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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 8/31/2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Fri, 8/31/2012

Exodus 33:12-23
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BIBLICAL WORSHIP, Lesson 29b

THE BALANCED RESPONSE OF THE LORD 33:19-23; 34:5-7

v. 19-20 God Makes A Promise – God tells Moses that He will grant His request. He will allow Moses to catch a small glimpse of His glory as He passes by.

Why did God do this? The answer lies in verse 17. Moses had found grace in the eyes of the Lord! In other words, Moses hadn’t earned this experience, it was the Sovereign choice of Almighty God.

We need to understand that anything we have ever received from God, from salvation to the smallest of His blessings, have not been given to us because we have earned them. They have not been given to us because we have somehow forced the Lord’s hand.

By the way, anything we ever receive from the Lord is the work of His grace in our lives. Just the fact that we are allowed to pray to Him, to worship Him and to commune with Him is amazing! Thank God for those times He condescends to us in allowing us to love, serve, and worship Him!

v. 21-23 God Mentions A Place – God tells Moses that there is a place by Him where Moses can stand and see the glory of God as it passes by. That place is a cleft in the rock.
There is still a place by Him. There is still a cleft in the Rock and His name is Jesus! There is only one place where man will ever see God. And, that place is in Jesus Christ! He is the Rock, (1 Cor. 10:4). If we would see the Father, we need look no farther than the Son! Notice what the Bible says about Jesus, (John 14:9; John 1:18; Heb. 1:3).

Rock Of Ages was written by Augustus Toplady after he had been trapped outdoors in a fierce storm. Knowing of a large rock with a cleft in it, he ran there for shelter. As he entered that fissure in the rock, the storm broke upon it with all its fury. Lightning flashed, thundered boomed and the rains fell in a torrential downpour. Toplady, in his shelter, was totally untouched. The storm poured out its fury upon the rock, but he was safe because he was in the rock.

That same privilege is our in Jesus. When He was on the cross, the mighty wrath of God unleashed itself upon Him. When we are in Him, we are sheltered from the wrath of God and from the awful penalty of sin. That, my brothers and sisters, is a cause for worship!

34:5-7 God Manifests His Presence – God did exactly as He promised and allowed Moses to see His glory! God passed by, declaring His name and revealing His glory. Look at the text, and don’t miss this. Verse 5 says, “The Lord...stood with him there”. Verse 6 says, “the Lord passed by.” Here is Moses standing on the rock surrounded by the rock, in the presence of the Lord, shielded by the hand of God and seeing the glory of God all at the same time. Can you imagine seeing the glory of God up close and personal? Moses did and it changed his life.

Every now and then, we get a small dose of the manifest presence of God. Sometimes, He will come in and demonstrate His glory to His people.

I have been in services where God showed up in a mighty way. Can you begin to imagine what would happen if this were the rule and not the exception? Can you imagine what church would be like if the manifest presence of God were there? And He is present in the Spirit where two or three are gathered in His name. I think there would be less of us being involved with worldly things and more genuine worship of the Lord. I think we would be kind of like Thomas in the upper room, (John 20:24-28).

What I am saying is that when a genuine move of God takes place in our church, we will become lost in the glory of Jesus. He will be our focus and the center of everything we do. I want this more than anything I know! How about you?

Today’s hymn!
“Rock Of Ages” By A. M. Toplady (1776)

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save from wrath and make me pure.

Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When my eyes shall close in death,
When I rise to worlds unknown,
And behold Thee on Thy throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.


THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Loving Father, Glorious God! Fill us afresh with Your Spirit today and overflow us with Your healing stream so that when we are with others, they will sense Your presence also. Make us to be a well of refreshing water flowing freely to others. Through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, may others see Him in us, even if they do not fully understand what it is they are witnessing. Open the doors of opportunity for us to teach them about Jesus and Your gift of eternal life in Him. This we pray in His precious name. Amen!

