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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 3

The last post on the Tabernacle was about the Gate – “PRAYER – THE TABERNACLE, PART 2”. It mentioned the colors used in the screen or curtain and what they represented to the Israelites and to the Christian as well. I also included information about the surrounding curtain of white linen and the posts and all that they represent. It was a lot of good information that I learned myself as I studied it. This post is going to cover the Brazen Altar just inside the gate. Let’s get started and let’s start with the scripture.

Exodus 27:1-8

“You shall make an altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide—the altar shall be square—and its height shall be three cubits. You shall make its horns on its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it. And you shall overlay it with bronze. Also you shall make its pans to receive its ashes, and its shovels and its basins and its forks and its firepans; you shall make all its utensils of bronze. You shall make a grate for it, a network of bronze; and on the network you shall make four bronze rings at its four corners. You shall put it under the rim of the altar beneath, that the network may be midway up the altar. And you shall make poles for the altar, poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze. The poles shall be put in the rings, and the poles shall be on the two sides of the altar to bear it. You shall make it hollow with boards; as it was shown you on the mountain, so shall they make it.abo2

As you entered the Gate, the first thing you saw was the Brazen or Bronze Altar. It was quite large and you must stop at this alter to have the Priest examine your sacrifice that you brought that day.  Now this was no small alter.  This Bronze Altar was 7 ½ feet wide and 7 ½ feet long and 4 ½ feet tall. This alter was actually positioned probably on mounds of dirt so there was a space below it for the ashes to drop.  The picture above does not show it that way.  However, from what I have read it was probably this way.  The acacia wood that the altar was made from was the wood that was plentiful for that region and used in making things tALTERhat needed to last a long time. This wood was very strong and not prone to insects or rotting. It was a very dense wood and when it was covered with the bronze it was quite impervious to the elements.

One of the authors, speaking of the symbolism that the Bronze Altar, said it best in this quote.

“The altar itself was made from acacia wood but was completely covered in bronze. All of the utensils were bronze… even the wooden poles used to carry the altar were covered in bronze. All in all, you would have realised that this entire scene spoke of judgement. The fire that never went out… the continual sacrifices and shedding of blood… the use of bronze on everything… it spoke volumes of God’s hatred of sin. It spoke volumes of the continual judgement of God upon that sin.” From Jesus In The Tabernacle Bible Study, The Outer Court, I Gordon

I have also found a wonderful video that explains the Tabernacle and all the elements included in the Tabernacle area – The Bronze Altar, The Laver, The Tabernacle itself and much more (the video is at the end of this post).  This video is narrated by Dr. Terry Harman and he has an altar and all the other elements in the room where he is teaching. It is quite informative and very good. I encourage you to watch it. The video is about 45 minutes but it is very good.

The Bronze Altar is a picture of the sacrifice for sin that Jesus accomplished at Calvary. The Bronze Altar at the Tabernacle in the Wilderness had unwilling sacrifices led to the alter and tied down waiting to die, unlike Jesus. He was the willing sacrifice that was not tied down but He gave His life willingly. The sacrifices at the Bronze Altar at the Tabernacle had to be continually done and the fire was never to go out. Jesus was the final sacrifice taking all of God’s judgment and the fire of God’s judgment burned out with Christ’s sacrifice. As the author of that same article mentioned above stated…

“That is not to say that the fire of God’s judgement no longer exists at all. Surely it does and for those that reject God’s offer of salvation in Christ then for them the text will be fulfilled that ‘it is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God’. ‘Vengeance is mine says the Lord and I will repay.’” C036

Now there is so much more I could write about when it comes to symbolism of the Bronze Altar. There are the utensils used while performing the sacrifices and each with their own symbolism. There is the ashes and the fire pans that were used to take the coals to the Holy Place in the Tabernacle and much more. I do, however, want to include some … just some … of the things about the Bronze Altar that I found on a wonderful website that I have mentioned before – BibleHistory.com. There is a ton of information on this website about each item in the Tabernacle and it would be well worth your time to visit the website and read about each item. Not only is it about the Tabernacle but many other topics as well. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

The following is some of the information from BibleHistory.com about certain things about the Bronze Altar. Like I said, there is a lot more on that website, but I wanted to include these particular ones.

THE BRONZE ALTAR

Its Nature

  • It was made of acacia wood (indestructible)
  • It was overlaid with bronze (judgment)
  • It was of the earth (not man-made)

Ex 20:24 `An altar of earth you shall make for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I record My name I will come to you, and I will bless you.

  • It had no steps (man’s nakedness would be exposed) human works

Ex 20:26 `Nor shall you go up by steps to My altar, that your nakedness may not be exposed on it.’

Its Utensils

Ex 27:3-5 “Also you shall make its pans to receive its ashes, and its shovels and its basins and its forks and its firepans; you shall make all its utensils of bronze. “You shall make a grate for it, a network of bronze; and on the network you shall make four bronze rings at its four corners. “You shall put it under the rim of the altar beneath, that the network may be midway up the altar.

