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Chapter Titles in Hebrews

Chapter titles:

Chapter 1 –

  • The Importance of the Resurrection
  • The Son appointed heir as firstborn
  • Angels minister to beneficiaries of an inherited salvation

Chapter 2 –

  • The Son perfected through suffering to be made like His brethren
  • A change in government
  • Inheritors are freed from the fear of death
  • Turn your attention to things pertaining to the inheritance

Chapter 3 –

  • Christ, faithful as a servant over His house
  • Brethren set apart for companionship in the heavenly calling
  • Carefully understand and perceive clearly our Apostle and High Priest

Chapter 4 –

  • The Son is High Priest
  • A Sabbath rest for the people of God
  • Fear coming short of the promise

Chapter 5 –

  • The Son brought to the goal of resurrection
  • God provides high priest for people of God (4:9; 8:10; 11:25)
  • Deeper knowledge of Christ required to digest solid food

Chapter 6 –

  • The Son, having entered behind the veil, provides hope
  • Faith and patience inherit the promises
  • Press on to maturity

Chapter 7 –

  • The Son inherits Melchizedek’s perpetual priesthood
  • Complete salvation available through high priest
  • Jesus – the guarantee of a new covenant

Chapter 8 –

  • The Son obtained a better covenant
  • The high priest of a better covenant
  • New covenant makes first one obsolete

Chapter 9 –

  • The Son obtained redemption for the age
  • High priest’s death and blood established new covenant
  • Blood cleanses our conscience

Chapter 10 –

  • The Son sanctifies by the blood of the covenant
  • Purpose of Christ’s sacrifice to make us holy
  • Invited into the most holy place

Chapter 11 –

  • Participation in the Son’s inheritance is through faith
  • Faith saves our souls (life)
  • Without faith it is impossible to please God

Chapter 12 –

  • Child-training enables sharing the Son’s holiness
  • Discipline in faith produces Godliness and righteousness
  • The word of encouragement (see Prov. 6:23b) addresses sons

Chapter 13 –

  • The Son is the Great Shepherd of the sheep
  • Exhortation not to be persuaded by strange doctrines
  • Never forsaken! No, not ever! By no means! Nevermore!
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March 17, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In Beginning……

In Beginning……..

Genesis 1:1 – Elohim created “out of nothing” the heavens and the earth

Psalm 33:6-9 – How? …by the Word of His mouth

Isaiah 45:18 – the earth was not created “formless and void,” – created to be inhabited

Jer. 4:23 – earth becomes formless and void, cities broken down

Isaiah 24:1 – God made it formless and void

Job 38:29, 30 – “face of the deep” is frozen

Genesis 1:2 – Spirit of God warms the “face of the deep” – the “face of the waters”

Therefore, the original earth was created “bara” – out of nothing – beautiful and was inhabited.  The judgment of the earth in v. 2 had to come about because of Lucifer’s (the messianic cherub) pride and subsequent fall:  Ezek. 28:11-17 and Isa. 14:12 ff.

Hopefully, you will not find it difficult to believe God when He tells us that the original earth was not created formless and void; and that it was made to be inhabited – and it was inhabited – but not creatures “IN HIS IMAGE.”  They had cities according to Jeremiah 4:23.  Satan (Lucifer) was the “messiah” during that time (as well as now, btw).

(Verse 2, in Genesis 1, should begin, “The earth ‘became,’” – same word as Lot’s wife “became” a pillar of salt.)

Another thing that could have happened between verses 1 and 2:  dinosaurs? Job, chapters 40 and 41.

And…..another:  Job: 38:29, 30 – “From whose womb has come the ice? And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?  Water becomes hard like stone, and the “face of the deep” is imprisoned.”

FYI – Genesis 1:1 is composed of 7 words in Hebrew – God’s number of perfection, showing the completion of that which is in view.  (See Ps. 12:6)  Also, verse 1 is made up of 28 letters (4 x 7).  Four (4) is the number of creation; i.e.  4 corners of the earth, 4 winds, 4 seasons, etc.

