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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Life with the Lord - Then and Now

The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house for three months, and the Lord blessed his household and everything he had.

1 Chronicles 13:14

In today's daily bread Bible passage (1 Chronicles 13), we see the Lord moving to the house and staying there three months only to bless his household and everything he had, an epidode that took place about 3000 plus years ago.

In Hebrew Obed Edom has the meaning of 'servant of Edom'. In the Bible Edom which in Hebrew means red for Edom Jacob's less favorite (or even disfavored - Malachi 1:2,3; Romans 9:14 - ) son sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of lentil (red-colored) soup. The Gittite represents the Philistines, the Gentiles. Yet, during his stay for three months the Lord blessed (not cursed) the house.

This reminds us of the word of the Lord saying: "Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me." John 15:4,15

What does 'remain' mean? According to Merriam Webster as a verb it means: to be a part not destroyed, taken, or used up; to be something yet to be shown, done, or treated...; to stay in the same place or with the same person or group; to stay unchanged. In Hebrew, the word remain reading Yashab (יָשַׁב) means to dwell, sit, or abide.

During the three months Obed-Edom enjoyed the fellowship with the Lord. After the three months the Lord left, so the honeymoon period was over. 

To the angel of the church of Laodicea (after a sharp rebuke in Rev 3:14-19) the Lord says, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." 

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