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Asking, seeking, knocking

Scripture reading for March 25th: Deuteronomy 23-26, Luke 11

Luke 11:9-12 “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?””

God’s Word declares that He is a Good Father and that He gives good gifts to His children. Jesus gave His disciples the privilege of asking, seeking and knocking and promised results from God, His Father. He declared that as an earthly father looks out for the welfare of his children, God, the Father, would give them the best Gift, the Holy Spirit. The asking, seeking and knocking was an act of faith and centering on God and honoring Him. God views His children as His treasured possession and has promised to bless them with fame, honor, and holiness in His family forever and ever! Amen!

Luke 11:13 “”If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!””

Father God, thank You for daily and continual access to speak with You. Thank You for the promise of receiving, finding, and opening. Thank You for the best Gift, the Holy Spirit to live in me and be with me every minute of my journey on earth. Thank You that the Holy Spirit is forming holiness in my soul through taking Your Word and applying it to my life.

Deuteronomy 26:18-19 “And the Lord has declared today that you are a people for His treasured possession, as He has promised you, and you are to keep all His commandments, and that He will set you in praise and in fame and in honor high above all nations that He has made, and that you shall be a people holy to the Lord your God, as He promised.”

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Dress up to meet God!

Scripture reading for January 29th: Exodus 28-31

A priest’s job is to mediate between men and God.  Men who are dealing with God must be holy and proper.  “These are the garments they are to make:  A breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a woven tunic, a turban and a sash.  They are to make them for your brother Aaron and his sons so they may serve Me as priests.”  (Exodus 28:4)

The ephod was to be made by a skilled craftsman of gold, purple and scarlet yarn–finely made linen.  The colors represented heaven and royalty and blood sacrifice.  On each shoulder was placed an onyx stone engraved with the names of six sons of Israel.  The priest was to carry their names  before the Lord as he ministered.

The breastpiece contained two special stones.  (Exodus 28:30) These stones were to enable Aaron to make godly decisions in accordance with God’s will.  These stones’ names meant “lights” and “perfections”.  They have to do with the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden only in God.

The turban for Aaron’s head was made of fine linen.  It had a special gold plate with “Holy to the Lord” engraved on it.  Aaron was to wear that plate on the front of his turban whenever he ministered. (Exodus 28:36-39)  It signified holy separation to God.

The New Testament teaches that Jesus Christ is our High Priest forever living to make intercession for us!  (Hebrews 7:23-25)  He carries our names on his breastpiece like precious stones and we are over His heart!  In Him are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge! (Colossians 2:2-3) He stands as the only mediator between God and man. (1st Timothy 2:5-6)   He offered Himself as the sacrifice for our sins.  He is a man, priest and king!

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet without sin.  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16

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King Over the Earth!

Scripture reading for October 4th: Zechariah 12-14

The last chapters of Zechariah are devoted to declaring what God is going to do.  Many times the prophet announces that God says, “I will”.  God’s word is forever settled in the heavens.  Because He does not lie, what He says must come to pass.  Many of Zechariah’s words from God that have been fulfilled but others remain standing for future fulfillment.

“The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him, declares:  ” I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling.  Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem.” (Zechariah 12:1-2)  God was going to use Jerusalem to punish the peoples of the earth who refused to come to God.  God would save Jerusalem and strengthen His people but destroy all the nations that set out to attack Jerusalem.  (Zechariah 12:8-9)

“On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.  “On that day, I will banish the names of the idols from the land, and they will be remembered no more,” declares the Lord Almighty.  I will remove both the prophets and the spirit of impurity from the land.” (Zechariah 12:1-2)  God foresaw the cleansing of the land of Israel from idols and false prophets.  His people had struggled with idolatry but would be totally set free in the last days by a cleansing fountain.

“I (the Lord) will gather the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped.  Half the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city.  Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle.” (Zechariah 14:2-3)  Zechariah saw God fighting the nations that had overrun Jerusalem.  He would be victorious!

“The Lord will be King over the whole earth.  On that day there will be one Lord, and His Name the only Name.” (Zechariah 14:9)  The rule of God will come to all the earth.  He has a Name above every name!  There is no other King but Jesus Christ!  He defeats the nations and establishes peace on earth.  Praise His Name!

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King Over the Earth!

