Wednesday, October 14, 2020

CONTINUALLY

Today’s Reading: Leviticus 24

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).

 

A rebuilt olive press from Bible times. This was discovered amidst the ruins of Hazor, about 10 kilometres north of the Sea of Galilee. Hazor is mentioned in several Old Testament books such as Joshua and Judges.

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

Key Verse: Leviticus 24:2

Command the children of Israel that they bring to you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to make the lamps burn continually.

 

The word “continually” is repeated four times here. The emphasis is obvious. Oil is a symbol for the Spirit of God, as is fire which produces light. By this light we see the Show-bread on the table and the Altar of Incense, both of which are in the Holy Place in the Tabernacle (see extra photos below). To keep God’s Light shining brightly in our lives, we must have a daily fresh supply of Oil. This can only be experienced by a fresh daily life of prayer, the source of the Oil, and the study of Holy Scripture, the Bread. Our praise and worship in the midst of our prayer and study is like the Altar of Incense, a sweet fragrance ascending to God.

The man taken in blasphemy is punished by death. Jesus died in our place, so that we, like the thief who hung beside Jesus and repented, could be forgiven and have eternal life. Thank God for the age of grace, which Jesus began. We rely continually upon that grace. I remember some sermons which my Dad preached. One was on 1 John 1:1-10. Click on it and read with me. Dad particularly pointed out that, in the original Greek, the verb “cleanses” is in a tense meaning the cleansing is continually happening, non-stop. Dad taught Greek and this truth burned its way into my understanding.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, as the Apostle John wrote, I can never claim to be sinless. I’m totally dependent on the continuous cleansing in the Blood of Your Sacrifice. May I ever be conscious of my sin, and may I hide Your Word in my heart continually “that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11). Through the grace Jesus gives, I pray, Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I also remember that after school one day, when I was 10 or 11, I walked into a classroom at Annesley College in Ottawa and watched my Dad write the Greek lesson for the next morning on the blackboard. I knew that the original language in which the New Testament was written was Greek, and, therefore, an understanding of Greek was important. When I attended Bible College, I signed up for two years of Greek study. Unfortunately, I don’t remember much. The reason? I rely on a lexicon (like this online version here) which enables me to work in English and find all the shades of meaning from the Greek. One day, on live national television, I was being translated into Greek by the Host of our Greek language TV series, and I mentioned the word “cartoon.” I was amazed to hear my interpreter, Bazil Zetas, say, “Mickey Mouse.” It stopped me in my tracks. I turned to him and said, “Did you just say Mickey Mouse?” “Yes,” he said, “That’s Greek for cartoon.” We had a good laugh. Bazil arranged for Reynold’s photographic trip through Greece, so that when our readings speak of Greece, beginning in January, we’ll have some great pictures on the blog for you.

Yours for light as we eat of the Bread of God’s Word, and as we offer the incense of prayer and worship,

David

P.S. Below are pictures from the replica of the Tabernacle which was on display at the Crossroads Centre during the Summer of 2012.

The High Priest in front of the Golden Lampstand in the Holy Place, where fresh daily oil kept the light burning continually.

The High Priest performing his duties in the Tabernacle. Pictured are the Table of Showbread, the Golden Lampstand, and the Ark of the Covenant.

12 thoughts on “Wednesday, October 14, 2020

  1. David’s words about the original Greek verb “cleanses” being continual in tense, spoke to me. We are always cleansed and forgiven of our sins through our God’s love for us. “We walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” What could be more powerful?? The power of a MIRACLE in Mike from Fargo’s breakthrough!!! We praise You God and continue to hold Mike up to You for a full recovery!!! Blessings to his family and thank you HJR for the great update, yesterday. Thank you saints for your prayers for me. My foot is feeling stronger, swelling and bruising down this morning, after 3 full days of rest. Our God is good!! Amen!! Wishing you all a blessed day as we rejoice in Him!! 

    For you are my lamp, O LORD, and my God lightens my darkness. 
    2 Samuel 22:29 ESV 

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    • Amen Beverlee. Glad you are feeling better.

      So moved by learning about Mike from Fargo’s
      MIRACLE! God is so faithful and true to His Word.
      Praise God Almighty in whom we trust.
      Continuing to pray for Mike’s full recovery,
      in Jesus’ Great Name, Amen.

      May our Lord God bless every one who reads
      this blog.

  2. I posted this late last night/early this a.m. but want to repost as I would like all those praying for Mike to see it.
    Oct. 13, Mike from Fargo/Jamestown, Family Posted: It is wonderful news, please continue to pray for his full recovery. Tawni, is his daughter that was there the night this happened.

    “We were all blessed today with a miracle! After Dwane and Mom have been praying, our prayers along with all of your prayers, Mike started talking, walking, and following commands today! The hospice nurse put on Christian music and she asked Mike if he liked it and he said, “YES!” The nurses helped him walk from the bed to the chair and he was rocking himself in the chair. His speech is slurred, his eyes are open and blinking and he was closing his mouth and asking for water. We are all so elated and in shock as well. Ashley, Michael, Mom, Tawni, Lillian, Reuben, Matthew were all there to witness this miracle! Please keep up with the prayers that Mike continues to improve and get stronger. What a great day! Tawni was nominated to the Homecoming court and will attend the ceremony tomorrow. I guess things are looking up on this roller coaster ride! Love and blessings to all, The Mike’s Family”

  3. Praise God for Mike’s recovery and may he increase in health and strength day by day! Glad your foot is feeling stronger as well Beverlee. God is good!

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