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God and the Utility Pole: Are we aware of His presence?

Is God like that Utility Pole in your neighborhood?  God and the Utility Pole is about His presence. Read on and enjoy.

There are so many things that grab at my mind at any given time.  Especially when I sit down to write.   Things that try to take my focus off of the “MAIN DEAL”.  Simple things,too.  I hear that familiar voice that says, “This is another good topic to write about” and the next thing I know… I am reaching for my computer to type up some thoughts and “BAM”… I am off looking at the bank account online, or my phone vibrates and I have to pick it up to see what it was.  Oh, it’s an email or another message from someone.  Then I remember, oh yea, I gotta see this or that….STOP!!!!  FOCUS LEAH!!!  What was God wanting to tell you in HIS MESSAGE?1002354_454543324643909_243508337_n

OK, let’s get started… do I need to eat breakfast first?  My tummy is growling… so I must nourish my body and brain first, right.   This goes on and on sometimes more than I really care to admit.  Seems I have a mix of ADD and OCD and any other acronym you might want to attach to me.  No matter… God loves me.

Really though, my attention gets pulled here and there at any given moment by the “world”.  There are so many “things” that are simply hard to resist.  I just have to… I MEAN HAVE TO… STOP and focus on God and His Goodness.  His infinite love He has for me.  When I do that… I can usually find my way back to where He was and listen and actually hear His voice.  Not an audible voice, but in my heart or spirit.  He is there, always.  His presence is so real to me … and when I get pulled by the “things of the world”, His presence seems to be overshadowed… but how can God be overshadowed?  Well, He really can’t except for in my heart.  My heart replaces His rightful “center stage” place with “stuff”… Stuff that really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.  Really, folks.  How much more wonderful it is to sit at the feet of the CreatGod-god-the-creator-13229144-500-341or of everything than to check Facebook!  The Creator that knows my name.  He knows my struggles.  He knew I was going to be sitting here this very moment long before I was born.  He knew me then and knows me intimately now!  That is the most wonderful thing I can ever imagine.

Yes, there are tasks that needs to be done, on time, and other things that need to be taken care of in a timely manner.  However, I figure if I would manage my time in a better way, I would be able to do those things (for the most part) in the right time.  In a good and complete way and then I will have time for my time with God, or better said, God’s time with me.  I like to think that will work.  Some days it does and other days … well, not so well.  But I have a very loving and forgiving God and He doesn’t reprimand when I miss most – if not all – of my quiet time in the morning.  He is always there so I can talk to Him and fellowship with Him all day long.

This past week has been a week from another world, it seemed.  There was some BIG news from a test my mother had and then I was dealing with the most awful hives/rash situation and doctors that didn’t have a clue and very little sleep and on and on.  The good thing from this past week was that mom’s test came back as a positive outcome.  That is about the only great thing from this past week.  I searched for God all week and would find bits and pieces of Him here and there, but I didn’t want bits and pieces.  I wanted more!  So much more!

Leather-Chair-And-Ottoman-With-A-Half-bestI have a very favorite and comfortable chair in my bedroom.  It is a great chair to just sit in and think.  A very good place to listen for and to God.  It’s the kind of chair I have always wanted and when I am in that chair, all seems well with the world… well, my world at that time, anyway.    I sat there one morning this past week and gazed out my bedroom window at the Northwest sky.  I can see a pretty good portion of it along with my thornless blackberry bush and the fence.  However, there are some very pretty sunsets I can see remnants of through that window.  This was a morning time though.  What caught my attention was the Utility Pole… not the “telephone pole” that some folks call them, but the Utility Pole.  That pole has about 3-4 different kinds of wires on it.  It supports wires for the telephone company or the electric company or the cable company or any number of other service type companies.  There are probably hundreds of conversations being carried over those wires… or maybe those conversation wires are underground.  20160815_121837884_iOSHumm…. Never thought about that before I began writing this post… you know though, that is just how it goes when I begin writing.  My brain begins to look at things a little differently.  I love that about writing.  Anyway, let’s say there are telephone conversations going on along with the power that supplies our electricity to the homes in my neighborhood along with all of the television shows being watched or recorded and any number of other things.  WOW… that’s a lot of stuff that the utility pole is supporting.  There has to be several poles to support the heavy wires too.  I don’t know how much the wires or bundle of wires weighs but I do know it is a lot.

The pole itself has quite a history (Wiki history info).  I just looked up Utility Pole and came across the Wikipedia about them.  Now you know Wiki is the ultimate source … other than Google … of information.  Wiki has so much to say about Utility Poles.  They have a myriad of criteria to be a Utility Pole.  Most of which I never thought of.  The first Utility Pole was used by Samuel Morse.  Yes, of the “Morse Code”.  This was in 1844 when he first used them to hang the first wires on them to carry those Oh-So-Wonderful dots and dashes conversations.  Oh but I digress a bit here.  I didn’t intend to write about Utility Poles, really.

GOD'S MESSAGEThe Message that I believe God has here is this.  God is kind of like that utility pole.  He is present.  He has many things going on around Him.  He supports things around Him.  He has ways of getting messages to us (albeit not wires and cables, but people and situations) in our lives.  We rely on those utility poles to send and receive messages, telephone calls, television programs, etc. every day and never think twice about them being there, really – unless you are me and gaze out your window and see one and hear God say… “This is one…”  Honestly, though, how many of us ever really pay much attention to the utility poles in our neighborhood?

There are so many things about utility poles that the average person or even an expert might spend years learning about.  Many laws that govern the placement, the size, type, etc.  So, let’s compare again.  God … there are so many things that the average person or even an expert (preacher, scholar, student, etc.) might spend years learning about.  But with God, I believe we will never know all there is to know.  He is God.  If we knew then we could be God… right?  God is God and I am not!  Remember that!  An expert may learn all the ins and outs of a utility pole but any expert or anyone else, for that matter, will never “know” all there is to know about God.  Period!

Now I never truly mean any disrespect to God by comparing things like this with Him.  He created me.  He knows how my brain works.  But think about it.  God is present and sometimes we never even pay attention imagesto Him being there.  God is supporting many things that support our world but we still are not aware that He is there.  Right there in the midst of us.  He allows people and situations to cross our paths and we sometimes don’t realize where they ever come from.  Not that God causes problems for us but I believe He allows things to happen.

What about that gorgeous sunrise or sunset that He blesses us with from time to time.  Or the clouds in the sky?  My dad loves that scripture in Nahum about the clouds.

Nahum 1:3

The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty.
His way is in whirlwind and storm,
and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

NAHUMGod created the whirlwind and the storm.  The wind is His!  Amazing!

Then last… I think… there are so many things about God that we will never know.   He is an ever present help in time of need

Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present[
b] help in trouble.

Yes, if that utility pole was not there to carry that wire to carry that conversation then… well, you get the picture.

God loves me so much and tries to get my attention so many times of the day to tell me just how much.  I have to stop and be quiet and “know that He is God”.

Psalm 46:10-11

10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

God loves you too!  He loves you so much He calls you His beloved.

Song:  Your Presence is Heaven – Darlene Zschech

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Writer’s Block. Who Me?

I have never suffered from Writer’s Block!  But I think I have had it lately… well, in the last 6 months or so.  Writer’s Block.  Who Me?   Why am I having such a hard time with writing again?  There has been so much happen in the past several months I just don’t know where to start.  There have been many times when God has pointed something out to me that spoke to my heart.  I was going to write about it that evening and it just never would feel right.

