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Posted 01 October 2007 - 10:52 AM

First Portion

1 Chronicles 15


15:1 David made him houses in the city of David; and he prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent. 15:2 Then David said, “No one ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites. For Yahweh has chosen them to carry the ark of God, and to minister to him forever.”

15:3 David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of Yahweh to its place, which he had prepared for it. 15:4 David gathered together the sons of Aaron, and the Levites: 15:5 of the sons of Kohath, Uriel the chief, and his brothers one hundred twenty; 15:6 of the sons of Merari, Asaiah the chief, and his brothers two hundred twenty; 15:7 of the sons of Gershom, Joel the chief, and his brothers one hundred thirty; 15:8 of the sons of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the chief, and his brothers two hundred; 15:9 of the sons of Hebron, Eliel the chief, and his brothers eighty; 15:10 of the sons of Uzziel, Amminadab the chief, and his brothers one hundred twelve. 15:11 David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, for Uriel, Asaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and Eliel, and Amminadab, 15:12 and said to them, “You are the heads of the fathers’ households of the Levites. Sanctify yourselves, both you and your brothers, that you may bring up the ark of Yahweh, the God of Israel, to the place that I have prepared for it. 15:13 For because you didn’t carry it at first, Yahweh our God made broke out against us, because we didn’t seek him according to the ordinance.”

15:14 So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of Yahweh, the God of Israel. 15:15 The children of the Levites bore the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles thereon, as Moses commanded according to the word of Yahweh. 15:16 David spoke to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brothers the singers, with instruments of music, stringed instruments and harps and cymbals, sounding aloud and lifting up the voice with joy. 15:17 So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel; and of his brothers, Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari their brothers, Ethan the son of Kushaiah; 15:18 and with them their brothers of the second degree, Zechariah, Ben, and Jaaziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, Eliab, and Benaiah, and Maaseiah, and Mattithiah, and Eliphelehu, and Mikneiah, and Obed-Edom, and Jeiel, the doorkeepers. 15:19 So the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were given cymbals of brass to sound aloud; 15:20 and Zechariah, and Aziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with stringed instruments set to Alamoth; 15:21 and Mattithiah, and Eliphelehu, and Mikneiah, and Obed-Edom, and Jeiel, and Azaziah, with harps tuned to the eight-stringed lyre, to lead. 15:22 Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was over the song: he instructed about the song, because he was skillful. 15:23 Berechiah and Elkanah were doorkeepers for the ark. 15:24 Shebaniah, and Joshaphat, and Nethanel, and Amasai, and Zechariah, and Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, blew the trumpets before the ark of God: and Obed-Edom and Jehiah were doorkeepers for the ark. 15:25 So David, and the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of Yahweh out of the house of Obed-Edom with joy. 15:26 It happened, when God helped the Levites who bore the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, that they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams. 15:27 David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites who bore the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah the master of the song with the singers: and David had on him an ephod of linen. 15:28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of Yahweh with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, sounding aloud with stringed instruments and harps. 15:29 It happened, as the ark of the covenant of Yahweh came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out at the window, and saw king David dancing and playing; and she despised him in her heart.

