved. Those who argue that point of not being allowed to be saved till death are likely those who believe that salvation is based upon how good someone lives their life and that if you don't live good enough or do enough good works that you won't make it into Heaven. (June.16.2013) Your action is a manifestation of your being.

.Matthew 24:14 | How might this happen? We are given an idea in Matthew 10:23 "But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: For verily I say unto you, ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the son of man be come."

.Matthew 24:15 | "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place." Now we're going to consider what the "abomination of desolation" may be and then how to "stand in the Holy Place." First, read Daniel 12:11. You may also want to read Galatians 4:27 and Matthew 23:37-38. This verse very much appears to be giving a recap of what's to come and not saying what will happen after the end. Verse 14 is the end of the story, at least for the moment. Okay, let's look at Daniel 12:10-11. "Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days." This is a time of change. It is spoken of in Daniel 9:26-27 and before. I haven't looked at these verses in a while, so I'm going to take a moment to go back and study this before I continue. I'll be studying this with Daniel 7:25, Galatians 4:27, Joel 3:19, Micah 7:13, Jeremiah 33:12 (Psalm 23:1-2, Ezekiel 34:8,29), Jeremiah 12:7-11, Acts 1:20, Isaiah 6:11 (The Revelation 6:11), The Revelation 12:6, and Matthew 23:38. Also, since homosexuality is identified as an Abomination (Leviticus 18:22) and it leads to childlessness/desolation, I'll also look into this to see how this may relate, and also consider abortion as well. Now, concerning this "holy place" we are told to stand in, I understand that to mean the Kingdom of God (Luke 17:21). Please pray for my further understanding on this as well and I will pray for yours. For this, I'll be studying Daniel 2:44, Matthew 6:10, Acts 7:48-50, Matthew 12:28.

.Matthew 24:22 | "And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened." This appears to be telling us that the days will be shortened so that some will be saved and that the elect are the ones who will be saved. Verse 13 says that "he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." So apparently, the days are shortened so the end is closer so one must not endure for as long. Note that it says "flesh" not "spirit," so it may not be talking about spiritual salvation when it says "saved," but the saving of physical flesh.

.Matthew 24:23 | "Then if any man shall say unto you, lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not." This verse beginning with the word "then," may signify that this will occur after those shortened days in verse 22. After going through all of that, it may become much easier to be deceived simply because people will probably be desperate for relief and ready to accept any appearance of HOPE. However, the use of the word "then" may have been used to mean "in that time" instead of "next."

.Matthew 24:24 | "For there shall arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." This term "christs" may not necessarily mean false Jesus Christs, but false messiahs, false saviors. The word "Christ" is said to be an English translation of the (New Testament) Greek word used to transliterate the word messiah from Hebrew (Old Testament) ( 1/27/09 4:06a). This verse does not say that they shall deceive the very elect, but that if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. So it seems that for some reason or another, it will not be possible for them to deceive the elect. Perhaps God may intervene somehow, or maybe the elect can't possibly be deceived because they/you are knowledgeable that all of this will happen because they've read and remembered Matthew 24. Read also The Revelation 2:20-21 about Jezebel, the false prophetess.

.Matthew 24:25 | "Behold, I have told you before." I'm not sure if Jesus has said this before this point somewhere in scripture (if you find it let me know), but I think what He's saying is "Behold, I have told you before it happens. I am forewarning you about it now."

.Matthew 24:26-27 | "Wherefore if they shall say unto you, 'behold, he is in the desert;' go not forth: 'Behold, he is in the secret chambers;' believe it not." "They" are the false prophets and false christs he just spoke of. They will be the ones that may tell you "Christ is here" or "over there!" You are being warned now, don't believe it. Why? because of what verse 27 says: "For as the lightning cometh out of the east, shineth even unto the west: so shall the son of man be." Let's go to The Revelation 1:7 for clarity on this. The word says, "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen." This tells us that when Jesus comes again, He will not be in some remote place or off in some cave, but that everybody will see Him. It will not be a secret. And if you do let someone lure you into some cave or countryside, I can't tell you what they might have waiting for you there, but it won't be Jesus. So don't go. They might just kidnap you or maybe worse. Don't believe them. And if you hear anyone say anything like that, this should inform you that they just might be a false prophet.

.Matthew 24:34 | Luke 21:32 | "Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled." I'm still studying this, but for now, you can read Matthew 16:28.