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JUDITH316 9/3/2012 5:14PM

    Amen, another awesome Bible Blog, emoticon for sharing..
Thanks for sharing this precious Hymn, "Rock of Ages" one of many favorite hymns that I enjoy to sing... emoticon

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POETLKNG2LOSE 8/31/2012 10:07PM

    Thank you for this lesson today Vic. This is what my church needs more of the Holy Sprit and less of self and the world. Then there wouldn't be any gossiping and pointing fingers at each other. I felt the Lord in other churches where i was wept and repented of my sins. I wish i could feel him more at my own church. Oh God please move in my church!

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LOSTLIME 8/31/2012 5:27PM

    Thank you for today's prayer.

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CATHRINE2010 8/31/2012 10:20AM

    Awsome! Thank you! Sometimes we needed to be reminded of the basics. One of my favorite hymns also! Have a great holiday weekend spending it with those who love you!

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KAJANA 8/31/2012 10:03AM

    AMEN....AMEN.. God, I need to see this today. thank you

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/31/2012 9:19AM

    AMEN AND THANK YOU FOR TODAYS PRAYER, VIC!

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MNABOY 8/31/2012 7:54AM

    How can a church work to create an environment that will cause the Holy Spirit to walk among the members?

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ANHELIC 8/31/2012 7:52AM

    Thank you Vic again for another great message. It would be awesome if God manifested Himself everytime we are witnessing to people. We have to go to Jesus as our Rock to cling to Him seeking prayer and mercy. God bless you for sharing this message.

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SANDRALEET 8/31/2012 7:39AM

    I have felt the holy ghost many times .God is our rock and we build our house on the rock.

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SONYALATRECE 8/31/2012 7:09AM

    Amen!
Seeking prayer for healing and God's mercy and grace as I go through...
Thanks!

~Sonya

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EDITOR 8/31/2012 7:09AM

    Oh, to see God's glory as He passes by! We can experience this in certain ways, for He is faithful to reveal Himself to us.

Christ tore asunder the veil that seperated us and now we CAN see clearly.

How beautiful our Rock of Ages!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 8/30/2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, This Is My Prayer, Thu, 8/30/2012

Exodus 33:12-23
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BIBLICAL WORSHIP, Lesson 29a

Moses had a difficult job assignment he was given by the Lord. His duty was to lead a rebellious, self-centered, stiff-necked people through a desert to the Promised Land. To accomplish this job, Moses needed a close relationship with the Lord.

Now, when we come to chapter 33, Moses has just received the Law from the Lord. He was gone for 40 days and nights while God revealed the Law to him. While he was gone, the people made a golden calf, began to worship it as their god and began to commit grossly immoral sins.

When Moses came down from the mountain and saw what they were doing, he threw down the stone tablets containing the Law and broke them. Because of their sin and idolatry, the Lord is angry with the people and He refuses to go with them into Canaan, 33:1-3.

Moses responds by reminding the Lord that the Israelites are God’s people and that if the Lord doesn’t go with them, then Moses isn’t going. So Moses and the Lord discuss the matter and God says that He will to go with them and bring them into the land of promise.

Please don’t ask me to explain all the things that are happening in this chapter. All I know for sure is that the Lord is trying to work in the life of Moses and help him to grow.

When these events occurred, Moses was placed in a position of discouragement and doubt. He needed something from the Lord if he was to continue to lead Israel. So he asks the Lord for a little encouragement. He asks the Lord to show him His glory. God answered Moses’ request and revealed His glory to him. When Moses saw the Lord in all His glory, it resulted in Moses falling down before the Lord in worship.

There is a word here for our lives. None of us have ever been given an assignment quite like the one Moses received, but we have been called to follow the Lord and to represent Him in this world. There are times when this task becomes difficult and discouraging.
When those times come, we also need something from the Lord. We need something we cannot produce by ourselves. We need something that will recharge our spiritual batteries and rekindle the old flames of excitement and passion for the Lord. We need something that will bring us to our knees in worship.

