February 3, 2010

Leviticus 8-10 There HE is!

Posted in Redemption, Revelation, worship tagged , at 10:58 am by webpastormike

One of the pieces of my heritage is hearing Oral Roberts delivering his sermon on Christ in every book of the Bible.  He called it “Who is that fourth man?”  The memory still lingers as a momentous experience and the joy that erupts in me when I find Messiah hiding in plain sight is more than reminiscence it is anticipatory.

Have you ever had the experience while hiking or walking or driving of suddenly seeing a thing of beauty that gives you a sense of awe or wonder?  It is kind of like that when He lets me discover Him where I did not see Him before.  Wow!

Worship is like that, don’t you think?  Suddenly there HE is!

It seems to me that the rapture will be this kind of suddenly.  It is not as if He was not always there, it is just that we did not have the eyes to see Him.  When He physically appeared to the disciples after the resurrection in a room with closed doors, it was a suddenly too.  It is no wonder that Thomas’ exclamation was so worship filled “My Lord and my God”.  I have just enough experience with suddenlies to thirst for more.  Perhaps this is the deposit/gift of the Holy Spirit who guarantees what is to come.  Ah! if so then Maranatha… come Lord Jesus!

Where do you see Messiah in Leviticus 8-10?

I found him of all places on a hat.  There is a beautiful piece of gold on Aaron’s headpiece that is a “sacred diadem”.  You probably already know what that is but I had to look it up.  Here is what it says in Vines Expository Dictionary.

diadema1238 is derived from diadeo “to bind round.”  It was the kingly ornament for the head, and especially the blue band marked with white, used to bind on the turban or tiara of Persian kings.  It was adopted by Alexander the Great and his successors.  Among the Greeks and Romans it was the distinctive badge of royalty.  Diocletian was the first Roman emperor to wear it constantly.  The word is found in Rev 12:3; 13:1; 19:12, in which passages it symbolizes the rule respectively of the Dragon, the Beast, and Christ.  In the Sept., Esther 1:11; 2:17, in some manuscripts in 6:8 and 8:15; also in Isaiah 62:3-4.  For the distinction between this and stephanos see CROWN.

So there He sits, Christ the King on the hat of a priest!  He binds together, makes sacred, and glorifies the head of God’s chosen priest.  Does He not continue to do the same even now, with a substance that is even more precious than gold.  And there He is going with the priest, into the Holy of Holies, carrying blood to sanctify the chosen people.
high priest garments
I think that I will have to rethink my hat bands role from now on.  Now it is a reminder of the taste of the glory that is to come!  My hat band, reminds me of Aaron’s hat band, which reminds me of the King who binds me together with the Holy Spirit, makes me sacred in His service and Glorifies Father God.

Ah, memories and reminders are good things for men and women to carry into our future.


1 Comment »

  1. Kettle said,

    I was reading the other day about Nicodemus’ visit to Jesus at night. Jesus tries to help him put the pieces of the puzzel together. “unless you are born of water and the spirit…” Jesus is saying that the signs of the Kingdom are right before you but you refuse to see them. “they have eyes but cannot see, ears but cannot hear”
    I think you are right that when we get to heaven, we will be amazed at all we’ve missed. Worship helps me see myself, others and the Kingdom better. thanks for the post!

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