Pentecost Devotional (34 of 35) by Christopher Harbin

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Sixty-Seventh Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Judges 6:1

''Then once again the Israelites started disobeying Yahweh, so he let the nation of Midian control Israel for seven years.'' Judges 6:1

The cycles came and went between faithfulness and unfaithfulness. The people would rally to serve yahweh under one judge, then forsake Yahweh to worship the gods of the peoples round about. They would become contented with the bounty of the land and succumbed to the promise of greater agricultural bounty promised by the fertility cults. Instead of relying upon Yahweh's provision to be sufficient for all, they would act in greed, seeking to build up personal wealth while allowing others to go without.


Sixty-Eighth Day after Pentecost:
Series: Pentecost Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Mark 6:3

'''Isn't he the carpenter, the son of Mary? Aren't James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon his brothers? Don't his sisters still live here in our town?' The people were very unhappy because of what he was doing.'' Mark 6:3

The term we find translated as ''carpenter'' would be better translated day-laborer. Jesus was not the son of a skilled tradesman. Instead, he was the son of a tekton, one who works with his hands. As such, Joseph would have built walls, gathered grain, or done whatever job was needed by whoever would pay for a day's work. He would have been a simple man by economic standards of his day.
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