In this encounter with the Lord, Moses discovered “The Significance Of Biblical Worship“. He learned that worshiping God has the ability to confirm, comfort and consecrate the hurting heart of the humble saint.

I want to take this episode from the life of Moses and teach about “The Significance Of Biblical Worship“. I want you to see The Bold Request Of Moses; The Balanced Response Of God; The Beautiful Results For Both. Let’s notice these truths together.

THE BOLD REQUEST OF MOSES

3:10 Moses And His Duties –Moses was Divinely called to the task of leading the people of God to Canaan. It was not an easy task. His leadership was often called into question and his orders were disobeyed. Moses had a duty that required faithfulness and dependability. He had the task of walking in obedience to the Lord and His will.

33:1-3 Moses And His Discouragement – The people had rebelled against the Lord again in chapter 32, and as a result, the Lord wanted to destroy them at worse and remove his presence at best. They were in trouble regardless of which way that one turned out.
Can you imagine how Moses must have felt? He has done his best to lead them and to follow the Lord’s will and still all they did was complain, find fault, bellyache and sin against the Lord. There must have been many times when Moses wanted to throw in the towel and just quit!

33:18 Moses And His Desire – Moses had a heart to know and experience God in a deeper and more profound way. Moses knew that the nation of Israel could not meet his need. He knew that just working on his leadership skills would not meet his need. Moses seems to know that the best cure for discouragement, disillusionment and dryness is a fresh glimpse of who God is and what He is all about. Moses mentions 4 areas where he desires to know God better.

His Ways - 33:13 - Moses wants to better understand the way God operates so that he might serve Him better.

His Person - 33:13 - Moses wants to better understand the Person of God so that he might enjoy a deeper fellowship with Him.

His Presence - 33:15 - Moses wants a clearer manifestation of God’s presence so that he might follow God better. This is a plea for leadership.

His Glory - 33:18 - Moses wants to see the glory of God so that he will be moved to a deeper relationship in his worship life.

Moses was compelled to seek a fuller revelation of the Lord because he wanted a deeper love for the Lord. He was also drawn to know God better so that he might love God more intensely. Moses was not merely looking for information, he was seeking inspiration.
This was the desire expressed by the Apostle Paul in Phil. 3:10-11, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.”

This is the same desire that should fill our hearts. I pray the Lord will increase our love for Him so that we will be drawn to know Him better. A better knowledge of the Lord will always result in deeper and more pure worship.

Why did Moses possess such a desire to know God? His desire was born out his walk with the Lord. Moses had been blessed by the Lord and the blessings of God manifested themselves in a desire to know God better and to worship God more deeply. A few of the reasons Moses had a heart filled with worship are as follows:

Moses Had Been Chosen – Moses was minding his own business, keeping Jethro’s sheep, when the Lord called to him out of that burning bush, (Ex. 3:2). God took the first step in His relationship with Moses.

Moses followed the Lord by his own choice, (Heb. 11:24-25), but he only made his choice because God had chosen him first, (Eph. 1:4). As Alfred Gibbs said, “The movement of a soul toward God, is but the effect of the movement of God toward that soul.” Everyone who worships God is someone who was first chosen and called by God.

Moses Had Been Converted – He had experienced the blessing of The Passover, (Ex. 12:13). Moses knew what it meant to be washed in the blood of the lamb. He had been redeemed out of Egypt and he was thankful. He also learned in that situation that God was as good as His Word.

These are reasons for worship that we share with Moses! The blood of the Lamb of God has given us salvation, safety and eternal security. His Word gives us the absolute confidence that He will do all that He has promised! Thinking about your redemption will make you want to worship!

Moses Had Been Communing – Moses enjoyed a walk of the deepest intimacy with the Lord, (Ex. 33:11). This closeness with God distinguished Moses from every other person living in his day. This closeness even carried over into his death, (Deut. 34:5-6; 10). He was still intimate with the Lord 1,500 years after he died, (Matt. 17:3). This closeness to the Lord caused him to want to worship God.

