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July 23, 2018

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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),

Pastor Jamie

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July 22, 2018

July 22, 2018

Read Exodus 26

To read this text click HERE.

 

Scripture- Exodus 26:33- Hang the inner curtain from clasps, and put the Ark of the Covenant in the room behind it. This curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.

 

Observations- Behind this curtain only the High Priest went once a year on the Day of Atonement to symbolically offer sacrifices on behalf of all of God's people. This is the curtain that would be torn in two 1500 years later in the temple as Jesus died. (Mark 15:38) In Exodus only Moses could be in the presence of God, but the tearing of the curtain meant- through Jesus Christ as our mediator- all people can be in the presence of God.

 

Application- The tabernacle was set up for the worship of God on the sabbath day. It helped communicate God's presence with the people of Israel as they put it together in just the way God had directed them through Moses. I'm grateful for the specific instructions for the tabernacle. I'm also glad that God tore the curtain in two granting us free access to to the Father through the Son in the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Prayer- God, thank You for Your abiding, life-giving presence through Jesus Christ. I am grateful that You keep finding creative ways for me to see, understand, and receive more of Who You are and Your love into my life. Let me never think it's my job to repair the curtain You tore. Amen.

 

"Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom." (Mark 15:37-38),

Pastor Jamie

To contact me:

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

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