| The contents of ark are
significant: the pot of manna, which speaks of Godís provision for his
people; Aaronís rod, which symbolises Godís protection and authentification
of his servants (Nu. 17); and the two tablets of the law, which Israel
was called upon to obey in everything she did. The ark, then, was a symbol
both of Godís commitment to his people, and of his peopleís obligation
to live lives of obedience.What about today? Many societies provide sad
testimony to what happens when Godís laws are ignored. Our task is to uphold
the authority of Godís word: the battle for the word of God may take different
forms as the decades pass, but it is essentially the same battle. We must
be unswerving in our commitment to the Saviour who declared that he was
Ďthe way, the truth, and the lifeí (John 14:6). (PES)
We wish all these who celebrate their birthdays this week Godís richest blessings
Mrs Quek Li Shan Sharon 1/3
from Mrs S.M. Peck on :
The weather ... Is spring here yet? No, no amount of my asking can hasten what God has ordained. That actually is wonderful assurance Ė that He is in absolute control! The birds think that spring is here though. They have been encouraging me to go out and enjoy the sun. I would except the sun is not hot sunshine and the winds are still blowing.
Physical appearance ... I am still my shapeless wrapped-up self although temperature has gone up to as high as 5-7 degrees. Good thing I am so short. Otherwise I can be mistaken for a pillar by the roadside!
Work ... Cataloguing in the library has kept me busy when I am not doing something else like sewing a table-cloth for the dining table. Itís fun getting back to library work. I do need wisdom with some of those books. Would appreciate your prayer support in this area. I need to understand the main users and their needs so that the collection is organized to cater to them. Right now, we have identical books placed under different numbers. "No can do" in a small un-automated library!
Studies ... Both the Hebrew and geography courses will begin next week. I am wondering if I will fall asleep in class. Havenít attended classes for a long time. Now if I have some Ďsng-buayí ... .My application for the geography course in Jerusalem University College in May requires a medical examination (actually I am only 7 years overage). I wish that there are other ways to convince people that I am physically fit (more or less) and can walk (definitely)! I have been walking for hours at a time and those who have been here will know that it is either going up or coming down! Still there is that verse about submitting to authority Ö
Orienteering ... Last Sunday I took the wrong bus to church and became familiar with another part of the city. That was good. Perhaps I should take wrong buses more often? My city map is pretty worn out by now but it has been fun walking and looking and listening and getting to know places.
Sight-seeing ... Went to join a walking tour of the Old City. The three-hour walk was well worth the $10. The guide was pleased with many questions and though not religious, he recognized that this was Godís land and he belonged to Godís people. Strange dichotomy. I got to see parts I had not been to before. As for the people, they were more concerned with business than whether you were Jew or Arab. It was quiet and many shops were closed. The guide said that the shopkeepers were doubtful if even the Easter season would bring tourists back. For us it was a good time. With no crowds, we were able to stop and look at the different kinds of architecture on different buildings.
(There is more .... but alas, space is limited. Do continue to keep Mrs Peck in your prayers as she spends her sabbatical in this significant way in this significant city. You may write her at this address: peck_sm@ yahoo.com)