I am one that has to feel it before I write one word.  I have to feel God speak to my heart to say “This is something…” and then when I sit down to write, I pray the entire time I am writing and searching for scripture.  Why?  So I can make sure it’s His message and not mine.  Writer’s Block.  Who Me?

By the time thereLess-Time-With-God is quiet time, it seems I am so tired and all I can think to do is to play a stupid game or read a few pages and close my eyes.  I remember when I would stay up until midnight writing and researching scripture and commentaries to complete my post.  It doesn’t seem that there is time for that any longer.  Why?  I want to know why!?  Writer’s Block.  Who Me?

When I was so prolific in my writing I was working in a call center.  I had a mindless job and when I got home I didn’t really have a lot on my mind.  There wasn’t really any stress in that job… well, there was some, but not like when I was a Trainer or Project Manager.  Anyway, it seemed so easy to write at night then.  I had an outlet for my energy that I had built up all day.  Many times I would write during the day and then type it at night. There were times between calls that allowed the writing and then sometimes it was constant phone ringing.  Nonetheless, I wrote almost every day.  I got a lot of good stuff written too!  I reread some of my posts and ask myself… did I really write this?  Then I remember… ahhhh… well, God and I did.

I just looked back and saw that the last post was exactly one month ago, July 7th.  That was about a friend’s new website that I helped him with.  The post is here – Hello Baseball Fans.  This was not my normal post.  It was one to introduce you to his new website.  I had fun helping with that and it did consume a lot of my time and energy.  It was an experience for both him and me.  I was so glad to have been able to help.  Check it out… especially if you are a baseball fan!  You will love it!Baseball Diamond

So, one month ago I was talking about baseball.  This post will be about something much different.  Something that most of you, if not all, can relate to and understand.  Let me explain.

Tonight I was not feeling very well.  I have begun to feel a little sick, like I felt in January and February when I had pneumonia.  It is not something that ever want to relive or wish on my worst enemy.  Anyway, my dad invited me to watch a church service with them.  I used to watch it with them years ago and enjoyed it then.  I wasn’t doing anything particularly so I sat down and watched.  The music that this church sang was always good.  Mostly old hymns.  I really love the old foundational hymns.  Some folks simply don’t like the old hymns and only go for the new Contemporary worship.  I enjoy that too.  I just like a mix.

Then the pastor began to give his sermon.  It was quite interesting.  It was on Jonah.  If you don’t know anything about Jonah you can read it here.  It is a rather short book.  Only four chapters in all.  The general gist of the story, as the pastor told it, is Jonah was called by God to go to a city to preach against their evil ways.  Jonah didn’t want to go so he fled as far as he could go.  The Bible states Jonah went to Joppa and boarded a ship there to go to Tarshish which would have been about 2,000 miles from where he was.  But he didn’t quite make it to Tarshish.

Jonah 1:1-3

1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil[a] has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.

The preacher pointed out that Tarshish was about 2,000 miles from where Jonah was.  He really wanted to get away from God.  No telling how much it cost him to travel to Tarshish by ship.  Well, it really did cost him a lot more than the money he had on his person.  It cost him spiritually, too.MAP IN JONAH'S TIME

Jonah was trying to run from God, but I think we all know that is impossible.  God is everywhere.  I cannot imagine what Jonah was thinking.  Jonah was a prophet of God in those days.  He had seen what God could do!  He knew God and walked with Him regularly… all the time.  He was a prophet!

Well, one thing about it though… he was human.  Ahhh yes, human!  The human factor seems to always raise its not so pretty head in the thick of things.  Well, Jonah didn’t want to go to Nineveh because Nineveh was not liked.  Where Jonah lived was being controlled by the Assyrians.  Nineveh was Assyrian territory.

Here is an excerpt from a document I found on the internet.  The website is Entrusting the Word and the document is here.  The document is actually a PowerPoint presentation.  I will say I have not researched everything on this website and I may or may not believe what they believe.  I just wanted to share the link so you could do a little checking for yourself – if you wish.  I also liked the information presented about Jonah and the map.

Israel in the Reign of Jeroboam II

Jeroboam II (c. 793-753 B.C.) was king of Israel. “He was, in fact, the greatest and longest-reigning of all the kings who reigned over the northern kingdom. In a moral and religious sense there was little to choose between him and his evil predecessors on the throne, but in military prowess, he remarkably excelled. His recaptured and newly annexed territories reached up as far as Hamath, over 200 miles north of Samaria, so that his domain became almost as extensive as David’s has been! – and all this is plainly said to have been the fulfillment of a prophecy by ‘Jonah, the son of Ammitai, the prophet which was of Gathhepher.’… Gathhepher is now identified with a village name El Meshed some miles north of Nazareth, in Zebulon, where, according to a firm tradition dating back to Jerome’s time, the tomb of Jonah is pointed out even to this day.

“Incidentally, the reference to 2 Kings fixes the time of Jonah’s ministry. It was during the later years of Joash, and (presumably) the earlier years of Jeroboam II. He would probably be one of the leaders among the ‘school of prophets’ when Elisha was nearing the end of his remarkable ministry” (Sidlow Baxter, Explore the Book, p. 148).  Since the days of King Omri (c. 885-874 B.C.) the northern kingdom had been attacked by Syria and Assyria.

 The Israelites particularly hated and feared Assyria because its growth as an empire threatened their national security. In the midst of that tension, God called Jonah to go to the capital of Assyria: “The word of the Lord came unto Jonah, the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me” (Jonah 1:1-2). We know little about Jonah, but his name means “dove,” symbolic of a messenger of peace.”

 Back to Jonah and his … “running” from God.  I can say that I have done this.  In my past for sure and in the not so distant past, also.  I know logically that this is a silly thing to do.  It simply makes no sense to do so.  Because God is everywhere!  He is with us when we sleep.  He is with us when we are in the shower.  He is with us when we are driving, eating, working, playing, etc.  He is everywhere!  He is Spirit!   (John 4:24 – “God Is Spirit…”) So He can be everywhere all at the same time!  I am so grateful for that too!  We never have to wait for our turn in the Que or never have to take a number to get an audience with God.  He loves to talk to us and loves to hear us call His name.  He is waiting now to hear from you.  Just call out to Him.  He will answer.

One thing He does not like is for us to ignore Him or not be obedient to His call.  I know I have heard God tell me to do something and I have not done it.  For example, writing a blog post. I have heard so many times in the last six months… “Leah, this is a good thing to write about.”  It seems that I have had writer’s block.   I used to immediately make a note so I could write about it as soon as I got home or to a place to write.  Now, the note is taken, but it gets put in a stack just like the rest of them.  I can’t seem to actually sit down and write about any of the notes I have taken.  I have NEVER had “writer’s block” to where I couldn’t find something to write about.  I am very seldom without words.  Writer’s Block.  Who Me?writers-block

So… tonight when I heard that sermon on doing what God has called us to do, I felt very convicted.  I know God has called me to write.  I don’t write about the usual things that you would expect a devotional blog to be about.  I write about every day things that coincide with my walk with God.  I write just like I speak.  I try to not be too “churchy” with my writing, either.  I love to tell others about Jesus and what He has done for me with my writing.  He has changed my life and I know when I hear that familiar, still, small voice, I am to respond with “Here I am, Lord” and follow through.  Unlike Jonah that tried to run as far as he could.  Writer’s Block.  Who Me?  Let me start tonight!

