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.

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January 21, 2010

Exo 4-6: What if?

Posted in Fear, Historical, Moses tagged , , , , , , , , at 10:47 pm by Steve

Moses is scared and who could blame him? Whenever God asks us to follow Him, it will always cause what Henry Blackaby calls “a crisis of belief.”  Faith in God is not worth much if we already have all the answers, all the strength, and all the confidence to complete the task on our own. Faith comes when we are stretched beyond our limits to the point where only God can accomplish what lies before us.

What crisis are you facing today? None?

How’s your faith today? Is it growing or is it stagnant? You already know the answer!

Paul says, “God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.’” 1 Corinthians 1:27-31 (NIV)

How does God help Moses grow and give him confidence? Through a simple staff, but it was a physical representation of God’s presence and Grace. Do you ever wish you had a staff to touch the Nile River and turn into blood? [Remember the Nile was Egypt’s source of power, prosperity, and confidence of divine blessing. To touch the river was to touch their source of confidence? If you could touch the oppressive forces in your life, where would you touch?]

What physical representation of God’s power and grace have we been given?

Holy Communion – the body and blood of Christ

Baptism – washed into the community of faith through water in the Spirit of Christ

The Cross – a constant reminder that “God so love the world that He gave His only Son…” [John 3:16]

Worship – the community of faith that represents the Body of Christ to the world.

>> Can you think of others?

Aaron – Moses doesn’t go alone. God partners Moses with Aaron to speak to Pharaoh. Moses is the visionary, but Aaron has credibility with the people. This is a strategic move by God based on Moses’ fear and anxiety.

Burning Bush – I have often wanted a burning bush in my life to know FOR SURE what God’s will was that I may walk in it. When things don’t work out as I thought they should, I’m big at second guessing myself. The downside of a burning bush is that it belittles the relationship. God command – we do. God grace comes in Christ that we might know His heart. Now the question is simply “What Would Jesus Do?”

New Testament Parallel

LORD had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all the men who wanted to kill you are dead.”  4:19

“Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.” Matthew 2:20

Prayer

Father I pray that as we read your word together we will grow in grace, gratitude and faith. Continue to guide us and when we feel we cannot accomplish what lies before us, remind us that You are with us always in Christ Jesus. Amen