(1) The Pans to receive the Ashes

  • Great care was bestowed upon these ashes.
  • They were not taken outside the camp and thrown anywhere. But only in a clean place.
  • They were precious because they spoke of Gods acceptance.

(5) Fire pans

  • Censers used to carry the fire (coals) from off the altar into the Holy Place for service at the altar of incense. The bronze altar sustains the altar of incense.

Lev 16:12 “Then he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from the altar before the LORD, with his hands full of sweet incense beaten fine, and bring it inside the veil.

  • There was no doubt that the fire pans were used for carrying the fire on the march.

(6) The Bronze Grating

  • There was a grating made of bronze, which seems to have rested on a ledge inside the altar where the slain animals were placed, tied to rings and then consumed. It would allow the fat to drip down and the ashes to fall below.
  • The sacrifice therefore was in the altar and not on it.

  • The grating was the same height from the ground as the mercy seat. (Equal mercy and judgement):

Ps 101:1 I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing. (KJV)

Rom 11:22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.

Its Fire

The fire on the altar was originally kindled by God and was to never be put out:

Lev 9:24 and fire came out from before the LORD and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.

Lev 6:12-13 And the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not be put out. And the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order on it; and he shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings.A fire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.

Again, I know this is a lot of information but this is a huge topic and one that I am led to explore and share. Thank you for taking this journey with me. Tomorrow’s post will be about the Bronze Laver. Also, never forget, God loves you so much, after all, He calls you His beloved.

This is the video of Dr. Terry Harman in reference to The Tabernacle.

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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 – MY APOLOGIES

Let me begin this post by doing some of my apologizing. In my last post regarding Moses on Mt. Sinai with God, I indicated that it most likely would be my last post concerning Exodus. Boy, was I wrong! Have you ever said something and after you said it there was a gnawing in your stomach that it just wasn’t right and you couldn’t figure out why you felt that way? Well, after I posted that particular post, I got to thinking… isn’t there a lot more to Exodus than that? Well, I had used a quote from an author that wrote an article for Bible.org and he even indicated that all of the remainder of Exodus was just about the details God gave Moses on the tabernacle. Well, that is just not true… here is his quote.

From ‘The Magnificent Meal on Mt. Sinai’ by Bob Deffinbaugh.

From chapter 25 to the end of the Book of Exodus, it is the tabernacle which is the principle subject. I believe that the tabernacle was designed of God to institutionalize, as it were, the manifestation of His presence among His people on an on-going basis, as the mountain had served on a one-time basis.”

Now while that is a great article by Bob Deffinbaugh, the first part of that quote is just not right. I am going to continue on until we reach Chapter 40, verse 38, which is the end of Exodus, and then I will be finished with Exodus. There is a lot more to talk or write about in Exodus. So, I want to take this opportunity to say I am sorry for assuming and dismissing Exodus too quickly. There are so many more lessons to learn from.Moses_and_Aaron_1046-237

OK, my last post was “PRAYER – DISAPPEARING INTO THE CLOUD” and it was quite good. It was about how Moses went up on the mountain to be with God. This was the time he received the Ten Commandments – after God had spoken them out loud so the people of Israel could hear Him. He did this so the people of Israel would recognize Moses as someone they could trust and be their Leader.

The post I want to write about next is a quick one about Exodus 25. This is a pretty short chapter about the Testimony, Table and Lampstand.   The Testimony is the Ark of the Covenant and the Table and the Lampstand were furnishings in the Tabernacle. However, it is quite late tonight and I cannot do it justice. I want to write when my mind is clear and I have much more time.

The main reason I wanted to post this was to offer my apologies and explain that there will be much more to come on our Journey Through Exodus. Thank you for understanding, and always remember that God loves you so much! He calls you His beloved!

The Song – Starry Night – Chris August

 

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PRAYER – DISAPPEARING INTO THE CLOUD

My post yesterday was about the magnificent meal that Moses, Aaron, Aaron’s two sons Nadab and Abihu, the 70 elders, and Joshua had on Mt. Sinai with God… yep, they enjoyed a meal with God! That is an incredible thing to me. Here is the link to the post if you missed it – “PRAYER – MEAL ON THE MOUNTAIN”. Today’s post will be a wrap up of Chapter 24 but it is an important one. There is a lot in this chapter about the ratification of the Covenant, however, that is not what I want to focus on. Mainly because this series is about Prayer… and it is hard for me to stay on that subject when there is so much I would love to share about other things that are mentioned or covered in the commentaries that I read about the scripture. I will include a link to one of the articles I read about the entire Chapter 24 if you are interested. It is a very good bunch of information but its main focus is not on prayer so I will not include it in this particular post. I may do a post on it someday but not now. This is the link to the article – The Magnificent Meal on Mt. Sinai’ by Bob Deffinbaugh.

