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Frankincense

Written by Mark Weis | February, 2019
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“And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11 As a boy, I often puzzled over the gifts of the Magi. Gold was certainly a treasure. But what was myrrh, and who was Frank? Eventually, I realized that “Frank” was not a person but a nation; […] Read More

A HIGH PRIEST LIKE NO OTHER

Written by Mark Weis | July, 2015
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“For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness. Because of this he is required as for […] Read More

Did Moses Stutter?

Written by Mark Weis | February, 2017
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For most of us, the name Moses evokes powerful images. Moses standing before mighty Pharaoh. Moses leading the exodus from Egypt. Moses raising his staff over the Red Sea. Moses ascending Mount Sinai as it quaked and flamed with the presence of God. Moses smashing the tablets on which God Himself had written the Ten […] Read More

Palm Prints

Written by Mark Weis | November, 2017
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GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands.” (Isaiah 49:15-16a) For nearly seven centuries, from the time of Moses to […] Read More

Refuge

Written by Mark Weis | July, 2020
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Many seek refuge in all the wrong places. But because God is our refuge and strength, we can confidently say, “We will not fear—anything.” Psalm 46:1-3 describes a scene of chaos and upheaval: the earth removed, mountains cast into the depths of the sea, waters roaring and troubled. This may be a cataclysmic event in […] Read More

“Happiness-es”

Written by Mark Weis | August, 2019
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GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT (Read Psalm 1) If you are on the right path, God’s path, happiness will come. It cannot be otherwise. The Hebrew word for “blessed” in Psalm 1 also means happy, whole, and full. Wherever it is used in the Old Testament, it always appears in the plural; literally, HAPPINESS-ES. When […] Read More

A High Priest Like Melchizedek

Written by Mark Weis | January, 2016
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For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,” without father, without mother, […] Read More

A Necessary Death

Written by Mark Weis | October, 2016
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“For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives. Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept […] Read More

Prepared for the Journey

Written by Mark Weis | May, 2018
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GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT Life is a journey. As Christian travelers, we’re simply passing through the Temporary on our way to the Eternal. During the trip, we often face dangers, difficult terrain, ups and downs. What can prepare us for the journey? Psalm 121, often called the Traveler’s Psalm, provides the answers. I will […] Read More

ENTERING GOD’S REST

Written by Mark Weis | April, 2015
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So I swore in My wrath,`They shall not enter My rest’” (Psa 95:11). Please read Hebrews 4:1-10 It was a tragic story with which every Hebrew was familiar; how, at the brink of Canaan, the Israelites refused to go in. “Our enemies are too big,” they said, implying their God was too small. They wept, […] Read More

The Lord is My Shepherd

Written by Mark Weis | February, 2021
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GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT (Read Psalm 23) Before David was the king of Israel, he was a shepherd who tended the flocks of his father Jesse, and as such, he clearly understood the importance of leading sheep to green pastures and quiet waters, keeping them on the right paths, protecting them from enemies, and […] Read More

“Purge Me with Hyssop”

Written by Mark Weis | November, 2018
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GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT THE HYSSOP PLANT is mentioned twelve times in Scripture1—ten times in the Old Testament and twice in the New. The most familiar reference may be Psalm 51:7, where David writes, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Of the […] Read More

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Written by Mark Weis | May, 2019
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“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8) “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep.” Our first reaction to these words may be, “Well, of course David slept in peace. He was the king of Israel; powerful, popular, wealthy. He […] Read More

The Dwelling Place

Written by Mark Weis | March, 2020
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GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT “Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.” (Psalm 90:1) Moses likely wrote Psalm 90 near the end of his life. As an old man, Moses did what old men do: he reflected. He reflected on his own life. He reflected on the sad history of the Israelites. […] Read More

“Consider Christ Jesus”

Written by Mark Weis | January, 2015
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STUDIES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT “Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house. For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as […] Read More

“You shall not commit adultery.”

Written by Mark Weis | October, 2021
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GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT Exodus 20:14 The Definition Our English word adultery is from the Latin word adulterare, meaning to corrupt. The Hebrew word used in the Sixth Commandment has a similar meaning; literally, to stain with a dye, and by extension, to defile. So adultery is a staining or defiling of God’s institution […] Read More

“What a Contrast!”

Written by Mark Weis | July, 2016
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“Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance; the Holy Spirit indicating […] Read More

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Written by Mark Weis | May, 2019
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GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8) “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep.” Our first reaction to these words may be, “Well, of course David slept in peace. He was the king of […] Read More

“TIME TO GROW UP”

Written by Mark Weis | October, 2015
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(Hebrews 6:1-8) Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do […] Read More

The Gibeonite Deception

Written by Mark Weis | September, 2017
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GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT “Then the men of Israel took some of their [the Gibeonites’] provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the Lord.” (Joshua 9:14) After forty years of wilderness wanderings, the Israelites finally entered the Promised Land to conquer and possess it. Cities fell, kings fled, nations trembled—not because of Israel’s power […] Read More