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July 26, 2018

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July 26, 2018

Read Exodus 30

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Scripture- Exodus 30:34-35- Then the Lord said to Moses, “Gather fragrant spices-resin droplets, mollusk shell, and galbanum- and mix these fragrant spices with pure frankincense, weighed out in equal amounts. Using the usual techniques of the incense maker, blend the spices together and sprinkle them with salt to produce a pure and holy incense. 

 

Observations- The incense served as a symbol of the prayers of the people being lifted up to God, who wanted to hear from His people. Everything was designed in the Tabernacle to help connect people with God and one another as a community of faith 

and individuals in need of receiving forgiveness. All of the symbols helped point to that reality.

 

Application- Ephesians 5:2- in remembering the sacrifices on the altar and the incense burned- says, "Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God." Paul was saying our lives are to be a beautiful offering to the living God. How can that be so for you today?

 

Prayer- (by John Baillie- 1886-1960) Jesus Christ said, Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. O God, incline my heart to follow in this way. Jesus Christ said,  Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. O God, incline my heart to follow in this way. Jesus Christ said, Do good and lend, hoping for nothing again. O God, incline my heart to follow in this way. Jesus Christ said, Love your enemies. O God, incline my heart to follow in this way. Jesus Christ said, Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation. O God, incline my heart to follow in this way. Jesus Christ said, Fear not, only believe. O God, incline my heart to follow in this way. Jesus Christ said, Except ye turn again and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. O God, incline my heart to follow in this way. Jesus Christ said, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. O God, incline my heart to follow in this way. Amen. 

 

"The smoke of the incense, mixed with the prayers of God’s holy people, ascended up to God from the altar where the angel had poured them out." (Revelation 8:4),

Pastor Jamie

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