Monday, January 20, 2014

Mon Jan 20th Todays News

It is so sad for some that lives are not being lost on boats between Indonesia or Sri Lanka and Australia, that anger is being expressed. Anger at conservative government. Anger at life savers allegedly using tough language. Anger at the world not heating up. But what is illustrative is what hasn't made the well paid agitators angry. Gillard declared she would denounce misogyny wherever she saw it .. went to Dubai and didn't mention it, despite being faced with an audience who placed women in chains. Admire the calmness with which the agitators accept Thomson's latest admission, having kept corrupt administration in government for three years. Or the sanguine nature preserved while Jonathan Pollard is jailed for doing nothing, while killers are freed for peace. 
Admire how radio ABC managed to shine a light of reason so bright, that Japanese soldiers listening in failed for decades to know Japan had lost the war. Was Snowden a useful idiot for Putin? Melbourne city council raises the interesting question of how would a terrorist who killed for sport be sentenced today?
Today is the anniversary of the foundation (1920) of the US Civil Liberties Union. Those bastards are the reason killers were freed before Obama used peace as an excuse. Fear of effective government is a big motivator for some. Some fear nuclear power in India, but praise it in Iran. Today is also another anniversary. Twenty minutes after Reagan was inaugurated, Iran released hostages .. why else would Obama be giving them nuclear weapons? 
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Happy birthday and many happy returns Saulyn Anthony. Born on the same day, across the years, as 
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RIP-OFF REMEDY

Tim Blair – Monday, January 20, 2014 (1:34pm)

Imagine my excitement when the Greens announced their new “climate champion” campaign: 
Becoming a climate champion means you’ll be the first to know about campaign actions and opportunities in the coming months. We’ll send you a Climate Champion toolkit with everything you need to build awareness and support in your community. 
Naturally, I signed up immediately and then began a letterbox vigil for the arrival of my personal climate champion toolkit. Tension grew as I fantasised over the possible contents. A t-shirt announcing my climate champion status? A secret decoder ring? Actual tools I could use to dismantle coal-fired power plants? 

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LIVES SAVED, LEFT SEETHES

Tim Blair – Monday, January 20, 2014 (12:59pm)

The absolute moral perversion of the Australian left is again dramatically apparent. Our leftists are actually more upset that lives are being saved by Tony Abbott’s government than they ever were by the deaths of asylum seekers under the previous Labor government.

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RADIO DARKNESS

Tim Blair – Monday, January 20, 2014 (11:47am)

Several museums in Guam feature fine exhibits telling the stories of Japanese soldiers who remained hidden on the island long after the end of the war.
Some didn’t emerge for decades, preferring to skulk through the jungles in the apparent belief that World War II was ongoing.

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NEW MAUNDERING

Tim Blair – Monday, January 20, 2014 (11:12am)

Solar colding causes scientific enbafflement
“I’ve been a solar physicist for 30 years, and I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” Richard Harrison, head of space physics at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, told the BBC.
“If you want to go back to see when the Sun was this inactive… you’ve got to go back about 100 years,” he said …
Mike Lockwood, professor of space environment physics at the University of Reading, told the BBC there was a significant chance that the Sun could become increasingly quiet.
He compared the current circumstances to the latter half of the 17th Century, when the sun went through an extremely quiet phase referred to as the Maunder Minimum.
That era of solar inactivity coincided with bitterly cold winters to Europe, where the Baltic Sea and London’s River Thames froze over. Conditions were so harsh that some described it as a mini-Ice Age. 
Via Mike, who emails: “Just wondering how this will be pinned on man-made emissions … from a mere 149.6 million kilometres away. A new measure of Tony Abbott’s intergalactic evil, I’ll wager.”
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WORDS WORSE THAN DEATH

Tim Blair – Monday, January 20, 2014 (1:32am)

Under Labor, around one thousand asylum seekers were killed.
Under the current government, a few asylum seekers are spoken to rudely.
Leftists favour a return to Labor’s policies, presumably because dead people can’t hear anything. 
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IT CANNOT BE UNSEEN

Tim Blair – Sunday, January 19, 2014 (6:32pm)

Not that the Greens are an unusual bunch, but here’s their candidate for the Griffith by-election.
UPDATE. In 2007 and 2010, Ebbs ran as a federal Greens candidate in NSW under the name Giovanni (Joe) Ebono. Or, as our new favourite Green puts it, he ”created Giovanni Ebono and ran him twice for federal politics.” The “visionary and pioneer” is now ”working under birth name - Geoff Ebbs.”
UPDATE II. Ebono/Ebbs has also performed in pantomimes.
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No boats for a month. You’d think there would be applause…