.Matthew 24:35 | "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Words exist before being spoken, before being written, before being manifested. Likewise, God's word(s) existed before being manifested, even before being manifested in the Bible or spoken to Adam. God's words are everlasting, which is so, even before He (Jesus) testifies of it here, saying "my words shall not pass away."

.Matthew 24:40-41 | "Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left." We see from this passage that in these situations (especially the women at the mill), both people are doing exactly the same work. Yet, one of them is taken, and the other is not. This would seem to signify that it doesn't matter what they are doing, there's something else, perhaps in the heart of one, that causes her to be taken, and not the other. Read Romans 3:28; 4:4-6.

Day 26: Exodus 14-15; Matthew 25

.Exodus 14:5 | It was told to the King that the people fled, but I don't recall Moses ever telling the people that they weren't going back to Egypt. Perhaps some Egyptian saw them going and didn't realize that Pharaoh gave them permission to go on a three days journey, so they mistakenly ran and told him that they were trying to escape from serving them. Read Exodus 5:1-3 speaks about the three days journey and Exodus 12:31-38 is when they actually left, over 600,000 of them.

.Exodus 14:11-12 | God or Moses didn't say this about there being no graves. This is just the people speculating and panicking because they were scared.

.Exodus 14:13-15 | Moses tells them here that they will not see the Egyptians again, but apparently what really happened is not that the people were trying to steal away from Egypt, but that the Egyptians chased them out, mistakenly thinking that the Hebrews were trying to escape. Moses here almost makes the mistake of not fleeing though, because I suppose it must not have been his intention to try to escape, because he's thinking that the Lord is going to do something to fight for them, but God in verse 15 corrects Moses on this thinking and tells him to have the people flee.

.Exodus 14:16 | God says it. Moses does it in 14:21.

.Exodus 14:21 | God says it in 14:16. Moses does it here. Guess what!!! Someone else did this by the power of God too. In 2 Kings 2:7-15, Elijah divides the Jordan river and Elisha and Elijah (Elias, translated from Greek) walked across it on dry ground. Guess what!!! Someone else did it too. Since Elisha had to get back across the river and Elijah was gone up into heaven, Elisha divided the waters also. Guess what!!! (June.16.2013) Joshua does it too in Joshua 4. Guess what!!! SomeOne else divided the waters too, before anybody else. In fact, those waters are still divided, and so now you and I walk on the dry land. Do you know who it was that did this? If you guessed "God," you're correct. Read about it again in Genesis 1:6-9. Okay, now back to Moses. We're told in 1 Corinthians 10:1-2 that this passing through the Red Sea with Moses counted for those people as a baptism. The cloud that's mentioned in 1 Corinthians is what was mentioned in the verses before (Ex. 14:19-21). I'm not sure if there are other instances of baptizing going on back then, but I'm pretty confidant that this is definitely one of them.

.Matthew 25:1 | This is Jesus speaking privately to His disciples. He begins speaking to them/us about all of this in 24:4.

.Matthew 25:16-17 (Apr.19.2014) | Apparently, doubling one's investment or assets is reasonable and sufficient in God's eyes.

.Matthew 25:24-27 | In verse 24, the servant admits that he knew better. Therefore the Lord expected him to do better, since he knew better, and in verse 26-27 says this and calls him wicked and slothful.

.Matthew 25:29 | There is a purpose that "every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance." We can understand that purpose by looking at 2 Corinthians 8:14. It says, "But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality." There is another verse that lines up with this too that says, "For unto whomsoever is given, of him shall be much required" (Luke 12:48). In the verse before that one it says, "And that servant, which knew the Lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to His will, shall be beaten with many stripes." Although this in Luke may not speak of the exact same story, we can tell it still relates, because this servant in Matthew knew the Lord's will. What these verses let us know is that the reason one has an abundance is so he/she can supply others' needs. I would venture to say that this even goes beyond money. One person may be given an abundance of time, where another is given an abundance of money. Yet another may be given an abundance of wisdom, while another may have an abundance of talent. Now if you have some time, money, wisdom, or talent, for example, don't waste it by not using it or burying it when you know the Lord wants you to do something profitable with it (not necessarily financially profitable). Notice with this story of the talents here in Chapter 25 that he gave each one something different according to their ability (verse 15). What God has given you, you have the ability to handle well, if you will do it. Just as with them, He knows your ability and gave you according to that. But He didn't give you that for no reason. And He didn't give you something different from everybody else for you to try to do the same thing as everybody else. If he gave you five talents and you're signing up for the program for people with ten talents just cause everybody's doing it, then of course you're going to feel overwhelmed. Likewise, if you sign up for a program for the one talent people, then you're going to underachieve. Just as with the spiritual gifts that God has given people and different ministries, we have, different areas of abundance and other areas we lack in, but all that means is that if we work together and supply each others needs, we'll be just fine.