The more time you spend with the Lord, the more you come to love Him. The more you come to love Him, the more you are drawn to worship Him!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Worship You, Almighty God” By Sondra Corbett (1983)

I worship You, Almighty God,
there is none like You.
I worship You, oh Prince of Peace,
that is all I long to do.
I lift my hands for You are my righteousness.
I worship You, Almighty God;
there is none like You.


[Chorus:]
There is none like You,
no one else can touch
my heart like You do.
I could search for all eternity long and find, there is none like You.


THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Most Holy Father, Awesome God, there is none like You! Grant us Your wisdom so we may have a long life of peace, blessings and happiness. With Your wisdom comes confidence, protection, security, promotion and guidance. We pray that You will grant us the kind of wisdom that saves us from evil and enables us to make the right kind of decisions. Your wisdom helps us to live with understanding, discipline and truth, which we need in following Jesus Christ our Lord. Thank You Father for hearing our prayer and for answering our prayers. This we pray in Jesus’ Divine name. Amen!

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CAVEPRINCESS65 8/30/2012 10:06PM

    emoticon powerful lesson
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EDITOR 8/30/2012 3:30PM

    So much to be learned about Moses. So blessed he was to be called of God. What trials he had because of His calling. Good lesson and thank you, Vic. Thanks for yesterdays goodie and note.

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BEAGLEMAMA2 8/30/2012 9:56AM

    Thank you for this lesson. I look forward to these every day!

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ANHELIC 8/30/2012 9:50AM

    Thank you Vic for a powerful lesson today. There definitely is no one like God. I learned much about Moses' obedience wot God. I want to know God in a new way, like Moses. Too often when strife happens, we want to turn to the world, it's easier to put the blame on someone instead of turning to God for his real help. I want to read this lesson again and receive more of God's love and worship deeper. God bless you Vic for sharing God's word in such a way to help us have a growing love for our Lord. emoticon emoticon emoticon
The hymn is one of my favorites and your prayer helped was so meaningful for me.

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SANDRALEET 8/30/2012 9:17AM

    If only we chose God not the way of the world.The way of the world belongs to the evil one.we like it better because of our greed blame the poor never whot we do

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LOSTLIME 8/30/2012 8:25AM

    There is no one like God. He is our salvation. Thank you for this lesson and prayer.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 8/29/2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, Prayer, Wed, 8/29/2012

Exodus 30:34-38
THE SCENT OF BIBLICAL WORSHIP, Lesson 28c


v. 37-38 THE MINISTRY OF THE INCENSE

Once the incense was prepared, it was to be employed in the worship of the Lord. This reminds that worship is to be given to God alone. No person, no possession and no pastime deserves our worship. The ministry of worship is clearly defined in these verses.

It’s Ministry Is Definite – Verse 37 says that it was to be “holy for the Lord”. This incense was to be used for no other purpose than for the worship of the Almighty. It belonged to Him and to Him alone. This reminds us that worship alone belongs to God.
We live in an age when God receives very little genuine, biblical worship. The fact is, most people worship themselves in these days. Very few people in our community are bowing down to idols and false gods. Many, however, bow to money, pleasure, sports, and other things that fills their time, takes their money and occupies their minds. The things people live for are the things they worship. In essence, they are their gods.

True worship belongs to God alone! He is to be loved, served and exalted. He is to be honored with every moment of our lives; with every dollar of our resources; and with every ounce of our energy. He demands it, but more than that, He deserves it! Let’s give Him the worship He deserves!

It’s Ministry Is Deadly – God says, in verse 38, that any other use of this incense would bring His judgment upon the guilty person. This reminds me of what happened to Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu. They came before the Lord and brought “incense” and “strange fire”. They went against the Lord’s command concerning His worship and God killed them outright, (Lev. 10:1-2). This serves to teach us that false worship always leads to destruction.

