After the Dove, Beware of the Snake

     When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River, the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended as a dove upon Him. Then God the Father spoke audibly, “This is My Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Mt. 3:17). What a divine endorsement and spectacular display of the supernatural! Notice what happened next: The snake showed up, Jesus was led into the wilderness to endure forty days of intense temptation by the devil.

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Bats in the Belfry


     It’s not unusual for bats to find refuge in a belfry (a bell tower either attached to a church steeple or another structure). In a figurative sense, to have “bats in one’s belfry” is an idiom that means to have crazy ideas, to be very peculiar, erratic or foolish. For example, if you think you can row across the ocean in a boat, you have bats in your belfry—you’re nuts. 

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Levi - The Tribe on the Lord's Side

     A tribe is a group of families who are related by virtue of descending from a common ancestor. All Christians have a common ancestor—God our Father—and by faith we are also “Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise” (Gal. 3:29). Abraham was the founding father of Israel and his grandson, Jacob, sired twelve sons who became tribal patriarchs. All twelve tribes were initially chosen by God to be “a kingdom of priests” (Ex. 19:6), but they failed to fulfill that purpose. Instead, the Tribe of Levi emerged as a unique clan of spiritual leaders. 

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