.Matthew 25:30 | (Can someone please compile a list of scriptures that speaks of weeping and gnashing of teeth? Also if you can, let me know your thoughts on what you find.)

.Matthew 25:34-40 | We've touched on the issue of widows' houses being devoured in Matthew 23:14 on Day 24 and how whenever you see "widow" you'll usually see stranger, fatherless, and Levite also, because it's speaking of them and their right to the tithe, since they had no inheritance. Now here, Jesus says in verse 40 "inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." This is the passage I have referenced from Malachi 3:8 where God says to the priests " ye have robbed me... in tithes and offerings." (June.16.2013) I say, if you want to do something for God, then do something for the people considered by society to be the least.

.Matthew 25:41,46 | Notice that Hell is everlasting, but also that it was not prepared for man. It was prepared for the Devil and his angels. Now you can choose to follow the Devil there, and you can very well go there if you choose, but this is not the place that God has prepared for you, and God has not prepared you for that place. I've heard a lot of rappers and some others talk about going to Hell. Some of them think that's the perfect place for them and some of them say they want to go to Hell. "And when I get to Hell, Lord knows I'm gonna fry" -Young Jeezy, "when I die, F*** it I want to go to Hell" -Notorious BIG, "since I run with the Devil, I am one with the Devil" -DMX, "except they might not sell wee in Hell. that's where I'm going cause the Devil's inside of me." -Onyx, "I'm a K-I-DOUBLE-L-E-R, see y'all in Hell" -Jay-Z, "You can't touch me I've been devil-sent" Mase(before), "I have hoes back of the church, hummin' ya name.... I pop n*ggaz in the chest, they never breathe again." -Mase(after), "see you in hell" -Eminem. Do not follow them.

.Matthew 25:42 | Verses 42-44 goes with my commentary for verses 34-40, except the other way around of course. I'd like to add a few more thoughts though. Notice in verse 42, Jesus says "I was an hungred" and "I was thirsty." Clearly we can see that just because someone is poor, it does not mean that they are suffering some consequence of disobedience to God, as is taught by some. Some of those who believe in Karma believe that those people deserve that. Some of those that preach monetary tithes and cursings believe that these people deserve it. Some people say they'll give their money to a pastor who may not be doing the right thing with it, because they feel that it's up to them to do their part and the pastor will have to answer to God for himself, but when it comes to giving to the poor or homeless they say they don't give because they don't know what that person will do with it. We must get real with this. Jesus would not put His name in the shoes of the needy if every needy person was under some punishment or curse from God for sin. Gain does not equal Godliness. And besides, there will be a time when the saints will not be able to buy and sell in this world's system anyway because they rightly choose not to get that mark of the beast (or number or name of beast) in their right hand or forehead.

.Matthew 25:43 | We don't have too many problems with strangers, or do we? Naked? Now we're not talking about nude beach naked, although that might be a good place for a nakedly poor person to blend in. We're talking about the poorest of the poor... can't even afford a garment. This does not mean God is not necessarily for them, but that someone who had an abundance may not have supplied someone's lack. Sick? There are some religions and some who misunderstand who will tell you that there is no place for sickness in a righteous person's life, yet Jesus says here "I was sick and in prison." How many ministers in the Bible have been in prison. We are so ashamed to be locked up, even for the sake of righteousness and for the Word of God. We treat those who have been imprisoned as if they are lepers. We cut them off... will not give them a job and hardly an interview, let alone visit them. And Jesus himself was locked up. John the Baptist was locked up. Paul the apostle was locked up, probably repeatedly. Would you be ashamed of them? Only if we esteem man's judgment to be higher than God's judgment. It's man's judgment that imprisons people. We look at people and treat them as anti-religious heathens if they miss a Sunday under the steeple, regardless of whether the place is corrupt or not, but never even wince at those who do not visit those in desperate need of visitation. Which of them is without religion? James 1:27 says "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." No, religion does not equal salvation, but if you want to impress me (not that you have to), don't tell me how often you go to a church event, but tell me how often you visit those who are in desperate need of visitation, and of course keep yourself unspotted from the world too. That's what I call a religious event. No, let's not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, but let's also get a little more religious. I know I need to.

