Tuesday, September 6, 2016

THE ARK OF THE COVENANT

Today’s Reading: Exodus 37-38

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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.

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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:

Four 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 centre 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

 

21 thoughts on “Tuesday, September 6, 2016

  1. I remember Bruce and his wife and son. God really equipped him with the talent needed to set up the 100 Huntley Street ministry. I remember, David, that you had a smaller version of the Tabernacle which helped with understanding all the furnishings and design of this chapter. Keeping you and Norma-Jean in prayer. Today is our anniversary (although my husband is on the other side). I know yours is coming up shortly too. 58 years like ours. May God very greatly bless both of you and bring you through this illness, rested and strengthened.

  2. Dear Pastor David, I hope you are getting stronger everyday, we miss seeing you on the vlog. I continue to prayer for your complete healing in the name of Jesus. Your words this morning are exactly what we need to hear, we really need to read the before and after in our Bibles before we comment on it. This
    makes sense because we need to see the whole picture. Thank you again for ministering to us each and every day. Love and Blessings to all. Eleanor M.

  3. Amen to that!
    We have been praying for you David everyday and getting updates from your dear daughter on your health issues. We were thankful to hear you were doing a little better and continue to pray for you! We love reading the Bible through and your blog as a couple now! What a powerful way to start each day
    Sending blessings and prayers and love your way
    Janet and Eldon

  4. Thank you Pastor David for your explanation and message, this morning. Continuing to pray for your infection to be healed and full remission. Also praying this morning for peace in the world and giving thanks for being so blessed to live in such a wonderful country as Canada. Oh how great Thou art! Wishing all saints a blessed day in the Lord!

    One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. Psalm 27:4 KJV

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  5. Have always wondered where the materials for the tabernacle came from; the linen for the curtains, the thread for weaving, the spices, olive oil, tools etc… They are building the tabernacle in the middle of the desert, right? Pl

  6. The Master Healer is at work David. Thank you for your faithfulness even through your illness. We appreciate and thank God for you!!!

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