Another thing I want to make mention of is what they saw when they did see God. The scripture just says this…

Exodus 24:9-11

Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, 10 and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity. 11 But on the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand. So they saw God, and they ate and drank. (emphasis mine)throne

They only saw His feet. The author of the article mentioned above suggests that the reason the feet are mentioned is because of the angle that they were viewing Him from. Apparently they were looking up at God and could only see His feet. There are a couple other descriptions of “seeing God” in the Bible, one is Revelation 4:1-6 and Ezekiel 1:4, 22-28. There are some similarities of what they saw. Nonetheless, they saw God and did not perish. That is what is so wonderful.

Oh, to just see the feet of the One who died for me. I cannot imagine seeing His face. Finally face –to-face with the One who died for me. One day I will see His face and so will you if you are a believer and a Christ follower. As the old hymn says… “Oh that will be glory! Glory for me!” (If you are unsure if you will be able to see His face, here is a link to the Simple Plan of Salvation and it explains what it means to be a Christ follower – Bible.org.)

There is some suggestion that there is some time that has passed between the time of the meal and the time when God calls Moses up to give him the 10 Commandments, mainly because of what Moses tells the elders. Here is the scripture.

Exodus 24:12-15

12 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and be there; and I will give you tablets of stone, and the law and commandments which I have written, that you may teach them.”

13 So Moses arose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up to the mountain of God. 14 And he said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Indeed, Aaron and Hur are with you. If any man has a difficulty, let him go to them.” 15 Then Moses went up into the mountain, and a cloud covered the mountain.

So they were in the camp when God calls Moses back up to the mountain. Joshua arises to go with Moses. They ascend the mountain and disappear into the cloud that covers the mountain.

Exodus 24:16-18

16 Now the glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. 17 The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel. 18 So Moses went into the midst of the cloud and went up into the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.sinai7

Moses is now in the presence of God and is about to receive the tablets with the Law (The Ten Commandments) written by the finger of God Himself. This confused me at first because the Ten Commandments were given in Chapters 20-23. However, at that time (chapters 20-23) God spoke the Law so that the people could hear Him give the Law and also so it would give Moses authority in the people’s eyes. Now, this time He is going to write it out on the tablets of stone and give to Moses. God is also going to give Moses the blueprints for the tabernacle and all that is to go inside the tabernacle.

Exodus 25:9

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.2011-03-06-Exode-Tabernacle tabernacle daytime

The remaining chapters of Exodus are the blueprints, in great detail, for the tabernacle. God gives very specific instructions on how He wants the tabernacle built, what is to go inside it and how it is to be treated and revered by the priests and the people. This is a quote from the article I mentioned earlier The Magnificent Meal on Mt. Sinai’ by Bob Deffinbaugh.

From chapter 25 to the end of the Book of Exodus, it is the tabernacle which is the principle subject. I believe that the tabernacle was designed of God to institutionalize, as it were, the manifestation of His presence among His people on an on-going basis, as the mountain had served on a one-time basis.”

The author of the same article suggests that the time spent on the mountain with God (40 days) was part and parcel a test for Israel – which they failed miserably (Chapter 32). There is another quote I would like to include from the same article mentioned above before I wrap this post up. This is in reference to thewonder of the revelation of God”.

“The wonder of the revelation of God to the elders of Israel was that God did not strike them dead. The wonder of the revelation of God to Moses is that it is described from the perspective of the Israelites, at the base camp, rather than from Moses himself: “And to the eyes of the sons of Israel the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the mountain top” (Exod. 24:17, emphasis mine).”

In closing this post and this chapter and, I presume the book Exodus, I want to include one more quote from the author of the same article mentioned above. The reason I want to include this part of his “Conclusion” is because he says it much better than I could and it is important to understand what he is saying in conclusion to the book of Exodus and the Covenant that has been ratified by the people of Israel.

“Conclusion

The ratification of the Mosaic Covenant had great meaning for the Israelite of that day. It meant that there was now a way for God to identify with Israel as His people. Because of this, the tabernacle could be constructed and the glory of God which once was manifested on Mt. Sinai could now come down to this dwelling place:

Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle (Exod. 40:34).

For the Israelites of a later time, it was a great comfort to know that God had established a unique relationship with the nation Israel, and that even when the nation sinned and suffered the discipline of God, their future was assured, for God had committed Himself to His people. Even in a few days, when the Israelites would worship a golden calf, Moses could appeal to God on the basis of His covenant promises.”

This has been quite a journey through the book of Exodus. I have learned so many wonderful things and I hope you have too. The love of God for his chosen people – Israel – is great. They will always be His chosen but we are all adopted into the family of God – if you know Jesus and call Him your Savior. God is such an awesome and loving God. He loves you so much and He always has called you His beloved.