.Matthew 25:44-45 | Remember in 20:28 Jesus said "the son of man came not to be ministered unto." (He calls himself the son of man) Jesus didn't have to come here in order for us to minister to Him. We can still minister to Jesus while He's not physically here. He could have never come to earth and yet still be ministered to. He can be ministered to vicariously through the least of these. Let us minister unto Jesus, yet let us be wise at the same time though and even pray for wisdom. This is not necessarily saying for you to go and hand out money. The prisoner did not need money, but visitation. The hungry needed food, and the thirsty needed something to drink. The struggler needs a word of encouragement, the neglected needs attention, and that old lady with the cane may just need someone to hold the door.

Day 27: Exodus 16-18; Matthew 26:1-35

.Exodus 16:29-30 | Now, people generally take two days off per week, but throughout the Bible it was 6 days of work and 1 day off, or six days (or years) of harvesting and one day (or year) off, and God provided twice as much on the sixth day so the people would not lose anything for not working or harvesting on the seventh.

.Exodus 17:6 | This is referred to in Deuteronomy 8:15. Moses did this disobediently in Kadesh, which is recorded in Numbers 20:1,11. Notice that Horeb was the place where God told Moses "thou shalt smite the rock" (Ex 17:6). However, in Numbers 20, when Moses struck the rock they were in Kadesh, which was an 11 day journey from Horeb (Deuteronomy 1:2). For one, that was not the place where Moses was to smite the rock, secondly Moses was only supposed to speak to it for the water to come out, not smite it, and especially not twice (Num 20:8). If we regard the testimony in 1 Corinthians 10:4, we see that it's very probable that this rock that Moses struck twice was Christ. The word "smite" (smote) is understood to mean "to strike with a heavy blow."

.Exodus 17:15 | Today I hear so many people actually call God "Jehovah-nissi," but that wasn't the name of God, that was the name of this altar Moses built. Another common mistake is calling God Jehovah-jireh, but that's the name of a place (Gen 22:14).

.Matthew 26:15 | We can use Acts 19:19 as some type of reference point for how much thirty pieces of silver was worth (or not worth). Joseph in Gen 37:28 is sold for twenty pieces of silver, so if we're assuming inflation, then we can say that Joseph was probably sold for more than Jesus. Thirty pieces of silver is mentioned by the prophet Zechariah (Zech 11:12). Judas brings these thirty pieces of silver back in Matt 27:3-5. It's as if Judas feels he gave Jesus as an offering and is trying to redeem Him or buy him back, but is unable to. And even if he were able to, he was supposed to offer back more money than simply what was given to him. (more about redemption in Leviticus 27:28-29 and surrounding verses). There is more mentioned about this in my commentary for Exodus 13:13-15.

.Matthew 26:23 | Mark 14:20 | Luke 22:21 | John 13:26

.Matthew 26:31 | He may be referring to what's said in Jeremiah 10:21.

.Matthew 26:34-35 | Note that all of the disciples said this too, that they wouldn't deny Jesus. Yet, verse 56 tells us that "all the disciples forsook him and fled," but Peter followed him from far off. Yes, Peter did deny Jesus in verses 70-74, but I would like to point out that at least Peter did follow Him, unlike the others. Two days ago, a young man in a barbershop, when he heard that I speak from a Christian perspective in my poems/rhymes, tried to convince me that I should use curse/cuss/swear in my poems or lyrics so that "the people in the streets" would be more willing to listen to me. He may not have known what he was saying, but essentially, he was saying that using that kind of speech would keep me from being so easily identified as a disciple of Jesus. This is apparently what Peter was doing here when they kept accusing him (rightfully) of being with Jesus. When they said to Peter, "surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee," they were saying that his manner of speech was giving him away or "You talk like Jesus." So he immediately began to curse and swear. In this way, he denied Jesus both in action (cursing and swearing) and in word (claiming that he didn't even know Jesus). Do you ever feel compelled to curse and use foul language just to try to fit in? If so, ask yourself, who are you trying to fit in with? Are you in denial? If so, what/who are you denying?

