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Sunday, August 26, 2012


Exodus 30:1-10


The Placement Of The Altar - It was to be placed against the veil of the Tabernacle. Behind the veil, unseen by human eyes, was the Mercy Seat, where the blood offerings were placed on the Day of Atonement. There was something else In this little room behind the veil, called the Holy of Holies. The Shekinah Glory of the presence of God dwelt there. The only access to the glory of God was through the veil. In a sense, Jesus is the veil. It is through Him alone that we access to the riches of God through prayer - (John 14:6, 13-14; John 15:16; John 16:23-24; 26). The Lord Jesus is the only access that have into the hidden riches and glories of the Lord - (1 Tim. 2:5).

Think of prayer like you would of a wall outlet. When we take a plug and place it into the wall outlet, we are able to tap into the hidden resources inside the wall. When we take the plug of prayer in the hand of faith and use it properly, we find that prayer does change things and that there is great potential in praying to the Lord. It is not an accident that the Altar of Incense was placed just outside the Veil.

The Prayers Upon The Altar - Prayer is represented by the incense that Aaron was to take and place there. Notice how this ministry was to be carried out.

Continual - Every morning and every evening, Aaron was to place fresh incense upon the Altar so that a continuous smoke rose up before the Lord in Heaven. Our praying is to follow the same fashion. We are to be in an attitude of prayer before the Lord constantly. (Col. 4:2; Psa. 55:16-17; Eph. 6:18).

Consecrated - The priests were forbidden from offering anything but incense upon this altar. It was consecrated for one thing and one thing only: to glorify the Lord God. So it is with prayer. We have no right to pray out of pretense or selfishness. Our motive must be to offer prayers that are pleasing, honoring and according to the revealed will of God. These are the only prayers that He will ever answer!

Clean - Once a year, on the Day of Atonement, Aaron was to take blood from the atonement offering and he was to sprinkle it on this altar. This reminds us that when we approach God there are 2 things that we need to be sure of if we expect Him to hear and to answer, That we are saved - (James 5:16), and That we are clean in His sight - (Psa. 66:18).

Conc: We serve a big God! He is able to do things that literally boggle the mind! After all, look back at all that He has done through the ages. Creation, Salvation, Resurrection, His Word, etc. Then, think for a minute about prayers He has answered for us and others. Abraham interceded for Sodom, and God listened. Jacob interceded for Israel at Penial, and God listened. Israel cried out to God from Egypt and God listened. All through the Bible, God has proven over and over His willingness and ability to hear and answer pray. All He is looking for today is a people who believe Him enough to call on His name in faith and who will believe that He will do what He has said He will do. Are you among that number today? If so, then we should take what we have learned from the Golden Altar Of Incense and use it to strengthen our prayer lives before the Lord. Is you prayer life all that it should be?

“Father Of Mercies” By Frederick W. Faber (1803)

Father of mercies, day by day
My love to Thee grown more and more
Thy gifts are strewn upon my way
Like sands upon the great seashore
Like sands upon the great seashore

Father of mercies, God of love!
Whose gentle gifts all creatures share
The rolling seasons as they move
Proclaim to all Thy constant care
Proclaim to all Thy constant care

Father of mercies, may our hearts
Ne'er overlook Thy bounteous care
But what our Father's hand imparts
Still own in grateful praise and prayer
Still own in grateful praise and prayer

Heavenly Father, God of Love, Life and Light! We are excited to tell others the story of Jesus and His GREAT LOVE. We love to tell the story because we know it is true. We love to tell the story because it satisfies our own longings like nothing else can do. Help us to be anxious and eager to share the Story of Jesus and His Love with others. Grant us opportunity and courage to demonstrate and tell the Greatest Story ever told. This we ask and pray in the blessed name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!


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    Thank you Vic for you awesome lesson. We are grateful that the Veil was torn down by Jesus and we can now access the alter. I am so grateful to have you and my other sparkfriends who love Jesus and can share with each other. God bless you Vic for everything you do for the goodness of our Lord.
    Your hymn was great. I love the words and your prayer I felt was directed at me this time. Thank you again.
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    Vic, we just sang, "I Love To Tell The Story," at church this morning and your prayer reminded me of that hymn. Thank you for the lesson. I hope you have a great week!
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    emoticon emoticon It is a blessing to have friends who share the faith of our Lord Jesus. emoticon
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    I am disturbed by the idea that we have no right to pray out of selfishness. Are we not to seek help for ourselves when confronted by problems that we feel only the Lord can help us with?
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    I am disturbed by the idea that we have no right to pray out of selfishness. Are we not to seek help for ourselves when confronted by problems that we feel only the Lord can help us with?
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    Amen and thank you Vic!
    When faced with challenges and our minds are filled with negative voices, always remember!
    Our God is bigger than our problems and our challenges; prayers changed things; be faithful and activate God's attention through prayers know that we will leave our problems our challenges in His hands!
    When life is good and our minds are filled with positive voices, always remember!
    What we have are gifts from God; be faithful and thanked God daily for what He had done in our lives and what is yet to come.
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    2035 days ago
    Oh how God loves us. He is our most important thing in our life Praise and homer him.
    2035 days ago
    Jesus tore down that veil that seperated us from God. Thank you Jesus that You tore it asunder and we now have access.

    Thank you, vic, for goodies and leading others to see that God Almighty is reachable. Thanks for the goodie too. Be blessed today!
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