If you want to invite the judgment of God into your life, just give your worship to other gods. Just offer the holy incense of worship to things other than Him and His wrath will come into your life. A lot of God’s children are giving their attention and affection to things other than the Lord. It is an unlawful use of worship, and it will not go unpunished.
May the Lord help us to search our hearts and see if we are offering “strange fire and incense” before the Lord. May He help us to understand that He will not be tempted in this matter. He is a jealous God and He will not allow His worship to be given to another!

Conc: I don’t know about you, but I want my worship to be right. I want to learn how to give Him the glory, reverence, and honor that He is due. There was a day when I was lost in sin and headed to Hell. God Almighty saved me by His grace, washed away my sins in the blood of His Son and gave me a new life. He deserves all of my worship. I want Him to have it!

Has the Lord spoken to you about your worship? Are you giving Him worship for Who He is and What He has done in your life? Is your worship holy and humble? Is it balanced? Are you worshiping Him alone, or does your time, your money and your love go to other things? If your worship needs work, His altar is open. Come to Him and get the help you need right now!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Holy, Holy, Holy” By Reginald Heber (1826)

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!



THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Heavenly Father, Glorious God! Help us to handle the marvelous News of Jesus Christ. Help us to set aside our water jar (daily chores and concerns), no matter how essentials they may be, and go do the Holy work Jesus has called us to do. Enable us to make Jesus more important than earning income, or providing goods and services. Grant us the opportunities to witness and to minister to others. Help us to be about our Father’s business. In Jesus’ Holy name we pray. Amen!



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EDITOR 8/30/2012 2:10AM

    Loved the lesson, hymn and prayer. Thank You Holy God and thank you Vic.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 8/29/2012 7:10PM

    Thanks Vic for this lesson. I know there were a lot of times that i did not worship him first thing in the morning and my day went downhill. Since last Sunday at a Pentecostal I have been closer to him than before. He delivered me from my irrational fears I had that Satan put into me and gave me peace. I cried and wept like i haven't done in a while and slept like a baby that night. He alone is worthy of our praise!

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BREAKINGFREE4JC 8/29/2012 3:54PM

    PS...I forgot to thank you for the hymn. I love hymns in a special way. Modern worship songs lead me into a place of worship that is deep and meaningful as well, but there's something that testifies with my spirit in a way that the most modern songs miss.
This hymn will be playing in my head all day long!

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ANHELIC 8/29/2012 11:27AM

    Thank you Vic for your wonderful lesson today. I grew up in a Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church and during the service the Minister uses incense at certain times as well as during funerals and weddings. I'm not sure if this would be considered appropriate or not. Maybe you could let me know your thoughts about this tradition. I don't go to that church anymore, but to a Pentecostal. I love your lessons, hymns and prayers. God bless you Vic.

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    Thanks, Vic. I especially appreciate this today. emoticon

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LOSTLIME 8/29/2012 7:52AM

    I am starting out my day with you,Vic. Thank you for the prayer.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/29/2012 7:34AM

    Starting my day with your Spark (prayer) thank you Vic! Taking time for Jesus today!
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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 8/28/2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, Prayer, Tue, 8/28/2012

Exodus 30:34-38
THE SCENT OF BIBLICAL WORSHIP, Lesson 28b

v. 34-36 THE MIXING OF THE INCENSE

These verses tell us about the ingredients in the incense. They also tell us about how the incense was to be mixed together. The ingredients teach us why the Lord deserves to be worshiped. The instructions about mixing it together teach how we are to approach Him in worship.

The Personal Aspect Of Worship – The instructions given here speak to the personal nature of our worship. When we come before the Lord in worship, there are two ways we must approach Him.

Holy – verse 35 says the incense is to be “pure and holy”. When the Bible says that it was to “be tempered together”, it means that it was mixed with salt. Salt in the Bible is a picture of purity.

This speaks of the condition of our hearts when we come before Him. If we are not in a right relationship with Him, we cannot approach Him in worship. Sin in our lives will close His ears to our prayers, (Psa. 66:18). And, it will close the door of worship, (Isa. 59:2). If we would worship the Lord, we must come before Him with a holy heart!

