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Hotspot – Sync– Talk 2 (Palm Sunday)

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Speaker: Bro George Gabriel

Connect to God and people
Keep it simple

Genesis 5:24
Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

Enoch was in fellowship to God
God wants to communicate to us from His Word
God’s word will change your life

Speaker: Bro Bo Sanchez

Keep it simple
It’s so easy to complicate our faith
We have different personalities.
Listen to God the way you were designed.
God wants to have dates with you
You need dates with Him too

How do you read the bible?

3 Guidelines

Listen
Look
Love

Listen
It’s not how much you read, it’s how much you listen
Pausing for a while
Pause — allow God to speak to you
Have a same chair time

Look

There are difficult verses

Vengeful God

Micah 5:15
I will take vengeance in anger and wrath on the nations that have not obeyed me.

Nahum 1:12
This is what the LORD says: “Although they have allies and are numerous,
they will be destroyed and pass away. Although I have afflicted you, Judah,
I will afflict you no more.

Ezekiel 25:17
I will carry out great vengeance on them and punish them in my wrath.
Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I take vengeance on them.’

Murderous God

Exodus 21:12
Anyone who strikes a person with a fatal blow is to be put to death.

Exodus 35:2
For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day,
a day of sabbath rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it is to be put to death.

Deuteronomy 21:18-21
If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother
and will not listen to them when they discipline him, 19 his father and mother
shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town.
They shall say to the elders, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious.
He will not obey us. He is a glutton and a drunkard.”
Then all the men of his town are to stone him to death.
You must purge the evil from among you. All Israel will hear of it and be afraid.

Genocidal God

Deuteronomy 2:32-34
Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz.
And the Lord our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people.
And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women,
and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain

Deuteronomy 3:2-4:6
Give the people these orders: ‘You are about to pass through the territory of your relatives
the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. They will be afraid of you, but be very careful.
Do not provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land,
not even enough to put your foot on. I have given Esau the hill country of Seir as his own.
You are to pay them in silver for the food you eat and the water you drink.’”

Joshua 6:21
And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox,
and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.
But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country, Go into the harlot’s house,
and bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her.
And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father,
and her mother, and her brethren,
and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel.
And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold,
and the vessels of brass and of iron,
they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord.
And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had;
and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day;
because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the Lord,
that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho:
he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.
So the Lord was with Joshua; and his fame was noised throughout all the country.

Joshua 8:1,24-25
Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Take the whole army with you, and go up and attack Ai.
For I have delivered into your hands the king of Ai, his people, his city and his land.
When Israel had finished killing all the men of Ai in the fields and in the wilderness where they had chased them,
and when every one of them had been put to the sword, all the Israelites returned to Ai
and killed those who were in it.
Twelve thousand men and women fell that day—all the people of Ai.

Psalm 137:9
Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.

How do you read the bible?

Revelation of God to man is progressive
God is revealing to man based on human limited understanding
Gradual revelation

Jesus is the final revelation

Read the bible using Jesus as your lens
The Word is Jesus Himself

John 8:7
When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them,
“Let anyone of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Love
James 1:22
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

If you make everything important,
nothing is important

To follow Jesus, you cannot say everything is important

What is the most important in following God?

1 Corinthians 13:13
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

The bible is a mirror.
When you read the bible, you see your weaknesses

My Comments/Reflections:
The bible is the story of our salvation.  It is a beautiful love story between God and man.
It is a story of God’s faithfulness to His people. Not just to the people from the past
but to all of us including the present and the future.
It is not just a story but is a living Word.  When we read it, it has transforming effects.
We are not transformed overnight and in just one reading, but we are transformed daily.
Not because of our own efforts only, but because of God’s faithfulness and continued grace
flowing to us.

If you are interested to know more on how to read God’s word, there are scheduled
Bible Studies at the Feast. There you can learn  how to read the bible as a Catholic.
And you will have a deeper understanding of How God works in our lives.
May God bless your journey towards Him who Love you immensely.

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