Twenty-four hours in a day were created for the restoration of the earth.  Jesus said in John 11:9 – “Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day?…”  Keep in mind that He is The WORD and He was with God, the Father, in the creation and restoration of the earth.  Also, remember that destroying the doctrine of the literal 24-hour days in Genesis, destroys the way that God has written His Word concerning the Sabbath Day.  2 Peter 3:8 says that we can be ignorant of something:  “that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”  Verse 9 goes on to say that the “Lord is not slow about HIS PROMISE…” 

We have been given a “time table” – so to speak – as to when the Lord will return and establish His Kingdom – when the “government will be upon His shoulders.”  It will be on the 7th day (7,000 years from Genesis 1:2).  This doctrine is the only doctrine that satan does not want you to know.  He loves ignorance on this subject because he will be replaced.

Earth is just one of innumerable provinces in God’s kingdom:  Job 1:6; 2:1; Isa. 14:13.  Satan assigned the earth in Ezek. 28:14.  Kingdom in ruins:  Gen 1:2a; Isa. 14:16, 17; Jer. 4:23-28 (sun darkened).

One more thing:  It is most important that the Spirit of God be allowed to move and guide our lives:  John 3:3-8; Romans 8:5, 9, 14; Galatians 4:29; 2 Corinthians 5:17, 18.

HIS WORD IS SPIRIT, LIFE AND LIGHT – see John 1, for example….and John 6:63.

January 30, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Much Fruit or Barrenness?

I’ve been meditating upon, studying, and reading about sowing and reaping. As I am doing this, I am persuaded that this is a main theme of God’s Word that is often neglected. The “Laws of the Harvest” will bring up millions of pages in Google. I have investigated a few and found one really good one; but, it neglects the most important:John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. That dying part is usually missing. Resurrection was because there was a death.

I was thinking about this as I ate peanuts. I love the little “plant” inside that has two immature leaves that were ready to sprout when the peanut “died” – broke open – after it was planted.

The opposite of fruitful is barrenness. 2 Peter 1:5-11 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

There is even fruit that is evil – meaning in the original, “good for nothing.” We have an apple tree that produces good for nothing fruit because we have not tended it properly. It does bear fruit – apples. Looks like apples. They are apples. Good for nothing apples, that fall off and attract bees. Well, the birds like them.

Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Matthew 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Matthew 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Matthew 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

Here are a few verses for your consideration – making sure you are open to the pruning and cultivation of your heart:

Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God (Word of the coming Kingdom of our Lord – see Mt. 13).

Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Matthew 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

January 26, 2015 Posted by | fruitbearing | Leave a comment

Who is my family?

Who’s Your Next of Kin?……………When I fill out a questionnaire at a new doctors’ office, I put my husband’s telephone numbers, along with my daughter’s, as my next of kin, or emergency numbers.

As a kid, in a country church, I heard “brother” so-in-so and “sister” so-in-so named quite often.  These brothers and sisters came over to our house often, too.  Daddy made the best biscuits ever.  So, after church on Sunday and Wednesday nights, “brothers” and “sisters” came to our house for daddy’s biscuits and mama’s homemade jams and jellys.

That got me to thinking about whom my Lord considers “brothers” and “sisters.”  Let me remind ya’ll that the Bible is its own dictionary.  One can compare scripture with scripture and with “ears to hear” and “eyes to see,” can discern the Lord’s will and ways.

Perhaps I can help you see which family is God’s Focus!

Lu 8:20-21 And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee.  21 And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.

Brethren “hear” a particular something and then act on it:  This same chapter will tell us   what the “Word of God” is:

Jesus is relating the parable of the “sower, the seed, and the soils” in this chapter and His disciples question Him as to its meaning:

Lu 8:9-11 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?  10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.  11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

If you missed the definition of what the “Word of God” is, read it again!

The “Word of God” contains the mysteries of the kingdom of God.

The “Word of God” is also our Lord’s name when He comes as Kings of Kings and Lord of Lords to rule with His Bride in the coming kingdom age.  You must be assured that the “kingdom of God” is NOT within you and that these things have already taken place.  It is not possible that the Lord is sitting on a throne in your heart.  If He were, He would not be doing His priestly ministries for us now!

Rev. 19:11-16:

 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

 The “brethren” know about this literal coming kingdom and order their lives in accordance with the lifestyle that reflects their belief. Matthew 7: 21-27:

 ¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

A “brother” is wise and knows what pleases the Lord in his building upon the Word of God.  Both of these examples build.  Both have the same “weather.”  The difference is where they built and in preparation for what!  The Lord does not recognize them for entrance into the coming kingdom as they did not prepare themselves in the fellowship of His sufferings and dying daily and following Him.

