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Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

Last week in my lecture on Exodus chapters 7-9 we treated the 10 plagues and the reason why the redactors would have included them in their telling of this Founding Myth.

Moving forward, we will be treating the following seminar questions:

  • what were the redactors trying to convey through the story?
  • how did the story serve the community in their nation building project?

  • what lessons can we deduce from the story?

  • examples of similar crisis today where we ca. that have exemplify similar qualities

Core text: Exodus, chapters 4-6 NRSV

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Spiritual Intelligence: The Valley Of Tears

Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah

Good morning friends. As long as life spares us, there will always be challenges in between our seasons of breakthrough or rest. So much so that without these challenges, we cease to grow and blossom spiritually. They afford us with rich opportunities to experience a deeper and closer relationship with God, if we can learn a lesson or two from the story of these pilgrims.

If we can see beyond the pain and suffering as they did, if we can learn some valuable life’s lessons, if we can build those vital muscles and stamina for the weights of life, especially the heavier ones which lie ahead of us. Alluding to this, Paul writes concerning Jesus:

though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

Without compromise, these Valleys of Baca are passages we need go through, much like the cross with Christ; as our hearts are set on the heavenly kingdom. They are important milestones in our pilgrimage, each one providing unique opportunities to refine and define the believer for greater exploits in this world and the world to come. But the key here dear friends is what we make of them. Although arid and barren to vegetation, these pilgrims created cisterns; and as a result, The Lord poured down rain. Instead of having a pity party and drowning in their tears; they raised their prayers, worship and thanksgiving to the almighty. They deployed their knowledge and skills to make something out of a very bad situation; thereby, leaving behind spiritual monuments for future pilgrims. Now, that is something!

So they grow from strength to strength until they fulfilled their earthly purpose and destiny, until they appear before God in immortality.

In closing, I’m reminded of a verse from John’s revelation at the Island of Patmos; a verse that crystallises today’s thought, offering courage, strength and inspiration to fellow pilgrims reading this thought now, and stretching beyond the curtains of time to those even yet unborn:

And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—

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~ Sabali

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Clem

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Spiritual Intelligence: One Day With The Master

For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You!

Good morning friends. In my humble opinion, the beauty of these psalms is perhaps the choice of the writer to articulate these extraordinary narratives out of some of life’s ugliest experiences; as an expression of his worship to God. He didn’t do it as part of his job or out of a moral obligation; but rather, he wrote out of a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving – and that for me dear friends is truly inspiring!For God’s love and faithfulness, compelled him to write, share and enjoy with fellow pilgrims while he was in his mortal form.

Allow me to add at this juncture that a relationship with God does not promise a life without challenges, but rather it guarantees God’s help in our times of trouble. In the words of Jesus to strengthen this argument, He said:

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Paul built upon this truth with these words in a letter to friends in Philippi:

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

He talks about this indescribable peace that comes from a genuine relationship with God. An inner peace in times of trouble, trials, tribulation, pain, disappointments, and suffering; something on the inside that reassures him that everything is going to be alright… The psalmist articulates this concept in one of his musical expressions with these words:

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Wow… As I bring this thought to a close, I’m drawn again to those words from our opening verses:

For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness

I dare say, that our good friend the psalmist had his heart on God’s kingdom, and his eyes on eternity.

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~ Sabali

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