You know, Jonah never made it to Tarshish.  I am sure you know the story of Johan and the whale.  I loved what the preacher said tonight about the whale swallowing Jonah.  Jonah was thrown overboard by the fellas on the ship (read the story – it’s quite interesting – Jonah 1).  He said that the Lord provided a safe place for Jonah (albeit in the belly of that whale) until he came to his senses.  So after Jonah prayed a prayer to God, the whale got rid of him out of his belly.

Jonah 2:1-10

Jonah’s Prayer

2 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying,

“I called out to the Lord, out of my distress,
and he answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
and you heard my voice.
For you cast me into the deep,
into the heart of the seas,
and the flood surrounded me;
all your waves and your billows
passed over me.
Then I said, ‘I am driven away
from your sight;
yet I shall again look
upon your holy temple.’
The waters closed in over me to take my life;
the deep surrounded me;
weeds were wrapped about my head
    at the roots of the mountains.
I went down to the land
whose bars closed upon me forever;
yet you brought up my life from the pit,
O Lord my God.
When my life was fainting away,
I remembered the Lord,
and my prayer came to you,
into your holy temple.
Those who pay regard to vain idols
forsake their hope of steadfast love.
But I with the voice of thanksgiving
will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay.
Salvation belongs to the Lord!”

10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.

So, yes, Jonah got swallowed by a whale, but God provided that whale to protect him from drowning.  Isn’t that just like God!  He provides a safe place (it may not be the most comfortable but safe) for us until we come to our senses and say… “OK, OK, Lord.  You win!”  Maybe not in those words, but you get the picture.

So the question is this.  Have you heard from God and are you trying to either pretend that you really didn’t hear that still, small voice in your heart or are you running as far away as you can from God?  Are you avoiding doing what God has called you to do?  If He has called you to it, He has equipped you for it.

I can tell you that if you step in that direction, He will guide you the whole way.  He will provide you with whatever it is you need to do the job He has asked you to do.  Mine is writing and telling others about my walk with my Savior Jesus and how God in His infinite wisdom and grace, provided His one and only Son to save me from myself and my sins.

Jesus can save you also.  He wants to walk with you daily and help you through any problems and doubts you may have.  If you click this website name here – Bible.org you can read about what it means to be a Christ follower.  If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message.  If I don’t know the answer, I will be happy to find out and get the answer for you.

God loves you so much!  After all, He calls you His beloved!

Listen to Charles Billingsley sing “For God So Loved the World”.  It’s a wonderful song!

Video – God So Loved the World

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WAITING FOR MY INSTRUCTIONS

“I’m waiting for my instructions”. “Instructions are: You fix it, I will eat it”.

As I sit here and wonder why God spoke to my heart when I overheard my mom and dad recite these words this morning, I think of all the other things that He reminded me of throughout the week. I can just be doing anything and see a butterfly, or hear the wind rustle through the trees or… this time of year, hear he cicadas singing in the trees… I will get to that in a moment… and I think of how wonderful God is and how He cares for us.

First I want to bring your attention back to the conversation I overheard. This phrase, that were lovingly spoken by two people – that had no idea I was paying attention – is but one of many that I overhear these two folkDSCN0777s saying. You see, most of you may know, my mom (86) and dad (84) live with me, and have for 6 years, and it has been quite a journey. It has been a blessing to have them share my life and me theirs. They have been married for 67 years. 67 YEARS! That is a long, long time. You just don’t find that kind of commitment these days. Today many folks get married with the thought in mind that “if it don’t work out, I can always get divorced.” That attitude permeates the young and old today. Instant gratification and throw it away when you don’t see any use for it any longer.

My mom and dad have been through so much “life” and have come out on the other side as survivors of it all. Through sickness, personal trials, natural disasters and heart aches, yet there was joy, happiness, peace and love. LOVE… that is what makes it all go around! Love is how they have survived 67 years together. Firstly, love for our Heavenly Father and secondly love for each other. Even though they h65th Anniversayrad some problems, there was always that bond of love. I am so thankful that they taught us kids this. To love our Heavenly Father first! Then each other – family second and I forgot… hard work in a job. That is another thing that some of the young folks – and I guess some of the older ones too – don’t really appreciate, is a job. For me, it is being without a job that brings to mind how important it is to have one. Even a low paying one in a call center – like I had for 2 years and 3 months. So… back to the Love… That is a grand thing to have love in your family. Loving and caring for one another covers a lot of bad. We may not agree on everything in our lives but we do love each other greatly!

So, back to that conversation I overheard. Mom: “I’m waiting for my instructions”. Dad: “Instructions are: You fix it, I will eat it”. No, she doesn’t really have to ask for his instructions on what to fix for breakfast. She doesn’t even have to fix breakfast, but she does because she loves my dad and wants to fix what he would like.

To top that off, my dad is one of the easiest men to please when it comes to eating. He can be happy with a bologna sandwich and chips or a steak and baked potato. He can eat just about anything. Even Liver and Onions! We all three love that! Mom and I kid around about how we have to clean the refrigerator out pretty regularly because, we say, he would eat things in there that had mold on them even! YIKES!!! He just scrapes it off and eats what’s underneath… well, that may be stretching it a little bit, but he is very easy to please.

Also, my mother… she is one wonderful lady. She is a very easily pleased lady, as well. She is a quiet, unassuming and very loving and caring lady … really both of my parents are very loving and caring. Mom is a survivor for sure, too! SheMOM AND DAD 2 has been through the ringer at least 2-3 times in her 86 years and she keeps bouncing back, or God keeps giving us more time with her and we are ever so grateful!

The two people that had that wonderful little dialogue are so very special to me and many, many others. They have touched lives as they have traveled along theirs. The lives are really too many to count. From Vacation Bible School to Sermons on the Good Shepherd, leading the Youth Group from church to witnessing at the jail for 10 years and so much more. These two people have placed God in the center of their life and marriage and it has flourished – their love for God and each other and for their fellow man.

I just want to say thank you, mom and dad, for all you have done and I don’t think I say it enough. You two are my rock! You are my wonderful parents and I love overhearing all of the little conversations in our home, each and every one of them. It makes our home a home. A loving, warm and welcoming place for others to come and join us in life. We may not have a big, fancy house, but the one we have is a home full of love. We keep the Main thing the Main thing – Love God, Love People. That is the main thing. God will bless and even allow you to experience miracles in your life if you do this.

Another way to look at this phrase … at least the first part… or put it all together and change it up just a bit… and let’s tell God that…  “I am waiting on my instructions, God.  You say it and I will do it.”  Wouldn’t that be a wonderful conversation to have with God?  God loves us so much that He would delight in that opening sentence to a conversation with Him.

We, as Christians, should be willing to say those words to the Creator.  The One Whom all things exist from and Who holds it ALL together, knowing He would never ask us to do something that would harm us or be detrimental to us in any way.  He loves us so much!

Psalm 25:4-5

 Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.

Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.

Now… for the second topic I wanted to cover in this post… I know it is a strange combination and I thought of doing them as separate posts, but felt led to do them together because of the connection. The miracle of two folks staying together 67 years in spite of all the life things that could have torn them apart and the miracle of the Cicadas. Yep, you heard right… the Cicadas. I told you it was a strange combination. Read on to be awed by yet another wonder of our Great and Mighty God that created this magnificent world of ours.CICADA

Now, you hear them every summer. The trees sing with their song of courtship. In the heat of the summer the sound of the Cicada can be very loud and it gets your attention. I have always loved this sound of summer. It reminds me of sitting on the porch at my grandmother and grandfather’s house in Fort Worth.   We would sit out there in the early evening and drink a glass of iced tea or coffee and just sit and enjoy each other’s company. Then the singing would begin in the trees. You couldn’t really see what was making the noise but you knew there must be a lot of them to make that loud of a noise.