Brethren serve one another: 

Galatians 5:13-14 “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Brethren prefer one another:

Romans 12:10 “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;”

Brethern have a calling and election that they must “make sure” for an abundant entrance into the coming kingdom:

2 Peter 1:10-13 “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

  1. For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting [agelastingkingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Matthew 12:50 – “For whoever does the will of My Father Who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.” (NAS)

Brethren are “beloved:

1 Thess. 1:4 – “knowing, brethren, beloved by God, His choice (election) of you;”

Colossians 3:12, 13 – “And so, as those who have been chosen (elect) of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.” (NAS)

There is more, of course; but, for now, surely you can form God’s definition of a “brother.”  (BTW- the word means “sister,” also.)

Your next of kin, so to speak, is not your blood relatives.  Your “brethren” are those Christians making their calling and election sure and steadfast for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last day.  To them the Holy Spirit reveals the mysteries concerning the coming age when our Lord becomes King of the qualifying kings under Him and Lord of the qualifying Lords.

The “brethren” love one another and order their lifestyles for gaining crowns and rewards in the coming glory of our Lord.

Having the Lord’s definition before us will help us understand passages like this:

In Matthew 19, the Lord has been teaching concerning the kingdom of heaven, eternal life (life for the coming age), what “saved” is, where our treasure is, and the difficulty of entering.  Then, He tells Peter and the disciples beginning in verses 28 & 29: “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His throne of glory, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, shall receive many times as much, and shall inherit eternal (age-lasting) life.” (NAS)

 And, this one:  “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A AUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; AND A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.  He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.  And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.”  Matthew 10:34-38 NAS

January 26, 2015 Posted by | who is my brother | 1 Comment

The Two Tabernacles

Many times we are commanded to be warned, use as examples, and view as types all the things that happened to the people of Israel lest the very same things that happened to them would hamper and even prevent, our entrance into the coming kingdom of our Lord.  These warnings are REAL/REALITY, folks!  The way we live now is temporal. Do you believe that?  Your lifestyle reveals your belief/unbelief.  Seek you first (in time, place, order, and importance) the kingdom of God, and everything you NEED will be added to your seeking.  Seeking first in time will be the key obstacle to overcome.  The others follow as first in place, first in ordering your life aright, and first in importance – no matter what!

Moses had been given a PATTERN of the tabernacle, its furnishings, and all the instructions needed for assembly and disassembly and transportation.  The pattern was the pattern in the heavenly tabernacle.  A little “heaven on earth,” if you will, for His chosen people.  But, it was bloody.  There was much washing.  And, there was no entrance for the common person into the inner court, nor the innermost court.  The pretty, gold, Holy things were unseen except by the priests.  The people had to trust that the things accomplished inside were for their benefit.  They could not go inside to rearrange the loaves of bread, light the candles, nor offer prayers at the altar of incense; much less, behold  the Mercy Seat with the gold angels atop.

Having been in Egypt, the idol-worshipping land, they had seen gold, gold, and more gold idols, along with the worship of them – and they went back to Egypt IN THEIR HEARTS!

Acts 7:39 Unto whom (Moses, as a type of Christ), our fathers would not become obedient, but thrust him away, and turned in their hearts unto EgyptAre you receiving the warning here?

God is so good.  There is only one verse in Proverbs that we must attend to with ALL diligence:

Prov 4:23 Above all that must be guarded, keep thou thy heart, for, out of it, are the issues of life.   Our heart’s position will determine whether the springs of living water will issue forth to eternal life – life in the age to come.  Those whose hearts turned back to Egypt died in the wilderness, having never reached the land flowing with milk and honey the Lord had waiting for them.  We either store up treasures here – our idols – or store up treasure for the age to come.  There is no in betweens, nor almosts.  It is simply an either/or!

Which tabernacle have you set up in your heart?

Ac 7:35 “This Moses whom they disowned, saying, ‘WHO MADE YOU A RULER AND A JUDGE?’ is the one whom God sent [to be] both a ruler and a deliverer with the help of the angel who appeared to him in the thorn bush.