Humble – Verse 36 says that they were to take some of the incense and “beat it very small”. It was to be reduced to a powder. This speaks of humility! If we would approach the Lord, we must first be holy, then we must come to Him humbly. There must be no pride or pretense in our hearts. We cannot approach Him boasting in ourselves and our abilities, ( 1 Pet. 5:5-6). We must come to Him with a true sense of our weakness and His power. We must come before Him remembering that apart from Him, we are nothing, would have nothing, and would amount to nothing. We must be broken before Him in worship!

The Perpetual Aspect of Worship – Verse 36 commanded that some of the incense was to be placed before the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies. Above the Ark, over the Mercy Seat, was where God met with His people. The incense before the Ark was a symbol that their worship was to be continual and perpetual. The incense was always to be there ready to be offered in worship before the Lord. In other words, worship was to be the defining characteristic of the people of God.

The same is true today. The people of God are to be marked by perpetual worship. That is, we are to worship at every opportunity for public, corporate worship, (Heb. 10:25). We are to worship Him privately, (John 4:23-24). We are to be a people of worship.
Something is wrong with a person who possesses no desire to worship the Lord. Something is wrong when there is no desire for prayer, for Bible reading, for singing to Him and for praising Him. He is worthy of our perpetual worship. Every day of our lives should be spent in the worship of the Lord who redeemed us by His grace, (Psa. 113:1-9).

The Proportional Aspect Of Worship – Verse 34 says that the ingredients for the incense were to be mixed in equal amounts. The speaks to us about the fact that our worship should be balanced and proportional.

This simply means that we are not to go off in a tangent in our worship. Some people emphasize the life of Christ while they make little of His death. Others focus on His death to the exclusion of His life. Each aspect of our Lord’s life and ministry is equally important.

His life means nothing if He didn’t die. His death means nothing if He wasn’t sinless. His sinless nature means nothing if He didn’t suffer for our sins. His Word means nothing if He didn’t fulfill every aspect of it. Every part of His life and ministry is vitally important and He is to be worshiped in the fullness of His ministry and glory!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“He’s My King” By James Rowe (1911)

All day long of Jesus I am singing,
He my song of joy will ever be;
All the while He keeps my heart-bells ringing,
For His love is ev’rything to me.

Refrain

He’s my King, and O I dearly love Him,
He’s my King, no other is above Him;
All day long enraptured praise I sing,
He’s my Savior, He’s my King!

Streams of love around my soul are flowing,
From His heart love’s everlasting spring;
That is why my faith in Him I’m showing,
That is why an endless song I sing.

Refrain

In His light, I’m going home to glory,
With the souls who trust His saving grace;
Going home to sing and tell His story,
In the blessèd sunshine of His face.

Refrain


THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Merciful Loving Father, Redeeming God of all the saints! Thank You for Your demonstration of love and care for us. Please continue to teach, inspire, and enable us to love others, to teach others, to inspire others, especially those in need. Do what is impossible for us to accomplish. What we cherish most from life can only come from You. We humbly ask for Your eternal blessing in Jesus Christ, our Lord. In His glorious name we pray. Amen!


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CAVEPRINCESS65 8/30/2012 10:06PM

    Beautiful Prayer

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ANHELIC 8/28/2012 10:20PM

    Thank you for your awesome lesson again Vic. You are certainly God inspired and I look forward to each new lesson, hymn and prayer. Thank you for the goodie
God bless you.

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NADINEL 8/28/2012 10:11AM

    Thank you for this. Amen.

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KIMPY225 8/28/2012 8:58AM

    Have a wonderful day

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LOSTLIME 8/28/2012 7:44AM

    thank you for the prayers and hymns everyday

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WELLNESSME09 8/28/2012 7:35AM

    Beautiful prayer! emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/28/2012 7:23AM

    What would I do without all your lovely prayers? Thank You!!! emoticon

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 8/27/2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

Following In The Footsteps of Faith, Hymn, Prayer, Mon, 8/27/2012

Exodus 30:34-38
THE SCENT OF BIBLICAL WORSHIP, Lesson 28a

This passage falls in the middle of a section of Scripture devoted to the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle was a portable tent designed for the worship of Jehovah. Every piece of cloth, every board, every piece of furniture, every item in the Tabernacle was commissioned, developed and designed for use in the worship of Almighty God.

