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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 8/25/2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, HYMN, and THIS IS MY PRAYER, Sat, 8/25,2012

Exodus 30:1-10
THE GOLDEN ALTAR OF INCENSE, Lesson 27b

V. 2-5 THE MANUFACTURE OF THE ALTAR

The Size And Shape

1 Cubit On A Side - The “One” speaks of unity. When we come before the Lord in prayer, we are brought together. We are made one when our will lines up with His will. Prayer brings us into His presence and unites us as nothing else can.

Square - This speaks of equality. Nobody has more access to God that you do. If you are saved and your sins are confessed, you have as much right to approach the Lord as anyone who has ever lived, (Heb. 4:16).

2 Cubits High - At 2 cubits high, the Altar of Incense was taller than any other piece of furniture in the Tabernacle. This speaks of Jesus being exalted above all the world. However, it also reminds us that no one stands taller than when they are engaged in prayer. In the church, preachers, teachers, singers and leaders often get the most recognition for what goes on at the House of God. However, if there is to be credit rendered, it must go to those who are actively engaged in prayer for the work of God. When the rewards are handed out at the Judgment Seat Of Christ, many with big names and high profiles will have to step aside for those who wrestled in prayer for the souls of men and for the Kingdom of God.

In terms of size, the Altar of Incense was the smallest of all the other pieces of furniture in the Tabernacle. However, while it was small in size, it was great in its importance. The work carried out here was a vital part of their service to the Lord. So it is with prayer! You see, in praying, it isn't the eloquence of prayer, nor the length of prayer that makes a difference, it the heart behind the praying! When we call on the Lord out of a heart of faith, we literally possess the power to move mountains - (Matt. 17:20) It isn't how long you pray, or how loud, it all comes down to the content and the heart behind the praying.

When Simon Peter stepped out of the boat to walk to Jesus on the water, he lacked faith and began to sink. His prayer to the Lord wasn't long, only 3 words, but it was effective and it accomplished what he wished for it to - (Matt. 14:30). A man named Jabez prayed a short prayer that God also honored - (1 Chron. 4:10).

The Symbolism In The Altar

Horns - There was one golden horn on each of the four corners of the Altar. Horns in the Bible are often symbolic of power and strength. These speak of the power of prayer to go into the four corners of the world. From right here where we are today, we can literally touch a world for the glory of God. There is no limit to what we can accomplish through prayer, except those limits we place on prayer through our own faithlessness and prayerlessness - (Matt. 18:19).

In ourselves, we may be weak and seemingly ineffective. However, when we fall on our knees before a mighty God, we become a force to be reckoned with. When the saints are on praying ground, the devils of Hell tremble before us. There is power in a saint who is in contact with the God of Heaven.

Crown - This piece of furniture had a crown that went around the top. It was there to prevent the incense from falling to the floor. This speaks of the fact that none of our praying is in vain. God may not answer in your time or in your way, but He will hear you and He will answer you in a way that glorifies Him and is the best for you. None of your prayers, if prayed from a righteous heart of faith, will ever fall to the ground - (Jer. 33:3 ;Isa. 65:24).

Rings And Staves - These were fastened to the Altar so that when Israel broke camp and moved, the Altar could be carried to the new location and there resume its function before the Lord. The idea here is that the Altar of prayer was ever near. This speaks of prayer to us. Prayer is as near to us as the breath in our lungs or the thoughts of our heads. We can pray anywhere, anytime and about anything. Pray is always acceptable to the Lord.

Many are concerned about posture in prayer. I believe that God is more concerned with the posture of the heart than He is with the posture of the body. I believe that He longs for those who call on Him to have hearts free from sin and hearts that are humble in His presence. Oh, we should never be too lazy to bow before Him on our knees when we can, but there are times when that is impractical. Such as when driving, or when crippled or when unable to bow. The whole issue is that men need to pray and pray consistently and continually before his presence - (Luke 18:1; 1 Thes. 5:17; Rom. 12:12).