Also, there was always the brown shell left behind… but what kind of “bug” sheds their shell and climbs up in the trees and makes the wonderful sound?inspiredbyin Well, I have always called them katydids but those are a large kind of a grasshopper. The Cicada is different kind of “bug”, if you will. They are a very interesting and diligent little thing. The miracle of these little creatures is so fascinating. I think some of the Cicada’s song is a praise to its Creator.  Every being knows their Creator.  Jesus said that even the rocks would cry out if no one praised Him, so I believe that every creature has their own way of praising their Creator.

Luke 19:37-40

37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, 38 saying:

‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’[d]
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”

40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

The Cicada waits for just the right time to emerge and go through its ritual of finding a mate, laying eggs and then ending the cycle of its life.  It waited, did what it was supposed to do then went the way of everything else on the earth.  God is so awesome.

There has to be… as if I didn’t already know… there has to be an Intelligent Being that created all of this. He thought of absolutely everything and His creation is so magnificent that I get overwhelmed at its beauty and its … well, magnificence! God is so good and loves us so much to give us such a beautiful world to live in. As I have said before… He could have given us a black and white world and we would never have known anything different. But He didn’t … because He loves variety and color and … He loves us! So He gave us things like the Cicada to wonder about and to be in wonder of.  He calls us His beloved and He shows us in so many ways that He loves us!  We just have to take notice and thank Him for them.  God-god-the-creator-9773541-1013-803

Please take the time to watch this short documentary on this wonderful little wonder. You probably have an idea about them, but there is at least one thing in this short documentary that you may not know. Please watch and be in awe of our Creator and how the Plan of life for the Cicada is a wonderful one.

The Video – The Return of the Cicadas

This video is a song by Bryan Doerksen and it depicts the wonderful earth and various wildlife that definitely knows their creator. Enjoy!

The Song – Creation Calls  by Bryan Doerksen

The Video – Creation Calls by Bryan Doerksen

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MISMATCHED IDEAS

I was in church the other day and the choir was practicing before the service in the sanctuary. The worship pastor’s button fell off of his blazer and he couldn’t find anyone with a needle and thread, so he went without. OH, MY!  Just before church too!  No biggie, right? Right.  If he found a button somewhere and put it on his coat it would be mismatched.  That would not look very good and I believe it is a mismatched idea that someone would think that looked OK.  So, now you know where I am going with this?  Keep reading.

After the worship part of the service, the choir came down into the sanctuary and before the pastor began preaching, God whispered something to my heart. “Leah, you know how Garth wouldn’t want to mismatch the buttons on his coat when he puts a new button on…? Well, make sure and tell people that there shouldn’t be any mismatched of ideas in their Christian walk either.  Some things do not go together and shouldn’t be together.  Whether it is a mismatched button on a coat or mismatched ideas about Me and their Christian walk with Me.”

I sat there in amazement. I haven’t really heard God speak to my heart like that … that clearly … in a while. I just smiled. Yep. That is how God speaks to my heart. He just lays it out there and uses some every day event to compare with my walk – or your walk – with Him. I love it! I get so excited when God whispers to my heart like that. Sometimes, it has taken a little bit more than a whisper though. He does know how to get my attention in a much stronger way, if He has to. This time, He didn’t have to. I made my notes before the service started and waited until now to write about it. I miss writing every night for y’all. It usually does me much more good than it does you, probably. Sometimes, life has just gotten in the way in the last few months but hopefully things will begin to level off and I can do this again more often.

So… the Christian walk. The mismatched ideas in the Christian walk. I wrote about one the other day in the post “SO MANY ARE MISLEAD”. If you would like to read that, click the title and it will take you right to the post. What aindexre some mismatched ideas of our Christian walk? Let’s see… how about

  1. I can be married to a non-Christian person and be OK (This is where I personally have some experience). This does not work. You must be matched in that you believe the same things about the foundational things. Foundational things are:
    1. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit = the Trinity.
    2. God created the entire Universe and all that is within it.
    3. God created man and all that in on the earth.
    4. God Was and Is and Is to Come! He has no beginning and He has no end. He was before and will always will be.
    5. The Bible is the Inspired Word of God. It is true and living. The things of the Bible are applicable today as they were since it was written.
    6. The Bible was written by common men inspired by the Holy Spirit called to do uncommon things. You cannot take parts of the Bible and believe and the other parts discard as not true. It is to be read and accepted completely as the Word of God.
    7. Jesus was born of a Virgin (who was Mary) and was raised by her and His earthly father Joseph.
    8. When Jesus walked on the earth He was fully God and fully man.
    9. Jesus lived a sinless 33 years on the face of this earth.
    10. Jesus chose 12 disciples from the common men to be His companions and to teach them about Himself and Heaven and all that He was sent here to do.
    11. Jesus was sent from Heaven to be our example.
    12. Jesus was crucified on the Cross and died to save the world from their sins.
    13. Jesus rose again on the 3rd day and is seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.
    14. Jesus was seen by over 500 people before His ascension into Heaven.
    15. Jesus will come again to take us home to live with Him when God the Father tells Him “Son, go get My children”.
    16. When Jesus comes to take us to our Heavenly home, the people that did not believe in Him or accept Him as Savior and Lord will be left on the earth and not go to Heaven with us.

I have probably left out some things, but that’s a good start. Understand me here … that if you do not have the fundamental belief things in place, therecolumns28984800f will always be an issue between the two of you. Now, I am not here to give marital advice by any means, it’s just that I have lived this kind of turmoil and it is a destroyer of a “happy marriage”. I promise you. That is why God’s Word says this:

Luke 11:16-23

16 Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven. 17 But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls. 18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub. 19 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20 But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. 22 But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils. 23 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.

And this scripture

2 Corinthians 6:14

14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

I have written in red the main part of that scripture. Now, I know you may think your marriage is a kingdom, and it may very well be, but this mention of “Every kingdom divide against itself…” is not necessarily talking about a kingdom with a king like used to rule the land when Jesus was alive. But it is appropriate. The kingdom of God is the church and the “church” is the people that believe in Christ. So, if you are a Christian and you are married to a non-Christian, then your “kingdom” is divided against itself.

Now, like I said, I am not trying to be a marriage counselor here and give advice. I am strictly stating what the Word of God says. Yes, there are marriages that survive when one person is a Christian and one is not. However, is surviving all God calls us to? You decide.

Now on to another topic…

  1. Science and Christianity … yep, they actually complement each other and do not confscience-and-scripturelict with one another. There is a great book that I read entitled “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist” and in that book it talks about the wonders of Science and it goes hand in hand with Christianity and the beliefs that Christians believe. The first few chapters are a challenge to get through, well, at least it was for me, but it is a phenomenal book and every Christian ought to read it so they can see why they believe what they believe. It explains it very clearly and succinctly. I recommend it. That is the 2nd conflicting or mismatched idea… that Science and Christianity cannot and do not belong together. They do! As I said, they complement each other!
  2. You have to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved not… “I can be a good person, doing good, helping the poor, giving to charities, living a clean life and not rob, steal, or cheat and still go to Heaven.”Quotation-Johnny-Damon-good-Meetville-Quotes-47323 This is a belief that will get a person in trouble quickly. Some believe that they are a Christian because of what they “DO” which is totally incorrect. In Ephesians Paul tells us that a person cannot be saved by what they “do”. Here is the scripture:

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

I found a very interesting website to go along with this belief. The first link will take you to a quick little question and answer test. Easy to do and be totally honest. After you answer honestly, all the questions, listen to the video also. It is VERY compelling and it just might change your life.  Here is the link to “The Good Person Test”. Next, please watch the video below the test. If you like, here is the link to that as well – WhatStandard.com.

