Parashat Bo, Are you beginning to resemble what you are worshiping?


 In this week’s reading (Shemot / Exodus 10:1-11:3),
Moshe and Aaron speak to Pharaoh asking to let the people go to worship their God:
Shemot / Exodus 10:3 Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of
the Hebrews, ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may serve Me.
Worship is important for God’s people, but did you know that according to Scripture the
worshiper begins to resemble what is being worshiped?  Tehilim / Psalms 115:1-9
says the gods of the nations (idols) are made from silver and gold, the work of man’s hands. 
These idols are helpless, mute, blind, deaf, and lame, and that these idols that are made are impotent, unable to
communicate or meet the needs of its worshiper.  Tehilim / Psalms 115:8
says that those who make the idols will be like them and so will everyone who trust in them. 
The Scriptures speak of how Pharaoh was hard of heart; he was like the Egyptian idols he worshiped, cold, blind,
and dumb because he did not worship the one true God of Yisrael.  As we worship the one who is Faithful and
true we become faithful and true followers of God.  Worshiping the one who is loving and holy, we too are
able to become loving and holy.  The Lord God we worship is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, all
things created are subject to His lordship, as faithful followers of God have you chosen to submit yourself to
God’s authority and reign in your life? Read More here.

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Duane D. Miller received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Akron Ohio. He is currently a Chemical Engineering Researcher. Duane’s research expertise has focused upon functional materials development for the control, conversion, and release of process gases in Energy production technologies. His R&D interests include computational chemistry, developing novel technologies for converting biomass to fuels and studying their fundamental interactions during the chemical conversion process. His past experience includes sorbent development for pre- and post-combustion CO2 and SO2 capture, selective absorption of H2S from methane streams, O2 capture for oxy-fuel combustion, photocatalytic reduction of alcohols, NOx reduction catalysis, the development of oxygen carriers to combust fossil fuels (CH4 and coal) for the chemical looping combustion processes, and the extraction of rare earth elements using patent pending sorbents. His research expertise has focused on operando-characterization using Infrared, Raman, and UV-Vis spectroscopy to observe the nature of the catalytic active sites and reaction intermediates under realistic reaction conditions, allowing direct correlation of molecular/electronic structures with catalyst performance during Gas-Solid / Liquid-Solid Adsorption and Photocatalytic Processes with real time online analysis of reaction products using ICP-MS and mass spectrometry. His current work involves a multi-disciplinary approach to developing, understanding, and improving the catalytic gasification of coal and methane, high temperature chemical looping combustion, and the catalytic decomposition and gasification of biomass and coal using novel microwave reactor.​ He has been studying the Hebrew Scriptures and the Torah for 20+ years and sharing what he has learned. The studies developed for MATSATI.COM are freely to be used by everyone, to God be the Glory!