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Let Every Heart Rejoice and Sing” By Henry S. Washburn (1842)

Let ev'ry heart rejoice and sing
Let choral anthems rise
Ye aged men, and children bring
To God your sacrifice

Refrain:
For He is good, the Lord is good
And kind are all His ways
With songs and honors sounding loud
The Lord Jehovah praise
While the rocks and the rills
While the vales and the hills
A glorious anthem raise
Let each prolong the grateful song
And the God of our fathers praise
And the God of our fathers praise

He bids the sun to rise and set
In heav'n His pow'r is known
And earth, subdued to Him, shall yet
Bow low before His throne
Refrain:

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Awesome Father, Almighty God! You are always near to all who call upon You, to all who call upon You in truth. We thank You that You are always close to us. We confess the times when we have doubted that You were all so near. It was not a lack of faith, but a lack of knowledge and understanding. Help us to pray more fervently and more consistently. Help to pray more consistently in accordance with Your will. Take us from where we are to where You want us to be so You can bless us. These thing we pray in the Loving name of Jesus. Amen!

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ANHELIC 8/26/2012 12:00AM

    Thank you Vic for you great inspiration again. I know God looks on the inside and we tend to look on the outside. If we love God, that's what he looks for. Thank you for the goodie. God bless you for the work you are doing for God's kingdom.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 8/25/2012 8:07PM

    Thanks for the message about prayer Vic. I do believe that is what is missing in our churchl that is why we are having problems because everyone has not humbled themselves in prayer and looked at their own hearts.

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LOSTLIME 8/25/2012 8:05PM

    He sees into our souls. Thank you for the lesson, Vic!

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NADINEL 8/25/2012 2:26PM

    I agree that God is more concerned with our heart attitude toward Him than our physical posture. Thanks for this blog. Have an awesome day, Vic & Mrs. Vic.
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SWIMLOVER 8/25/2012 9:23AM

  Vic, Thank You so much for this wonderful inspirational blog! GOD does look at our hearts and HE wants our hearts to want HIM more and more.

GOD BLESS!
Louise

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SANDRALEET 8/25/2012 8:25AM

    How grate is the Mersey of God and wonderful is his story.The old and new work together

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EDITOR 8/25/2012 7:32AM

    We are in unity, Vic becomes He unites us. So many are unfamiliar with the O.T. Your blog is a perfect place to get a capsule of it daily.
Thank you for the note and goodie yesterday.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 8/24/2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, HYMN, and THIS IS MY PRAYER, Fri, 8/24,2012

Exodus 30:1-10
THE GOLDEN ALTAR OF INCENSE, Lesson 27a

When God gave His plans for the construction of the Tabernacle, He filled the place with various articles that were absolutely rich with spiritual symbolism. Jesus can be seen in the Tabernacle in every piece of it. The Brazen Altar speaks of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for sinners. The veil reminds us that there was a gulf between God and man that was dissolved at the cross by Jesus. The Golden Candlestick reminds us that Jesus Christ is the Light of the world and that He came to lead men out of darkness. Even the coverings of the Tabernacle point to the Lord Jesus Christ. The same is true with the Golden Altar Of Incense that we have read about today. In this piece of furniture, the Lord is seen in His ministry as our Great High Priest. The One who makes intercession for His people before the throne of His Father in Heaven, (Heb. 7:25; Rom. 8:34).

While this Altar is filled with great symbolism concerning the Lord, there are also some lessons for God's people. In these verses, we are shown some truths about our prayer lives and about praying in general. Since it is my conviction, and hopefully yours by now, that the Lord wants us to be more consistent in our praying, I feel that we would do well to look at the Golden Altar Of Incense and what it teaches us about praying. Let's do that and learn from this ancient piece of Tabernacle furniture.