Scripture reading for October 3rd: Zechariah 12-14

“This is what the Lord says concerning Israel.  The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him, declares: ” I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling.  Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem.  On that day all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations.”” Zechariah 12:1-3a

God has some serious plans for Jerusalem and Judah.  He foretells of a time when all nations will be gathered against Israel and Jerusalem.  They will attack but be broken, because God, Himself will be with His people.  God stated through Zechariah that He would set out to destroy all nations that attack Jerusalem.  (Zechariah 12:9)

God is going to pour out on Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication in that coming day, and they will look on Jesus, the one they have pierced, and mourn for Him.  (Zechariah 12:10)  (John 19:34-37)  He promises to open up a fountain for the house of David and Jerusalem to cleanse them from sins. (Zechariah 13:1)  The land will be cleansed of all idols and every impurity.  The wounds that would cleanse them, would be received at the house of his friends! (Zechariah 13:6)  The sword would strike the shepherd of the Lord and the sheep would be scattered.  (Zechariah 13:7) (Matthew 26:31-32)  God’s people would be refined in the fire of the last days!  Two thirds of them will perish but a third will call on the Lord and He will answer them! (Zechariah 13:8-9)

In these last days that are to come, Jerusalem will be captured, houses ransacked and women raped.  But, suddenly, the Lord will put his feet on the Mt. of Olives and it will split in two, creating a great valley.  It will make a way of escape for God’s people! (Zechariah 14:4-5)  It will be a day with no daytime or night.  It will be a day when living waters will flow out of Jerusalem.

“The Lord will be king over the whole earth.  On that day there will be one Lord, and His name the only name.” Zechariah 14:9

Jerusalem will be lifted up and inhabited.  It will be secure and never again destroyed.  The nations that attacked Israel will be struck with a terrible plague that will cause their flesh to rot while standing on their feet and the eyes to rot in their sockets!  There will be a great panic and these enemies will attack each other.  There will be survivors who will worship the Lord in Jerusalem by coming to the Feast of Tabernacles.  (Zechariah 14:12-16) “Holy to the Lord” will be inscribed on the bells of the horses and the cooking pots in the Lord’s house.  God’s people will  be pure and secure!

Wow!  What a conclusion to this ‘minor’ prophet!  We have encouraging words of hope for God’s people who endure and hold fast to Him.  Be sure He is King over your life for He will surely be and is “King over the earth.”

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Dressed to Meet with God!

Scripture reading for January 29th: Exodus 28-31

A priest’s job is to mediate between men and God.  Men who are dealing with God must be holy and proper.  If those assigned and prepared for this job were not obedient, death could result and did on occasion!  (Leviticus 10:1-6)  Just as God gave great detail in how his Tabernacle would be built, He also gave great detail about the men who would serve in His house!  They had to pay attention to detail again.

Two other stones, the urim and thummin were  also in the breastpiece, right over Aaron’s heart.  (Exodus 28:30) These stones were to enable Aaron to make godly decisions in accordance with God’s will.  These stones’ names mean “lights” and “perfections”.  They have to do with the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden only in God.

The turban for Aaron’s head was also made of fine linen.  It had a special gold plate with “Holy to the Lord” engraved on it.  Aaron was to wear that plate on the front of his turban whenever he ministered. (Exodus 28:36-39)

So it is that Jesus Christ is our High Priest forever living to make intercession for us!  (Hebrews 7:23-25)  He carries our names on his breastpiece like precious stones and we are over His heart!  In Him are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge! (Colossians 2:2-3) He stands as the only mediator between God and man, a mixture of earthly (He is a man) and heavenly (He is God). (1st Timothy 2:5-6)  Let’s face it, Jesus is dressed to meet with God on our behalf!  He is better than Aaron or his line because he lives forever.  He is seated because his work is finished for our redemption.  He is royalty in heaven and on earth!  He offered Himself as the sacrifice for our sins.  What a Savior!

One of the important lessons in this part of Scripture is this: are you dressed to meet with God?  It is not so much a matter of clothes as it is of our heart.  Are we going to Jesus as our way to the Father?  Do we go in faith in His sacrifice?  Are we going humbly?  Are we seeking the proper attire of holiness?  Examin yourself today and get dressed to meet with God!

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to symphathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet without sin.  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16

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