Saturday, September 6, 2014

THE ARK OF THE COVENANT

Today’s Reading: Exodus 37-38

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion on the right-hand side).

 

A tour group visiting a life-sized replica of the Tabernacle stands in the Holy of Holies looking upon the representation of the Ark of the Covenant.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, click HERE.

Key Verse: Exodus 37:1

Then Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood; two and a half cubits was its length, a cubit and a half its width, and a cubit and a half its height.

 

The second commandment says, “You shall not make for yourself any carved image…” (Exodus 20:4-5). Is God breaking His own commandment by ordering the image of Cherubim? Not at all! Breaking this commandment had to do with, “You shall not bow down to them nor serve them” (verse 5). Why make this point? Because of our tendency to take Bible verses out of context. For example, there is an area of Jerusalem known as Mea Sherim. Here the extreme orthodox Jews have been known to break a tourist’s camera because they believe a picture breaks the commandment of making an image. In this daily blog, I hope to always present my message in context.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord, Your Word has been handed down to us correctly. When I interpret into my understanding what You gave Moses and others, may I consider the sentence before and after, the chapter before and after, and in fact the entirety of Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, the living Word, Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Two years ago yesterday I gave a eulogy at the home-going celebration of Bruce Wastle, a 35-year team member of our Crossroads ministry. Bruce was one of the finest electronic engineers ever. He came on staff in the Spring of 1977 to help install the equipment for Canada’s first professionally equipped TV production center dedicated to producing Christian television. It was at the address “100 Huntley Street” in downtown Toronto. About five years later, we purchased a TV production truck from Mother Angelica of Alabama and sent it to Italy for our Italian language productions with Rev. Onofrio Micolis. We discovered that the truck had to be completely re-wired. I was in Italy when Bruce was doing this job. One night at about midnight, I ordered Bruce to go to bed. He’d been working since 6 a.m. He dutifully went to bed, but to my surprise, when I looked out the window at 4 a.m. he was back at work. It would’ve never occurred to him to charge overtime. He knew he was working for God. He was a quiet, humble man. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bruce and Bezaleel have already met. They are two excellent craftsmen who served God and their generation well.

Yours for excellence in service to God,

David

 

7 thoughts on “Saturday, September 6, 2014

  1. Bruce exemplified true dedication and commitment indeed! It is amazing to read the detail and craftsmanship in the building of the Arc. It is curious to think of why God chose the two Cherubim. It appears to represent the heavenly realm giving protection with angelic wings covering the Arc. One day too, I would like to meet Bezaleel, but I’m sure I’ll have to wait in line! Have a nice day everyone!

  2. God is interested in every detail in our service to Him. Amen? This week on Thursday, God blessed me in my preparation for my mission trip. I thought of you friends who had pledged to pray for me. Thank you, dear saints. Thank you again David for your faithful service. Sah, you mentioned about wanting your income to increase and faithfulness in tithing is one sure way of that happening. Malachi 3: 10-11. Have a good day!

  3. I appreciate your blog. Well done. Especially important was your statement about writing/speaking/preaching in context. The imbalances in the Christian church would be different if we all took care to remember the central teachings of our Lord. By the way, I have my own blog now that deals with our time in Brazil as missionaries–rkennysite.wordpress.com. Blessings from your cousin, Roy

  4. How long will you be away Ger? We pray that God will open hearts & understanding as they receive the Bible in their language. Jesus will be with you every step of the way. Amazed at how the artisans were able to fashion, in gold, silver, and bronze. Many things were all in one piece! Amazing.

  5. To Ger as you go to share the Gospel with others! May God Grant you a safe journey!
    the Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you: The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace: AMEN

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