 36 “This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years.

 37 “This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, ‘GOD SHALL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET LIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN.’

 38 “This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness together with the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and [who was] with our fathers; and he received living oracles to pass on to you.

 39 “And our fathers were unwilling to be obedient to him, but repudiated him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt,

 40 SAYING TO AARON, ‘MAKE FOR US GODS WHO WILL GO BEFORE US; FOR THIS MOSES WHO LED US OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT–WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM.

Ac 7:41 “And at that time they made a calf and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and were rejoicing in the works of their hands.

 42 ¶ “But God turned away and delivered them up to serve the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, ‘IT WAS NOT TO ME THAT YOU OFFERED VICTIMS AND SACRIFICES FORTY YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS, WAS IT, O HOUSE OF ISRAEL?

 43 ‘YOU ALSO TOOK ALONG THE TABERNACLE OF MOLOCH AND THE STAR OF THE GOD ROMPHA, THE IMAGES WHICH YOU MADE TO WORSHIP THEM. I ALSO WILL REMOVE YOU BEYOND BABYLON.’

 44 “Our fathers had the tabernacle of testimony in the wilderness, just as He who spoke to Moses directed [him] to make it according to the pattern which he had seen.

 45 “And having received it in their turn, our fathers brought it in with Joshua upon dispossessing the nations whom God drove out before our fathers, until the time of David.

I want you to do something.  Read that bold print in verse 42 again – I’ll wait.

They did all the outward obedience of taking their sacrificies, as instructed, but –in their hearts turned back to Egypt.  That stuns me!  Am I guilty, too?  Are you?  Make sure you know where your heart is!!

This reminds me of a book you must have and read very often.  “The Clean Heart” by G. H. Lang: http://www.schoettlepublishing.com/bookpreviews/lang/cleanheart/preview.htm  You may be able to find a used one if you do some searching.  It is only about $4 new.

Jos 24:19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.

 20 If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.

 21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD.

 22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.

 23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.

 24 And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.

 This was just words.  They turned back in their hearts.

Isa 63:8 For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour.

 9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.

 10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.

 So, the Lord turned His heart to be their enemy.

Jer 19:13 And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of all the houses upon whose roofs they have burned incense unto all the host of heaven, and have poured out drink offerings unto other gods.

 Eze 20:39 As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye my holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols.

 Amos 5:25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?

 26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.

 27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.

Ex 25:8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

 9 According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.

 Ex 38:21 ¶ This is the sum of the tabernacle, even of the tabernacle of testimony, as it was counted, according to the commandment of Moses, for the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, son to Aaron the priest.

 Ex 25:40 And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.

(KJV)

The word, “Moloch,” or with an “e,” “Molech,” simply means “king” and has been translated that way 356 times in the O. T.  Amos 5:26 is the only place it has been translated as “Moloch.”  I am not inclined to find out why exactly, as I suspect that is the way it is used in the Septuagint.

You know how I think this should mean to us?  “You carried around the tabernacle of your king all the while you had the tabernacle of the testimony of your True King!”

And, read this from Unger’s Bible Dictionary:

“Molech: “A detestable Semitic deity honored by the sacrifice of children, in which they were caused to pass through or into the fire. Palestinian excavations have uncovered evidences of infant skeletons in burial places around heathen shrines. Ammonites revered Molech as a protecting father. Worship of Molech was stringently prohibited by Hebrew law. (Lev. 18:21; 20:1-5) Solomon built an altar to Molech at Tophet in the Valley of Hinnon. Manasseh in his idolatrous orgy also honored this deity. Josiah desecrated the Hinnom Valley altar, but Jehoiakim revived the cult.”  Unger’s Bible Dictionary by Merrill F. Unger (Chicago: Moody Press, 1957); page 416.

They also carried the star of the god, Rompha.  (They had been told a “star would come out of Jacob!”)  I found much information and speculation about this god, we need to keep in mind that these were their idols that they rejoiced in – the work of their hands.  Also, we must keep ever before us, that these idols and practices were seen and learned from the people around them – the not chosen ones.  One of the last commandments in the N. T. is in 1 John 5:21, “Little children, guard yourselves from idols.”  “Guard your heart” (Prov. 4:23) because every issue – attitude, thought – idol – comes from it.

