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Matthew 4:1-10

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Hi everyone!
Tomorrow for our Creation to Consummation reading, we will be reading together Matthew 4:1-10. 
"Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.  And the tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread."  But he answered, "It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"  Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, "'He will command his angels concerning you,' and "'On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'"  Jesus said to him, "Again it is written, 'You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'"  Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.  And he said to him, "All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me."  Then Jesus said to him, "Be gone, Satan! For it is written, "'You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'"  
This is a such an important passage and event in redemption history.  Here Jesus goes into the wilderness and engages in battle with the greatest enemy of God’s people as part of his overall aim to earn perfect righteousness and perfect obedience on behalf of his people.  The author of Hebrews states it this way: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  Because of what Christ has done for us, we can draw near to the “throne of grace” with confidence knowing that he has already fought the battle for us.  The victory has been won.  We need only to cling to Christ will all our heart and faith.  See you tomorrow!
Blessings,
Hexon
 
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Joel 2:28,29

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Tomorrow we will be reading together Joel 2:28-29. 
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit." 
This prophecy is fulfilled at the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 in an amazing way.  There we see the disciples all gathered in one place to celebrate the holiday when suddenly the Holy Spirit comes upon them and they begin speaking in languages that could be understood by the many other ethnic visitors who had come to Jerusalem to celebrate: Parthians, Medes, Elamites, residents of Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, Libya, Rome, Cretans, Arabians, Jews and proselytes.  This is a sign that God is undoing the results of the fall of man.  At the Tower of Babel God confuses the languages so they cannot understand each other.  At Pentecost God enables them to understand each other.  Sin drives people apart.  The Holy Spirit brings people together.  This is what the gospel does; it unites people from every tribe, tongue, gender, and economic class.  The event at Pentecost is also God himself fulfilling the Great Commission as most of the people at Pentecost would end up going back to their home country once Pentecost was over; thus taking the gospel with them to all nations.  The fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel at Pentecost is the beginning of God's kingdom through the gospel advancing throughout the world.  Looking forward to tomorrow!
Blessings,
Hexon
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