Andrew Bolt January 20 2014 (11:58am)

No boat arrivals for a month now. You’d think this was grounds for congratulations. But The Age prefers to retail lurid claims instead:
Two asylum seekers jumped off their boat as the Australian Navy was taking them back to Indonesia around Christmas Day, in what a fellow passenger said was a suicide attempt.
Sailors from accompanying navy ships pulled them from the water and put them back on board, asylum seeker Rahman Ali said.
Pretty lame “suicide attempt”.  But good enough for The Age to go with
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Were Snowden and his media allies Putin’s useful idiots?

Andrew Bolt January 20 2014 (11:41am)

Who knows, but the possibility puts the role of the pro-Snowden media in an unflattering light:
Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers said Sunday that Edward Snowden likely received help from the Russians in leaking NSA data.
“There’s some security things that he did get around that were clearly above his capabilities. The way he departed and how he ended up in Moscow—now, we still have some questions there,” Rogers, who appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said.
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Islamists go for gold in terrorism at Sochi

Andrew Bolt January 20 2014 (11:26am)




Muslim terrorists seek to win the gold medal - again - for violence at the world’s greatest sports contest:
A new threat to the upcoming Winter Olympics surfaced Sunday as US lawmakers worried about attacks at the Games to be hosted by Russia.

In a video posted on a well-known jihadi forum, two men believed to have been suicide bombers in last month’s deadly bombings in Volgograd speak of them—and warned of more.
“We’ve prepared a present for you and all tourists who’ll come over,” the video says in part.
If you hold the Olympics, you’ll get a present from us for the Muslim blood that’s been spilled.”
What is it about the Muslim faith that makes this threat so utterly predictable? 
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Green against growth

Andrew Bolt January 20 2014 (11:14am)

At least the Greens candidate for Griffiths is honest - he really is against growth.
And this time, at least, he is standing under his real name
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Another dangerous fib about our past

Andrew Bolt January 20 2014 (10:32am)

Our racial resentment industry really is out of control:

Melbourne City Council will build a memorial to two Aborigines who in 1842 were the first people executed in Melbourne
On this day, January 20, in 1842, 5000 Melbourne citizens watched as Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were hanged for the murder of two whale hunters while resisting white settlement.
Resisting while settlement or simply stealing and killing?

At a time of violence between European settlers and indigenous people, the Protector of Aborigines, George Robinson, brought Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner and 14 other native Tasmanian Aborigines to Melbourne in 1839 as intermediaries.
In 1841 Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner and three indigenous women stole guns, and in a six week, guerilla-style campaign against authorities in the Dandenongs and the Mornington Peninsula, burnt and stole from houses and killed two whalers.
So the settlement they were “resisting” was not even of their own lands. And note the Age’s use of the term “guerilla-style”, freighted with political meaning. By this measure Ned Kelly and every other bushranger ran “guerilla-style” campaigns.
A buoyant Councillor Cathy Oke ...  said Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were ‘’freedom fighters’’ whose crimes should be ‘’taken in context at the time that this occurred. It’s a time in Melbourne when the tensions between whites and the traditional owners, or Aboriginal people, was obviously quite heightened,’’ she said.
Oke is plain foolish and misleading. Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were in no sense “tradtional owners” of these lands. Indeed, if anyone in these events were “traditional owners” of the land on which they operated they are the eight Aboriginal trackers who helped to catch them. Nor is there evidence that Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were fighting for “freedom”.
And there is this consideration. George Orwell, a Leftist, in writing about conservative Rudyard Kipling, conceded this about the Okes of his own generation:
One reason for Kipling’s power ...  [was] his sense of responsibility, which made it possible for him to have a world-view… He identified himself with the ruling power and not with the opposition. In a gifted writer this seems to us strange and even disgusting, but it did have the advantage of giving Kipling a certain grip on reality. The ruling power is always faced with the question, ‘In such and such circumstances, what would you do?’, whereas the opposition is not obliged to take responsibility or make any real decisions. Where it is a permanent and pensioned opposition, as in England, the quality of its thought deteriorates accordingly.
In this case, too, the quality of the Left’s thought has deteriorated for the same reason - the refusal to take responsibility and answer the question “In such and such circumstances, what would you do?”.
We should imagine Oke as the judge presiding in the case of Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner, faced with two Tasmanian Aborigines in Victoria who’d murdered two civilians, wounded five others and burned down stations. Could she seriously have declared the two Tasmanians “freedom fighters” and acquitted them?  What would have been the consequences, in terms of anarchy and bloodshed? 
This is a case of Leftists re-imagining our history without a thought for the real-life choices faced at the time by those who were there. It is lazy and intellectually dishonest. Worse, it feeds the racial resentment industry, leading not to reconciliation but its opposite.
Shame on Lord Mayor Robert Doyle for going along with this destructive and dishonest farce. Power above principle, I guess. 
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Drowning is better than swearing

