“Preserve me, O God: for in You do I put my trust. O my soul, you have said unto the LORD, You are my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to You; but to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight. Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips. The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: You maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.” Psalm 16:1-7 (KJB)
“The LORD hear you in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend you; send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion; remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice; Selah. Grant you according to your own heart, and fulfil all your counsel.” Psalm 20:1-4 (KJV)
In this Psalm of David he writes that the LORD will hear you, defend you, send you help from the sanctuary, strengthen you, remember your offerings, and accept your costly sacrifices.
Let us as Christians today come with the expectant heart of David, and God will be rich in blessing toward us as well.
Looking at verses 2 – 4 of the text above; it is GOD who sends help from our time of worship. You see wherever we are in the worship of the Most High, holy, and Almighty God that is the sanctuary; the one who worships Him though throughout the week – Monday – Saturday – will not forsake the gathering with other believers on the first day of the week as the early church did. He is our help.
Looking at the “strength out of Zion” we can see Zion is Jerusalem the City of David. It is the city on a hill. A city of strength. You can notice from Scripture that when every one left Jerusalem they were always going down to Jericho, or down to Bethel, and down to Capernaum, etc.. A picture of strength, and a reminder to the Hebrew people where their strength came from.
The “offerings… and burnt sacrifice” are those things which David would have offered to the LORD. In these verses he is offering praise, and worship. The burnt sacrifice would have been the sacrifice of a bull, lamb, ram, goat, dove etc. We do not sacrifice animals today. We do not need to; neither are we commanded to. So what is the offerings and sacrifices we give? Ourselves; our surrender to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ God’s Son, God the Son.
When we give our all to Him He gives us a desire to live for Him. A desire to love like He does, to love what He loves; and to hate the things He hates. He will fulfill the desires of the heart that is given to Him (Psalm 37:4); in life, liberty, and love.
I love reading the events where the glory of God comes down like fire, fills the house, and even the priests cannot enter, because the glory is so bright no human being can enter it in the flesh.
My reading this morning was 1 Chronicles 24 – 2 Chronicles 8. The seventh chapter is well known among Christians for verse 14. A verse many of us like to memorize, quote, and pastors and preachers like to preach, but I fear it is often applied in the wrong way. It is often applied as though it applies to the United States of America. I do not want to destroy anyone’s hopes and dreams for our nation, but there are no promises of God in the Bible for the U. S. of A. None.
Enough on that for now.
When we look at the first three verses of chapter 7 of Second Chronicles,
“Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the house. And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD’S house. And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD, saying, ‘For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.'” 2 Chronicles 7:1-3 (KJV)
King Solomon had closed his prayer, and God shows up. Fire came down from heaven, consumed the burnt offering and sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the house. There was no room for anyone else. Now, is it not the glory of the LORD that all God’s children desire? I think so.
In chapter seven when the glory of God comes down God speaks with Solomon, appearing to him (v. 12) and saying,
“If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people; if My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (vv. 13-14)
This word from God is to Solomon and the people of Israel. Let us be not ignorant of this; there is no promise of God to any nation on the earth, previous to today, today, or after today; other than Israel. There is one thing for certain; the people of God are the people of God through their faith in God, and through His Son Jesus Christ.
There is certainly a principle given us in these precious words. Promise we can rest on and apply to life.
We need the hope these words give us. We can rest in God that He will do what is best for His people, but not necessarily for a nation. Let us be clear on this matter; the hope of the world is not the United States of America, Democracy, our Constitution, Bill or Rights, the Amendments to the Constitution, our President, Vice President, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Congress, Senate, Supreme Court or State governments. The hope of the world lies in the hands of God through faith in His Son. Our hope is not in the liberal agenda, the conservative agenda, the stock market, or the economy. All of these things can and will fail and fall; but our God lives forever.
When the heavens are shut up and what we have is drought, cattle are dying, crops will not grow, wells are drying up, lakes and reservoirs are drying, and people are dying of thirst; then we had better be praying, and seeking the face of God and His glory. When diseases are running rampant, pestilences, and plagues are destroying the land; and afflicting the people; then we better be seeking the face of our Creator, humbling ourselves before Him. Seeking government aid is not seeking God. That is seeking an idol
The only hope for the U. S. of A. is Jesus Christ and Him crucified, buried and risen again bodily from the grave, seated at the Father’s right hand. The only hope for the world is Jesus Christ and Him crucified, buried and bodily raised from the grave, and seated at the Father’s right hand. He is coming again. Be ready.
