February 23, 2010

Num 28-30: Feasts of Remembrance

Posted in Foundations, Prophecy, Revelation, Sacrifices tagged , , , , , , , , , at 8:24 pm by Steve

The list of sacrifices is very detailed and for our hurried minds seems pointless and too much to remember. But for people who were much more intune with spiritual matters this was a connection to Divine. God gave people a starting point from which to grow in their relationship with Him. But before we can move very far in our relationship with God must must face the painful reality of our sin and our desparate need for forgiveness. But what can we possibly do to cover our human sin and reach for the holiness of God. Through this laundry list of sacrifices, times, amounts and patterns we can begin to feel like the depth of our sin is being covered over and we can begin to know God personally. Then we can understand Grace, but not until we know how much it costs.

Regularly scheduled celebrations and atonement to the sovereignty of God.

Daily  /  Weekly  /  Monthly

Outline of Major Festivals

Old Testament                                                              New Testament

Feast of Unleaven Bread                                        Palm Sunday (fulfilled)

Passover                                                                           Good Friday (fulfilled)

Feast of First Fruits                                                   Easter (fulfilled)

Feast of Weeks                                                             Pentecost (fulfilled)

Feast of Trumpets                                                     

And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. Matthew 24:31

Feast of Atonement                                                 

Feast of Tabernacle

When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. Hebrews 9:11

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.

January 19, 2010

Exo 1-3: Freedom? For what?

Posted in Fear, Revelation tagged , , , , , , , , , at 8:47 pm by Steve

The Tribes of Israel that go into Egypt

  1. Reuben
  2. Simeon
  3. Levi
  4. Judah
  5. Issachar
  6. Zebulun
  7. Benjamin
  8. Dan
  9. Naphtali

10. Gad

  1. Asher

12.  Joseph  —  Ephraim and Manasseh

“The Egyptians used them ruthlessly” [1:14]

“Pharaoh-type” individuals come in many disguises in our culture. They can appear as the boss of your company, finances that oppress and slaves to credit card debt, health concerns and pursuit of youth, and relationship that force us to act in ways that are contrary to our basic natures. There are pressures to work longer, harder and with less family time. There are more and more demands to run the kids to every event to achieve more, to be more, and have more. This life is ruthless to our wellbeing. We are slaves of our own choosing with no way out, until we cry out to God for help, guidance and deliverance.

What is the Pharaoh in your life?  There are simply some things you cannot do without God’s help!

What we remember most from Exodus narrative is the Charlton Heston version when Moses says to Pharaoh “Let my people go!” We assume that Moses comes to free the slaves, but free them to do what? It is extremely important to read the text carefully. God tells Moses that He wants to liberate the slaves to go and worship Him. The focus of the Exodus is not freedom, if we define freedom as the ability to do whatever you want, but freedom to serve God. Exodus is not about freedom to do anything, but freedom to worship and serve God alone and not Pharaoh. That’s why God tell Moses to go to Pharaoh and say ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God.’” [3:18] God wants the freedom to worship God alone.

I will let other tackle God’s self-revelation of Himself “I AM THAT I AM”

Let me know your thoughts.