The Song – He Is – Aaron and Jeoffry

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PRAYER – MEAL ON THE MOUNTAIN

Yesterday my post finished Exodus 19 – “PRAYER – PREPARING FOR GOD’S APPEARANCE”. In that chapter we found many times where God spoke to Moses. This chapter was a preparation chapter for the receiving of the Ten Commandments. It included what the Israelites must do to consecrate themselves before the appearance of God on Mt. Sinai.

Also, God instructed Moses to tell the people to set barriers around the base of the mountain so no one would even touch the base of the mountain. Mt_Sinai_on_fire_1208OT-51For if this did happen they were to be stoned or shot with an arrow. God was serious about this because the mountain would become holy because of His presence on the mountain. He didn’t want anyone to perish because of a careless act of wandering too close to the base and happen to walk onto the mountain or even touch it with their hand. So barriers were put in place.

The next chapters, 20, 21, 22 and 23, are the chapters that the Law is given. There is a lot in those chapters and I recommend that you read each word in them. However, I will not be going over these chapters in detail. The next chapter that I will post on is chapter 24. I have read and learned some interesting information about this chapter. I am in the process of digesting it all, but I will begin with something that captured my attention. Let me begin with the scripture.

Exodus 24:1-2, 9-11

Now He said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar. And Moses alone shall come near the Lord, but they shall not come near; nor shall the people go up with him.” …

Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, 10 and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity. 11 But on the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand. So they saw God, and they ate and drank.

This is a pretty significant scripture. God invites, not only Aaron and his two sons, Nadab and Abihu, but seventy of the elders of Israel – which I mentioned in yesterday’s post. Also, Joshua, mentioned later, who is Moses’s assistant or helper. So they are all invited to the mountain, to a particular point. The next verse touches my heart… “…and they saw the God of Israel.” They actually saw God. WOW…what an experience. Then not only did they “SEE GOD”… they ate and drank with Him. God did not lay a hand on them and they ate and drank with God! What an awesome event in their lives. They see the Creator of the entire everything and they share a meal with Him! I think that was probably the highlight of their entire life!s188

My thoughts begin to wander here. What did they eat? Did they drink wine? Did they have a balanced meal? Was it Kosher… of course it was! Now I don’t mean to show any disrespect here, I am just blown away by this. I have NEVER read this scripture or heard anyone even speak about it. Also, I didn’t remember that the 70 elders along with Aaron were with Moses. Nonetheless, I think it is a pretty awesome thing. 75 men of Israel sitting down and eating a meal with God on Mt. Sinai! I bet young Joshua’s eyes and ears were filled with amazement and wonder.

I will not tarry on the subject any longer. I just mainly wanted to bring your attention to that spectacular event and let you soak up the wonderful picture of that day in history. Hopefully, tomorrow I will be continuing with Chapter 24. I may go back and expound on some of the other parts of the chapter. It is all good and there are many things to talk about. The conversation with God is continuous and worthy of mentioning for sure. So until tomorrow, I will close this post for now and hopefully have one to follow-up with this chapter tomorrow.

The Video – Your Presence is Heaven – Israel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQAwpMFS_9o

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PRAYER – PREPARING FOR GOD’S APPEARANCE

In my last post in the Prayer series, “PRAYER – ARRIVE AT MT. SINAI”, I wrote about how important prayer is in a believer’s life and it certainly was in Moses’ life. He was very in tune with God. So much so that the scripture says that Moses began the ascent of Mt. Sinai before God summoned him. In the next scriptures, you will see the instructions God gives Moses for the Israelites before His appearance on the mountain. God chose to reveal Himself to the people in the smoke and fire and allowed them to hear His voice as He talked to Moses so the people would “believe” Moses forever. Here is the scripture.

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So Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before them all these words which the Lord commanded him. Then all the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” So Moses brought back the words of the people to the Lord. And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever.”

To begin with, I want to make mention of the obvious in the first sentence. “So Moses came and called for the elders of the people…” You may remember when Jethro, Moses Father-In-Law, told Moses that he needed to choose for himself “able men”. Here is the scripture.

Exodus 18:17-21

17 So Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you do is not good. 18 Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself. 19 Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you: Stand before God for the people, so that you may bring the difficulties to God. 20 And you shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and show them the way in which they must walk and the work they must do. 21 Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.

These were men that Moses trusted and obviously the people trusted. So it is important that he call these leaders together and lay it all out for them. They represented “their own group” or “tribe” and could speak for them.

Moses laid it all out as to what God had told him to tell them. Let’s refresh our memories as to what God had told Moses to tell the people.

Exodus 19:3-6

“…Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children soartopof Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

When Moses tells the elders, they all agree 100% that they will heed the words of the Lord. Actually they agreed before they knew the full extent of what God had to say to them. When Moses went back to God to tell Him what the people said, God told him more.