V. 1, 3 THE MATERIALS OF THE ALTAR

There were only 2 materials used in the manufacture of the Altar of Incense: Wood and Gold. Wood, in the Bible, speaks of humanity and Gold, speaks of Deity. Therefore, it is easy to see that this speaks of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only Person who has ever perfectly combined humanity and deity in one body - (John 1:1; 14). He is the God-Man! However, while He was on the earth, His glorious nature was hidden under His humanity. Only when He was on the Mount of Transfiguration did His glory burst forth - (Matt. 17:1-2). While He was here, men saw the wood, so to speak, (Isa. 53:2). But, notice that this Altar has the gold on the outside. This points to Jesus as He is now! He is enthroned in Heaven at the Father's right hand. If you could see Him today, He would still have His human body, but it would be covered by His glory. Therefore, this altar, in it's materials, speaks of the Person of Jesus, our heavenly Intercessor.

While these materials speak about the glorified Lord, they also have application to you and me. At our best, we are never more than sinners saved by grace. However, when we come to know the Lord Jesus by faith, we are made partakers of the "divine nature", (2 Pet. 1:4). That is, God Himself dwells in the heart of every believer and grants us access to the Father through prayer. Prayer is the domain of the redeemed - (Psa. 66:18).

When our humanity is covered by the divine blood of Jesus, we are given the right to call on the Lord's Name; a right which we did not possess prior to that event! Does God hear the prayers of the lost? Not in the sense of hearing in order to answer. Therefore, no lost person can gain access to the throne of grace. It is only for the redeemed through our Intercessor, the Lord Jesus! Only when our humanity become swallowed up in His deity do we have access to Him in prayer.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Will Call Upon The Lord” By Michael O. Shields (1981)

I Will Call upon The LORD
Who Is Worthy to Be Praised
So Shall I Be Safe from My Enemies

The LORD Liveth
And Blessed Be My Rock
And Let The GOD Of My Salvation be Exalted

The LORD Liveth
And Blessed Be My Rock
And Let The GOD Of My Salvation be Exalted

I Will Call upon The LORD
Who Is Worthy to Be Praised
So Shall I Be Safe from My Enemies

The LORD Liveth
And Blessed Be My Rock
And Let The GOD Of My Salvation be Exalted

The LORD Liveth
And Blessed Be My Rock
And Let The GOD Of My Salvation be Exalted

I Will Call upon The LORD
Who Is Worthy to Be Praised
So Shall I Be Safe from My Enemies

The LORD Liveth
And Blessed Be My Rock
And Let The GOD Of My Salvation be Exalted

The LORD Liveth
And Blessed Be My Rock
And Let The GOD Of My Salvation be Exalted


THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Loving Father, Most Holy God! We pray today for each member of our family and for all our friends and acquaintances to be blessed with love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, peace, good health, provisions, protection, and a greater knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and the power of Your Word. Help us not to be selfish or lazy in our praying. Show us whom else to pray for. Teach us the way that is good and right. May we never sin against You by failing to pray for other people according to Your will. This we ask and pray in Jesus’ Blessed name. Amen!

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POETLKNG2LOSE 8/24/2012 11:10PM

    Thank you for the lesson, hymn and prayer today. So often we only pray for out own needs and not for others. Yet we all are supposed to be intercessors and prayer warriors. Sometimes i fail at doing that by not spending enough time with Him.

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ANHELIC 8/24/2012 7:28PM

    Thank your Vic for sharing this wonderful less with us. I am grateful that we can call upon the Lord and pray for our families and friends. I enjoyed your prayer and have been praying for a dear friend who had surgery yesterday. He had an aneurysm in his stomach. I have found that some of my friends ask for prayers for their family because they don't know how to pray.
Your Hymn is a great one, and your prayer is inspiring. God Bless you Vic. Thank you for the goodies.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 8/24/2012 6:16PM

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Lets continue to call upon the Lord! You get me sung this hymn all day long today since I read your blog earlier!
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/24/2012 3:03PM

    Thank you Vic for this great blog! I haven't sung this hymn in years and I really enjoyed it today. Have a great weekend!