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 10:53 AM

Second Portion

Ezekiel 27


27:1 The word of Yahweh came again to me, saying, 27:2 You, son of man, take up a lamentation over Tyre; 27:3 and tell Tyre, you who dwell at the entry of the sea, who are the merchant of the peoples to many islands, thus says the Lord Yahweh: You, Tyre, have said, I am perfect in beauty. 27:4 Your borders are in the heart of the seas; your builders have perfected your beauty. 27:5 They have made all your planks of fir trees from Senir; they have taken a cedar from Lebanon to make a mast for you. 27:6 Of the oaks of Bashan have they made your oars; they have made your benches of ivory inlaid in boxwood, from the islands of Kittim. 27:7 Of fine linen with embroidered work from Egypt was your sail, that it might be to you for a banner; blue and purple from the islands of Elishah was your awning. 27:8 The inhabitants of Sidon and Arvad were your rowers: your wise men, Tyre, were in you, they were your pilots. 27:9 The old men of Gebal and the wise men of it were in you your repairers of ship seams: all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in you to deal in your merchandise. 27:10 Persia and Lud and Put were in your army, your men of war: they hanged the shield and helmet in you; they set forth your comeliness. 27:11 The men of Arvad with your army were on your walls all around, and valorous men were in your towers; they hanged their shields on your walls all around; they have perfected your beauty. 27:12 Tarshish was your merchant by reason of the multitude of all kinds of riches; with silver, iron, tin, and lead, they traded for your wares. 27:13 Javan, Tubal, and Meshech, they were your traffickers; they traded the persons of men and vessels of brass for your merchandise. 27:14 They of the house of Togarmah traded for your wares with horses and war horses and mules. 27:15 The men of Dedan were your traffickers; many islands were the market of your hand: they brought you in exchange horns of ivory and ebony. 27:16 Syria was your merchant by reason of the multitude of your handiworks: they traded for your wares with emeralds, purple, and embroidered work, and fine linen, and coral, and rubies. 27:17 Judah, and the land of Israel, they were your traffickers: they traded for your merchandise wheat of Minnith, and confections, and honey, and oil, and balm. 27:18 Damascus was your merchant for the multitude of your handiworks, by reason of the multitude of all kinds of riches, with the wine of Helbon, and white wool. 27:19 Vedan and Javan traded with yarn for your wares: bright iron, cassia, and calamus, were among your merchandise. 27:20 Dedan was your trafficker in precious cloths for riding. 27:21 Arabia, and all the princes of Kedar, they were the merchants of your hand; in lambs, and rams, and goats, in these were they your merchants. 27:22 The traffickers of Sheba and Raamah, they were your traffickers; they traded for your wares with the chief of all spices, and with all precious stones, and gold. 27:23 Haran and Canneh and Eden, the traffickers of Sheba, Asshur and Chilmad, were your traffickers. 27:24 These were your traffickers in choice wares, in wrappings of blue and embroidered work, and in chests of rich clothing, bound with cords and made of cedar, among your merchandise. 27:25 The ships of Tarshish were your caravans for your merchandise: and you were replenished, and made very glorious in the heart of the seas. 27:26 Your rowers have brought you into great waters: the east wind has broken you in the heart of the seas. 27:27 Your riches, and your wares, your merchandise, your mariners, and your pilots, your repairers of ship seams, and the dealers in your merchandise, and all your men of war, who are in you, with all your company which is in the midst of you, shall fall into the heart of the seas in the day of your ruin. 27:28 At the sound of the cry of your pilots the suburbs shall shake. 27:29 All who handled the oar, the mariners, and all the pilots of the sea, shall come down from their ships; they shall stand on the land, 27:30 and shall cause their voice to be heard over you, and shall cry bitterly, and shall cast up dust on their heads, they shall wallow themselves in the ashes: 27:31 and they shall make themselves bald for you, and clothe them with sackcloth, and they shall weep for you in bitterness of soul with bitter mourning. 27:32 In their wailing they shall take up a lamentation for you, and lament over you, saying, Who is there like Tyre, like her who is brought to silence in the midst of the sea? 27:33 When your wares went forth out of the seas, you filled many peoples; you enriched the kings of the earth with the multitude of your riches and of your merchandise. 27:34 In the time that you were broken by the seas in the depths of the waters, your merchandise and all your company fell in your midst. 27:35 All the inhabitants of the islands are astonished at you, and their kings are horribly afraid; they are troubled in their face. 27:36 The merchants among the peoples hiss at you; you are become a terror, and you shall nevermore have any being.

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 10:55 AM

Third Portion

Luke 24


24:1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they and some others came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared. 24:2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. 24:3 They entered in, and didn’t find the Lord Jesus’ body. 24:4 It happened, while they were greatly perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling clothing. 24:5 Becoming terrified, they bowed their faces down to the earth.

They said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 24:6 He isn’t here, but is risen. Remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee, 24:7 saying that the Son of Man must be delivered up into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again?”

24:8 They remembered his words, 24:9 returned from the tomb, and told all these things to the eleven, and to all the rest. 24:10 Now they were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. The other women with them told these things to the apostles. 24:11 These words seemed to them to be nonsense, and they didn’t believe them. 24:12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. Stooping and looking in, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he departed to his home, wondering what had happened.

24:13 Behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was sixty stadia from Jerusalem. 24:14 They talked with each other about all of these things which had happened. 24:15 It happened, while they talked and questioned together, that Jesus himself came near, and went with them. 24:16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 24:17 He said to them, “What are you talking about as you walk, and are sad?”

24:18 One of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who doesn’t know the things which have happened there in these days?”

24:19 He said to them, “What things?”

They said to him, “The things concerning Jesus, the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people; 24:20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 24:21 But we were hoping that it was he who would redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 24:22 Also, certain women of our company amazed us, having arrived early at the tomb; 24:23 and when they didn’t find his body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24:24 Some of us went to the tomb, and found it just like the women had said, but they didn’t see him.”