How many times do we receive “the Word of The Lord”, either from a sermon we hear or from music that we listen to or from a friend that has something to share with us and are 100% in agreement with it? Maybe it is just the first lesson in a series of lessons and we agree 100% with everything that is taught that first lesson and agree 100% ahead of time on the upcoming lessons? I can’t say that I have ever done that… but the people agreed with whatever the Lord was going to tell them. Maybe we need to trust that the messages that we hear are from the Lord and not just “another person”. However, with that said, nowadays, we have to make sure the person saying these things to us is really of God. If you are connected to God and walk with Him daily, you will know in your spirit though. You can be assured by the Holy Spirit if it is truth being spoken to you or just someone’s “opinion”, but you have to have that “relationship” with God for that.

This ongoing conversation with God and Moses proves that they definitely had a relationship and it was a close one. The next time Moses treks up the mountain, God tells him to go down and consecrate the people… in other words, prepare the people for the presence of God! God gave specific instructions about how the people should prepare or “consecrate” themselves before His appearance.83f658b0f0a46f221ae5afe1a0269bd2

Do you ever make sure you are really ready to “meet with God?” Today, we really don’t have to go through all the rituals that the Israelites went through to be in God’s presence because of Jesus Christ. Jesus is our “High Priest” and He consecrates us by His death and resurrection. However, the Israelites did not have that provision for themselves. We may not have to go through all the rituals that the Israelites had to but we do need to prepare in other ways to meet God. If we walk with Jesus daily, we can be assured that our spirit will soak in some of that precious goodness of His and hopefully it will sink deep into our being and change us. If we know Jesus, we are changed from the inside out and that helps prepare us to meet God at any given moment. He is always there and loves for us to reach out and talk to Him and rely on Him in all of our daily life situations.

I remember one time I was attending another church and was singing in the choir. I had become single due to a divorce and began dating again. I began to allow the “world” a foothold in my life and before I knew it I was living as the world lives. I recognized this and removed myself from the choir. Why? Because, as a choir member, I believe that I was called to a higher standard of living and I was not living that “higher standard”. I believe if you are a “worship leader” of any capacity – choir member, praise team or worship pastor, you are called to live a life that is “pleasing” to the Father. I wasn’t. So, I left the choir. I know that sounds a bit backwards… why didn’t I just start living right instead of leaving the choir? That is a good question and the only answer I have is … I was selfish and wanted what I wanted. Not a good attitude of a Christ follower, I know. However, God and I have talked long and deep about that time in my life, among other times, and I know my God forgives and still loves me greatly! I said all that to say this … yes, there are times that we do need to “consecrate” ourselves to be in His presence, even though we have Jesus in our lives. So, let’s get back on track…

For the people to be consecrated they were instructed to do several things to purify themselves. Then the Lord would descend onto the mountain to talk to Moses. When God does descend on the mountain it is a display of His power and majesty. The people witnessed the mountain being totally covered in smoke and God descending on the mountain in the fire. This must have been an awesome sight and one that the Israelites should not forget for quite some time. From the smoke, God calls to Moses to come up onto the mountain. Moses does so and God tells him to go back and make sure the people DO NOT come near the mountain and not so much as to touch the mountain.Mt_Sinai_on_fire_1208OT-51

Now, the next thing out of Moses mouth is a reassurance to God that the people will not be coming too close. Then, the response from God seems a bit agitated.

Exodus 19:24

Then the Lord said to him, “Away! Get down and then come up, you and Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the Lord, lest He break out against them.”

The commentaries I have read on this particular scripture mention nothing of the seemingly agitated comment of God, so I will just deduce that God apparently was a bit agitated by Moses’ reluctance to go back down to tell the people something that he had already told them and they had made the boundaries around the base of the mountain as was instructed earlier. Maybe Moses was quite tired and didn’t want to make that trek yet, or maybe he didn’t want to leave the presence of God just yet. I do not know for sure… just speculation and that’s as good as I can do for now.

One commentator did say that because God told Moses to bring Aaron with him but no one else that Their leadership was thereby confirmed.Moses_and_Aaron_1046-237

That brings us to the end of chapter 19. We can see that God and Moses have quite a relationship at this point. One that continues to strengthen with each encounter. The next chapter is when the “Law” is given – The Ten Commandments. Again, this promises to be a challenge for me and I covet your prayers as I study and seek God’s guidance in what He wants me to share with you. God is such an awesome and wonderful God. Loving, long-suffering, patient and kind. The more I study and learn, the more I want to know. I am so blessed to have the scriptures … the Bible … to learn from. God’s Word is precious to me and I pray that I will always be able to have a copy and read and learn from. God wants all of His children to learn what He has to say in His Word. Mostly that He loves you so much! He calls you His beloved!

The Song – God Amazing – Charles Billingsley

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PRAYER – ARRIVE AT MT. SINAI

Yesterday’s post left us on a high because there was a decisive victory over the Amalekites for Israel. This post “PRAYER – PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS” explained how Moses prayed on the mountain top, with Aaron and Ur holding up his arms, until Joshua and his warriors won the victory. It symbolizes how prayer can be and sometimes is the only thing that will help a particular situation. As Christians, prayer is or should be used as our most powerful and effective weapon to dispel any problems or concerns that we may have.