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WANTSZU 8/24/2012 2:33PM

    Thanks again for the wonderful blog message, prayer and hymn. This hymn brings back memories of when my hubby use to play in the worship band. This was one spirit filled hymn they played often.

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ARMINDA6 8/24/2012 11:18AM

    awesome blog!

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EDITOR 8/24/2012 9:00AM

    People are not that fond of the O.T . Yet if we want to draw close to the Father (some yet fear Him) your daily blog is a good place to come to be familar in lesson, song and prayer. Today's hymn is uplifting and familar for the Spirit filled. Your prayer is to show us that we might serve and unite with Him. Thank you Vic for presenting the Father God in His fulness!

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LOSTLIME 8/24/2012 7:38AM

    Thank you once again for the prayer and the nice hymn.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 8/23/2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, HYMN, and THIS IS MY PRAYER, Thu, 8/23/2012

Exodus 26:31-33; Matthew 27:51
THE MESSAGE OF THE VEIL, Lesson 26c

Mt. 27:51 THE PARTING OF THE VEIL

The Method Of Its Parting - Notice that it was God and not man that parted the veil. While the priests were offering the evening sacrifice, (Mark 15:34), Jesus was offering His life as a ransom for sin. When the Innocent One died for the guilty ones, the veil split from the top to the bottom. Man had nothing to do with it, it was the work of God alone!

When Jesus died on the cross, the veil in the Temple was 60 feet high and 30 feet wide. It was said to have been 4 inches thick. It was so heavy that Josephus says that 300 priests were required to move it. He also says that 2 teams of oxen would not have been able to rend the veil. What man could never do, God did by His power!

The same is true with the salvation we enjoy today! We had nothing to do with it at all. It originated with God in Heaven before the world was formed, (Rev. 13:8; 1 Pet. 1:20). It was carried out at Calvary without our help, (Isa. 53:6, 10), “The brutal death of the Lord Jesus Christ“. Salvation was and is the work of a sovereign God!

The Message Of Its Parting - The message of the rent veil is crystal clear, it tells us all that the way to God is open. I can imagine the priests in the temple sewing the parted veil back together and continuing on in their vain religion, not realizing that now, the way to God was opened to all. Not just one day per year, but all the time! ( Eph. 2:11-18)!

The Majesty Of Its Parting - Because the way has been opened into the presence of God, "whosoever will" can come into His presence and have access to God Himself, (Rev. 22:17; John 3:16)! I praise the Lord that the way to God has been forever opened for you and me!

Conc: When the high priest entered behind the veil, he came into the very presence of God Himself. He offered the blood and had to leave. He was not allowed back in until the next year. He could never come before God without blood and he could not come when he wanted to, but only when God allowed. However, when Jesus came in the flesh and gave His life for you and me, He forever tore down that middle wall of partition. He broke down all the barriers that stood between us and gave us free access to the Father. Now, in Jesus, we can come before OUR Father at anytime! What a glorious privilege is our! And, it is given to us because Jesus became the veil and was rent on Calvary so that we might get to God! Bless His Name!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Blessed Assurance” By Fanny J. Crosby (1873)

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
Refrain:

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
Refrain:

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Father of Love and Mercy, God of Truth and Grace! Help us to understand that devotion to Jesus is deeper than the notion of just keeping all of His commands. It is about being willing to give up all that we have. Help us Lord to understand that nothing in this world is worth holding on to but Jesus. To grab hold of Jesus we must let go of this world and the things of this world. May this truth find expression in our words and in our lives each day as we live to bring Praise, Glory and Honor to YOU! In Jesus Precious name we pray. Amen!

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NADINEL 8/23/2012 9:55PM

    Thanks, Vic. I really appreciate the lengths with which you go to tell of God's truth.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 8/23/2012 9:49PM

    emoticonVic for publishing Blessed Assurance - one of my favorite hymns !
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LOSTLIME 8/23/2012 8:08PM

    Thank you for the prayer. The hymn is being sung by the choir at my church this Sunday. What a coincidence!