In the context of the verses in chapter 7 of Acts, it appears the “church in the wilderness” made sacrifices to the “works of their hands” for their 40-year journey.

Ac 7:42 ¶ “But God turned away and delivered them up to serve the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, ‘IT WAS NOT TO ME THAT YOU OFFERED VICTIMS AND SACRIFICES FORTY YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS, WAS IT, O HOUSE OF ISRAEL?

 43 ‘YOU ALSO TOOK ALONG THE TABERNACLE OF MOLOCH AND THE STAR OF THE GOD ROMPHA, THE IMAGES WHICH YOU MADE TO WORSHIP THEM. I ALSO WILL REMOVE YOU BEYOND BABYLON.’

And – there is much about the Tabernacle of Testimony.  “Testimony” has been translated “witness” in the KJV:  based on the noun, “martyr.”  Vine: (whence Eng., “martyr,” one who bears “witness” by his death) denotes “one who can or does aver (justify, prove, positively and with conviction affirms) what he has seen or heard or knows.”

The tabernacle was not only a testimony of Who Is and Who Is to come; it was a witness to the death angel having “passed over” the houses of the firstborn in Egypt because of the death of a substitute.

Moses had witnessed the very pattern for the tabernacle in the heavens.  The word, “pattern,” or “fashion,” in the KJV, is the Greek word, “tupos.”  A “type.”  My dad had a printing press in our basement and he set the type exactly as to what he desired to produce on the page.  Jehovah God set the type, Moses “printed” it – carried out the instructions of the type.  The church in the wilderness had the perfect pattern of the heavenly, but preferred the work of their own hands, the idols of astrology, false gods, of those around them – what’s more?  They had not changed!  Stephen tells them in v. 51 that they are doing just as their fathers did.  And, may we not miss the admonition and instruction for ourselves from this O. T. account.

“But God turned away and delivered them up to serve the host of heaven…”  v.42a

They were serving and worshipping the present “messiah” – satan – and his host of angels in their habitat.  God let them have their way.

In verse 38 of chapter 7 in Acts, it says that Moses received “living oracles” to pass on to the fathers who were unwilling to be obedient to him (Moses and his word), but repudiated (thrust away, cast away by way of rejection),  Moses and in their hearts turned back to Egypt (v.39).

I have looked up some references to the tabernacle of witness for you:

Num 1:50 KJV – But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that [belong] to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.
Num 1:51 KJV – And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death. Exd 38:21 KJV – This is the sum of the tabernacle, [even] of the tabernacle of testimony, as it was counted, according to the commandment of Moses, [for] the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, son to Aaron the priest.
Num 1:52 KJV – And the children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man by his own camp, and every man by his own standard, throughout their hosts.
Num 1:53 KJV – But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.
Num 9:15 KJV – And on the day that the tabernacle was reared up the cloud covered the tabernacle, [namely], the tent of the testimony: and at even there was upon the tabernacle as it were the appearance of fire, until the morning.

Num 10:11 KJV – And it came to pass on the twentieth [day] of the second month, in the second year, that the cloud was taken up from off the tabernacle of the testimony.

Num 17:7 KJV – And Moses laid up the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness.
Num 17:8 KJV – And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.

Num 18:2 KJV – And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee [shall minister] before the tabernacle of witness.
Jos 18:1 KJV – And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of the congregation there. And the land was subdued before them.

2Ch 24:6 KJV – And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, [according to the commandment] of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?

January 19, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

What is Prayer, part 2…

Reread Philippians 4:5-7……

with Thanksgiving” – Thankful I have need – not resentful that I am not able to control others, nor my circumstances.  Thankful I have Someone to rely upon Who loves me perfectly.  Thankful He has prepared a way for me to enter the Holy of Holies by the shed blood of my Lord and Savior, Jesus, the Christ – the Son of God – so that I may have mercy and find grace in my time of need.  Thankful for His timing!

“Requests” – a specific request for a specific thing, person, etc.  Note:  We will not know what to ask for until we have mastered the above three steps!   –   And, we must ask to receive.

Note:  be sure to put these two with the ones, “prayer” and “supplication” from a couple days ago.  There is more, of course; and I may write about it some more later.

December 12, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

“What is Prayer?”

