July 23, 2018
Read Exodus 27
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Scripture- Exodus 27:20-21a- “Command the people of Israel to bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to keep the lamps burning continually. The lampstand will stand in the Tabernacle, in front of the inner curtain that shields the Ark of the Covenant.
Aaron and his sons must keep the lamps burning in the Lord’s presence all night."
Observations- The light from the lampstand would be necessary at all times for practical reasons, since there would be no natural light let into the tent of meeting. Symbolically, the light never going out represented the ongoing presence of the living God with His people. Keeping the light lit was making an important commitment to stay in alignment with God.
Application- What must we do to keep a holy fire burning brightly inside of us? What are the joyful disciplines that help us walk closely with Christ and not stray from our commitment to love and serve Him? Things like prayer, fasting, receiving Holy Communion often, being engaged in ministry and mission, daily spending time in God's Word, and gathering together with God's people all help to keep the flame lit in our lives. Are you doing your part to cooperate with God so your flame is burning brightly?
Prayer- (by St. Augustine- 354-430) O Lord our God, let the shelter of your wings give us hope. Protect us and uphold us. You will be the Support that upholds us from childhood till the hair on our heads is grey. When you are our strength we are strong, but when our strength is our own we are weak. In you our good abides for ever, and when we turn away from it we turn to evil. Let us come home at last to you, O Lord, for fear that we be lost. For in you our good abides and it has no blemish since it is yourself. Nor do we fear that there is no home to which we can return. We fell from it; but our home is your eternity and it does not fall because we are away. Amen.
"I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong." (Ephesians 3:16-17),
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