Friday, September 4, 2020

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

9 thoughts on “Friday, September 4, 2020

  1. Thank you Marcus Seong, Senior Web Developer from Crossroads, for getting the blog posted. I replied to the email from 100words.ca, stating the blog was not up, to which he replied. That is great for us to rely on, if it occurs again, in future. Thank you HJR, for your update on Mike in hospital from Fargo. Certain he will keep responding; it just takes time for swelling to come out of the brain. Praise God Nan, for your positive health report. His blessings upon all the saints. Such a lovely fall day. Thank You God. Amen.

    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27 NIV

    This is for Irene; a wonderful rendition:

    I STAND AMAZED
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpot-ZDYHAQ

  2. Thanks for all the updates. Feel for the man in Fargo and pray he makes a complete recovery as his treatment is so undeserving. Love that song too Irene and Beverlee. Trying to practice good health today, right food, exercise, rest. Had another great grandchild added to the family Wednesday; partly Chinese. Please pray the parents will both come to the Lord. God bless each one. Pray you are well. Dr. says the bumps on my head are grandular infections and today I called back for an antibiotic like he gave me before.

  3. Congratulations Ger on your new great grandchild! May God bring his parents to the knowledge and acceptance of His saving Grace and May they pass on that legacy to their children .

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