Andrew Bolt January 20 2014 (8:01am)

Tim Blair puts it perfectly:

Under Labor, around one thousand asylum seekers were killed.
Under the current government, a few asylum seekers are spoken to rudely.
Leftists favour a return to Labor’s policies, presumably because dead people can’t hear anything.
Links at the link. 
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Warmist BBC gets the chills as Sun goes quiet

Andrew Bolt January 20 2014 (7:51am)

Global warming - general

Even the warmist BBC warns of possible cold times ahead:

Something is happening to the solar activity on the surface of the sun: it’s declining, fast… The number of sunspots is a fraction of what scientists expected, solar flares are half. Richard Harrison is the head of space physics at the Rutheford-Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire. He says the rate at which solar activity is falling mirrors a period in the 17th century where sunspots virtually disappeared.
Harrison [1:57]: The Maunder Minimum of course was a period of almost no sunspots at all for decades… It was a period where you had a kind of mini ice-age. You had a period where the Thames froze in winters and so on…
BBC science correspondent Rebecca Morelle [2:46]: The Maunder Minimum came at a time when snow cover was longer and more frequent. It wasn’t just the Thames that froze over. The Baltic Sea did too. Crop failures and famines were widespread across Northern Europe. So does a decline in solar activity mean plunging temperatures for decades to come?…
BBC voiceover: Some researchers have gone way further back in time, looked into the ice sheets of particles that were once in the upper atmosphere, particles that show variations in solar activity. Mike Lockwood’s work suggests that this is the fastest rate of solar decline for 10,000 years…
Dr. Lucie Green [5:38]: The world we live in today is very different to the world that was inhabited during the Maunder Minimum. So we have human activity, we have the industrial revolution, all kinds of gases being pumped into the atmosphere, so on the one hand we’ve got perhaps a cooling sun, but on the other hand you’ve got human activity that can counter that and I think it is quite difficult to say actually how these two are going to compete and what the consequences then are for the global climate.
BBC: So even if the planet as a whole continues to warm, if we enter a new Maunder Minimum the future for Northern Europe could be cold and frozen winters for decades to come...
As I write this, ABC Radio National is pumping out another global warming scare instead, warning of more droughts. No sceptics are interviewed.
(Thanks to many readers.) 
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The Batzy one is on a roll again.

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This could actually be funny if it wasn't so tragic. Do you think Kerry will "get it"? I don't.
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Photos from Chloé Simone Valdary's post in Judea and Samaria- The Land of G-d
By Chloé Simone Valdary
http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-soldier-and-the-refusenik-a-case-study-in-psychopathic-self-abhorrence/

All new article on my experiences at an anti-Israel event this past Thursday. Please kindly consider LIKING, SHARING, RETWEETING, etc. Todah Raba

Photo Cred. Ben Kravis
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Xtians in Israel
by Rabbi Meir Kahane
July 20, 1990

The halacha concerning non-Jews and their right to live in the Land of Israel is clear, and was rather undisputed, until modern times pushed various rabbis into efforts to soften the "harsh" halacha, lest the gentiles rage. A non-Jew wishing to live in the Land of Israel must take upon himself misim v'avadut(tribute and servitude) as well as the status of ger toshav.

Concerning the latter, there are various views among the rishonim, the earlier and greater Commentators, a thing we will discuss, please G-d, in future issues.

Concerning the former, however, it is clear that any non-Jew wishing to live in the Land must take upon himself the tribute and servitude whose purpose is to declare that the Land is not his; that it belongs to the Jewish people alone; that he merely wishes to live in it as a resident stranger. And that, too, please G-d we will discuss in the future.

What is at the moment of interest is the status of Xtians and Xianity in the Land of Israel. What is their halachic status? Are they allowed to live in the Land?

