Feb. 16. Directions for Various Offerings

Lev. 1:1-3:17

Upon completion of the tabernacle, God spoke to Moses and gave him instructions for a series of offerings that were to be made by the people. He was specific and precise in His requirements for those offerings. One can see through a study of the New Testament how these offerings were forerunners of the ultimate sacrifice that Christ made for man.

Of the twelve tribes of Israel, the tribe of Levi was selected as the priestly tribe. Aaron and his sons were chosen as high priest and priests with the remainder of the tribe being assistants (teachers, scribes and other types of ministers) to the priests.

These priests were to administer the offerings brought by the Israelites. By being fully occupied by the duties of the priesthood, they had no means of producing for their own needs. It was the responsibility of the other tribes to care for the necessities of the Levites.

The burnt offering was a free will sacrifice brought as atonement for their sins. It could be from the herd, flock or birds. If the offering was from the herd or flock, it must be a male without blemish. Birds were to be young. God expected the best from the Israelites. Likewise, He expects the best from us today.

As a grain offering, meal, cakes or firstfruits heads of grain could be brought to the priests. No leaven or honey was to be involved in the preparation of these sacrifices. Salt, however, was required as its seasoning.

The third offering required by God was a peace offering. This sacrifice could be a male or female from the herd or flock. As with the burnt offering, those animals were to be without blemish.

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Secular Society – A False Hope

In a secular society, there is no good reason for a young woman to NOT commit suicide! If you say there is, what would it be? Then, after you give that answer, why is your answer better than another’s answer? It’s not, it’s only different.

If there is no God, then whatever it is that people want to do in our secular society, they should do it. If it means violating their own life, then let them do it. If it means violating someone else’s life, then let that happen also. There is no moral reason to not do what one wants. On what basis would it be wrong to not do what one wants? Is it because someone says it’s wrong? So!

Secular society can be very evil and wrong-headed.

Another young woman gave up her life for a hope she never had, only to stand before the Lord on the other side! Secular philosophy kills people, as it does children! A young woman had hope. But all her hopes turned into delayed disappointments. An educated woman with a loving mother (father?) and living with no hope! She hopes to see her mother after she is dead, but why? Did she receive something in the way of information not already present with us? No. She lived and died with a false hope.

We live in such an ignorant (unlearned) time. “The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked; but now he commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent: inasmuch as he hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31, ASV)

They did not wait: Psalm 106.13

“But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold.”

Psalm 106.13 NIV

At the Red Sea, Israel “believed [God’s] promises; they sang praises to him” v. 12. But facing the desert, they lost their faith. In their impatience they did not wait for his “counsel.” So they died there.

What a beautiful moment to see God powerfully work his salvation! But when we face the desert, do we wait in faith for his plan to unfold? Or do we require him to act now?

#votd #Psalms #wait

Feb. 15. Priestly Garments Made; Tabernacle Set up and Furnished

Ex. 39:1-40:38

After finishing the furnishings for the tabernacle, the craftsmen turned their attention to making the priestly garments for Aaron, the high priest and his sons, the priests.

The ephod was a garment that was worn over the shoulders. For protection, a breastplate was attached to the ephod. Many of the components of the tabernacle, furnishings and garments were symbolic of things and events past, present and future. Twelve stones were set in both the ephod and breastplate, three in each of four rows to represent the twelve tribes of Israel.

As high priest, Aaron’s garment was exquisite. In addition to the ephod and breastplate, he wore short trousers, a tunic, robe, turban and crown. An inscription on the crown read, “HOLINESS TO THE LORD.”

When all of the work was completed, they brought it to Moses. “According to all that the Lord had commanded Moses, so the Children of Israel did all the work.” It was/is imperative that all be done according to what the Lord commanded.

One year after the Israelites left Egypt, they had been given the Ten Commandments and the laws associated with them. They had been at Mt. Sinai for nine months and the courtyard and tabernacle were ready to be erected. God instructed Moses to assemble the parts and to set up the furnishings on the first day of the month of the second year of their journey.

The entrance to the courtyard was in the east end. Just inside the court was the altar of burnt offering. The bronze laver for washing the priests’ hands and feet was beyond the altar and near the entrance of the tabernacle. As one entered the tabernacle, the table of showbread was to his right on the north side. The golden lampstand was directly across on the south side of the tabernacle. Near the entrance to the Most Holy place and centered near the end of the holy place was the altar of incense. A curtain separated the holy place from the Most Holy.