24:25 He said to them, “Foolish men, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 24:26 Didn’t the Christ have to suffer these things and to enter into his glory?” 24:27 Beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he explained to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 24:28 They drew near to the village, where they were going, and he acted like he would go further.

24:29 They urged him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is almost evening, and the day is almost over.”

He went in to stay with them. 24:30 It happened, that when he had sat down at the table with them, he took the bread and gave thanks. Breaking it, he gave to them. 24:31 Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he vanished out of their sight. 24:32 They said one to another, “Weren’t our hearts burning within us, while he spoke to us along the way, and while he opened the Scriptures to us?” 24:33 They rose up that very hour, returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and those who were with them, 24:34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 24:35 They related the things that happened along the way, and how he was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.

24:36 As they said these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace be to you.”

24:37 But they were terrified and filled with fear, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

24:38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts? 24:39 See my hands and my feet, that it is truly me. Touch me and see, for a spirit doesn’t have flesh and bones, as you see that I have.” 24:40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 24:41 While they still didn’t believe for joy, and wondered, he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”

24:42 They gave him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 24:43 He took them, and ate in front of them. 24:44 He said to them, “This is what I told you, while I was still with you, that all things which are written in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me must be fulfilled.”

24:45 Then he opened their minds, that they might understand the Scriptures. 24:46 He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 24:47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 24:48 You are witnesses of these things. 24:49 Behold, I send forth the promise of my Father on you. But wait in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high.”

24:50 He led them out as far as Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 24:51 It happened, while he blessed them, that he withdrew from them, and was carried up into heaven. 24:52 They worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 24:53 and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 11:33 AM

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Posted 03 October 2009 - 12:44 AM

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 04:56 AM

01 October 2010

1 Chronicles 15
Ezekiel 27
Luke 24

A HEART SEARCHING LESSON FROM GOD

When we do not follow the instructions that come with the things we buy, or later lose them and guess at what they say - we often have a problem!

Until Solomon built the magnificent Temple, the centre of worship for the people had been the Tabernacle. This contained God’s golden ark concealed within its Most Holy Place, it was the true God’s dwelling place on earth. It had been built to God’s specific instructions after the people escaped from slavery in Egypt and received God’s laws at Sinai. Among the instructions God gave through Moses were instructions to the priests responsible for carrying the Ark from place to place.

When King David captured Jerusalem he built a special tent to house the Ark in Jerusalem. Now when the Priests started to bring the ark into Jerusalem, they failed to follow God’s instructions. It had been designed with poles to be slotted through it and for the Priests to carry it on the poles.

Maybe these Priests failed to read the instructions or thought they knew better and they loaded it on a cart. The oxen stumbled and a Priest had to grab the ark to prevent it falling off the cart. In handling the ark itself maybe his hands penetrated in some way its sacred interior. The result was - that Priest, Uzzah, died – it was a heart searching lesson from God.

In today’s reading [1 Chronicles 15] they were now very careful to follow the rules God had laid down. David had now “prepared a place for the ark” [1 Chronicles 15:1] and we read [1 Chronicles 15:15] “the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles as Moses had commanded according to the word of the LORD”. The ark was brought into Jerusalem and there was much rejoicing, music, singing and dancing. that When we obey God properly there is great joy and this was a really special occasion.

We are told there is joy in heaven [Luke 15:7] when a sinner repents which happens when one is baptised; that is, immersed by going under the water. There must be sadness when this is not done in the way commanded, when people think that sprinkling is baptism, but to baptise means immersion, it is the plain meaning of the Greek word, baptizo.

Let us serve God properly, following his instructions; taking a lesson from this incident; then, if we are faithful to his word in heart and mind, we will have true joy and rejoicing when we come into God’s Holy City when Jesus returns – and an abundance of other joys.
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Posted 01 October 2011 - 07:23 AM

01 October 2011

1 Chronicles 15
Ezekiel 27
Luke 24

"SLOW OF HEART TO BELIEVE ALL ...”

The floodgates of emotion opened and overflowed as the followers of Jesus realized he was alive again. Is it too difficult for us to imagine ourselves among these followers of Jesus whose utter black despair at his death was suddenly turned to dazzling whiteness! Many more that the twelve and a few women were involved: when Peter spoke of the need to have someone to replace Judas Iscariot, quoting the scripture, “Let another take his office” he was standing “up among the brothers … in all about 120” [Acts 1:15,20] and saying that he should be “one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus Christ went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John.” [Acts 1:21, 22]

They all had been “slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken” - the words Jesus had spoken to the two on the road to Emmaus. [Luke 24:25] That little word “all” caused us to reflect on how often we hear only what we want to hear! We also read only what we want to read, taking in only that we want to take in. So we can pick and choose, maybe without realizing it, the words that appear to fit in with the ideas and beliefs that appeal to us.