All the Commentators admit that a non-Jew wishing to live in Israel must take upon himself the seven laws of the Children of Noah, of humanity. This, of course. includes the throwing off of pagaism and idolatry. And so, most of the rabbis of our time, in deadly fear of gentile reaction - not so much vis-avis Israel but as it would affect them living in the exile - hastened to give Xianity a hechsher, an approval, and declared that it is not idolatry.
That there are many Protestant sects that are not idolatrous is clear. Whether some others, and the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches are not, is a much more dubious question. Nevertheless, rabbis have hastily given blanket approval or even more quickly evaded the issue. What most do not realize is that whatever the truth, that is not the major reason to raise the issue of whether Xtians and Xianity are allowed to remain in Israel.

The Rambam in Hilchot Miachim 10:9 writes: "A non-Jew who studies Torah is guilty of the death penalty. He should not deal with anything except the seven mitzvot(commandments) of his group(non-Jews). And similarly, a non-Jew who rested on any day of the week, if he created it a Sabbath, is guilty of the death penalty. The rule is: We do not allow them to create a new religion or to create a commandment on their own volition. Either the non-Jew will become a convert and accept all the mitzvot of the Torah or he shall remain with his Torah(the seven laws of the Children of Noah as stated in the Torah) and shall neither add to nor subtract from them."

Concerning this, the Maharatz Hayut, in his Kuntrus Aharon, writes as follows:

Nevertheless, I mention below, in the name of the Ramabm, that we do not allow a gentile to create a new religion. And here, even though in the new religion their are included the seven laws, nevertheless, they include new commandments such as, in the case of Xtians, the eating of the bread and the wine(the sacrament), and in the Ishmaelites(Moslems) forbidding the eating of pork or the drinking of wine, since by the laws of Noah these are not forbidden to do them but only because of the new laws they have created for themselves. And it is forbidden to create a new law for the sons of Noah even though it does not contradict a law of the sons of Noah, therefore the Xtians and Ishmaelites(Moslems) are not within the category of ger toshav, resident stranger(Who is allowed to live in the Land).
To understand what the Rambam and the Maharatz Hayut mean, it is important that we understand the very purpose of the world.

The All Mighty created the world so that human beings would recognize Him and Him alone as the One G-d, the only G-d, the One before Whom all tongues shall pay fealty and all knees bend. He demands from all human beings that they accept His kingdom and His yolk of Heaven without question. It is only that which will allow the human being to harness and bridle and limit his egoand his "I." It is this which is the purpose of the world.

The All Mighty, therefore, created a special people, Israel, to be His unique and chosen and upraised one above all the others, with the perfect Torah. The gentiles would see the perfect society created by Jews in their Land and would seek to emulate them by joining them. But if not, they are obligated to follow the seven minmum laws and to do so because G-d Himself, through Moses, so commanded and not because of their own logic and decision. And thus, the Rambam, again(Hilchot Mlachim 8:11), in dicussing what a son of Noah and what a ger toshav is, writes: "And only when he(the gentile) accpets them(the seven laws) and observes them because the All Mighty commanded them in the Torah through Moses....But if he does them through his intellect he is not considered a ger toshav and is not a righteous gentile nor one of its wise ones."

The very fact that the gentile now rises to declare a new faith is a declaration that he is the true faith and the Torah is not the truth. He thus goes against the All Mighty and declares that he has changed His Torah and that, in effect, the L-rd we Jews follow is not the true L-rd. He does not bow his knees and bend his neck to the All Mighty, G-d of Israel, and thus cannot be considered ger toshav, resident stranger, whose sole ability to live in Israel is predicated on his accepting the kingship of the L-rd, G-d of Israel.

Does that mean that a Xtian cannot live in Israel? It would so appear. And Moslems, too.

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Chutzpah: UNESCO chief Irina Bokova standing next to the Jewish-Israel exhibit which she approved (see her signature on top right) — and then suddenly cancelled due to Arab pressure. Then read her absurd letter trying to show UNESCO bona fides by invoking their symposium on Yiddish: http://blog.unwatch.org/index.php/2014/01/18/full-text-unesco-letter-nixing-israel-exhibit-due-to-arab-pressure/
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January 20Martyrs' Day in Azerbaijan (1990); Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States (2014)
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“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” - Matthew 7:12
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon
January 19: Morning
"I sought him, but I found him not." - Song of Solomon 3:1
Tell me where you lost the company of Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find him. Have you lost Christ in the closet by restraining prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find him. Did you lose Christ by sin? You will find Christ in no other way but by the giving up of the sin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to mortify the member in which the lust doth dwell. Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. It is a true proverb, "Look for a thing where you dropped it, it is there." So look for Christ where you lost him, for he has not gone away. But it is hard work to go back for Christ. Bunyan tells us, the pilgrim found the piece of the road back to the Arbour of Ease, where he lost his roll, the hardest he had ever travelled. Twenty miles onward is easier than to go one mile back for the lost evidence.