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ANHELIC 8/23/2012 7:24PM

    Thank you Vic for ministering to us again today. Blessed Assurance is one of my favorite hymns as well. I am so grateful that through Jesus we can come to God. Since God tore the Veil apart, we can now come to Him. I wouldn't want to live in this world without Jesus and I pray for people who don't know Him. Your prayer is absolutely inspiring. thank you again Vic and may God richly bless you as you continue your ministry. Thank you for the goodies.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/23/2012 9:07AM

    Vic, this may be the most beautiful prayer you have ever written. Thank you! And I absolutely love this wonderful hymn. You have ministered to my soul today and I am deeply grateful. God Bless You!

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SANDRALEET 8/23/2012 7:11AM

    Yes now we can talk to God He is a part of our life.He loves us and saved us, emoticon

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITGH, Wed, 8/22/2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, HYMN, and THIS IS MY PRAYER, Wed, 8/22/2012

Exodus 26:31-33; Matthew 27:51
THE MESSAGE OF THE VEIL, Lesson 26b

V. 31-33 THE PURPOSE OF THE VEIL

It Served As A Warning - This veil was hung between the holy place, where the priests ministered everyday, and the Holy of Holies, where the presence of God dwelt above the Mercy Seat. It served as a barrier between holy God and sinful man.

They were told to prepare the veil with "cherubim" on it. The cherubim are angelic creatures that serve as the guardians of the holiness of God. They are first seen in Gen. 3:24, when they were positioned at the entrance of Eden to prevent man from gaining access to the tree of life.

The presence of the cherubim on the veil seem to serve the purpose of telling those who entered the Tabernacle that they could come this far and no farther! They were a constant reminder that access to God was forbidden. God is holy and man is a sinner. Therefore, the cherubim were placed there to warn all who approached the veil that to continue was to invite judgment and death! They reminded all that a holy God dwelled just behind the veil. What grace it was that God would warn men not to come into His presence in their sinful condition! The cherubim were there to warn man, but they also served to protect men and to preserve life.

It Served As A Wall - This veil served as a barrier between God and man. It shut man out of the presence of God, (Lev. 16:2), "And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat."

Between the sinner and God, there is a great wall standing, (Isa. 59:2). We cannot approach God within ourselves. To do so would invite judgment and death. Before man can enter into the presence of God, sin must first be dealt with.

It Served As A Way - While this veil served to keep men out, there was one day during the year when one man could enter. On the Day of Atonement, the high priest could enter into the Holy of Holies, but only with the blood of a sacrificial lamb, (Lev. 16:15), "Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat:" On that day, the high priest was allowed to enter the side of the veil and minister in the Holy of Holies, sprinkling the blood of the sacrifice on the altar and atoning for the sins of the people. It was the only time any one was allowed behind the veil.

I just want to remind you that blood is the only way anyone has access into the presence of God, (Heb. 9:22; Heb. 10:19-20). Bloodless, Christ-less religion will never save the human soul! Those who try to get to God without the blood of Jesus will find themselves in Hell, because there is no other method God will accept. To enter into His presence, you must be born again,( John 3:3; 7). And, the only way to be born again is through the blood of the Lamb, (1 Pet. 1:18-19). Thank God, Jesus made the way for us to enter into the presence of God by going to the cross for our sins!

It Served As A Witness - While the high priest could only enter the Holy of Holies once each year, the priests ministered in the holy place every day of the year. As they did, they came within inches of the veil, but were never allowed to go past it. It was a constant reminder to them that they were sinners and that they were separated from God. It was constant reminder of man's moral failure.