These three things – conflicts or mismatched ideas – that I have listed above are just a small – a very small part – of a much longer list. For time sake I will not continue this post but may continue it on another post. However, you see how important having matched ideas are if you are a Christian? If you claim to be a Christian, and you have mismatched ideas, I suggest that you pray about them, consult with your pastor, a Christian friend or someone whom you know is a Christian and be totally honest with them about your beliefs. Then wait and see what God can do in your life.

God loves you so much and doesn’t want you to be confused, have mismatched ideas or anything that will keep you from living in eternity with Him. He sent His Son Jesus to save you from yourself and all your sins. He is the only one that can do that. John 3:16 says…

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but shall have everlasting life. And also this one…

John 11:25

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

So, you see, God loves you so much! He doesn’t want you or anyone else to go to Hell and not live with Him in eternity. After all, He calls you His beloved.

The Song – He Will Rescue Us – Greg Sykes

The Video – He Will Rescue Us – Greg Sykes

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SO MANY ARE MISLEAD

This post is not like most of my posts, but I believe God wants me to share an important message because I believe so many are misled by whom they worship and what worship is.  So, I do hope you enjoy reading this post and understanding what and how and why I believe what I believe.

I am a Christian and believe in the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Here are a couple of websites that explain this concept – GotQuestions.org and DesiringGod.org. I also believe in the Virgin Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. That He lived 33 years on this earth and walked among the common people of His land. He was fully God and fully man. He was the image of the Father in Heaven. He performed miracles and wonders that the people had never seen and loved like no human ever loved. He was crucified on a cross at Golgotha and He died for the sins of mankind (that includes you and me), our sins were covered with His precious blood and we were forgiven because of His sacrifice. He rose again on the third day, conquering death forever. He – Jesus – was seen by over 500 people before he ascended into Heaven to be with His Father, our God, and now sits at the right hand of God – until that day when God says “Son, go get My children” and at that time there will be a Shout and a trumpet will sLordHorse-19ound by the Archangel and Jesus will descend. He will be riding a White Horse, wearing a white robe dipped in blood and these words will be written on His robe and on His thigh – KING OF KING AND LORD OF LORDS – Revelation 19:16. And the armies in Heaven will also be riding on White Horses and following Him who is Jesus. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that HE IS LORD! LORD OF ALL!

Now this is just a high overview of what I believe. This is the main and most important parts of what I believe. I don’t recall any part in that paragraph about Mary, except that she being chosen by God to bear and birth, as a virgin, our beloved Lord, Jesus Christ, and she raised him along with his earthly father, Joseph. Never once does it say anywhere in my Bible that Mary is to be worshiped. I know this will step on A LOT of toes – if you are Catholic. However, the recognized Christian Bible NEVER ONCE says anything about worshiping Mary or holding her in high esteem except that she was Jesus’ virgin mother when He was conceived and she stayed a virgin until His birth. TCHNJesusNot that Mary wasn’t very special and most precious… but she is not to be adorned with our praises. Those praises are to only … ONLY … go to the One who died for our sins on the Cross.  Please don’t be misled by any doctrine but what the Word of God says.

I just can’t understand why people – a religion – Christians – promote worshiping Mary when the Bible says NOTHING about it! I have just been educated today that the Catholic Bible does say something about Mary and that she should be worshiped and prayed to. I believe that is causing many to be misled… and so many are misled by this belief.  However, I believe the Bible that is recognized by the Christian religion as to be the Bible that was written by Spirit led men and God spoke to them and instructed them what to write. God filled them with His Spirit and they wrote the Bible. Here are a couple of excerpts from a website I found: AnswersinGenesis.com

The Bible is unlike any other religious book. Despite forty authors writing from three continents over nearly two thousand years, it maintains a perfect consistency of message. Its words point unerringly to Christ, whose work on the cross was ordained by God—the true author of the Bible—before the world began.”

“The Bible was written over a period of roughly 2,000 years by 40 different authors from three continents, who wrote in three different languages. These facts alone make the Bible one of a kind, but there are many more amazing details that defy natural explanation.”

There are many other things said on this website that are compelling. I suggest you read it. It is jam packed with wonderful facts about the Bible. OK, you say… “But man left out the texts that referred to Mary…. And how she should be worshiped.” Well, I say that the texts that were left out of the Bible today were not divinely inspired and did not have the consistent message of Christ and Christ alone.130822-TH-Gods-Word-Our-Foundation All of the books of the Bible, as it says above, written by 40 different authors and was written over a 2,000 year period “…maintains a perfect consistency of message.” The divinely led men that assembled the Bible that we have today saw a message that was consistent in the books that we see today in our Bible. That is why they chose to assemble those particular books to create our Bible. It has a consistent message. Jesus Christ is our Savior and … well, refer back to my first paragraph of this post. It states it all, and why I believe in the Bible is the Divinely Inspired Word Of God. It is God’s message to His people. The people He created.

So, I will wrap this post up by saying … I hope the ones that “didn’t” know now know why the Bible is the Bible and why Mary should not be worshiped. Oh, another website I would like to direct you to as well… The article is entitled “Should we worship Mary?” and the website is Bible.org. This is another excellent article that explains that if you use Mary as your mediator … well, here is the 1st 2 paragraphs of that article with a scripture reference.

While all Roman Catholics do not necessarily worship Mary, the fact that many pray to Mary (which is an act of worship and no where justified in Scripture) and give her titles which resemble those given to Jesus Christ including the idea of mediatorship, this question and others related to Mary have been included under this heading.

Worship is something that is to be restricted to God alone. As the angel stressed when John fell at his feet in appreciation for the revelation he had seen and received, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book; worship God” (See Rev. 19:10; 22:9). Mary is not God and her exaltation in the Catholic church has no foundation in Scripture. While we may and should appreciate the ministry of men and women, they are only instruments used of God for His glory. Christ alone is our mediator. Paul clearly points this out in 1 Timothy 2:3-6.”

3 “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony borne at the proper time.”

So with all that said, I will say that I hope you now understand my view point and understand why the Bible is the Bible and why I dislike the idea of Mary being prayed to or worshiped in any way. As it says above, God alone is to be worshiped. There is a lot more I could write about but I, myself, need to read some more about it.

I want to add that I believe Mary is very wonderful in that she was chosen of God as the “favored one” which translates literally, “endowed or filled with grace”.mary_gabriel

Luke 1:28

28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!

But that does not mean we are to worship her or even pray to her – because as it states above… praying to her is a form or worship. Anyway, my views are strictly based on what the Bible, the Holy Word of GodJesusAkiane says… Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of my faith, and yours too, if you believe in Jesus and have accepted Him as your Lord and Savior. If you know this Jesus, I will see you one day in Heaven with Him. If you do not know Jesus and have a relationship with Him as your Savior, here is another link to explain what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. It will explain it in very easy to understand terms and help you know why we believe what we believe as Christians.

