Posts Tagged ‘Temple’


Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. So the cloud of the LORD was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels. (Exodus 40:34-38, NIV, ©2011)

Another great moment of significance was witnessed by the freed Israelites and what a glorious moment it must have been.

To know and love God whom they could not physically see might have been a challenge but at this point, they had God reside with them physically as they journeyed to the promised land, a journey that would take them another 39 years.

Why can we not see God and how are we expected to live by faith, not by sight? (more…)


Revelation 16:1,4-7,17 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God”… Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters saying, “Righteous are You, who are and who were, O Holy One, because You judged these things; for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.” And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.”… Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, “It is done.”

The picture painted of the end times in these prophetic words recorded in Revelation seem much more than just simply events. While many of these events might take place soon, many seem to have already to have taken place if we understand these signs in the language of the Hebrews and there is much we can assimilate by inferring but is that what God wants us to do today?

I like to read my Bible with the desire to hear what God wants to say to me because His voice is recorded here in text and as relevant as it was thousands of years ago, it is amazingly relevant to us today in our modern day situations too!

Revelations 16 describes the last 7 plagues that are to come and as hard as they are to imagine and digest, what I found harder was the words spoken by the angel of the waters and echoed again by the altar of God.

How can the seas, the land and the rivers and streams pour the blood of saints and prophets and what justice is there for God to punish these elements? (more…)


Acts 24:5-9
“We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him. By examining him yourself you will be able to learn the truth about all these charges we are bringing against him.” The Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true.

Paul was brought to Caesarea for his trial by Governor Felix and the passage above is the charge that was levied against him. This charge was levied by Ananias, the High Priest, who traveled with other prominent Jews for the hearing. When I read this charge, the first thoughts that came to mind were the false charges made by the Jews against Jesus Christ. From what we have read about Paul in the various gospels, I had to agree with the charge if the Jews were referring to Paul being a troublemaker before submitting his life to Christ but not after. Do you agree?

Yesterday I had to vote for people in key positions on a chapter of marketing executives here and to help me decide, there was a brief description of each person along with a promise from them to do things to support the cause. How was I to judge their character from these well written briefs? In much the same way, when the accusations were made against Paul and with eyewitness (From the court’s point of view) testimonies to support, would he not have looked guilty? This is our story even in today. As Christians, we will face persecution if we stand for Jesus and the price we pay might be our lives but what we gain is an eternity with Christ and an opportunity to share the Love of God that transformed sinners like us, with the lost world. Is that not pure joy?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Acts 14:11-15
When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them. But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: “Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them.

One of the longest journeys we undertake is the distance between our heart and our mind and every time we think we have made the distance, we go right back again. Paul and Barnabas, Jews by birth had to overcome the challenge of being trained to see God through the eyes of their elders to the real gospel of Jesus Christ and again had to give up their notion that God was only theirs to the reality that God loved the entire world. Similarly, the Lycaonians had comfort in expressing their faith in idols rather than the God who was causing the miracles and could not understand why Paul and Barnabas would refuse the honor they were bestowing upon them. Why could Paul and Barnabas not just be a ‘Roman in Rome’ and accept the accolades and honor and depart in peace?

The big issue Paul and Barnabas were facing was that they could not accept the honor showered upon them because they were not doing anything in their power, wisdom or strength and they knew too well that God who bestowed all of this upon them did it for his own glory. Unfortunately, the witnesses of the miracles wanted to show them their gratitude and worship them because that was the only way they knew how to respond to spiritual matters. We, like them tend to mould God into our paradigm rather than submitting to God in his and this causes confusion and misunderstanding. Lets revisit the cross (Mentally) and ask God to take away the cobwebs in our hearts and minds that cause us to stereotype our worship of God and let’s give God the glory he deserves by offering our all to him.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Acts 3:4-10
Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

What amazes me this morning about this miracle, which I have seen performed many times in Sunday School, is not the miracle itself but the response. The temple authorities and the devout who were worshipping at the temple must have been relieved that Jesus was out of the picture and the chance of people following him was destroyed but with what just took place, they were either aghast that this was spreading or they were truly joyful for the unexplained healing that took place. If I was part of the authorities, I would not be the most pleased for certain and my first reaction would be to arrest the blasphemers but what if I was the layman coming to perform my religious rituals? What is the Lord speaking to us this morning through this?

The power of miracles was thought of to be restricted to only a select few. In comics stories of superheroes, these are just one or two people who are extraterrestrial or chanced upon their gift by the virtue of an insect bite or a scientific experiment gone wrong. However, here we seem to have a pandemic because Jesus’ abilities were being exercised by his followers and it was not because they were special but because he chose to give it to them through their submission. The Lord started to work through his body of believers to reach the lost in ways unexplainable and not because of their goodness or holiness but because of his mercy and grace. Are you willing to serve the king of kings? Then call on Jesus right now and ask him how.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Luke 22:3-6, 31-32, 39-40, 45-46, 61-62
Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present… “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift youa as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”… Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”… When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”… The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

As you read the passages above, you will notice that they all refer to our sinfulness and how Satan uses it to attack us and God. Judas’ weakness was his love for money which eclipsed his love for God. Simon’s weakness was his need to protect himself at the cost of his savior’s life. The disciples weakness on the mount was their need to rest which was prioritized over being in prayer. Obviously Satan knows our every weakness and plays it against God and us. Satan knows that our weaknesses are his strength but we are also reminded by Jesus that in our weakness, he is made strong. What a paradox? What is the Lord saying to us today?

When we examine our lives through God’s lens, we know our areas of weakness and these may be few or many. The challenge we face is to ensure that our weaknesses never take over our strengths. When we are saved by the Grace of God, we are no longer bound by sin because he has paid the price for it but we are called to pray that we will not fall into temptation. Jesus reminded the disciples over and over again on the mount that they need to pray to God not to fall into temptation. When we submit our issues to Christ, he will cover and protect us like he did for Simon Peter, else we could stumble like Judas and lose everything we had, most importantly our salvation! Let’s acknowledge our weaknesses before the Lord and pray for his protection that we will not fall into temptation from today.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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