Day 28: Exodus 19-20; Matthew 26:36-75
(numbers in parenthesis such as (4) are just temporary notes to myself until I post my commentary)

.Exodus 19-20 | It appears that Moses went up and down the mountain many times during this time.

.Exodus 19:16 | 19:18; 20:18;

.Exodus 20:1-17 | These are the Ten Commandments spoken to Moses to give to the people. Although God obviously gives many more commandments than this, these are the ones that He gave to Moses on tablets of stone. This is where the term "written in stone" comes from. These are actually called "the Ten Commandments" in Exodus 34:28, Deuteronomy 4:13, and Deut. 10:4. They are also written in Deuteronomy 5:6-21 and Jesus mentions many of them in Matthew 19:18-19. Some of these commandments are also mentioned in Romans 13:9, but in context it's explaining that loving one another is the fulfilling of the law and that if one loves others these individual commandments will all be fulfilled, falling up under that. For example, if you love others you will not kill them, steal from them, lie on them, etc.

.Exodus 20:8 | This was the command given to them, yet we must remember Colossians 2:16-17 which says not to let anyone judge you in respect of the Sabbath days, because that was just "a shadow of things to come." Also Romans 14:5-6 mentions the regarding of days.

.Exodus 20:12 | Ephesians 6:1-4 echoes this and says that this is the first commandment with promise. However, it also says for the parent not to provoke the children.

.Exodus 20:24-26 | It seems that God is trying to keep them from being able to be materialistic and placing the wrong importance on the altar. This is mentioned right after God says they are not to make any gods of silver or gold (in fact, this almost reminds me of the moment on TV right now, how the winning team is kissing and touching and ogling the silver Super Bowl trophy. The silver football is beginning to look a bit to me like a modern rendition of the golden calf). We can see from current days and so called altars in the church houses and even the buildings and facilities we have these days, that people easily get caught up in materialism of the facility and forget all about God and the true purpose of the gathering. God even goes as far as to say if it's a stone altar, it shouldn't be made with hewn stone (carved or chiseled). Also apparently, due to the type of clothing they wore, God didn't want them going up any stairs to the altar that might at all be revealing (kind of like you don't climb a ladder wearing a dress).

.Exodus 20:22 | We see from verse 19 that God didn't directly talk with the people there, but through Moses.

.Matthew 26:38 | (9)

.Matthew 26:42-46 | (10; will speak on the correlation between them sleeping and Jesus' prayer)

.Matthew 26:51 | (10); This was Peter (will provide scripture from John);

.Matthew 26:55 | (8);

.Matthew 26:55 | (10);

.Matthew 26:73-74 | (10);

.Matthew 26:75 | (10);

Day 29: Exodus 21-22; Matthew 27:1-31

.Exodus 21:24 | This is mentioned by Jesus in Matthew 5:38.

.Exodus 22:16 | These days, people have intercourse and often do not think about the greater significance of the action. As we see by this verse, and also 1 Corinthians 7:36, having sex for the first time is the act of forming a serious covenant. The shedding of blood is the sign of a covenant being formed as we see in Matthew 26:28 and John 19:34 with Jesus' blood being shed for the new covenant and also the first covenant (old covenant) was also by the shedding of blood (Exodus 24:8; Heb 9:18-20), and this is the reason why the female bleeds the first time.

.Exodus 22:21-24 | Ex 23:9 speaks also about oppressing a stranger. However, this passage in chapter 22 also mentions the widow, fatherless, and the poor. This is a clear reference to tithing and not denying them of their right to receive their portion of it. That would be included in the oppression this passage is speaking of. I say that, because you see these all mentioned together in regard to distribution of the tithe in Deuteronomy 14:28-29 and Deut 26:12. It also speaks of how they were oppressed or their judgment perverted in Deut 27:19. Their judgment was the amount judged to be theirs (their right) or whether they were judged to be eligible, their right (Malachi 3:9). This is also tied to Deut 27:26 a few verses after that, since priests, as pastors do now, sometimes only confirmed part of the law so they could oppress people more effectively without the people knowing what the whole truth was.

.Exodus 22:25 | Usury is what we call interest today. This was a law to those people, and gives us an idea for what is wrong. Although we are now not bound to the tenants of the law there, we are bound to love others, and this would fall under that. Many of our companies (the people who run them) clearly do not follow God's law, evidenced by how they rule over the poor and oppress the poor to the extreme in this area, and even further than that, cheat and abuse even the credit laws of the land to keep people in bondage.

