Wednesday, August 29, 2012

HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD

Suggested Reading: Exodus 28

(click scripture link to read online)

In this full-sized replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle, which is currently on exhibit at the Crossroads Centre in Burlington, Ontario, the High Priest places blood from the sacrifice onto the horns of the altar on behalf of the people (yesterday's blog makes reference to these horns).

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

 

Key Verse: Exodus 28:36

You shall also make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet: HOLINESS TO THE LORD.

The clothing of the high priest was designed by God, Himself. The symbolism is powerful. Jesus Christ is our High Priest. He is the personification of “Holiness to the Lord.” He is “The High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus” (Heb. 3:1). In the book of Hebrews He is called our High Priest seven times. We need to take the time to read Hebrews 2:17 right through to Hebrews 10:22 (click here). That is a big assignment, but I guarantee you’ll learn to value the work of Jesus more than ever. Like the epaulets on the shoulders of the Hebrew high priest, He presents our names before God, not just from time to time but continually. His primary occupation is that “He ever lives to make intercession” (Heb. 7:25). John writes, “If any man sins, we have an Advocate (lawyer for the defense) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1). A priest represents man to God, whereas a prophet represents God to man.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, I thank You with all my being for representing me before the Father. Thank You God for receiving the blood of the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus, on my behalf. It’s beyond me to fully comprehend Your love, grace and mercy. I can only give myself here and now once again to You. When I pray, “In Jesus’ Name,” I have a new understanding of what is really taking place. IN JESUS’ NAME, Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Dr. Charles Rolls was often a guest on 100 Huntley Street when in his nineties. One day, at 97, he showed up at our studio in downtown Toronto fully dressed in the garb of the High Priest. He had sewn the entire outfit with his own hands, put it on, and proceeded on the subway from North York to mid-town. I can’t imagine what the people on the train thought. He told them he was a guest later that morning on TV and was teaching about the role of the Hebrew High Priest. He departed this life at 99. I had a big celebration planned for his 100th birthday. Instead, we celebrated his passing on to glory. His series of books on the Names of Jesus are amazing (you might find one or more copies of his six-volume set on Amazon.com…try starting here). I realize once again that I (you too) am called to be a priest in the sense that when I pray for someone, I am representing them to God (1 Peter 2:5 & 9, Rev. 1:6).

Yours for a greater understanding of the ministry of Jesus, as well as our personal ministries,

David

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

5 thoughts on “Wednesday, August 29, 2012

  1. Thank you Jesus for being our High Priest, forever making interecession for us. You promised you would never leave us or forsake us, you promised that we would be forever yours and that nothing could separate us from your everlasting love. These are sure promises that we as Christians can take comfort in and stand upon in this life and in the life to come. Amen

  2. An important reminder today to read Hebrews new covenant relationship, in contrast to Exodus. Dr. Charles Rolls was quite a character who seemed to be capable of taking a light stance over any wairy stairs over his travels.

  3. Thank you Jesus for being an intercessor through me so that my prayers
    for others go to my Father even if I don’t understand what I am saying . I know
    you do
    In Jesus Name
    Amen
    Lianne Hogg

  4. What a reminder for this day: “Jesus being our intercessor”, and when we pray for others, we are representing them to God!
    Thank for the additionale verses of Scripture.

  5. Thankyou David, for that long reading. It was well worth the read and clarified things immensely for me. Thankyou for all you do…Lorna

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