God loves you so much! After all, He calls you His beloved.

The Video – King of Kings

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JESUS, JIHAD AND PEACE

The following is a book review on the book Jesus, Jihad and Peace by Michael Youssef.  I am a member of the First Look team from Worthy Publishing and what we do from time to time is review books that have not yet  been published.  Enjoy!

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Jesus, Jihad and Peace
What Bible Prophecy Says About World Events Today

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
A book review by Leah L. Adams, 2015

Michael Youssef’s account of certain events and practices in the Middle East are quite informative and very interesting. The knowledge he brings to the subject is vast. Being born in the Middle East, spending his early years in the culture of the Middle East and visiting regularly affords him quite a broad view of Middle East practices and the cuclip_image012lture from then up to today. His book is a very good mix of past historical events in the Middle East up to today’s happenings along with Bible Prophecy. He presents it very well with an understanding that surpasses many that have spoken of and written about this particular subject.

Dr. Youssef, founding pastor of The Church of the Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia, presents this combination of knowledge of the Middle East and Bible Prophecy in a very understandable and readable way. It is a book that will hold your interest and help you understand why certain things are the way they are and probably will never change.Jesus-Jihad-Peace-background

Being close to the people of the Middle East and friends with many he is able to speak in a very authoritative way and yet shows compassion and concern for them. He also writes in a way that is a warning to the American public to wake up and be aware of world events. Some of the events stemming from some of the Middle East practices and beliefs are quite alarming and America and the rest of the world needs to know about the reasons and beliefs behind these events and act accordingly.

I thoroughly enjoyed Jesus, Jihad and Peace and would recommend it for anyone that is interested in what the Bible says about certain events in history and certain disturbing events of today. The world news headlines will never touch on some of the topics in this book and therefore we, as human beings, living in a “not so small world”, need to educate ourselves and become aware of what has happened in other parts of the world and what could come to the doorstep of your own homeland.

Dr. Youssef ends the book with a wonderful account of what true peace is. He explains the three different types of peace; Deceptive Peace – The “Peace” the World Offers, Dark “Peace” – the Peace of Islam and Divine Peace – The Peace of Jesus Christ. He very clearly explains the difference and encourages the reader to find that Divine Peace by meeting the Savior, Jesus Christ.19299

I would recommend this book to any age, race and creed. It is a very engaging and informative book that you will not want to put down.
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GOD DIRT

I wrote this originally on April 4, 2014. I have revised it somewhat, but not the actual topic. Some of the sentences reference last year time frame. I have had an outpatient procedure today and am not up to writing a post on The Tabernacle tonight.

I thought I had posted this particular post some time ago, but I searched for it and couldn’t find it on the website, so you get to enjoy it here today. I love the topic and the comparison that it brings. So here it is and I feel certain you will enjoy the comparison that I have drawn.

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How many of you folks like to plant flowers and various plants? I know some folks don’t like to plant them but do enjoy looking at them and having them adorn their yards. Some don’t mind planting but don’t like the upkeep with them. I love the whole process… figuring out what I am going to put in different places, choice of colors, textures, shapes and sizes. Then to actually mix and match and organize them in my yard so it looks as good as it can. This is a trick when you don’t have as much funds as you would like. I tried growing with seed and it just never seems to be the same… hands-dirt-ccflcr-lolrensometimes it works ok, but the last time I tried, the plants just didn’t last like I had hoped for. I think I need to modify my planting times for seeds. Start them in the house and transplant them after the last freeze… which this year it was a bit deceiving – as some of you have experienced and are still experiencing. Well, I have everything in the ground and it is all blooming now and it looks pretty good. There are still some bulbs that I am waiting on but for the most part things are looking pretty good.

I was walking through the break room at work one day and saw these huge ivy plants on top of the refrigerators. I haven’t had any ivy in a long time so I clipped a couple of ends off aEpipremnum pinnatumnd put them in water on my desk. It wasn’t long before they started sprouting roots. Those things grow like crazy in no time! It is just the normal variegated green and white ivy, but I really have always liked it because it’s easy to grow and it can get so long and full and you can wrap it around poles and shelves. I always thought it was quite interesting how it could grow in water. Just water. No soil. However, the one on my desk had a couple of bad spots on it and I had to trim off some of the ends so it would start growing roots again. Then I decided to take it home and plant it in a pot with soil. Oh My Goodness! What a difference that made! It began sprouting so many new leaves and it is so pretty! I have it outside on my front porch with my other little plants. I do love the green leaves because there are so many different shades of green with the ivy.

OK, here comes the comparison… as always. We, as Christians, can grow on our own. But in what way are we growing? We can take care of kids, animals, house, job, spouse or significant other in the most amazing ways. However, are we growing spiritually? Peter tells us in 2 Peter 3:18 that we should grow in the grace and knowledge or Jesus Christ …

2 Peter 3:18

17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18 But 6grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Are we just taking root in water? Or are we planted in the soil so we can thrive and flourish? Those roots can grow and grow in water but oh how they flourish when planted in that “God dirt”. There are many references in the Bible about growing with God, or growing in Jesus Christ… another one of my favorites is a letter Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus. He always spoke with such beautiful words.

Ephesians 3:14-19

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

With the influence sprout_in_dirt_square-300x262of God in our daily lives we can grow and grow and grow and oh how beautiful we can become. We can reach out and touch others with God’s love and care when we are planted in Him. He loves watching His children grow and change as they learn Who He really is. When you are planted in that God dirt you will discover new things about Him and yourself every day! Psalm 1 is absolutely one of my favorite Psalms. As if you can pick any out a better than the rest… the Psalms are amazing. Psalm 1 speaks about that man (or woman) that delights in the law of the Lord.

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,tree-planted-by-stream
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

It is amazing how my view of God has changed over the last few years. I am constantly finding new ways to honor His name! And you know what? He keeps blessing me over and over again! He is an awesome God and wants to have a relationship with you too! He is just waiting for you to call on indexHis name. He loves you and wants to help you grow in Him. Find your God dirt and start growing! He loves you so much! After all, you are one of His beloved.

The Video – Psalm 1 – Kim Hill

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PRAYER – THE TABERNACLE, PART 4

Yesterday’s post was “PRAYER – THE TABERNACLE, PART 3” and it was about the Brazen or Bronze Altar. The Altar was the first thing you saw as you walked through the Gate at the entrance of the Outer Court of the Tabernacle. This was the first place you had to go to offer your sacrifices. The video I include in yesterday’s post was very good in that it explained the process quite well. It is a video of Dr. Terry Harman and he is teaching a group of people about the entire process of the Tabernacle worship and sacrifice. If you did not view the video, I encourage you to do so.

This post is on the Bronze Laver or Basin. This was used for washing or cleansing.laver

Here is a quote from the website BibleHistory.com.

“The word “laver” means a bath or wash basin containing water for the purpose of washing. The Jewish priests were commanded to continually wash their hands and feet during tabernacle service.”

Let’s begin with the scripture.