Of course, God’s prophets did not just speak and write about the future. We have seen that in Ezekiel and even more so in Jeremiah and Isaiah. Those prophets all had very much to say about what was lacking in the people’s attitude and service before God. Today there would be only one body of believers if all applied themselves to read “all that the prophets (and other men of God) have spoken” and written – which God has preserved for us.

Paul stated, “whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction …” [Romans 15:4] “All scripture is breathed out by God” he told Timothy [2 Timothy 3:16]. Reading the Bible daily is an invaluable and essential discipline. We must read it all, not just pick and choose what appeals to us.

Luke concludes his Gospel with a few words to describe Jesus’ ascension to heaven – then afterwards they “returned to Jerusalem with great joy.” Great joy for us comes from knowing and believing all that God has caused to be written and preserved – for us.
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Posted 01 October 2012 - 12:44 PM

01 October 2012

1 Chronicles 15
Ezekiel 27
Luke 24

“ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF THE LORD”

How vital it is to do things – spiritual things especially, “according to the word of the LORD.” When we do not follow the instructions that come with the things we buy, or later lose them and guess what they said - we often have a problem!

Until Solomon built the magnificent Temple, the centre of worship for the people had been the Tabernacle. This contained God’s golden ark concealed within its’ Most Holy Place, it was where his people could come close to the presence of the true God - his dwelling place on earth. It had been built to God’s specific instructions after the people escaped from slavery in Egypt and received God’s laws at Sinai. Among the instructions God gave through Moses were instructions to the priests responsible for carrying the Ark from place to place [Numbers 4:15].

When King David captured Jerusalem he built a special tent to house the Ark there. We read yesterday [1 Chronicles 13] how, when the Priests started to bring the ark into Jerusalem, they failed to follow God’s instructions. The ark had been designed with poles to be slotted through it by which the Priests could carry it. Maybe these Priests thought they knew better because they loaded it on a cart instead. The oxen stumbled and a Priest had to grab the ark to prevent it falling off the cart: in handling the ark it seems his hands penetrated into its sacred interior. The result was - that the priest, Uzzah, died – it was a heart searching lesson from God.

In today’s reading [1 Chronicles 15] they are now very careful to follow the rules God had laid down to bring the Ark to the place David had prepared [1 Chronicles 15:1] and we read [1 Chronicles 15:15] “the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles as Moses had commanded according to the word of the LORD”. The ark was brought into Jerusalem and there was much rejoicing, music, singing and dancing. When we obey God properly there is great joy and this was a most special occasion, Jerusalem was starting to become ‘The Holy City.’.

We are told there is joy in heaven [Luke 15:7] when a sinner repents which happens when one is baptised; that is, immersed by going under the water as Jesus was [Mark 1:9-10]. There must be sadness when this is not done in the way commanded, when people think that sprinkling is sufficient, but to baptise means immersion, it is the plain meaning of the Greek word, baptizo.

Let us serve God properly, following his instructions; taking a lesson from what happened with the Ark; then, if we continue faithful to his word in heart and mind, fully appreciating his grace, we will have true joy and rejoicing when we come into God’s Holy City when Jesus returns – and an abundance of other joys.
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Posted 01 October 2013 - 05:49 AM

01 October 2013

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Ezekiel 27
Luke 24

"THUS IT IS WRITTEN"

It is disappointing that so many only read the New Testament – and sometimes it is the only part of the Bible they have. I recall this was the case when, many years ago, I went to Israel and Jordan with a Christian group – my complete Bible with the Old Testament was borrowed more than once!

This comment was prompted by our reading today [Luke 24] of the drama of the appearances of Jesus after his resurrection. He told the disciples on the road to Emmaus, “O foolish ones and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken” [Luke 24:25] Then, after they had “recognized him and he vanished … they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures” [Luke 24:32] The Scriptures were, of course, the Old Testament.

Later, with all the disciples he “ate before them” [Luke 24:43] to prove he was a real being, and not some spirit manifestation. “Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations …” [Luke 24:44-47]

Only now is the message going out to nations in every part of the world and it is heartwarming to see how genuine the response is in some areas. What is proclaimed as an essential part of the original gospel is “repentance and forgiveness” – but how few among those where God’s word has long been readily available have that spirit – and really set their minds to “understand the Scripture.” Make sure you do understand why “it is written” – otherwise you do not understand what salvation really is ...
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