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Mark 7: Defilement Comes from Within

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Pharisees. At that time, there were several religious groups divided among themselves. Each followed a different theory and belief. The main groups were: Sadducees, Zealots, Essenes, Scribes, Herodians and Pharisees.

This last group was known for legalism and uncompromising attitudes regarding the Law and traditions. The Pharisees despised the essence of the Scriptures because they lived up to the text word for word, which is the theoretical part of the Word and not to the teaching in itself.

The Lord Jesus firmly opposed the pride, formalism, and hypocrisy of this group (Matt. 23).

The term “Pharisee” became synonymous with pride and deceit since it is used to refer to those who profess faith in the Savior but only maintain holiness for appearance because, on the inside, they live in immorality.

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Exodus 15: The song of Moses

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After the pressure of strugles, the victory. The children of Israel were humiliated, challenged and cornered, but they overcame.

Through their singing, they acknowledged that their success was one possible through Divine Hands and not through their own strength.

The true worship that we can offer to God goes beyond verbal gratitude and songs that are so present in Churches.

He wants to be honored in all the moments of our lives, through obedience, faith and reverence to what is holy.

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Exodus 14: The Red Sea Crossing

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The people ignored the extraordinary way in which they were set free, and the promise of becoming a great nation, and they began complaining .

When faced with difficulty, they showed that the disbelief that dominated their minds was worse than their spirit of slavery, Moving on is the best choice we can make, even amid great struggles and crisis.

After all, which is the better condition: being a servant in the Kingdom of God or a slave to Pharaoh, who symbolizes the devil? Turing back is never worth it.

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Like 19: Jesus Comes to Zacchaeus House

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Zacchaeus led a group of tax collectors for Rome. The work was considered infamous by the Jews. Although his name meant “pure” or “fair,” Zacchaeus’ behavior did not fit with it, as the wealth of the collectors usually coma from extra collection of taxes or extortion.

Zacchaeus heard about the Lord Jesus and wanted to draw his own conclusions about Him.

His desire made him overcome not only the difficulties caused by his short stature but also the crowd that surrounded the Savior.

Zacchaeus recognized his unworthiness and sins and showed his humility as he quickly climbed into a tree to see the Lord. His attitude led him and his family to Salvation (v.9).

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