Inside the Most Holy place was the ark of the Testimony/Covenant which contained the two stone tablets with the Ten Commandments. The mercy seat with the two cherubim was placed on top of the ark. No one but the high priest was allowed inside the Most Holy place and he was to go in only once a year to make atonement for the sins of the people.

Once the tabernacle was fully assembled with water in the laver; the showbread on its table and the candles lit, God’s glory filled the place showing His approval of all that had been accomplished. The cloud that had once hovered over Mt. Sinai was hovering over His new dwelling place—the tabernacle.

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Feb. 14. Tabernacle and Furnishings Built

Ex. 35:1-38:31

God had given Moses the specifications for the construction of the tabernacle. It was time to put His words into action. Whenever there is work to do, it is necessary to procure workmen and materials to accomplish the job. Earlier, God had selected two men with special skills to be His main craftsmen.

A call was issued throughout the camp for the needed materials for the tabernacle. When God’s people are asked for support for a specific need, they usually respond favorably. The response of the Israelites for a free-will offering was very generous. It became necessary for Moses to ask that they stop giving, “for the material they had was sufficient for the work to be done—indeed too much.”

God, the Master Architect and Engineer had given the exact specifications to Moses for the construction of the tabernacle. The materials had been collected and the skilled workmen had been commissioned for the job. They followed His instructions exactly as they were specified. The various curtains and boards were completely fabricated and ready for assembly into the finished tabernacle.

After making the components of the tabernacle, Bezalel and his workmen began the task of building the various articles for worship to be placed inside the completed structure.

As an example of the importance of following instructions, the specifications and materials for the tabernacle and its furnishings that had been pointed out earlier were repeated as the account of their building was recorded.

God demanded/demands the best that man has. It is said that acacia wood is close-grained. This would make it hard and durable for the purposes God had intended.

A talent weighed approximately seventy-five pounds and a shekel four-tenths of an ounce. Using these weights, there were about 2,193 pounds of gold, 7,544 pounds of silver and 5,310 pounds of bronze in the tabernacle complex. That amount of precious metal indicates the splendor of God’s house. Those materials having been given as a free-will offering showed the sacrificial spirit of the Israelites as they prepared to worship God.

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Tips on how to reprove someone

The one who reproves another will in the end find more favor than the one who flatters with the tongue, Prov 28.23.

So how does one go about this in order to have a positive result, and not just dump criticism on the other?

I saw this article today and it reminded me of the verse above that I had read yesterday.

What suggestions would you give on how to reprove another?

#reproof #correction #Proverbs

Like a child: Luke 18.17

“I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”

Luke 18.17

Jesus taught the true life of subservience to God as the whole objective of divine creation and purpose. In order to enter that life, he also taught certain conditions or requirements apply. Childlike humility is one of them.

Humility that brings us into God’s circle must not presume to know better than the Lord how we must conduct ourselves, how we must worship him, how we must serve him and show others the path to him.

#votd #Luke #humility #kingdom-of-God

Feb. 13. God Tells Israelites to Leave Mt. Sinai and Replaces Broken Stone

Tablets Ex. 33:1-34:35

God notified Moses that it was time to depart from the area of Mt. Sinai and to continue toward occupying the Promised Land. However, due to their grievous sin of worshipping the golden calf, God was going to depart from their presence. Instead of leading them Himself, He was going to send His Angel as His representative. Sin separates man from God!

The news of their separation from God grieved the children of Israel. As a sign of their repentance, they mourned and removed their jewelry.

Again, Moses mediated between God and the Israelites. Since God was no longer in their presence, Moses took his tent as a substitute for the yet to be built tabernacle and met with Him far from the camp.

Joshua, the son of Nun had accompanied Moses upon Mt. Sinai when he went to receive the law from God. That young man also went with Moses to meet with God outside the camp. He was to become another prominent personality in the history of the Israelite nation.

After seeing the repentance of the people and hearing Moses plead for His return, God relented and returned to their presence and promised to remain. He continues to have compassion toward penitent sinners when they return to Him.

God commanded Moses to prepare two more tablets of stone to replace the two that he had broken. He was to meet with God up on the mountain early the next morning. Moses went alone and neither ate nor drank during the forty days and nights that he was in the presence of God.

During the previous meeting of Moses with God on Mt. Sinai, the people had broken the covenant that they had made with Him. Since He is a merciful and forgiving God, He renewed the covenant with Moses. He also rewrote the ten commandments on the stone tablets.

The time for entering the Promised Land was near. God stated that He would drive the various peoples out of the land. The Israelites were responsible for destroying all of the items of idol worship that were being used by the inhabitants. They also were not to marry or make any other covenants with the people, lest they be drawn into their idol worship. He is a jealous God and wants our complete allegiance.

