Monday, September 28, 2020

VOLUNTEER

Today’s Reading: Leviticus 1-2

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).

 

Inside the full-scale replica of the Tabernacle of Moses, behind the Brazen Altar and the Brazen Laver, you can see the entrance to the Holy Place. A priest would put blood on the horns of the altar (in this photo the blood is not real).  The Living Bible translation of Hebrews 10:19 says, “Now we may walk right into the very Holy of Holies, where God is, because of the blood of Jesus. This is the fresh, new, life-giving way that Christ has opened up for us by tearing the curtain…His human body…to let us into the holy presence of God.”

 

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

Key Verse: Leviticus 1:3

If his offering is a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish; he shall offer it of his own free will at the door of the tabernacle of meeting before the Lord.

 

It was a bloody, awful place of death. The fires which consumed the sacrifice on the Brazen Altar represented Hell. People make jewel-encrusted ornate crosses for decoration, but we should not mistake the fact that the altar on which Jesus suffered the fires of Hell and death was not pretty. It was an awful place! Only the eternal, infinite God-in-flesh, Jesus, could take the sins of all of us and suffer complete isolation from His Father God as sin demanded. Only Jesus could take the instrument of the most horrible method of execution and turn it into the glory of the Cross.

The word “voluntary” emphasizes, with great clarity, the under-girding reason for burnt offerings. Jesus went to the Cross as a “voluntary” Sacrifice. The Cross was the place where an eternal settlement was reached between ultimate justice and the holy, without blemish, Victim. We should meditate on this, partake in communion with other believers, and read more fully today, if possible, Hebrews 10:1-25.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

I confess my sinfulness to You, Lord Jesus, and I voluntarily give myself to identify with Your death on the Cross. Please help me to believe and understand that I now live in the power of Your life. I’m Your volunteer for living for You. In Your Name, dear Saviour, I pray. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’ll never forget the day at Expo ’92 in Seville, Spain when the Salvation Army band from Bristol, England, marched through the streets and played the hymn, In the Cross of Christ I Glory, “…towering over the wrecks of time.” That day, Sept 1st, was the day of honour for Saudi Arabia. The Saudis brought a 747 load of young men from their Imam training school in Mecca. They distributed 200,000 flags bearing the inscription in the Arabic language, “Allah is God and Mohammad is His Prophet.” At the first intersection, the band had to wait for the Saudi trams to pass. Hell knew and Heaven knew the words on the flag in Arabic and the words to the hymn the band was playing, “Would you be free from your burden of sin? There’s power in the Blood.” The second intersection where they met, the Salvation Army band got there first and the Saudis had to stop. To me the symbolism and the power of spiritual warfare was never so obvious. The “Power in the Blood” defeated the effort to convert people to Islam. The next day at our Crossroads Pavilion of Promise at Expo ’92 (photo below), there were not just 700-800 decisions for Christ, as was usual daily total, but over 1,200 precious people made first time decisions to give their lives fully to Jesus. Nothing else had changed on earth, but in the heavenlies the victory of the Cross had been clearly declared! The number of daily decisions for Christ remained at over 1,200 for the remaining six weeks of the Expo. What had really happened? I think about this often.

Yours to encourage us all to voluntarily serve the Lord,

David

The “Pabellon de la Promesa” (Pavilion of Promise) at Expo ’92 in Seville, Spain.

 

13 thoughts on “Monday, September 28, 2020

  1. In looking back to the blog post of 2018, Donald Stubbs’ comment of the inaccuracy of Jesus suffering in hell is very important to address. David’s first paragraph of today’s blog could be expanded further to explain the difference between today’s Old Testament scripture relating to hell compared to Jesus’ suffering on the cross and ultimate sacrifice for our sins. There is always so much that can be misconstrued and comments from the posts 2 years ago, definitely were. I found an excellent article that offers more insight that is an easy read.

    ‘He Descended to the Dead’: An Evangelical Theology of Holy Saturday
    MATTHEW Y. EMERSON IVP ACADEMIC (2019). 290 PP.
    https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/reviews/confess-jesus-descended-into-hell/

  2. Praying David’s prayer, today, and holding all saints and their families up. This morning I said a special prayer for my family. Lord Jesus, be with us this day. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.

    Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Hebrews 2:14-15 NKJV

    Behold Him – Paul Baloche ft. Kim Walker-Smith
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_izK4kI_wmA

  3. Bra anointed worship song. Thanks Beverlee. Expecting GGrandchild, # 5, #6, during these days. #4 is going on 2 weeks old. Father, in Jesus Name, please call them from an early age to be Your own. 🙏 Amen.

    • Doreen, children are a gift from the Lord and He sure is blessing you with great grandchildren! May His blessing be upon them!
      I have been praying for you and your sister, Donna Lea. She is surely in His loving care and I’m praying strength for you .

      Lifting up every member of this blog “community “.

  4. Dear Lord God, thank You for being the author and Finisher of our faith. Thank You for loving us, for dying for us, for living for us, for calling us to You. Bring many, many to You today, in Jesus’s name, amen

  5. Saints, I am in Kingston tomorrow and leave before 6 am, so will be unable to post. But I will be praying for you and feeling your prayers, along the way. His peace love and joy be with you, dear hearts.

    The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.
    Proverbs 27:9, NLT

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