So it is with the ministry of Jesus in the flesh. There are a lot of people who try to copy the life Jesus lived in an effort to secure their salvation. However, what men fail to realize is that the life of Christ cannot save! In fact, the life of Christ serves to condemn us all! He lived a perfect life and never once sinned against His Father or the Law. He did what you and I could never do: He lived a perfect life without sin! ( John 15:22). He is the "glory of God" that all of us have fallen short of, (Rom. 3:23)!

In the final analysis, the veil serves to remind man that he is a sinner in need of Savior and that he will never be able to approach God on his own merits.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Safe In The Arms Of Jesus” By Fanny J. Crosby (1870)

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o'ershaded,
Sweetly my soul doth rest.
Hark! 'tis a song of heaven
Borne in the sweetest voice,
Echoed by saints in spirit,
Making my heart rejoice.
Refrain:
Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o'ershaded,
Sweetly my soul doth rest.

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe from corroding care,
Safe from the world's temptations,
Sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow,
Free from my doubts and fears;
Only a few more trials,
Only a few more tears.
Refrain:

Jesus, my heart's dear Refuge,
Jesus has died for me;
Firm on the Rock of Ages
Ever my trust shall be.
Here let me wait with patience,
Wait till the night is o'er,
Wait till I see the morning
Break on the golden shore.
Refrain:

THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Father Divine, Most Holy God! Help us to see the world around us with Your eyes. What do we see with our eyes? Despair, disappointment, violence, defeat, addiction, old age, death! Enable us not to see these things with our human eyes, but rather help us to see HOPE and LIFE in YOU through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Help us to see what appears dead is actually alive and giving life in new growth. Help us to live by the power of Your victory. These things we pray in the Blessed name of Jesus. Amen!

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ANHELIC 8/22/2012 5:45PM

    I am so grateful that when Jesus died, the veil was ripped and we now can come to God ourselves. I am so glad that I am a child of God and can pray and talk to him anytime myself . Thank you Vic for the goodies, beautiful hymn and prayer. Sending you God's richest blessings for sharing such beautiful lessons with us.

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SAINTBETH 8/22/2012 10:16AM

    Since only the priests entered the tabernacle, the cherubim on the veil reminded them that even they were separated from the Holy of H0lies.

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LOSTLIME 8/22/2012 10:14AM

    thank you for the prayer and the hymn. Beautiful.

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SANDRALEET 8/22/2012 8:02AM

    When Jesus died the curtain was ripped in half .Then the Infidels like us could be saved Even to this day God calls all It is whot we accept To many accept destruction.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/22/2012 7:52AM

    Beautiful hymn Vic! thank you once again!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 8/21/201

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, HYMN, and THIS IS MY PRAYER, Tue, 8/21/2012

Exodus 26:31-33; Matthew 27:51
THE MESSAGE OF THE VEIL, Lesson 26a

Augustine, referring to the Bible, said "The New is in the Old concealed. The Old is in the New revealed." He is referring to the fact that many items and people in the Old Testament serve to point ahead to things more clearly revealed in the New Testament. This was the idea in Paul's mind when he said, "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." (1 Cor. 10:11).

What I am trying to say is that in the Old Testament there are many objects that point ahead to truths more fully revealed in the New Testament. For instance, we know that the Brazen Serpent of Numbers 21 was a type of the Lord Jesus, (John 3:14). We also know that the Manna of Exodus 16 was also a type or a picture of Jesus Christ,( John 6:31-35). There are many more example which are too numerous to name, but I think you get the point.

Of all the types in the Old Testament, none is more rich in its symbolism than the Tabernacle. From one end to the other, the Tabernacle is a picture of the Lord Jesus and of the redemption believers enjoy in Him. Today, I would like to focus our attention on the veil of the Tabernacle. This object contains a great message for those who are willing to see it. This veil is a wonderful type of Jesus Christ. In fact, it is specifically a picture of Jesus and His work while He was here in His flesh, (Heb. 10:20) "By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh,"
With that in mind, let's spend some time looking at the veil and what it represents.