God’s glory was so magnificent that Moses’ face shown a brilliant white when he came down from the mountain. In order for the people to view him when he spoke, he placed a veil on his face to hide the brightness until he had finished speaking. He would speak with God with his face uncovered.

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Our Plague

That which plagued Israel is always a threat to us. Israel was interested in doing things after their own desires. We also tend to do the same. Therefore, God has put much emphasis upon what He said. When we worship God, we are only to worship Him but that worship must be and is reflected in one’s life of holiness. RT

Hugh’s News & Views (God’s Gracious Plan . . .)

GOD’S GRACIOUS PLAN OF SALVATION

From time to time, perhaps at least twice a year, I want to present to my readers God’s gracious plan of salvation as set forth in the New Testament. A number of my readers have never obeyed the gospel of Christ and are therefore in a lost state (II Thessalonians 1:6-10). I have a deep and sincere love for them and their souls and a compelling desire to share God’s wonderful plan of salvation with them. I want all of them to hear and understand the pure gospel of Christ, as opposed to a perverted gospel (Galatians 1:6-9), and I want all of them to know God’s simple plan of salvation as opposed to corruptions of that plan by the doctrines, commandments, and traditions of men (Matthew 15:8-9; II Timothy 4:3-5). I urge all to read all the passages cited in this essay, those above and those that will follow. Continue reading

Feb. 12. Sin in the Camp!!

Ex. 32:1-35

The Israelites had been delivered from a land that like other peoples worshipped idols instead of the true God. Since Moses had been gone for several weeks, they supposed that he was not returning. Therefore, they asked Aaron to make them gods that they could worship. Everyone today, worships something—whether God, idol images, family, celebrities, pleasures or any number of items that can come instead of God.

Upon seeing His people worshipping the golden calf that Aaron had formed from their gold, God determined to destroy them for breaking their covenant with Him. He would make of Moses a great nation.

Moses interceded for the Israelites and God spared them. However, Moses was so angry upon seeing the behavior of the people, that he threw the two stone tablets to the ground and broke them. Moses, with God’s support, burned the golden calf and ground it into a powder. He then scattered it over their drinking water and made them drink it.

People until now have made feeble excuses for their behavior—even since Eve first said that the serpent caused her to eat of the forbidden fruit. Aaron, when confronted by his brother stated that the people caused him to take their gold, “and I cast it into the fire, and this calf came out.”

Are we on the Lord’s side? When Moses asked, “Who is on the Lord’s side,” only the tribe of Levi stepped forward. The slaughter that followed killed about three thousand men, probably the leaders of the rebellion against God.

Moses has been referred to as a type of Christ. One can see this similarity in that he asked God to blot his name out of the book (of Life) if He would not forgive the Israelites of their sin. God informed Moses that He would decide who would be blotted out of the book (“Whoever has sinned against Me”). Moses was then told to get back to work and lead the people to the Promised Land.

“So the Lord plagued the people because of what they did with the calf which Aaron made.”

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Feb. 11. Concluding Instructions and Tablets of Stone Given to Moses

Ex. 30:1-31:18

In addition to the altar of burnt offering in the outer courtyard, there was another much smaller altar to be placed inside the holy place. It was the altar of incense. The altar of incense was approximately eighteen inches square and thirty-six inches high and constructed of gold covered acacia wood. It was placed near the entrance to the most holy place.

Aaron, the high priest was to burn a special incense made from a mixture of spices and olive oil on that altar each morning and evening. Yearly, he was to make atonement for the people’s sins by placing blood from the sin offering of atonement on its horns. Our prayers are described as a sweet-smelling incense to the Lord.

A half shekel of silver was to be given by the Israelites as a ransom for their souls when the census was taken. This money was used in the service of the tabernacle.

God required the priests to wash their hands and feet before entering the holy place. A bronze laver/bowl was placed in the outer court between the altar and the tabernacle for this purpose.

The tabernacle and all of its furnishings were anointed with a special spice and oil mixture according to God’s instructions. Aaron and his sons were also anointed with that same oil.

Two men were chosen by God to be the chief craftsmen of the tabernacle, its furnishings and the priestly garments. Those men were given special abilities to perform their duties.

As God had rested on the seventh day after the creation, He gave instructions that His people would also rest on the seventh day of the week after having worked the first six days.

After concluding His forty days and forty nights meeting with Moses, God presented him with two tablets of stone written with His finger. They may have been written literally by God’s finger or figuratively by His power. He could have done it either way.

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The waiting harvest

This is one of the best things William Barclay wrote in his Daily Study Bible:

THE WAITING HARVEST (Matthew 9:37-38)

9:37-38 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers for his harvest.”

