Life is too hard for any of us to take on alone. Allow the Lord to help you through the times ahead. Let go of the burden of living for yourself. Learn to lean on God.
Elyonim veTachtonim
Electronic inventory of angels, demons and ghosts in the early rabbinic literature

What’s in the name?

A passage in tractate bMegillah 11a-b conveys a tradition of three kings who have “ruled over the whole firmament” (Heb. shloshah malkhu bakipah): Ahab, Ahasuerus and Nebuchadnezzar. These emperors, however, are surpassed in proficiency and the range of power by king Solomon about whom it is said that “he ruled over the denizens of the upper world as well as of the lower (Heb. al haelyonim veal hatachtonim)”. The phrase itself came to function as a merism denoting the totality of the supernatural creatures, both good and evil.

What’s inside?
Elyonim veTachtonim is also the code name for the project aimed at reconstructing the comprehensive inventory of the entities of various classes in the early rabbinic literature [ERL]. Since the task is laborious, the sources vast and the human resources scarce, the project expands gradually but slowly.

What’s the purpose?
First of all, the database serves the function of a specialized thematic concordance and as such provides the means for a quick localization and juxtaposition of all the appearances of a given entity. Second, the detailed division into separate units allows the introduction of the quantitative methods of analysis, some of which are already published in the “summaries” sheets of the database. Third, the manipulation with the hashtags and filtering commands makes it possible to discern some particular regularities like the correlation between the given entity, topic and genre. This is just a small fraction of the potential applications, and the larger the database the more diverse the purposes.

I pray that God will take care of all your needs with the wonderful blessings that come from Christ Jesus. May God our Father be praised forever and ever. Amen.
—  Philippians 4:19-20
He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
—  Luke 24:46-49

I decided to sleep in just a little bit longer the other day. When I finally rolled out of bed, I had 45 minutes until I needed to walk out of the door. Slowly, I moved around and got myself together. When I looked at the clock, it was 7:30 AM. I needed to be walking out of the door. Rushing, I picked up my purse, grabbed my coat and headed out. When I made it to the garage, I remembered that I had forgotten to grab something. I was already running late, so I had the choice of going back in the house or just leaving without the bag of items. I chose to leave.

Once in the car, I quickly caught an attitude and my whole mood changed for the worse. I allowed my choice to sleep in late set the tone for my day. The drive into work was filled with negative thoughts. Those negative thoughts led to more negative thoughts and eventually I found myself angry. I was angry at the world for no real reason.

In the parking ramp, I could hear the Holy Spirit say, “You cannot be angry with others for a choice you made.” At that moment, I began to repent. I had to “check” myself.

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.“ -Corinthians 10:4-5 (KJV)

What I failed to do was get down on my knees to pray and command my morning. I allowed the enemy enough space to creep in and wreak havoc on my emotions.

Have you allowed your choices to set the tone of your day? Or have you allowed a situation to ruin your whole mood for the day? Instead of taking a few minutes to calm down, say a prayer and be proactive, we become reactive. We become angry and unleash all of our negativity on others.

This is when it becomes time for a hear check.

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” -Philippians 4:8 (NLT)

The next time something does not turn out the way you want it to, instead of getting angry and having an unpleasant attitude, think of the things that are right and true. Stay positive.

—  By Janteya Ford