Sunday, September 4, 2016

AN OFFERING

Today’s Reading: Exodus 35

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The priest is before the Brazen (bronze) Laver just outside of the Holy Place in the Court of the Tabernacle. This is the replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle that was set up at the Crossroads Centre in Burlington during the summer of 2012.

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

Key Verse: Exodus 35:5

Take from among you an offering to the Lord. Whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as an offering to the Lord: gold, silver, and bronze…

 

It’s a commentary on human nature that God sets the highest standards and speaks of severe judgment in order to encourage us to rise to His standards. To my knowledge, there were no executions for not keeping the Sabbath. Rather than labouring under the heavy weight of the letter of the Law, the people gladly gave of their resources and their skills in work. This was the spirit of the Law in action. Three times in this chapter we read the words “a willing heart.” In every project God lays on the hearts of His leaders, there is always the burden of raising finances and materials. God, in His wisdom, gave instructions through Moses that only those with a “WILLING HEART” were to give to His work. God’s Tabernacle was not built by those who were stingy with God’s cause. The people showed their gratitude for all God had done for them by giving sacrificially. The result was the joy and blessing of God.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Dear Lord, the starting point of my journey with You is to give my entire self to You. Therefore, all that I have in my possession is Yours. I ask myself not how much should I give, but how much may I use of Your resources for my shelter, my food, my transportation, etc. Thank You for the fact that You, Jesus, said, “My sheep know My voice.” I’m listening, Lord. I pray now for grace to obey. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’m so glad that the Council of Jerusalem put only a small portion of the laws of Moses on the non-Jewish believers in Jesus (check out Acts 15:20). Sabbath keeping is not in that list. Of course other laws about murder, adultery, etc., are repeated by Jesus and the Apostles as binding on us. I’m well aware that the Scripture says, “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). I remember when I was a student in Bible College in Peterborough, an old man came in and began giving out $10 bills to the students. I laugh with joy at the remembrance. There was a whole lot of love there that day!

Yours for the joy of obeying God’s New Covenant Laws and for the love that flows when we give back to God,

David

 

12 thoughts on “Sunday, September 4, 2016

  1. I agee with all the prayers ,for healing, for Your faithful servant David.
    Oh Lord how we need him to encourage us to be the best that we can be for You.
    Oh Lord hear our cries for complete healing and a new rejuvenation for Your faithful servant David. We are standing on Your promises in Your Holy Word.
    In Your precious name Jesus we ask this. Thanking You almighty God in advance and BELIEVING. AMEN.

  2. You Pastor David give with a willing joyful heart daily of yourself this daily bread which is gladly received in Jesus Name …thank you, thank you!! In the Mighty Name of Jesus, I pray for a speedy recovery…complete healing in your body, Amen and Amen!!

    have a glorious blessed morning all you saints, rejoicing in the Lord Our God and Savior!!

      • The Lord painted a beautiful sky for the Tabernacle setting! Praying that you will recover quickly David. The blog is doing well with those who assist in the ministry of God’s word and the photography is beautiful. thanks to all.

  3. Thank you Lord that Brian Switzer’s son is alive and only has a broken wrist! Thank you Lord! Give wisdom and mercy and grace to this young man and his family! This has been a big scare for everyone! Thank you Lord that we all can come to You and that You hear our prayers for healing for this young man;

    we also thank you Lord for healing David Mainse, we pray that You will heal his total body, rid his body of any infections, give David strength, grace and endurance as he ministers to people all throughout the world! Bless his ministry, bless the ministry of Lorna Dueck, we thank you Lord for all Your richest grace and mercy this day. we thank You for EVERY BLESSING of this day! Thank you Lord, thank You for loving us unconditionally, now and forever, amen

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