BRAGADAYJAH 139

Thursday, February 23, 2017

BRAGADAYJAY 1239

BRAGADAYJAH 1239
God Gives Satan Limited Authority
So Satan was not ignorant concerning the power and providence of God; and one may even wonder why Satan even bothers to mess with God’s people; for here is what he said to God. “You have made a hedge about him; and about his house and about all that he has on every side; thou has blessed the work of his hands; and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth Thy hand now and touch all that he has and he will curse thee to thy face.”  And the lord said unto Satan, “Behold all that he has are in your power only upon himself put not thine hand.” So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord. What an instructive exchange that was. Without saying it says,, God looks after his own. Not only his person, his possessions and everything that pertains to him; but God blesses and prosper him in every way. It is a pity that those who profess a relationship with God fail to acknowledge or to know the power of God.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

BRAGADAYJAH 1238

BRAGADAYJAH 1238
Job Accused by Satan.
I happened that at the very moment when Job was making intercession to God for the sanctification and safety of his sons, that when the sons of God were appearing before God, Satan took the opportunity to appear among them. And God knowing that Satan was up to no good, as Satan never is, He asked Satan in effect what he wanted, and what had he been doing. And Satan responded and said, that he was doing in fact what he always does, going to and fro throughout the earth, walking up and down on it seeking souls to devour. And the Lord said to Satan, I know you have been trying to mess with my servant Job, and I know that by now you realize that there is none like him on the earth, a perfect and upright man who reverences God and hates all that is evil. Then Satan responded and said, “I know God who Job is; but I also know that he is untouchable only because he has your protection around him; but remove that protection and he would be just like any other man.” 


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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

BRAGADAYJAH 1237


BRAGADAYJAH 1237
A Man Called Job
Immediately preceding, our story ended in the Kingdom of Persia, a land governed by a King called Ahasuerus, and his beautiful Queen Esther, and a man , a Jew called Mordecai. Today introduces one of the best known and perhaps most frequently quoted, a man called Job. Job lived in the land of Uz, a place name of Edom; and we are told that this Job was perfect and upright, and one that feared God and eschewed evil. Four excellent qualities; one would say that in fact Job was a righteous man. Job had seven sons and three daughters, and obviously then a wife. In terms of wealth, he had what counted for wealth in those days; seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yokes of oxen, five hundred she-asses, and a very great household; so that he was counted as the greatest of all the men of the East. As it happened it was a time of celebration for Job’s seven sons, who took turns to have feasts, and to these feastings they invited their sisters. Like all good fathers, Job was concerned for the sanctity of his children; so that in the midst of their feasting, Job blessed them, and rose early in the morning and prayed for they, offering up for them burnt offerings, for he thought to himself, maybe they have sinned and cursed God in their hearts. So Job made intercession for them continually.
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Monday, February 20, 2017

BRAGADAYJAH 1236

BRAGADAYJAH 1236
End of the Historical Books
When well over three years ago I set sail on this voyage across the sea of the pages of the law and history of the Old Testament, I had no idea where setting sail on a ship called BRAGADAYJAH, would lead me; but I did ask the Lord to guide me and lead me where he would. My only commitment was to, as far as I was able, never to give up whatever obstacles came my way, until there was a clear and unmistakable indication that the Lord would have me go no further.  In the process, there were many obstacles and many times I thought that I had come to an impassable end; but each time the Lord showed the way and I followed in the path He indicated. So that as I promised at the outset, I have never missed a day, come what may. Starting in the book of Genesis, we sailed through all the books of the law, and now at last to the end of the books of history the last of which is the book of Esther. Esther was one of the stars of the Old Testament, as the name Esther indicates. She became Queen of Persia during the reign of Ahasuerus, also known in history as Xerxes, who reigned from B. C. 486-465. Queen Esther was used by God to save his people the Jews from massacre, while been captives in the land of Persia. Lying ahead of this journey are the Poetical Books and the Books of Wisdom, while still further ahead are the books of the prophets.  Where He will lead me, or should I say lead us, I do not really know.  I can only say, wherever He leads, I will follow.  Thanks to all who have remained on the journey with me.


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Sunday, February 19, 2017

BRAGADAYJAH 1235

BRAGADAYJAH 1235
Esther and Mordecai subordinate only to the king
The Jews then ordained and took upon them, and upon their seed, and unto all such as joined themselves unto them, so that it should not fail that they would keep these days, according to their writing, at the appointed time every year. That the days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, in every province, and in every city, and those days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from their seed. Then Esther the Queen herself wrote using her authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim. And letters were sent to all the Jews in all the hundred and twenty seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth. And the decree of Esther and Mordecai confirmed the letters of Purim and it was written in the records of the Persians. And King Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land and upon the isles of the sea. And all the acts of his power and his might and the declaration of the greatness of Mordecai whereby the king advanced him are recorded in the Chronicles of the kings of Media and of Persia. For Mordecai the Jew was next to king Ahasuerus and was great among the Jews and accepted by the multitude of his brethren, as he sought prosperity for all his people and peace for the generations to follow. 


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

BRAGADAYJAH 1234

BRAGADAYJAH 1234
The Institution of Purim.
And Mordecai wrote letters unto all the Jews throughout the kingdom near and far to establish the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month Adar as a yearly celebration, being the days in which the Jews rested from their enemies; and the month which was turned from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day; that they should be made days of feasting and joy and of sending portions to the poor. And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai had written unto them. Because Haman the enemy of the Jews had devised against them a plot to destroy them; but his plot was turned on its head and he and his sons were hanged instead. For when Esther the Queen became aware of the plot against her people, she had gone before the king. And the king had commanded by letters that Haman’s wicked device which he devised against the Jews should return upon his own head; and he and his sons were hanged on the gallows. So these days were called Purim after the name Pur.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

BRAGADAYJAH 1233

BRAGADAYJAH 1233
The Jews Destroyed their enemies
Then the Jews smote all their enemies with the sword with slaughter and destruction; and did what they would against those that hated them. In Shushan the palace, they slaughtered five hundred men; including, ten sons of Haman the Jew hater; but they did not take any of the spoils. And the number that were slain in Shushan were brought before the king; and the king said to Esther the queen.  “The Jews have slain and destroyed five hundred men in Shushan the palace, and the ten sons of Haman. What has been done in the rest of the king’s provinces? Do you have any further petition?” And Esther replied and said, “Now O king if it please thee, let it be granted to the Jews which are in Shushan to do tomorrow also according to the decree of the day and let Haman’s ten sons be hanged upon the gallows.”  And the king acceded to Esther’s request, and the king gave an order that Haman’s ten sons be hanged upon the gallows. And the Jews in the other provinces gathered themselves together and slew on the thirteenth and fourteenth day seventy five thousand men; but took none of their spoils; and so on both days, the thirteenth and the fourteenth, they made a day of feasting and rejoicing. But the Jews that were at Shushan feasted for three days, on the thirteenth through the fifteenth. And the Jews outside in the un-walled towns made the fourteenth day of the month Adar a day of feasting and gladness; a day on which they feasted and exchanged gifts.

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