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July 25, 2018

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July 25, 2018

Read Exodus 29

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Scripture- Exodus 29:44-46a- Yes, I will consecrate the Tabernacle and the altar, and I will consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests. Then I will live among the people of Israel and be their God, and they will know that I am the Lord their God.

 

Observations- The ordination ceremony for Aaron and his sons to serve as lead worshipers in the Tabernacle involves a lot a blood and sacrifice to symbolize that sin is costly. In this case it's the precious life an animal to remind the people that when they miss the mark of God's full intention there will be the need to seek forgiveness and often accompanying consequences. 

 

Application- As we read through this the bloodiness of things may will make us cringe, but I assure you there was nothing happening I didn't see as a 6 year old when I visited my grandpa at the meat packing plant. The point is to be genuinely prepared to meet God in our worship. We make it a point to say the altar is always open...before and after each service on Sunday morning. Before worship we can be preparing ourselves to receive what God wants to give us and praying for the new people God will bring into worship. After the service we might have experienced conviction and want to lay some ongoing and troubling sin at the altar or cry out to God on behalf of a loved one. How will you be ready for worship as the priests were 3500 years ago?

 

Prayer- God, thank You for preparing the path I must follow today. Give me Your peace as I travel. Help me to walk straight on that path. If I speak, remove lies from my lips and help me speak the truth in love. Remove any pride that has made a home in my heart, and help me in humility draw closer to You and serve others with joy. Help me go through this day calling on you, O Lord, to see Your glory sightings, in Jesus' name. Amen.

 

"And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him." (Romans 12:1),

Pastor Jamie

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July 24, 2018

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July 24, 2018

Read Exodus 28

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Scripture- Exodus 28:29- In this way, Aaron will carry the names of the tribes of Israel on the sacred chestpiece over his heart when he goes into the Holy Place. This will be a continual reminder that he represents the people when he comes before the Lord. 

 

Observations- Here we many more specific instruction about what the priests were supposed to wear when on duty serving God and the people in the Tabernacle. Aaron, as a representative of all the people of Israel before God, would symbolically hold all of the names of the 12 tribes of Israel over his heart as a reminder of how important his role was for all of the people.

 

Application- You may not have a special medallion over your heart with the names of the people that matter the most to you, but it's a good question to reflect upon: who do you carry in your heart? What reminders do you surround yourself with to give thanks and bring to the throne of God's grace the people that matter most to you? Of course, everyone matters to God and He holds each one of us in His heart. Who else do you need to make room for in your heart with God's help?

 

Prayer- Jesus, thank You for holding me in Your heart. Thank You for holding the people of this church, this community, the church universal, and everyone and everything You have created for Your glory in Your heart. Help my heart grow today to include more and more people that You highly value and love. Amen.

 

Max Lucado: “If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning... Face it, friend. He is crazy about you!" 

Pastor Jamie

To contact me:

​​​​​​​To connect with the New Hope website: www.findnewhope.com

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