-Tim A. Blankenship
Reading for today Numbers 28-30
Much of the reading today is a repeat from Exodus on the sacrifices, however, we will take a short look at chapter 28 verses 1-8.
These verses deal with a daily offering,
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, ‘Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, My offering, and My bread for My sacrifices made by fire, for a sweet savour unto Me, shall ye observe to offer unto Me in their due season.’ And thou shalt say unto them, ‘This is the offering made by fire which ye shall offer unto the LORD; two lambs of the first year without spot day by day, for a continual burnt offering. The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at even; and a tenth part of an ephah of flour for a meat offering, mingled with the fourth part of an hin of beaten oil. It is a continual burnt offering, which was ordained in mount Sinai for a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto the LORD. And the drink offering thereof shall be the fourth part of an hin for the one lamb: in the holy place shalt thou cause the strong wine to be poured unto the LORD for a drink offering. And the other lamb shalt thou offer at even: as the meat offering of the morning, and as the drink offering thereof, thou shalt offer it, a sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.'” Numbers 28:1-8
This offering was an offering of two lambs; two spotless, without blemish lambs. This, of course represents sinlessness; of which our Savior Jesus Christ Son of the Living GOD was and is sinless. Yet, He became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21), receiving in our behalf the judgment for sin which we deserved. The just for the unjust. Most important of all is that sacrifice was offered once, and fulfilled the law.
Of these verses the ESV Study Bible note says,
Num. 28:1–8 The Daily Offering. A lamb was offered in the morning and another in the evening at twilight (v. 4). This pattern of prayer in the morning and in the evening has carried on in Jewish and Christian practice throughout the centuries. Pleasing (or “soothing”) aroma is a phrase that regularly describes the effect of sacrifice on God: it soothes his anger at sin (see Gen. 8:21). (p. 311)
There is also a picture for the Christian to offer daily our prayers, daily reading of Scripture, and ourselves to the Lord’s work and ministry.
Writing of the daily offerings the apostle wrote,
“Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this He did once, when He offered up Himself. For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.” Hebrews 7:25-28
Of course the apostle is speaking of Jesus Christ.
Then again in Hebrews it is written,
“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: but this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool. For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:10-14
We are assured that the work of sacrifice for the forgiveness and cleansing of sin is completed in Christ Jesus.
Read Numbers 28 – 30.
-Tim A. Blankenship
Daily Reading is Exodus 38 – 40
The book of Exodus is about a journey of a people from bondage to seeing the glory of God. “From Deliverance to Glory” is the journey of all who come to faith in the Messiah of Israel, Jesus Christ Son of the Living God.
In the 38th chapter we find things coming to a conclusion as far as the tabernacle’s construction and set up is concerned. The first on the list is the “altar of burnt offering”. The place for the shedding of blood. “Without the shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22b) All the blood of bulls, goats, rams and lambs was only a foreshadowing of the One who would come and die for the sins of the world.
The “laver” is a basin for water; it is made of brass; as is the “altar of burnt offering” a figure of judgment. The laver is made from the “looking glasses” or we would call them mirrors of the “assembly”. Polished brass was the only mirror these people had. A mirror is a way of judging one’s own physical appearance and doing something about it. In James 1:22-25 we read…
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
The laver was the place for the priests to cleanse their hands and feet for the ministry they performed daily. As Christians we must stop daily at the word of God, to gaze intently into the mirror of God’s word to find the correction and instruction we need for the day; by which we may glorify our Lord.
“HOLINESS TO THE LORD” was to be engraved into a plate of pure gold and placed on the turban the priests (Aaron and his sons). We find throughout all of Scriptures that God is holy. The garments of the priests declared the Holiness of the Lord. Here we have the priests declaring HOLINESS TO THE LORD. Our lives are to declare it.
In chapter 40 the tabernacle is set with all furniture, articles, garments, stones and jewels, just as the LORD has commanded Moses. Moses has received these instructions form the Designer of the heavenlies (Hebrews 8:4-5).
The book of Exodus ends with the people of Israel in bondage; they are freed by the LORD Himself; they are a sanctified people given instructions on the journey and directions how to live and how to worship. Thus we could sum the book of Exodus with four short words; FROM DELIVERANCE TO GLORY
“Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys: but if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.” Exodus 40:34-38 (KJV)
Keep on following the Scriptures. Read Exodus 38- 40
-Tim A. Blankenship