I found a website that is a wonderful resource for many reasons to pray. I will not copy and paste all of the information because it would take up way too much time, but I do want to draw your attention to it and use a quote or two. The main reason we should pray is God’s Word tells us to pray. Here is the first in the list from the website “Focus On The Family – Prayer Has Its Reasonsprayer-conversations

“One key reason to pray is because God has commanded us to pray. If we are to be obedient to His will, then prayer must be part of our life in Him. Where does the Bible call us to prayer? Several passages are relevant:

  • “Pray for those who persecute you” –Matthew 5:44 (NIV) [1]
  • “And when you pray …” –Matthew 6:5
  • “This, then, is how you should pray …” –Matthew 6:9
  • “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” –Romans 12:12
  • “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” –Ephesians 6:18
  • “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” –Philippians 4:6
  • “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” –Colossians 4:2
  • “Pray continually” -1 Thessalonians 5:17
  • “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone …” -1 Timothy 2:1

Prayer is an act of obedience. God calls us to pray and we must respond.”

Now those bullet points alone should be enough… but the website goes on to tell us more. I urge you to check it out and learn even more about prayer. Now… on to this post. Today’s post is about Moses and God having their conversations (prayer time) on Mount Sinai. This is a precursor to God giving Moses the 10 Commandments. During this chapter Moses treks up and down the mountain 4 times. This 80 year old man was probably feeling his age about half way up this mountain of 8,465’ elevation.

The chapter opens and tells us that this is the third month after leaving Egypt. So the Israelites have arrived 3 months after leaving Egypt and have pitched their tents. They are there for a while (actually 11 months totally). One commentary that I read eludes to the fact that Moses must have had some communication with God because it begins with him trekking up the mountain before God calls him… at least the scripture doesn’t record the conversation if there was one. I believe Moses had to have been in communication with God, even if it was just in his spirit, mainly because verse 3 begins with “… and Moses went up to God” before God called to him to come up. Here is the scripture.

Exodus 19:1-6

In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai. For they had departed from Rephidim, had come to the Wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness. So Israel camped there before the mountain.Mt. Sinai

And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

Now let’s stop here for a moment and look at a couple of things. Moses going up to God before God calls him is important. Like I said, the scripture doesn’t say that God and Moses had a conversation about going up to the mountain on this particular day, Moses just knew. I believe he just knew in his spirit that he needed to ascend the mountain to prepare to talk to God. This is something that we should learn from. Moses was so in touch and in tune with God that he knew in his spirit. The Holy Spirit will talk to us in our spirit if we open our hearts and minds to Him. Jesus told His disciples that He would leave us with a Helper and the Holy Spirit is that Helper. THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRITHe is there to help guide and direct our paths. This is the third person in the Trinity and we should recognize Him as we do God and Jesus. He is there to help us. Now the Holy Spirit had not come to earth in Moses time but God Himself was speaking to Moses and Moses had God in his heart to know when God wanted to speak with him. At least I believe that.

The next thing I want to bring your attention to is the beautiful picture of the mention of the eagle and its eaglets. An eagle teaching them to fly is a beautiful picture of God and His love for us and how He is there when – not if – we fall. I want to include a quote from another website here because the author says it so beautifully. Here is the quote from Bible.org

God uses a beautiful image here, that of the eagle’s care for its offspring. In the Book of Deuteronomy Moses explains the image more fully: “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, That hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His pinions” (Deuteronomy 32:11). While there were times when God seemed (to the Israelites) to have abandoned His people, in reality, God, like the mother eagle, was simply stirring up the nest, forcing the Israelites to “try their wings.” When Israel thought she was about to perish, God swooped beneath her, bearing her up. What a beautiful picture of the loving and compassionate care of God for His people. Israel’s past proved that God had dealt graciously with her, while at the same time He destroyed the Egyptians” images

You surely know by now – if you are a Christ follower – that troubles come into your life and God is there to catch you. Sometimes the “trouble” is of our own making and other times it is God stretching us to get us out of our “nest” or our comfort zone, and stretch us on to new heights of walking with Him. I, personally, can attest to this! It is an awesome and sometimes frightening feeling to know the power of God in my life. Frightening in the sense of awe inspiring… not frightening in a bad way. God is such an awesome and powerful God. He loves us so much that He “stirs up” our nest to bring us closer to Him. He definitely “stirred up” the nest of the Israelites. He displays His love for them countless times on Journey through Exodus just as we can see ways He displays His love for us on our Journey through our walk with Him.soartop

I will close this post here and leave you with the picture of how God cares for you. He loves you so much, He calls you His beloved.

