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Vol. 5 / Issue 15 / May 22 2003

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Priest entering in the Holy Place

News Items (Common to all issues) :
Through the Valley of Death & other Books
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Kids Page - Free Tutorials
Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online
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Editorial

By Sherly Isaac

Job 41:10, “No one is so fierce that he would dare stir him up. Who then is able to stand against Me?”

When Job went through terrible trial in his life and when he lost all his ten children, his wealth, his health, his respect, his high position and his belongings, God gave the example of His creation, Leviathan who cannot be controlled by any body. And in Job 41:9 He says, “Indeed, any hope of overcoming him is false; Shall one not be overwhelmed at the sight of him?” Now the Bible scholars believe that Leviathan could be the Dinosaur – the fiercest animal who lived on the planet earth. God asks Job, “who then is able to stand against Me?”, when this animal whom God created has this much power that no one could control him or stand against him.

Those who stood against God, brought disaster on themselves. When Moses and the Israelites came out of Egypt and when they were in the wilderness, Korah, Dathan, and Abiram rebelled against God. They stood against the will of God and wrath of God came upon them. They perished when earth opened up and swallowed them.

A week ago there were hundreds of tornados, which touched down in America and caused vast damage. In this month alone 500 tornados were reported. ABC news said, “Meteorologists say so many things came together, in just the wrong way, that the country is far past the record for tornadoes reported in a single month — and there are still two weeks left in May.” "It's not so much that we had an outbreak, but that we had three, maybe four outbreaks in a week's span," said Daniel McCarthy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center. "That is very unusual."

Yes, it is very unusual and the most amazing thing is that at the time when all these things were happening, the world leaders were discussing, “Road map to Peace in Israel” Not only that, but there were five bomb blasts in Israel alone in 48 hours. ABC News says, “The attacks came the time when Abbas and Sharon were in a deadlock over who should make the first move on the new peace plan.” According to this plan, Israel has to give up large portions of their land to Palestine.

Do all these events have something to do with God of the Bible? Is it in someway connected to the judgment of God? Bill Koenig wrote a book titled, “Israel: the blessing or the curse”. In his interview to CBN news he told, “In Joel 3:1-2, the prophet Joel says that the Lord will judge the nations that have touched the Jewish people and parted the land of Israel. Bill says John, his co-author, studied the relationship between catastrophic events for the last ten years and America’s pressure on Israel to release land. Since November 1991, God has warned America that the nation was on a collision course with Him over the nation of Israel. These warnings have occurred in all three presidencies. Bill says, "While we are Israel’s protector by promoting this peace plan, we are also putting that country at risk." God warns that when touching the apple of God’s eye, there will be a reaction from Him.”

And in his book he compared the specific events that whenever they tried to implement this peace plan there were disasters and chaos. Yes, no one can escape the wrath of God when they are standing against Him. God has given the land of Israel to the Jews as He promised to Abraham and no one can take it from them. Though president Bush took the right decisions to deal with the problem of terrorism and terrorist nations but this time it was a bad choice to give away the land of Israel to Palestine. Till this time, Palestine did not show any sign of making peace. Instead, they intensified their suicide bombing and in terrorizing the people of Israel. Why give the land to these types of people? And why take the wrath of God in our lives and in our land? But let us turn to God with humble heart and obey Him in everything so that God’ blessings may come upon us and on our land.

Priest entering in the Holy Place

By Sherly Isaac

Last week we saw the significance of Holy garments of Priest found in Exodus 28th chapter. The same chapter talks about how the priest should go in the holy place so that he should not die.

Bells of gold:
Exodus 28:33-35 says, "And upon its hem you shall make pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet, all around its hem, and bells of gold between them all around: a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe all around. And it shall be upon Aaron when he ministers, and its sound will be heard when he goes into the holy place before the LORD and when he comes out, that he may not die.”

The priest was given specific instructions what he had to do while entering the tabernacle and what garments he must wear and if he did any mistakes, death was certain for him. Once when Aaron’s sons did those things that were not commanded by God, fire went out from the Lord and devoured them and they died immediately. Bible says in Leviticus 10:3, “And Moses said to Aaron, "This is what the LORD spoke, saying: 'By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.' " So Aaron held his peace.”

Those garments and the order of worship services were supposed to glorify God. Exodus 28:2 says, "And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty.” The purpose to make bells around the hem of garment that the sound would be heard. Psalmist says in Psalms 66:1-2, “Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Sing forth the honor of his name: make his praise glorious.” It was the duty of a priest that he should glorify God with his action, with his garments, with his life and with praising God.

Jesus the high priest glorified God through His life and His actions. He was obedient till death. Jesus said in John 13:31-32, “So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately.” And also in John 17:1, “Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You,”

Jesus also said to the Samaritan woman in John 4:24 "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." God wants us to worship Him in spirit and truth and glorify His holy name.

Linen trousers:
Exodus 28:42-43, "And you shall make for them linen trousers to cover their nakedness; they shall reach from the waist to the thighs. They shall be on Aaron and on his sons when they come into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister in the holy place, that they do not incur iniquity and die. It shall be a statute forever to him and his descendants after him.”

It was necessary for the priest that he should wear a Linen trouser so that his nakedness may be covered and he may not die.

Bible also tells us about the garments of righteousness so that we may not be naked and not die. It all started with the fall of Adam and Eve when they sinned against God and lost their holiness and were separated from God. Their garment of righteousness was stolen by the devil and they realized that they were naked. But God made a way for them and Bible says in Genesis 3:21, “Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.” He killed an animal, took off the skin and made tunics for Adam and Eve so that their nakedness may not be revealed.

Jesus the high priest did the same thing. He gave Himself up for us and died on the cruel cross so that we could get the garments of righteousness and we could live without shame. He took all our shame, guilt and sin on the cruel cross. In Revelation He counsels to buy white garments, that we may be clothed that the shame of our nakedness may not be revealed, as we read in Revelation 3:17-18, "Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'; and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked; "I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.”

Jesus became poor for us so that He could give us the richness and blessings in our lives. You may be wealthy today but if you have not received Jesus as your Lord and Savior then you are nothing but wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked according to Jesus’ own words. You need a Savior who can save you from this miserable life and give you a new life. If your sins are not forgiven or if you have not yet received the garment of righteousness yet, then you need to come to Jesus and invite Him in your life. You need to ask Him to wash you with His precious blood so that He could give you the Holy garments.

Once you receive this garment it does not mean that you can live in sin and still keep your Holy garments with you but you have to protect your garment so that devil may not steal it from you. Bible tells us in Revelation 16:15, "Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame." It is your duty to keep yourself holy till the end and keep your garments safe. Of course God will help you to live a holy life and keep you till the end if you allow Him to do that.

Through the Valley of Death & other Books

As many of you know that in the year 2005, our dad was very sick even unto death. God miraculously healed him. We have compiled it in a book form. I sure believe that it will inspire you and encourage you greatly.

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Also read these two books by Sherly Isaac "Allah and Elohim - Are they the same God" Available at JasmineCorp Store, and "Is Jesus God?" Available at JasmineCorp Store,

Both books compares the Bible and the Quran and read eye opening facts about Jesus, God of the Bible, Allah and Islamic faith. I am sure that you want to read this.

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