Tuesday, August 28, 2012

THE ALTAR

Suggested Reading: Exodus 27

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The High Priest in front of the Golden Lampstand in the Holy Place. This lamp would burn continually and brightly, fuelled by pure olive oil. This photo was taken in the full-sized replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle, currently on display at the Crossroads Centre in Burlington, Ontario. Rev. Rick Hiebert portrays the High Priest (for tour info see link below).

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

 

Key Verse: Exodus 27:20

And you shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually.

The horns of the altar literally stand out for all who enter the outer court of the tabernacle. As with some animals, the horns speak of protection from attack as well as weapons to attack. Defence and offense are God’s commitments to us. God cares for all who trust Him. Animal sacrifices were consumed here. For us who believe in Jesus Christ, the Sacrifice of the cross provides protection and also the cross is obvious as our message to the whole world. The olive tree and its fruit always represent the spiritual devotional life of the people of God. The olive oil was to be replenished without fail every day. The Sunday School chorus says, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” This blog is one way to make sure our spiritual life is burning brightly.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray for fresh oil in the lamp of my life today. Holy Spirit, You are often represented in Scripture as Oil. When my light is about to go out please fill me with Yourself, Holy Spirit. I want to be a brightly shining light in this dark world. Thank You for answering my prayer. I receive now. In the Name of Jesus, the one of whom John the Baptist said, “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matt 3:11b). Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Among my childhood memories are the words of prayers I would hear God’s people pray. One had to do with holding on to the horns of the altar. My imagination was fired with a picture of the one praying holding to those horns and refusing to let go until God’s voice was heard and His purposes fulfilled. I thought of a stubborn unyielding determination to stay in fervent prayer until the answer came from God. Then there was my Father’s prayer and one of the many couplets he would quote. It went like this: “May Heaven come down our souls to greet, and may Glory crown the Mercy Seat.” I was not too sure what it meant, but I knew that Dad’s prayer was answered as his face lit up with joy. We prayed on our knees every day after each meal. What an amazing spiritual inheritance I received from my parents. Norma-Jean and I had a different pattern we followed with our children, but the results were the same in their lives as in mine. The Oil was replenished daily and the flame continues until today.

Yours for the daily infilling of the Holy Spirit, and for helping us all to burn brightly,

David

P.S. For tour info on the Crossroads Tabernacle Exhibit, click HERE and share it with a friend!

5 thoughts on “Tuesday, August 28, 2012

  1. Thank you Lord that we are no longer brought to restitutiom through the sacrifice of animals or our by our own merit. It is rather through your one atoneing sacrifice alone on that cross that we can come fully cleansed before a holy God, by your grace alone. Amen.

  2. Proper nutrition, daily exercise and staying positively focussed can yield only so much. Your message today speaks of being filled by the Holy Spirit as oil to be replenished daily. This hymn comes to mind …

    Holy Spirit Thou art welcome in this place
    Holy Spirit Thou art welcome in this place
    Omnipotent Father of Mercy and Grace
    Thou art welcome in this place

    Lord in Thy presence there’s healing divine
    No other power can save Lord, but Thine
    Holy Spirit Thou art welcome in this place
    Thou art welcome in this place

    Holy Spirit Thou art welcome in this place
    Holy Spirit Thou art welcome in this place
    Omnipotent Father of Mercy and Grace
    Thou art welcome in this place

    Fill all the hungry and empty within
    Restore us, oh Father revive us again
    Holy Spirit Thou art welcome in this place
    Holy Spirit Thou art welcome in this place

  3. Blessed be God, this light is not now confined but is a light to lighten all for salvation unto the ends of the earth. God’s faithful Love abides forever!

  4. Hello David. I wonder if you could take some time to pray for my son Tristan. He is 15 and has a high functioning autism and he broke his arm a couple of weeks ago at family camp. I believe the incident was spiritually related but he is in a lot of pain with a pin and a rod in his wrist and arm. He is supposed to be getting the pin removed today and getting his half cast replaced with a full cast above his shoulder. It is his left arm. He is at hospital now waiting to see a doctor. As the word says, the prayers of a righteous man availed much. Thank you very much David. I know God hears my prayers but if this injury is spiritually related, then I think extra prayers will help.
    Linda

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