Thursday, October 1, 2020


Today’s Reading: Leviticus 7

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).


To celebrate 50 years of God’s faithfulness, Crossroads brought the life-sized Teen Missions replica of the Tabernacle of Moses and set it up in the back parking lot for the summer of 2012. In the foreground is our version of “Tent of Meeting,” where the message of the reality behind the symbolism of the Tabernacle was explained to visitors.

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

Key Verse: Leviticus 7:12

If he offers it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer, with the sacrifice of thanksgiving, unleavened cakes mixed with oil, unleavened wafers anointed with oil, or cakes of blended flour mixed with oil.


The sacrificial system was complex. It taught about the holiness of God, the sinfulness of the human family, and the need for sacrificial death in order to reconcile the perfect holiness of God and His forgiveness of sin. The system also made provision for joyful worship such as this thanksgiving offering and feast. Each offering had to include oil, the symbol of the Spirit of God. Let us welcome the Holy Spirit to our celebrations.

Last week we read Luke 24. We considered the reasons why thousands of Jerusalem’s Jews, including many Priests, believed in Jesus’ resurrection (click here to review that day’s blog). Recently I came across an amazing fact according to official Jewish records from that time. The sacrifices for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, were not accepted by God from A.D. 30 until the destruction of the Temple by the Romans in A.D. 70. Check it out here. Jesus’ death and resurrection would have been at Passover A.D. 30, as He was born in 4 B.C, according to the best calculations.


Holy Spirit, please fill me for this new day so that I may bring with joy my offerings of thanksgiving. May I have the grace to celebrate well. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!


Recently around 6 a.m., I noticed that the sky was twinkling brightly with many stars. As our “day star” (the sun) rose in the east, the stars were less and less visible to my eyes. I decided to read 2 Peter. There I found in 1:19 these words, “We have the prophetic Word made more sure, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the Day Star [original King James Version] rises in your hearts.” I began to sing a song: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.” The Lord Jesus, our Day Star, shines so brightly that all the lesser lights become invisible. They are still there, but we see Jesus only. To complete my thanksgiving offering, I went into Google and found Michael W. Smith worshipping Jesus with this song (click here to view). Join Michael and me in singing this powerful chorus.

Yours for celebrating our Lord and Saviour,


19 thoughts on “Thursday, October 1, 2020


    By Maltbie Davenport Babcock

    This is my Father’s world,
    And to my listening ears
    All nature sings, and round me rings
    The music of the spheres.

    This is my Father’s world:
    I rest me in the thought
    Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas–
    His hand the wonders wrought.

    This is my Father’s world:
    The birds their carols raise,
    The morning light, the lily white,
    Declare their Maker’s praise.

    This is my Father’s world:
    He shines in all that’s fair;
    In the rustling grass, I hear Him pass,
    He speaks to me everywhere.

    This is my Father’s world:
    O let me ne’er forget
    That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
    God is the Ruler yet.

    This is my Father’s world:
    Why should my heart be sad?
    The Lord is King: let the heavens ring!
    God reigns; let earth be glad!

    The Story Behind This is my Father’s World

    When Maltbie Davenport Babcock resided in Lockport, he would take strolls along the Niagara Escarpment to savor the overlook’s scenic view of upstate New York surroundings and Lake Ontario, telling his wife he was “going out to see the Father’s world”. Soon after his death in 1901, she released a collection of Babcock’s poems entitled Thoughts for Every-Day Living that contained the poem “My Father’s World.”

    The original poem was composed in 16 four-line stanzas, each beginning with “This is my Father’s world.” One of Babcock’s friends, Franklin Shepherd (1852-1930) adopted an English folk song inserting portions of Babcock’s text into three, eight-line stanzas. The hymn in this form first appeared in the composer’s hymnal Alleluia, a Presbyterian Sunday school book published in 1915.

    Babcock was known both as a skilled amateur musician, playing the organ, piano, and violin, and known as a university sportsman with accolades in swimming and baseball.

  2. Just read yesterday’s post from Doreen. Praise the Lord your dear sister Donna Lea is in heaven with our Saviour, and no longer suffering. You had your last visit together before the Lord called her home to Him. Praise Him. May the Lord’s peace comfort you, Doreen. Wishing all saints a blessed fall day.

    The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
    Psalm 34:18 ESV

    Here is David’s song
    Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus by Alan Jackson

  3. Doreen,
    I am so glad you were able to visit with your sister just before she went to be with Jesus. Any physical limitations she may have had, are no longer there. She is able to dance before her Maker! Hallelujah!
    May you sense God’s presence ever so near at this time of loss. God bless you, Doreen!

  4. Praising God today for His Wonderful plan for my sister (and for anyone who will “open the door “ & invite Him in). Thanks folks for your prayers. Thanks Maines family for this wonderful blog.

  5. Amen to all beautiful posts. May God’s Presence and Peace be with you Doreen in the loss of your sister Doreen knowing she is resting with Him.

  6. Hello, I just have 2 questions about todays blog. Can you please help me with answers for them Ron?
    1. If Jesus was born in 4Ad and was crucified in 30 Ad ( as it says in the video link for today) then that would have made him only 26 years old and I thought we have always been taught that he was 33 when he gave his life for us? Can you explain please?
    2. After the temple was destroyed and n 70AD….what did the Jewish people do regarding Yom Kippur sacrifice? Dud they just stop and God has never again had to refuse their offering because they no longer offered it?
    Thankyou for continuing to attend to your beloved fathers Blog.

    • In answer to your first question, Jesus was born in 4 BC, which means before the common era. He died somewhere between AD 30-36. You don’t deduct 4 from 30, you add to it. For instance, if Jesus was born on October 11th in 4 BC, and died on April 3rd, AD 30, He would have been 33 years old.

      Born c. 4 BC Kingdom of Judea, Roman Empire
      Died c. AD 30 / 33 (aged 33–36) Jerusalem, Judea, Roman Empire

      Anno Domini is Latin for “in the year of the Lord” referring to the birth of Jesus Christ. C.E., the abbreviation for “Common Era” is used to mark time in the same way. B.C. means “before Christ” and B.C.E. stands for “Before the Common Era”.

  7. It is much better to email them with questions of this nature, DonnaLee. You are more apt to get a reply from Ron or someone else at than receive a response on the actual blog. Except of course from other posters.

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