Take care, then, when you find your Master, to cling close to him. But how is it you have lost him? One would have thought you would never have parted with such a precious friend, whose presence is so sweet, whose words are so comforting, and whose company is so dear to you! How is it that you did not watch him every moment for fear of losing sight of him? Yet, since you have let him go, what a mercy that you are seeking him, even though you mournfully groan, "O that I knew where I might find him!" Go on seeking, for it is dangerous to be without thy Lord. Without Christ you are like a sheep without its shepherd; like a tree without water at its roots; like a sere leaf in the tempest--not bound to the tree of life. With thine whole heart seek him, and he will be found of thee: only give thyself thoroughly up to the search, and verily, thou shalt yet discover him to thy joy and gladness.
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"Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures." - Luke 24:45
He whom we viewed last evening as opening Scripture, we here perceive opening the understanding. In the first work he has many fellow-labourers, but in the second he stands alone; many can bring the Scriptures to the mind, but the Lord alone can prepare the mind to receive the Scriptures. Our Lord Jesus differs from all other teachers; they reach the ear, but he instructs the heart; they deal with the outward letter, but he imparts an inward taste for the truth, by which we perceive its savour and spirit. The most unlearned of men become ripe scholars in the school of grace when the Lord Jesus by his Holy Spirit unfolds the mysteries of the kingdom to them, and grants the divine anointing by which they are enabled to behold the invisible. Happy are we if we have had our understandings cleared and strengthened by the Master! How many men of profound learning are ignorant of eternal things! They know the killing letter of revelation, but its killing spirit they cannot discern; they have a veil upon their hearts which the eyes of carnal reason cannot penetrate. Such was our case a little time ago; we who now see were once utterly blind; truth was to us as beauty in the dark, a thing unnoticed and neglected. Had it not been for the love of Jesus we should have remained to this moment in utter ignorance, for without his gracious opening of our understanding, we could no more have attained to spiritual knowledge than an infant can climb the Pyramids, or an ostrich fly up to the stars. Jesus' College is the only one in which God's truth can be really learned; other schools may teach us what is to be believed, but Christ's alone can show us how to believe it. Let us sit at the feet of Jesus, and by earnest prayer call in his blessed aid that our dull wits may grow brighter, and our feeble understandings may receive heavenly things.
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Abner, Abiner 
[Ăb'nûr] - father of light.
The son of Ner, cousin of Saul and captain of his army. Because of his relationship to the king and his force of character he exercised great influence during Saul's reign and afterwards (1 Sam. 14:50, 511 Sam. 17:55, 57).
The Man Who Was Destitute of Lofty Ideals
Although Abner was the only capable person on the side of Saul and his family, he had little time for the lofty ideas of morality or religion (2 Sam. 3:8, 16).
As Saul's commander-in-chief, he greatly helped his cousin to maintain his military prowess. After Saul's death, he set Ish-bosheth, Saul's son, on the throne.
As an enemy of Joab, David's general, he fought long and bravely against him, and after a severe defeat, killed Asahel in self-defense (2 Sam. 2).
As a proud man, he resented most bitterly the remonstrance of Ish-bosheth, over the matter of Saul's concubines, and negotiated with David to make him king of Israel (2 Sam. 3:7-22).
As an unprincipled man, he reaped what he sowed. Joab, dreading the loss of his own position, and thirsting for revenge, murdered Abner at Hebron. David gave him a public funeral, and afterwards charged Solomon to avenge Abner's murder (2 Sam. 3:26-371 Kings 2:5, 6).
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Today's reading: Genesis 46-48, Matthew 13:1-30 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Genesis 46-48

Jacob Goes to Egypt
So Israel set out with all that was his, and when he reached Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.
2 And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, "Jacob! Jacob!"
"Here I am," he replied.
3 "I am God, the God of your father," he said. "Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. 4 I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph's own hand will close your eyes."
5 Then Jacob left Beersheba, and Israel's sons took their father Jacob and their children and their wives in the carts that Pharaoh had sent to transport him. 6 So Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt, taking with them their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan. 7 Jacob brought with him to Egypt his sons and grandsons and his daughters and granddaughters--all his offspring.

Today's New Testament reading: Matthew 13:1-30

The Parable of the Sower
1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop-a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear."




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