Everything which was part of the Tabernacle pointed to Jesus Christ in some way. The tabernacle was called “the tent of meeting”. It was here that Israel met with God. It was here that sacrifices were to be offered. It was here that the worship of Jehovah God was conducted on a daily basis. It was here that atonement was made for the sins of the people.

When Israel camped in the wilderness, they were to camp around the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle was in the center of the camp. This reminded them that the worship of God was to be at the center of their lives. The Tabernacle was the most important place in Jewish social and religious life.

The Tabernacle was a place devoted to God. It was designed by God to declare God.

The Tabernacle is a place worth studying.

The passage we are considering today deals with the incense they burned in the Tabernacle. The incense also speaks of Jesus Christ and His worship. When the incense was burned, the smoke ascended up toward Heaven. Its scent came up before God and He was pleased. When the incense was burned, its fragrance filled the Tabernacle and everyone knew that worship was taking place.

You might remember when Mary broke the alabaster box of ointment and anointed the head of Jesus, we are told that “the house was filled with the odor of the ointment,” (John 12:3). Real worship has a way of making its presence known. When real worship takes place, it leaves its scent behind.

I want to take these verses, which give the instructions related to the incense, and teach on “The Scent Of Biblical Worship“. These verses teach us some very vital truths about genuine biblical worship.

I want you to see The Materials In The Incense; The Mixing Of The Incense; and The Ministry Of The Incense. Let’s consider these truths together.

v. 34 THE MATERIALS IN THE INCENSE

God was very specific when He gave Moses the ingredients that were to be used in the Incense. I want to consider these ingredients, because they teach us about Jesus. These four ingredients remind us why He is worthy of our worship.

Stacte – Speaks Of His Proclamations – Stacte is an aromatic gum that comes from a certain shrub. The word means “to drop”. Stacte was collected a drop at a time from the plant.

This substance speaks to us about the Words of our Lord. Like the stacte dropped from the plant, the precious Word of God dropped from the lips of our Saviour!
Jesus is the living Word, (John 1:1, 14). He has also given us the written Word. Thank God for His Word! Listen to what the biblical writers said about this book:

Psa. 30:5, “Every word of God is pure...”

Psa. 19:8, “The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.”

James 3:17, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”

2 Tim. 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

Thank God for His Word! In this book, God condescends to speak to fallen man. In this book God reveals Himself to man. In the Bible God gives us His Gospel, the only plan of salvation. This book is health for the soul; food for the journey; strength for the battle; light for the darkness and hope for every tomorrow.

We ought to thank Him for His Word. We ought to worship for giving us His Word.

Onycha – Speaks Of His Person – This ingredient was found in a certain species of shellfish that only lives in the Red Sea. The word “onycha” comes from the Hebrew root word for “Lion”.

This substance speaks to us about His person. It reminds us that He is a King Who is to be revered, honored, served, loved, obeyed and worshiped.

I would remind you that Jesus Christ is not long-haired, effeminate, hippy, do-gooder.

He is “the King of Kings and He is the Lord of Lords”, (Rev. 19:16).

He is “the Lion of the Tribe of Judah”, (Rev. 5:5).

He is the One the Old Testament prophesied would come,( Jer. 23:5; Gen. 49:10).

He is One Who came to this world, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross, rose again from the dead and ascended back to Heaven.

He is the One Who is coming again for His church, (1 Thes. 4:17-17).

He is the One we will face at “the Judgment Seat of Christ”, (2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Cor. 3:10-15)

He is the One Who is coming again in power and glory to rule and reign, (Rev. 19:11-16).