V. 31-33a THE PATTERN OF THE VEIL

The Colors Used In The Veil - Often, colors in the Bible are symbolic in nature. The colors used in the veil of the Tabernacle are no exception. These colors paint a portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ and of Who He is.

Blue - Blue is the color of the sky and it reminds us of the Heavenly origin of the Lord Jesus. He is the Son of God - (Rom. 8:3; 1 Tim.. 3:16).

Scarlet - I am skipping purple for the moment to illustrate a point. This is the color of blood and it speaks of Jesus as the Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice for the sins of man, (Rev. 1:5; John 15:13).

Purple - This is the color of royalty and it reminds us that Jesus Christ is the King of Kings, (Isa. 9:6-7; Rev. 19:16). Now here is why I skipped purple. Purple is made by blending equal amounts of red and blue. Jesus Christ is a perfect blend of God and man. He is 100% both at the same time.

The Cloth Used In The Veil - Pure, white linen was the cloth that was to be used. This speaks of the purity of the Lord Jesus. It reminds us that He was sinless - (1 Pet. 2:22; 1 Cor. 5:21).

The Construction Used In The Veil - Notice that this cloth was to be "fine twined" and of a "cunning work." This tells us that the cloth used was to be of a special weave. It would be different from any other cloth. So it is with Jesus! There has never been another man like Him! In His person, He was the perfect blend of Deity and humanity. He is the God-Man! He is unique for He is God in the flesh,( John 1:1; 14; Phil. 2:5-8)

We could stop here and know that the veil reveals much about Who Jesus is. But, there is more to the message of the veil.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“We Bow Down” By Twila Paris (1984)

You are Lord of the Heavens and Lord of my life
Lord of the land and the sea
You were Lord of Creation before there was time
And Lord of all Lords You will be

We bow down and we worship You, Lord
We bow down and we worship You, Lord
We bow down and we worship You, Lord
Lord of all Lords You will be

You are King of the Heavens and King of my life
King of the land and the sea
You were King of Creation before there was time
And King of all Kings You will be

We bow down and we crown You the King
We bow down and we crown You the King
We bow down and we crown You the King
King of all Kings You will be


THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Divine Father, God of Heaven and earth! We pray You will bless our work and establish it. We commit all the work we do to You so it may be used to Your glory. Give us the strength to accomplish what we must do each day, and grant us the wisdom and ability to do it well. Take charge of every detail of our work so it will find favor with others and be successful. May we find favor in the eyes of our Lord Jesus Christ by our works and our devotion. These things we pray in His name. Amen!


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BABY_GIRL69 8/21/2012 10:24PM

    May the Lord a blessing to the reading of His word. Amen. God bless Vic & thank you for sharing this message, hymn & prayer here.

God bless,

Dee

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/21/2012 9:19PM

    Vic, I praise God for the freedom to worship Him in my home, in my church and wherever I find myself throughout the day. I always look to God for strength to accomplish the day's tasks with wisdom and tenacity. May God Bless You today!

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ANHELIC 8/21/2012 8:21PM

    Thank you for your awesome lesson Vic. Your explanation of the Veil from the old testament was a great reminder. I am glad the Veil has been torn down and we can worship our Lord ourselves. God bless you Vic.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 8/21/2012 5:01PM

    Thank you for this lesson!!

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LOSTLIME 8/21/2012 2:38PM

    Thank you for this lesson.

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MARYJOANNA 8/21/2012 12:04PM

  The Old Testament is so important for us to be able to understand the New Testament. Everything is relevant.

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EDITOR 8/21/2012 11:12AM

    Beautiful, Vic, as the veil that seperated us is torn down. Now we see clearly!

Thank you for the goodie and that you let others seek to know Him through your songs, lessons and hymns.



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NILUMALEJI 8/21/2012 7:05AM

    My faith seems so small compared to yours...but I think that it's good to see the exemple of others to help us change our life ! Thanks a lot !

Nina

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