.Matthew 27:3-5 | (9; attempt at redemption);

.Matthew 27:5 | (I must search concordance for blood/field correlation, possibly in OT);

.Matthew 27:6-7 |

.Matthew 27:9 |

.Matthew 27:10 |

.Matthew 27:11 |

.Matthew 27:12-14 | (anything you say can and will be used against you)

.Matthew 27:15 |

.Matthew 27:17 |

.Matthew 27:19-20 |

.Matthew 27:20 | 27:3 (Nov.23,2011) These chief priests and the elders of the Jews are the ones who commissioned Judas to betray Jesus, and are the same ones to commission Saul (who became Paul) to also betray and persecute Jesus by persecuting the Christians (Acts 26:10,12); However, Saul does not fall to the same end as Judas. The person known as Saul does experience a sort of death though, spiritually, and is even given a new name, Paul. In essence, that Saul character ceases to exist.

.Matthew 27:24-25 | (Pilate for Jesus, also mention how Pilate and Herod became friends)

.Matthew 27:27 | (4)

.Matthew 27:32-66 | Matthew 27 notes continued below (on Day 30)

Day 30: Exodus 23-24; Matthew 27:32-66

.Exodus 23:1-2 | This sounds pretty much like it's referring to being in a gang (street gang or legal gang) or oppressive organization, such as those in the credit system as I just mentioned for Ex 22:25.

.Exodus 23:6 | This verse is expounded upon in Deut. 24:17. This wresting of judgment is first mentioned a few verses ago in verse 2. The word "wrest" as defined by Webster's Dictionary means 1: to pull, force, or move by violent wringing or twisting movements 2: to gain with difficulty by or as if by force, violence, or determined labor. It is seemingly related to the word "wrestle" (definition 1). In this instance it's closest to definition 2, taking by force. From Deut. 10:18, 27:19 and Numbers 27:11 we get a better idea what the word "judgment" means as it's used here. Deut. 10:18 says "He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment." This is said because these people do not have claim to any inheritance in the land. An interesting note is that the word judgment is also now spelled as judgement and both spellings are correct. However, the Bible only spells it as judgment.

.Exodus 23:8 | I've seen something quite disturbing in a few different congregations I've fellowshipped with. This is a verse I would preach there, because I've seen one of these congregations (or their leaders, rather) go completely astray because of this. What I saw was people going up and putting money on the pulpit or "altar" as they may call it while the preacher was preaching. I did not know this (Ex 23:8) scripture at the time, but I did know that throwing of money at the preachers' feet definitely was something that would distract them. What this does is sends them the message that "we like what you're saying. Keep it up because the more you speak the things we like to hear, the more money you generate." I'm sure, some of these people didn't realize exactly what they were doing or the ultimate harm of it. They may have been doing it simply because they saw someone else do it. However, there are so many times when God calls a minister to deliver a message that does not make the people happy. Sometimes the people are in error and need to be corrected. Sometimes the message of God is not a moneymaker, but this type of gift giving or money giving would discourage the speaker from speaking any unpopular truth. It sends the message to the preacher that "you work for us. We pay you." But the minister does not work for the people, or for pleasing the people, but works for God and for pleasing God. This is not to say someone can't support someone else's ministry mission or helping them toward their needs, but there's a distinction between that and essentially paying them off.

.Exodus 23:9 | This also goes with Ex 22:21 and 23:6 and the notes/commentary I posted for those.

.Exodus 23:10-12 | This is a follow up to what was mentioned earlier in this chapter about the poor. This is also mentioned in Leviticus 25:1-18, which explains it further and also speaks about not oppressing one another. In fact, this seven year cycle was repeated seven times, being forty nine years, and the 50th was the year of jubilee.

.Exodus 23:25 | This may be the first mention of God taking away sickness.

.Exodus 24:8 | Hebrews 9:18-21; 13:11;

.Matthew 27:32 | (5)

.Matthew 27:34 | (6)

.Matthew 27:35 | (?)

.Matthew 27:38 | (?)

.Matthew 27:39 | (?)

.Matthew 27:40-41 | (?; 4:3,6)

.Matthew 27:43 | (8)

.Matthew 27:45 | (4)

.Matthew 27:46 | (10)

.Matthew 27:47-49 | (7)

.Matthew 27:51 | (10)

.Matthew 27:52 | (7/?)

.Matthew 27:55 | (3)

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