He is the One Who will occupy “the Great White Throne” of judgment, (Rev. 20:11-15).

He is the One Who will be worshiped in Heaven for all eternity!

Can I go a step farther? He is my Saviour! He is my Lord! He is my Friend! He is the delight of my soul. He is worthy of my praise and worship right now. Glory to God, we need to praise Him, love Him and worship Him right now!

Galbanum - Speaks Of His Pain – The word “galbanum” means “cutting” this is because this resin was obtained from a certain plant by cutting that plant open so that the resin could run out and be collected.

This substance speaks of the Lord’s pain and suffering. It reminds us of His death on the cross. It reminds us that he gave His life to redeem His Bride (The Church) from her sins. Let me remind you of some of the things He suffered for us.

Beating - (Luke 22:63-64; Psa. 129:3)
Scourging - The horror of this punishment ( Matt. 27:26)
Spitting - (Matt. 27:30)
Mockery - (Matt. 27:26-29)
Beard Plucked From Face - (Isa. 50:6)
Stripped - (Matt. 27:35) - (They gambled for His garments.)
Nailed To The Cross - (Matt. 27:38; John 20:25)
Crucifixion Itself - A death on the cross is the most horrible form of execution known to mankind! We derive our word “excruciating” from it. “Excruciating” means “out of the cross”.

He Suffered Pain At The Hand Of Sovereign God - Jesus actually became sin on that cross, (2 Cor. 5:21). God judged Jesus in the place of sinners. God literally poured out His wrath into the body of His Son and Jesus suffered the undiluted, unfiltered wrath of Almighty God.

He is to be worshiped for His sufferings. He is to be worshiped for His sacrifice. He is to be worshiped for His all that He did to guarantee our salvation!

Frankincense - Speaks Of His Purity – Frankincense is another resin taken from a tree. When this resin was burned, it gave off a pure, white smoke.

This substance speaks to us of the purity of the Lord Jesus. It reminds us that He is the sinless Son of God. He was born without the taint of human sin. He never committed a single sin. In fact, it was not possible for Him to sin. ( Heb. 7:26; 1 Pet. 2:22; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 John 3:5).

Jesus was and is the pure, sinless Son of God. He came into this world to give His life a ransom for the guilty. He did that when He died on the cross. He is to be worshiped for His sinless nature!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Where He Leads I’ll Follow” By William A. Ogden (1885)

Sweet are the promises, kind is the word
Dearer far than any message man ever heard
Pure was the mind of Christ, sinless, I see
He the great example is, and pattern for me

Where He leads I'll follow
Follow all the way
Follow Jesus ev'ry day

Sweet is the tender love Jesus hath shown
Sweeter far than any love that mortals have known
Kind to the erring one, faithful is He
He the great example is, and pattern for me

List to His loving words, "Come unto me!"
Weary, heavy laden, there is sweet rest for thee
Trust in His promises, faithful and sure
Lean upon the Savior and thy soul is secure

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THIS IS MY PRAYER!
Father of Love and Grace, God most Holy! We thank You that You know everything about us and still love us. You have searched us and know when we sit down and when we rise. You perceive our thoughts from afar, and discern our going out and our lying down. You know all our ways. You know our mistakes and still You call us Yours. Thank You for always teaching us, guiding us, comforting us and restoring us. You know us better than we know ourselves. Help us to, know You better. This we pray in Jesus’ glorious name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 8/27/2012 11:28PM

    Thank you Vic for sharing another awesome lesson. In every one of your lessons, I find something that I didn't realize before. You are a great teacher following God's commands. I look forward to each lesson you share. Sending you God's richest blessings for carrying His Word to us.

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LOSTLIME 8/27/2012 9:59PM

    Thank you for sharing this.

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BEAGLEMAMA2 8/27/2012 12:08PM

    Thank for sharing this journey through the Tabernacle!

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SANDRALEET 8/27/2012 8:23AM

    The bible has so much to teach No matter how long we read it we find more to learn and read

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