Here is one of the most characteristic things Jesus ever said. When he and the orthodox religious leaders of his day looked on the crowd of ordinary men and women, they saw them in quite different ways. The Pharisees saw the common people as chaff to be destroyed and burned up; Jesus saw them as a harvest to be reaped and to be saved. The Pharisees in their pride looked for the destruction of sinners; Jesus in love died for the salvation of sinners.

But here also is one of the great Christian truths and one of the supreme Christian challenges. That harvest will never be reaped unless there are reapers to reap it. It is one of the blazing truths of Christian faith and life that Jesus Christ needs men. When he was upon this earth, his voice could reach so few. He was never outside Palestine, and there was a world which was waiting. He still wants men to hear the good news of the gospel, but they will never hear unless other men will tell them. He wants all men to hear the good news; but they will never hear it unless there are those who are prepared to cross the seas and the mountains and bring the good news to them.

Nor is prayer enough. A man might say, “I will pray for the coming of Christ’s Kingdom every day in life.” But in this, as in so many things, prayer without works is dead. Martin Luther had a friend who felt about the Christian faith as he did. The friend was also a monk. They came to an agreement. Luther would go down into the dust and heat of the battle for the Reformation in the world; the friend would stay in the monastery and uphold Luther’s hands in prayer. So they began that way. Then, one night, the friend had a dream. He saw a vast field of corn as big as the world; and one solitary man was seeking to reap it–an impossible and a heartbreaking task. Then he caught a glimpse of the reaper’s face; and the reaper was Martin Luther; and Luther’s friend saw the truth in a flash. “I must leave my prayers,” he said, “and get to work.” And so he left his pious solitude, and went down to the world to labour in the harvest.

It is the dream of Christ that every man should be a missionary and a reaper. There are those who cannot do other than pray, for life has laid them helpless, and their prayers are indeed the strength of the labourers. But that is not the way for most of us, for those of us who have strength of body and health of mind. Not even the giving of our money is enough. If the harvest of men is ever to be reaped, then every one of us must be a reaper, for there is someone whom each one of us could–and must–bring to God.

#harvest #evangelism #mission

Tremble at my word: Isaiah 66.2

“My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the Lord, have spoken! ‘I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.'”

Isaiah 66.2

The Lord has always defined clearly those whom he approves and blesses. He is not interested in religious ritual, vv. 3. Trembling at his word means respect and obedience.

Fear for the Lord means fear for his word. The unrighteous are hostile toward those who uphold God’s word, Isa 66.5. People who diminish the word will be punished, v. 6.

#votd #Isaiah #obedience

Anger

Glenda’s Glimpse – Douglas and I enjoyed watching the Freed-Hardeman lectures this past week online. We didn’t get to watch all of them but what we saw, we really enjoyed. With so many states voting in abortion up to the point of birth, I was encouraged to hear one speaker say, “God is still in control.” I was glad to hear Dale Jenkins say he has an app on his telephone called ECHO where he keeps a list of the people he is praying for, and it sends him an alert when it is time to pray for those on the list each day. Isn’t that wonderful? I immediately downloaded it and have been using it since learning of it.

I was reading my Bible this past week and noticed the times that Jesus got angry. There were times when I could have understood had he gotten angry but there is no indication that he did. For instance, remember when he was asleep in the back of the boat and the waves were getting rough. The men were scared and yelled to wake him up. Now, who among us wants to wake up and especially to screaming, right? There is no indication that he was angered.

I think Jesus was perturbed at the disciples for not being able to heal a child on one occasion, but no indication he got angry. He had different emotions just like we do, didn’t He?

It is hard for me to keep my anger and frustration in check when the world around us seems to be collapsing into socialism or communism. Who would have ever thought abortion even to the point of birth would even be thought of much less an accepted practice? Oh, it angers me greatly. I wish I could do something about it. And what about the new lady running for the highest office wanting to get rid of the cows, airplanes, and tear down all public buildings and rebuild them. Are you kidding me? Anything goes. But I must remember that God is still in control.

The greatest thing I can do for my family, my church, my country is to pray for it. Pray for your enemies the Bible says. I feel like I have lots of enemies in government right now, but I must remember to pray for them, and pray for them I will. But most of all, I must pray for myself that I can set my sights and goals on loftier goals and press on toward the mark of the high calling in Christ. He’s waiting and watching and knows all things even before they happen. He has a plan for my life, and for yours. We must be open to His leading and obey His will. That way we can never, absolutely never, go wrong. May God help us to do so.