 

The Video – On Eagle’s Wings (with lyrics) – Josh Groban

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PRAYER – SPLIT ROCK AT HOREB

As I have been studying and trying to find information on this subject I have run across some interesting things. One Outreach Ministry from Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas is called “Water From The Rock”. They do many things for low to middle income families from help with clothing, food and even job readiness and GED preparation. I also found many commentaries that talked about the symbolism in these verses of scripture. Let’s begin with the scripture like always.

Exodus 17:1-5

The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. So they quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.”

Moses replied, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?”

But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?”

Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.”337_09_eliasova_jeskyne

Now let’s stop there for a moment and see what is going on. One would think that these Israelite folks would realize that God is leading them and will supply ALL their needs but they keep forgetting. One commentary said this: The small cloud of doubt was hiding the face of God from them.” I like that statement. It is so true of the Israelites, yes, but isn’t it true of us too. We sometimes carry this “small cloud of doubt” around with us and it keeps us from enjoying the presence of God Himself. I know this is true sometimes with me. Yes, I am usually a very positive person that believes wholeheartedly that God will provide and take care of me. However, there are times, I will confess, that I have a small doubt sometimes… not very often but it has happened. I mean I have asked God for another job now for at least 18 months and have applied for at least 500 different jobs over the course of that 18 months and I am still where I was two years ago. Is He ever gonna’ open a door for me? YES! I believe He will beyond a shadow of a doubt … and I say that now… but I have had a thought in the past, buried deep in my being that maybe… I have done something to keep me from getting “that job”.   Just typing that seems ridiculous. I certainly do know that I have not done anything to keep God from opening that door to a new job.   It is just gonna’ be in His time and not mine. So as Forest Gump said, “And that’s all I have to say about that.” LOL! The Israelites were doubting and that kept them from fully enjoying the presence of God. That doubt can be like a cancer and eat away at a very slight bit of faith that one does have if you’re not careful. I believe that is what was happening with the Israelites. They would go from mountaintop to valley with God and sometimes everywhere in between. Just like we do sometimes and that’s because we are human.

Moses feared for his very life because the people became an unruly bunch when they got thirsty. So what does Moses do? He goes directly to God. He trusts God and he tells him his concerns. Here is God’s answer.

Exodus 17:5-7

The Lord answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the place Massah[a] and Meribah[b] because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the Lord saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”39908831

Now the symbolism I want you to see is this… Moses was told by God to go ahead of the people and God would stand before him “by the rock at Horeb”. Then He told Moses to strike the rock for the water to come out of it for the people to drink. The Rock symbolizes Jesus and He had to be struck or smitten for His saving Living Water to be effective. Just as the rock at Horeb had to be struck to get water. This is a beautiful picture of the Living Water of Jesus that saves us today. The water from the rock that Moses struck saved the people in the desert. There is a beautiful scripture in Isaiah that mentions this water in the desert.

Isaiah 32:2

Each one will be like a shelter from the wind
and a refuge from the storm,
like streams of water in the desert
and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.

There is also an old hymn that says “Jesus is a Rock in the weary land” and indeed He is. Here is the You Tube video (although it is just an audio) of Frank Sinatra singing this old hymn with The Charioteers.

From what I understand the original translation of the account of water coming from this rock is a “gushing” type of water coming out of the rock. In the video at the bottom of this post the lady talks about this original text and emphasizes that the rock that is believed to be The Rock at Horeb” has markings on the inside of the rock, PRESSURE FLAKED GRANITEwhere it was split into, that shows it was quite the “gusher” of water that came out of that rock. It was not just a small stream of water. It filled up the places below where the rock is to quench the thirst of these hundreds of people and their livestock. (The pictures are from that great video. Please take the time to watch it. It’s about where the “real” Mt. Sinai is and all the wonderful things that are mentioned in scripture.)Picture4

Isn’t that like Jesus, too? He doesn’t just give us a trickle of His Living Water, but He gives us a “gusher” of it. He gives so abundantly and fully that we will never thirst again, unlike the Israelites that drank the water from the rock at Horeb. Jesus is our Rock and our Salvation! Our Living Water and our Bread of Life.split

Do you know this Living Water? Do you know that it is a free gift from God? You can have everlasting life from Jesus if you trust Him as your personal Savior. Just ask him into your life today. Here is a link to the Simple Plan of Salvation. This will help you understand what it means to be a Christ follower. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line on the “Contact” form at the top of this page. Jesus is waiting to hear your voice call out to Him today. He loves you so much that He calls you His beloved!