Exodus 30:17-21

17 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 18 “You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base also of bronze, for washing. You shall put it between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar. And you shall put water in it, 19 for Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet in water from it. 20 When they go into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister, to burn an offering made by fire to the Lord, they shall wash with water, lest they die. 21 So they shall wash their hands and their feet, lest they die. And it shall be a statute forever to them—to him and his descendants throughout their generations.”7-1_tabernacle

I would say that this step in the process is quite important for the priests. “…they shall wash with water, lest they die. 21 So they shall wash their hands and their feet, lest they die.” Emphasis mine. This was a continual thing for the priests. The sacrificing was a continual thing so was the washing. The priests would begin with washing of the hands and then the sacrifices continually and they would return to the laver to wash before going into the Holy Place. The priests would enter the Holy Place regularly but the Holy of Holies was to be entered only once a year. That is another post, though, and I won’t go there right now.   Here is another quote from BibleHistory.com.

Certainly the hands of the priests would immediately get dirty after washing and then ministering at the altar. And so also their feet (since they were barefoot) would immediately get dirty the moment they touched the ground after washing (since there was no carpeting). Then what was the significance of just the feet and hands being washed?

laver(a) The Hands

The hands speak of what they did, their service, their work, everything they put their hands to was important and so their hands needed to be cleansed always, and daily. The initial cleansing was done only once, the daily cleansing was done continuously.  (if you click on the picture above it will enlarge in separate window.)

(b) The Feet004-jesus-washes-feet

The feet represented where they went, their lives and ways. Their walk had to be a holy walk, so their feet were washed always, everyday.”

And as far as the symbolism goes, the same website said it best…

As the altar points to the death of Jesus, so the laver points to the life of Jesus. Blood speaks of a life taken and water speaks of life given. The water in the laver speaks of Jesus, the living Word of God that enters us and gives us eternal life. Jesus said that we are clean because of His Word and that the knowledge of God that comes through His Word is eternal life…”

I know you remember the story about the Woman At the Well. Jesus was there when she came to draw water and He told her about “Living Water”. Here is the scripture.

John 4:13-15

13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”womanatthewell

Water is symbolic of life and Jesus certainly offers that. Have you received this Living Water? If you have not and want to know more about this Living Water, click on this link. It will take you to the website Bible.org and The Simple Plan of Salvation. This will help you understand what it means to be a Christ follower and help you receive the Living Water that I mentioned earlier. God loves you so much and is waiting to hear you call out to Him.salvation

I am going to wrap this post up and I look forward to telling you about the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies next. Thanks for joining me on this journey. Remember, God Loves You and He calls you His beloved.

The Song – God So Loved The World – Charles Billingsley

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PRAYER – THE TABERNACLE, PART 2

Yesterday’s post began the sub-series on the Tabernacle. If you missed it, click this link to get caught up to date – “PRAYER – THE TABERNACLE, PART 1”. It was actually the introduction to this sub-series. In this post I will begin to look at each part or element of the Tabernacle. Before we begin I want to include something that I should have included in the introduction post yesterday. The study materials that I am using are mostly from the website I mentioned yesterday “Jesus plus nothing” and the article that I quoted from was “Jesus in the Tabernacle Bible Study”. Here is a part of that article that should have been in yesterday’s post. The quote is from the author of that article I Gordon.

Finally, as part of this overview, it is worth looking a bit closer at the three different areas within the tabernacle. These areas and the objects within each will be the focus of the coming studies but for now I want to draw your attention to what these areas represent.

The three areas and meanings of the tabernacle are as follows:

Area Dispensation or Age Area/Volume Jesus As Aspect of Salvation
The Outer Court Mosaic Law 1500 cubits (years) Way Justification
The Holy Place Grace (Church age) 2000 cubits (years) Truth Sanctification
The Holy of Holies Messianic Kingdom 1000 cubits (years) Life Glorification

 

Each of these areas represents an ‘age’ or ‘dispensation’ of God’s dealings with mankind. This is evident in the objects constructed and the materials used.”

I will address each of thesTABRNL2Ae as I go along with each part of the Tabernacle.

As I was reading another particular website, I came across a question that stated:

“Why Study the Tabernacle?”

The quote below that question is this…

“A) 50 Chapters Mention The Tabernacle

Because at least 50 chapters (13-Ex, 18-Lev, 13-Num, 2-Deut, 4-Heb) in the Bible tell of the construction, the ritual, the priesthood, the carrying of the tabernacle, and the meaning of it all. Also many other places in Scripture speak in figurative language concerning the tabernacle. In many Bible studies this subject is overlooked and considered insignificant.”

Then the last answer to that question is one I could not leave out. Here it is:

“G) Studying the Tabernacle will absolutely strengthen our faith in the Bible.

Be assured that anyone who has delved into the wonderful details of the tabernacle will confess that the Bible is more than just a book. No man could have thought of this. The Bible is the Word of God.
“all Scripture is given by inspiration of God…”

Those particular quotes are from BibleHistory.com/tabernacle.

Those are just two of the reasons I want to learn more about the Tabernacle, but it first began as just a desire I had. Then, when my Journey Through Exodus brought me face to face with the Tabernacle in the scripture, I tried to go around it and stick to the events with the Israelites. I just couldn’t get past the very familiar voice in my heart that kept bringing up the Tabernacle. I kept wondering how I was going to “work around” it and not post about it, but when I heard that still, small voice in my heart and spirit, I knew… I KNEW … I had to write about it also. It is a very important part of this Journey Through Exodus and the Israelites history. This is how God was able to “dwell” with His chosen people. This is where God’s Presence was – in the Tabernacle. So how could I “skip” over it?! I couldn’t. I had to listen to the Holy Spirit and write about it. So that brings us up to date and now I believe I can begin this post about The Gate.

As some of you probably already know the Gate is a representation of Christ. There was only one entrance into the Tabernacle area (the Outer Court) and there is only One Way to God and that is through Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself said …

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 10:9

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

Side note: If any of you read my “Good Shepherd” series, you may remember the part where I talked about how a shepherd brings the sheep into an enclosure at the end of the day and there is only one doorway into the enclosure. After all the sheep were in and settled down for the night, the shepherd would lay across the opening of the enclosure so as to protect the flock from anything that might try to get to them. This is a beautiful picture of Jesus being the Good Shepherd that lays across the doorway and protects His own.

There is no other way to God except through Jesus and the saving, precious blood that He shed at Calvary. If we have accepted Jesus as our personal Savior we need not fear the judgment of God, that we so rightly deserve, because the blood that Jesus shed at the cross was shed for our sins. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. We do not have to pay. So there is only one Gate into the Tabernacle area and only One Way to God and that is Jesus Christ.

Now once you get up to the Gate of the Tabernacle area, you will notice the beautiful colors that make up the Gate Curtains or Screen. Here is the scripture.

Exodus 27:16-17

16 “For the gate of the court there shall be a screen twenty cubits long, woven of blue, purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen, made by a weaver. It shall have four pillars and four sockets. 17 All the pillars around the court shall have bands of silver; their hooks shall be of silver and their sockets of bronze.

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Now in that website I mentioned – BibleHistory.com – it had a lot of information about the various colors found in The Gate. Here is what they had to say about the colors that God told Moses to use in creating The Gate.

 

Blue

Blue (Heaven)

Woven into or embroidered on the linen were blue, purple, and scarlet threads. The Hebrew word for blue means shellfish. A brilliant dye was excreted from this mollusk. This bright color is always mentioned first. Man needed something something to suggest the idea of heaven as a place from which God reveals Himself more fully than on earth. Therefore the color blue represents heaven, the color of the sky. We see the loveliness of the blue in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ who was not only heavenly in His origin but in His very nature and ways.

Jn 3:31 “He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. (yes I realize that there is a duplicate word in this quoted paragraph, but I cannot change a quote.)