Read Philippians 4:5-7, first:

Php 4:5 Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
Php 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I’m only going to write about verse 6, however, you MUST be motivated to pray, I think.  And, what a precious promise in verse 7 that the Peace of God will stand guard over our hearts and minds when we pray “in Christ Jesus.”

There are only 4 words in verse 6 that I will cover for our understanding:  “prayer,” “supplication,” “thanksgiving,” and “requests.”  I wrote this in November, 1997, for my own edification and challenge.  I did not copy the Strong’s numbers for these words, nor the Greek word.  But, I did copy the definition of each word and then, with meditation, used “exhortation” for my own enjoyment.  In other words, this is very personal – what I share with you – from my “Prayer Notebook.”

“Prayer”is acknowledging God’s sufficiency – a term of worship.  DO NOT miss this!  God is Able!  Stay at this point until you believe it with all your heart.  Without faith it is impossible to please God.  I must begin here and linger here until I am fully assured God is able and I love Him with all my heart, soul, mind, physical strength – no matter what!

“Supplication” – is a regard for my necessity.  (This one usually comes easy.)  I am a needy person.  I need Thee Every Hour.  But, Mary, focus on your real, true need. Compare verse 19:   Php 4:19 And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  Mary, God fulfills and accomplishes all my employment (that’s what the word “needs” means!)  In other words, He supplies all the requirements that I need for living for Him!

………that’s all for today……stay tuned for the other two words………

December 10, 2014 Posted by | Ladies Bible Study Notes | , , , , | Leave a comment

Do You See What I See?

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Do You See What I See?

THE REASON THE SON OF GOD APPEARED…….

1 John 3:8b…”The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (NAS)

I had the thought that never had I been to a school or church Christmas play where the children shepherds looked into the manger and said, “We are so glad You are here to destroy the works of our adversary.” I’m pretty sure the shepherds didn’t say that! But, listen to what they heard and believed: “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David (a king) there has been born for you a Savior (Deliverer), Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord.”

You know how I know they believed what they heard? Verse 15: “And it…

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December 8, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Studying Hebrews, part one….

Each chapter in Hebrews depends on the chapter before it – or we could note that each chapter except the first and last one begins with a conjunction, building upon the chapter before it.  So!  How important do you think that first chapter is!

And, you have heard that there are 5 warnings in Hebrews.  They build upon one another also.  We have what’s called “progressive revelation” in this book, obviously.  I believe the 66 books of the Bible are in progressive revelation mode; therefore, Hebrews is moving on toward the icing on the cake  –  so to speak.  For over a year now, Hebrews has been a blessing to me, personally, more than any other book in the Bible.  It is because of it’s main theme: the great High Priestly ministry of my Lord for me right now, this very moment.

Now, take that first chapter apart and put it back together – then, give that chapter your own personal title.  Your Bible may have one already there for you – I hope not.  Would be nice if you could get a nice clean Bible with no notes or titles.  It will make you a better Bible studier. Look up every reference in the Old Testament that your Bible has in the margins.

Note:  To help you on verse five, “TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN THEE” is in the original as “TODAY I HAVE BROUGHT THEE TO THE BIRTH.”  Acts 2:24 says, literally, “Whom God raised up, putting an end to the birth pangs of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.”  This chapter is discussing our Lord’s resurrection – not His “birth” from Mary’s womb.  “God” is the first word in this chapter.  It was the resurrection that made our Lord God’s Firstborn, Who intends to bring many “sons” to participate in His Glory in the coming 1,000 year reign of brand new government – when the government will be upon His Shoulders!

November 16, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Grumble clears the leaves…….

Grumble of http://www.specialstorytime.com/ has had much to grumble about lately – she either has to clear her old entrance into the ground to hibernate or dig a new one.  She likes her old one and she is no dumble bumble bee – nope!  She has been watching the birds drink from the bird baths that grandpa fills with water for them to drink.  Grumble has been known to drink from the birds’ water herself!

What has that got to do with being a smart, wise bumble bee?  She pays attention to how the birds clean the leaves from their water.  The leaves are falling like crazy and the birds are still thirsty – so, they grab hold of a leaf with their beaks and throw it out of their way.

Hmmm….could Grumble learn from the birds?

November 13, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

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