It goes without saying that Elijah was a man of the Text. One of the greatest prophets in the Bible, Elijah knew the words of Scripture by heart.
Therefore, when the day arrived when his heart was hurting, he knew exactly where he needed to be.
If you know the famous story of Elijah battling the prophets of Baal on top of Mt. Carmel, you know about the fire falling from heaven, the incredible victory for the prophet, and the race for the desert when Elijah realized he was a wanted man.
Instead of being congratulated for his faith, he was hunted by the faithless. He’d done nothing but good, but evil seemed to be winning. He was depressed, alone and exhausted.
But he wasn’t without direction. Instinctively, Elijah headed straight for the rugged mountains of the southern Sinai Peninsula.
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Twice a day, every day, a lamb was sacrificed for the sins of the Jewish people at the Temple in Jerusalem. The morning sacrifice took place at 9 a.m. The evening sacrifice took place at 3 p.m.
When either of the sacrifices took place, a great blast from a shofar was trumpeted from the southwest corner of the Temple Mount. We actually have archaeological evidence of where the trumpeter stood. From his vantage point, everyone in the ancient city and those near its ancient walls would have heard the eerie sound of the ram’s horn reminding them that God demands a very high price for sin. It happened every morning. It happened again every afternoon. If nothing else, the rituals at the Temple were punctual.
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Wisdom, Jesus once said, “is proved right by all her children.”
In its context (Luke 7:35), Jesus was responding to some criticism he and John the Baptizer had been taking from the local Rule Monitors.
But it hit me today. It takes a long time for a child to grow up. Like watching a child grow up, Wisdom arrives in an agonizingly slow process.
Think about it. It’s a full year before that brand-new little girl of yours will know just a word or two. Give her one more year and she’ll have all the vocabulary she needs to throw a tantrum worthy of the US Senate. It’s still another few years before she can finally shut the bathroom door, lock it securely, drain every last drop of hot water through a shower head and take care of whatever else needs to be done before emerging with an announcement that she doesn’t like her hair.
Of all the biblical holidays, one stands alone as the least-known among Christians.
That’s too bad, because hidden in the leafy branches of Sukkot are some incredible images.
“Sukkot” means “tabernacles,” “shelters” or “booths,” but you might relate more to the concept of camping in the back yard with your kids. In fact, some Jewish families will, indeed, spend the night in their lean-to shelters over the next few days, making the holiday especially memorable for young children. Many, many more families and groups of friends will have meals in their temporary “booths.”
It’s all a part of Sukkot, the “Feast of Tabernacles” that begins at sunset today and continues through next Sunday.
When Moses led the people out of Egypt, they lived in temporary shelters for 40 years. Thus, part of Sukkot is simply remembering that chapter of Bible history. The shelters are simply a way of remembering the story.
It’s also the end of the year, and Sukkot serves as something of the Jewish version of “Thanksgiving.” Only thing, instead of feasting for only one day, they eat like kings for seven straight days, even eight!
And since the rainy season is due to come every winter, the fall-seasoned Sukkot provides an opportunity for the people to pray for rain. If you’d lived in the days of the Temple, you’d have heard a lot of “Lord save us!” songs on the Temple Mount. In our language, it would have sounded like “Hosanna!”
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Today is Yom Kippur, the most sacred and solemn day of the year in Jewish synagogues around the world. This is the “Day of Atonement,” one of the seven biblical holidays commanded by God when Moses led his people out of Egypt.
Here are some things about the Day of Atonement I find most interesting.
Extended docks show how far the Sea of Galilee is below its former fill line. See the row of houses in the distance? Twenty years ago, the lake reached them!
Visit the Sea of Galilee today and you’ll certainly want to ride one of the “ancient boats” that take tourists out on the famous lake.
But to get there, you’ll have to walk on docks that have been extended … and extended … and extended.
The reason? After a 20-year drought, the Sea of Galilee is 38 feet below its old fill mark!
Important information? In biblical times and in our own day, water is a matter of life and death in the Middle East.
This current drought has helped create the horrendous civil war in Syria. When Syrian farmers were left to deal with the drought on their own, they ran out of water and money in only a few years. Farmland turned to dust and 1 million people became refugees in their own country. This was the beginning of the civil unrest in Syria a decade ago.
In the meantime, Israel faced the same crisis. Yet today, Israel has an excess of fresh water because of its determination to turn ocean water into fresh water.
The modern-day miracle of Israel’s desalination technology is making an impact around the world, including in water-starved California.
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A bystander looks at the boulder that fell out of its place in the Western Wall on Sunday.
It’s a little strange being thankful that no one was praying at a particular place on a Sunday morning, but for once, it makes sense.
It doesn’t happen often at the Western Wall (thank God!), but on Sunday, a 220-pound stone shot out from the wall and crashed to the platform below.
The area in question has recently been declared an area where men and women have been allowed to pray together.
This, of course, led to a great deal of anguish among some of the Orthodox Jews, who have begged the Almighty to never let such a thing happen. They’ve been quick to interpret the stone falling on the new area as being an answer to their own prayer, and a warning to the rest of us to pay attention. Men and women, you see, should not be praying together!
I don’t think my wife is going to be pleased with this development.
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