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Feb 18, 2018

EXODUS 36-37:Yesterday we read about how Moses returned to the top of the mountain, taking two stone tablets which he had made, and God repeated many of the terms of the covenant. In the Hebrew, chapter 34:28 says that ‘he’ engraved the 10 commandments over again on the second set of stone tablets. Because Moses is the last actor mentioned, some translations take it that Moses engraved the second set of tablets. But we know from Ex. 34:1 and Deut. 10:2-4 that God engraved both sets. Then after Moses came back down the mountain, the people responded to God by willingly bringing all that was required to make the Tabernacle. PSALM 7:Psalm 7 is the song of the slandered saint. LUKE 6b:Yesterday we saw the beginning of opposition to Jesus based on the way He kept the Sabbath law. He kept the Law, but did not follow added traditions. He chose his 12 disciples, and called them apostles (representatives). Then he gave the Beatitudes, which in Luke include both the Blessings and corresponding Woes. GNT Translation notes:Exo. 36:1 “Bezalel, Oholiab, and all the other workers to whom [I, the Lord, have//the Lord has] given skill and understanding, who know how to make everything needed to build the sacred Tent, are to make everything just as [I have//the Lord has] commanded.”====[Note that in the readings I sometimes add the word ‘please’ in order to make sure that the Psalm writer’s words are understood as a plea, and not as a demand. Most languages don’t allow someone to speak of himself in the third person as Hebrew does for God in Exodus 36:1 (noted above). And also it is odd for most of the world’s language to pray to the Lord while speaking of him in the third person. So a translator can change those things to fit in the receptor language grammar. (And we footnote such things, as I do here.)]Ps. 7:10 [You, O God, are//God is] my protector;[You save those who obey you.//he saves those who obey him.]11 [You are//God is] a righteous judgeand always [condemn//condemns] the wicked.12 If they do not change their ways,[You//God] will sharpen [your//his] sword.[You bend your bow and make//He bends his bow and makes] it ready;13 [You take up your//he takes up his] deadly weaponsand [aim you//aims his] burning arrows.14 See how [those] wicked people think up evil;they plan trouble and practice deception.17 I thank [you, Lord, for your//the Lord for his] justice;I sing praises to [You, O Lord,//the Lord,] the Most High.]====Luk. 6:32 “If you love only the people who love you, why should you receive a blessing [from God]? Even sinners love those who love them! 33 And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you receive a blessing [from God]? Even sinners do that! 34 And if you lend only to those from whom you hope to get it back, why should you receive a blessing [from God]? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount!35 No! Love your enemies and do good to them; lend and expect nothing back. You will then have a great reward [from God], and you will be [considered] children of the Most High God. For he is good to the ungrateful and the wicked. NLT Translation notes:32 “If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit [from God//0] for that? Even sinners love those who love them! 33 And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit from God? Even sinners do that much! 34 And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get [special favor from God//credit]? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.