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The Way of the Eagle

I Bore You On Eagles’ Wings Exodus 19:1-6 In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.  Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:  And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. Introduction:Moses will soon be given the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai for the people o…
Where Is Thy God? Psalms 42:3,10 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God? (Read II Samuel 13-18). David was going through some of the darkest days of his life. The family he loved and cared for was disintegrating, his kingdom broken by betrayal and he himself was on the run. David was escaping from the act of vengeance Absalom was taking upon him––after the rape of his sister, Tamar. Adding to his misery, David was continually badgered by those who mockingly asked, “Where is thy God?” David’s counselor, Ahithophel, was planning to rebel against the king. David prayed that God would “turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness” (II Samuel 15:31). Ahithophel was asked to recommend the first steps to be taken to secure control of the kingdom. Absalom was told to pitch a tent on the roof of the palace and publicly be seen having sexu…
When God Says, “No!” II Samuel 7:1-5 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies;  That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.  And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee. And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying,  Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? (Read II Samuel 7:1-29) Up to this time, David’s life has been filled with war, bloodshed and trouble. David is now resting from his enemies and a thought comes to mind, a desire to build a special dwelling place for the Ark of the Covenant. The prophet Nathan is introduced for the first time in Scripture and will later record many of the events surrounding David’s lifeas you will see in 1 Chronicles 29:29; Now the acts of David the kin…

Hallowed Be Thy Name

Hallowed Be Thy Name Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Matthew 6:9b If there is anything that we need to learn from the Lord’s Prayer, it is that prayer is God-centered and we should pray so that God’s name will be magnified and recognized as holy and sacred. Prayer is more than the privilege of coming to Him but it is a vehicle God uses to demonstrate who He is. Prayer is recognizing God’s majesty, glory and power and our submission to it. The name of a person is very important because the name bears the character of that person. Therefore, the name of Jesus is and will be above every name.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippinas 2:9-11). In Scripture, the name stood for the whole character o…