The Split Rock – the Rock at Horeb

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PRAYER – FROM BITTER TO SWEET

The last time I posted on the Prayer series was the post entitled “PRAYER – WILDERNESS AND BITTER WATER”. The Lord had led Israel into an area that had a supply of water but the water was bitter and undrinkable. It was then that God showed Moses a tree that he would have to throw into the water to make it drinkable. When Moses did so the water became sweet and able to be consumed to refresh the thirsty, parched throats of Israel. (Exodus 15:22-26)

I believe there is some symbolism here and I didn’t go there with my post the other day but I want to address it here before going on to the next prayer (conversation with God) that Moses has.

treeoflifeascross_artThe symbolism here, to me, is when your life or attitude is full of bitterness there is only one “Tree” that can sweeten and restore. That is the Tree of Life through Christ Jesus. Allow me to use a quote from a website to explain. This is from GotQuestions.org and the question that is posed is as follows:

What is the meaning of the tree of life?

“…Because God knew that Adam would fail the conditions of his immortality, He provided for One who would redeem fallen mankind. Through one man, Adam, sin entered the world, but through another Man, Jesus Christ, redemption through the forgiveness of sin is available to all (Romans 5:17). Those who avail themselves of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross will see the tree of life again, for it stands in the middle of the Holy City, the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2, 22:1-2). Its water is the constant flow of everlasting life from God’s throne to God’s people.”

Now there is more to that answer than just that paragraph. Click on the question link to go to the entire answer.

Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross provided life for the sinner – which we all are. If you take the Cross and insert it into your life, you will be changed forever – bitter to sweet – so-to-speak. Now some folks take longer to change than others and sometimes it is a painful, long drawn out experience over time for some. Nonetheless, changed. Others seem to be changed into something different very quickly – as much as night and day. Just as Moses threw the “tree” into the bitter water to make it sweet and drinkable … we can throw the Cross of Christ into our bitter and unacceptable life and attitude and be changed.   The Cross can change us for eternity, whereas if the world changes, it is only for a time and not for eternity.jesus-christ-on-the-cross

Now that is not to say that Christians as a whole are changed and it is recognizable. Sometimes it is not and then it has to be left up to God to judge. I, myself, believe that if you haven’t done much changing, you haven’t done much accepting of the Cross and Jesus Christ. I am speaking from experience here. I was a Christian saved by grace, yes, but I was not living as I should. I had not allowed the Cross of Jesus Christ to “change” me from the bitter life to a sweet life of walking with The Lord. You cannot spend time with the Creator, the Savior – without being changed. If you walk and talk with Him daily and accept Him into your life, you will be changed. The Tree Of Life – the Cross of Jesus Christ – has that ability to change you. See what Paul has to say about being changed.

Romans 6:1-14

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.1273312_10151731877491313_250680948_o

For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.dead-to-sin-alive-to-God

I am going to close this post with this scripture and these questions. Have you allowed the Cross of Jesus Christ to change your old sin nature into a life that is pleasing to Him? Have you given up the bitter for the sweet? Have you decided to walk with the Savior instead of walking with your desires? As my pastor says, God is God and we are not. Allow Jesus to change you. He loves you so much! You are His beloved!

I have included the lyrics to the song  below the video … it is an awesome song that we would all benefit to sing to the Lord.  If you do not listen, at least read the lyrics.  They are pretty powerful!  Take my worlds apart, Lord and make it Yours.

The Song – Take My Worlds Apart – Jars of Clay

The Video – Take My Worlds Apart – Jars of Clay

Take My Worlds Apart Lyrics

I am the only one to blame for this
Somehow it all adds up the same
Soaring on the wings of selfish pride
I flew too high and like Icarus I collide
With a world I try so hard to leave behind
To rid myself of all but love,
To give and die

To turn away and not become
Another nail to pierce the skin of one who love
More deeply than the oceans,
More abundant than the tear
Of a world embracing every heartache

Can I be the one to sacrifice
Or grip the spear and watch the blood and water flow

To love you – take my world apart
To need you – I am on my knees
To love you – take my world apart
To need you – broken on my knees

All said and done I stand alone
Amongst remains of a life I should not own
It takes all I am to believe
In the mercy that covers me

Did you really have to die for me?
All I am for all you are
Because what I need and what I believe are worlds apart

And I pray,
To love you – take my world apart
To need you – I am on my knees
To love you – take my world apart
To need you – broken on my knees

I look beyond the empty cross
Forgetting what my life has cost
And wipe away the crimson stains
And dull the nails that still remains
More and more I need you now,
I owe you more each passing hour
The battle between grace and pride
I gave up not so long ago
So steal my heart and take the pain
And wash the feet and cleanse my pride
Take the selfish, take the weak,
And all the things I cannot hide
Take the beauty, take my tears
The sin and soaked heart and make it yours
Take my world all apart
Take it now, take it now
And serve the ones that I despise
Speak the words I can’t deny
Watch the world I used to love
Fall to dust and thrown away
I look beyond the empty cross
Forgetting what my life has cost
So wipe away the crimson stains
And dull the nails that still remain
So steal my heart and take the pain
Take the selfish, take the weak
And all the things I cannot hide
Take the beauty, take my tears
Take my world apart, take my world apart
I pray, I pray, I pray
Take my world apart

Worlds Apart.

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