Purple

Purple (Royalty)

The Hebrews would get this color from mixing blue and scarlet together. This deep red-purple color was a color of royalty (Kingly)

Judg 8:26 ornaments, pendants, and purple robes which were on the kings of Midian, and besides the chains that were around their camels’ necks.

The color purple typifies Jesus as King of king’s and Lord of lord’s, but there is another important truth. The mixing of blue and scarlet. Blue speaks of someone who is heavenly-minded, and scarlet, as we shall see, represents blood and death, sacrifice, and manhood. Purple is a combination of both, which speaks of Christ as both God and man. In some mysterious way He combined both natures in His own when He took upon Himself the likeness of sinful flesh.

Scarlet

Scarlet (Sacrifice)

The scarlet was derived from an Eastern insect (worm) that infests certain trees. It was gathered, crushed, dried, and ground to a powder that produced a brilliant crimson hue. Scarlet speaks of sacrifice and typifies Christ in His sufferings. The crucifixion Psalm 22 quotes Jesus as saying – “I am a worm”. God somehow took upon Himself a body of flesh and blood and then died, giving His life as a ransom for us all.

Now, before I close this post, I must add information about the wall of white linen that formed the perimeter around the entire Tabernacle area. I could tell you in my words, but it makes more sense to just include what has already been typed up on the website BibleHistory.com. They cover all the bases and it will be better for you and me to just include their words. Here is the quote about the wall of white linen.

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The Curtains of Fine Linen (Ex 27:9-15)

The outer court was enclosed by massive curtains which were 5 cubits (7 1/2 feet) high all around. 150 feet long on the north and south sides, and 75 feet long on the west, and 45 feet long on the east, leaving room for the gate. The curtains were woven from fine linen and suspended from the pillars, which were also 5 cubits apart.

Five separate curtains were suspended round the courtyard. Two of them ran along the long side each being 100 cubits. The one at the west end was 50 cubits long while there were two short ones on either side of the front entrance each being 15 cubits in length.

The plain white linen screen formed a barrier around the House of God. No Israelite could casually wander around the Holy building or stroll into the courtyard.

The material that formed this barrier was fine white linen symbolizing righteousness. The symbolism is revealed in the Book of Revelation where, at the wedding of Christ with His bride (the church) who has made herself ready for the wedding. Her wedding dress will be made of fine linen:

Rev 19:8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

The wall of fine linen around the tabernacle presented a barrier to those whose acts were not ‘righteous before God’ making sure that they would not have access to the courtyard. And, symbolically, this would have excluded every person in Israel.”

Now this is a lot of information and I hope I have captured all of it that is needed to understand this beautiful setting for God’s Tabernacle. As I continue exploring all the elements that are within the beautiful linen walls you will see how it all is so symbolic of Jesus Christ and the finished work of the Cross.

I look forward to continuing this exploration of the Tabernacle. Thanks for joining me. I will close for now but never without saying God loves you so much! After all, He calls you His beloved.

The Video – I AM – Mark Schultz

The Song – I AM – Mark Schultz (Studio Version)

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PRAYER – THE TABERNACLE, PART 1

I have chosen to include this post and the ones hereafter, about the Tabernacle, to be in the Prayer series because the instructions that Moses received to build the Tabernacle were during his time with God Himself and to me this is conversation or communication with God… which I call prayer. There really isn’t necessarily any reference to prayer except that it is the time Moses spent with God.

This, as all other posts, will include the scriptures and other information that I have run across in my studying about the Tabernacle. Just from what I have found in my studies, the posts about the Tabernacle will more than likely be about 3-4 posts and maybe more. So without further delay, let me begin with the first scripture.

Exodus 25:1-9

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering. And this is the offering which you shall take from them: gold, silver, and bronze; blue, purple, and scarlet thread, fine linen, and goats’ hair; ram skins dyed red, badger skins*, and acacia wood; oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense; onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod and in the breastplate. And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.

*Let me add a side note here, before I get started. In the above scripture, in verse 5, it mentions, as one of the elements – “badger skins”. I found another translation used the term “porpoise skins”. I don’t like discrepancies so I went on a search for an explanation. I found one and I liked what the author had to say as to why there may be such a discrepancy. The explanation is quite good and I believe you might like to read the entire article. However, I will not include it in this post but here is the link to it. I suggest you take the time to read it so you will understand fully the meaning of the scripture and understand when you read in one translation one thing and another translation another thing. It may help you understand and I am all about trying to figure out what was actually meant when I read the Bible. I love going on the word or phrase searches and sometimes find myself on those rabbit trails and fox holes I have mentioned before. This time it proved to be a fruitful rabbit trail.   Here is the link to the article The Badger of the Bible. This is from the website ZooCreation.com.
Freewill Offering for the Tabernacle Exodus 35:22-29

OK, so God told Moses what to have the people (the Israelites) to donate various items to build the Tabernacle and all the furnishings included therein. As some of you may know, each element of the Tabernacle, in some way, points to Christ. This first post will be an abbreviated one but will include a table that explains the colors that were to be used and their symbolic meaning.

I will be using quotes from time to time from the website that I am using for most of my information. The website is “Jesus plus nothing” and it has a wealth of information on it. This particular bunch of information is from the series that Mr. I Gordon wrote. It is entitled “Jesus in the Tabernacle Bible Study”. If you follow that link it will take you to the first in a series of four articles about the subject.

As I mentioned, I will use some quotes from Mr. Gordon and here is the first one. It is in regards to the following table with the colors and their meanings or symbolism.

Everything, whether it was the curtains, the gate, the altar, the lampstand or the Ark of the Covenant itself were constructed from the materials mentioned above. Therefore, it is worth examining the meaning of these for we shall see them again and again throughout these studies.”

Item Symbolic Meaning References
Gold Deity 1 Cor 3:12, Rev 21:18-21
Silver Redemption Ex 36:24, 30:15
Brass/Bronze Judgement Ex 27:2, Num 21:9, Rev 1:15
Blue Heavens/Heavenly nature Ex 25:4, 26:31, 28:31
Purple Kingly/Royalty John 19:2, Rev 17:4
Scarlet Blood Sacrifice Lev 14:4, Josh 2:18, Isa 1:18
Fine Linen Righteousness Lev 6:10, Rev 19:8
Goats/Rams Hair Atonement Gen 15:9, Ex 12:5
Acacia Wood Jesus’ Humanity Ex 26:15, Isa 53:2
Oil Holy Spirit Lev 14:16, Psa 47:7

Exodus - Tabernacle_ExteriorNow that you have a few things to think about and read until my next post, I will close with this information. There is a lot more to come and I am so excited to FINALLY be on the road to bringing this to you. (If you click on the above picture of the Tabernacle it will enlarge to a separate tab an you can see the various coverings)  The Tabernacle in Exodus is an exciting thing to study. I have always had some interest in it but never stopped long enough to really study it. One of my brothers actually built a scale model of the Tabernacle many years ago. It was pretty incredible. Anyway, we will discover many wonderful things in the days to come and I am sure you will enjoy learning along with me. Thank you for your patience in waiting for me to continue with the Exodus journey. It has been a wonderful journey and it is not near over.

The next post we will delve a little deeper into the Tabernacle and the elements or furnishings of the Tabernacle. Thanks for joining me on this journey.

The Video – Lord We’ve Come To Worship ((with lyrics) – Don Moen

The Song – We’ve Come To Worship

 

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