Sunday, November 9, 2014


Today’s Reading: Numbers 8-9

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The Tabernacle of Moses replica was set up at Crossroads in Burlington, Ontario, for the summer of 2012. This is looking from just in front of the divide of the Holy of Holies through the Holy Place toward the Outer Courts. The Golden Lampstand is on the right, and the Table of Showbread on the left.

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Key Verse: Numbers 9:15

Now on the day that the tabernacle was raised up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the Testimony; from evening until morning it was above the tabernacle like the appearance of fire.


Our reading begins with the arrangement of the lamps so that they give maximum light in the Tabernacle. The lamps enabled them to see with their physical eyes. Guidance when it’s dark is provided this way; there was light like the appearance of fire above the Tabernacle at night (verse 9:15). There is an inner light described here (verse 9:8). Hearing from God brings insight. That inner light shines for us as we read God’s Word each day. For example, we can observe that the Levites are a type of Christ as they represent the people before God (verses 8:17-18). In the Bible, this is called “typology”. There are many examples of this illumination so that we may see Christ with greater understanding as we read the Old Testament. To show how this works in the light of our reading, I suggest you read now Romans 8:29 and Colossians 1:15-18. Jesus is revealed in this light as the Firstborn among God’s children and the Firstborn in all creation.


Lord Jesus, please shine the Light of Your presence so that I may see You always. As we saw in our reading two days ago, You make Your face shine upon me. I love You Lord, and see both outwardly and inwardly that You love me. Thank You for revealing Yourself to me. Amen!


Later this week, I expect to have the joy of seeing, by the light of the sun, such sites as the ruins of Caesarea, the place where Pontius Pilate had his seat of power as Roman Governor. Back in the 1960’s, when I first visited there, great sand dunes covered what we now can see. Through the centuries, sand from the Sahara Desert had blown into the sea and been transported from the south coast to the east coast. Then the winds blew the sand into piles along the shore. There were, for example, so-called scholars who claimed the story of Pilate was fiction. But then, in the 1970’s, as much of the sand was removed, a large stone was discovered with an engraving which revealed the accuracy of the Biblical account. To show this fact, I arranged for a replica of this stone to be displayed in our Expo ’86 Vancouver Pavilion of Promise. Later, as we opened the Crossroads Centre in Burlington, the same stone was displayed, along with replicas of many archaeological discoveries, all of which help us to see that if God’s Word is true as history, and it is, then it is also true when the Light of the World shows us eternal truth.

Yours, to help us “Walk in the light as He is in the light” (1 John 1:5-7),


10 thoughts on “Sunday, November 9, 2014

  1. Yes Lord help us to walk in The Light as You (Jesus )are in The Light to have fellowship one with another
    without You Lord Jesus I can do nothing I give You all I do and say fill me afresh with Your Holy Spirit. And use me and help me to speak boldly that many come to know Jesus Christ of Nazareth Speak through me as Youdid the donkey inJesus name Amen

    God Bless every blogger abd David and Norma Jean use them mightily for Your Glory Lord

    • Amen Lilly May, I am making your prayer mine also . May everyone have a Blessed Lord’s Day. Have a safe trip Pastor David.

  2. I remember Ron leading our moving 11 am Remembrance Day Service at Caesarea. I also enjoyed reading the novel “Pontius Pilate” by scholar Paul L. Maier and recommend his work to all bloggers.
    May God keep you and your group safe in Israel.
    2012 Holy Land Yellow Bus.

  3. Praying for a safe and comfortable travel time David M…for you and those travelling with you…may you each see the Holy Land with new eyes and find great renewal for the soul during this time there..

  4. Verse 8 jumped out at me:” Stand still that I may hear what the Lord is saying”
    So often I am busy doing things and moving around and not able to hear what God is saying. Doing this blog helps me to be still and listen. Thank you David!
    Blessings to you all from sunny west coast.

  5. May God grant David Mainse and his family a safe trip and thank you dear Lord God for restoring health to this family…..blessings to all…..

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