The Word: Episode 0500 John 14:12-15

“Covenant Which He Made With Abraham”

June 23, 2018

“Covenant Which He Made With Abraham”

Blessings folk!

In worshipping the Lord, Asaph and his relatives reminded the people of what the Lord had done for them.

1 Ch 16:16-21

The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac.

He also confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,
To Israel as an everlasting covenant,

Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan,
As the portion of your inheritance.”

When they were only a few in number,
Very few, and strangers in it,

And they wandered about from nation to nation,
And from one kingdom to another people,

He permitted no man to oppress them,
And He reproved kings for their sakes, saying,

“Do not touch My anointed ones,
And do My prophets no harm.”

The Lord initiated and made covenant with Abraham.
The Lord continued the covenant by oath through Isaac.
The Lord confirmed the covenant to Jacob as a statute.
The Lord confirmed the covenant to Israel as an everlasting covenant.

Because of the covenant faithfulness of the Lord they could trust and worship Him.

One element of the Covenant related to land.

The Lord gave them the land of Canaan.
It was their inheritance.
It still is.

He gave them this inheritance…

  • When they were few in number
  • When they were strangers in the land
  • When they wandered from nation to nation

The Lord protected them…
  • No man oppressed them
  • He reproved kings for their sakes
  • He would not allow His anointed ones to be touched
  • He commanded His prophets to not be harmed

The Lord continues His covenant today.
Through HIs people.
And through those grafted in.

Much of the Word speaks to this…if we know how to hear.

Have eyes to see…ears to hear.

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The Word: Episode 0499 John 14:6-12

“Seek, Remember”

June 22, 2018

“Seek, Remember”

Blessings folk!

We are looking at the “song of worship” offered to the Lord in 1 Chronicles 16.

It began with…
Thanks
Make known His deeds
Sing praises to Him
Speak of His Wonders

Now…

1 Ch 16:11-16

Seek the LORD and His strength;
Seek His face continually.

Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done,
His marvels and the judgments from His mouth,

O seed of Israel His servant,
Sons of Jacob, His chosen ones!

He is the LORD our God;
His judgments are in all the earth.

Remember His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,

The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac.

The song brings forth instructions for the children of Israel…and us.

We are to…

  • Seek the Lord
  • Seek His strength
  • Seek His face…continually

We are to remember…
  • His wonderful deeds
  • His marvels
  • His judgments from His mouth
  • His covenant forever
  • His covenant He made with Abraham…HIs oath to Isaac (confirmation of Abraham covenant)

We are to remember…
  • Israel was/is His servant
  • The Sons of Jacob are His chosen ones

Seek the Lord alone in worship.
Remember all that He had done.

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The Word: Episode 0498 John 14:1-7

“On That Day…”

June 21, 2018

“On That Day…”

Blessings folk!

David had brought the Ark into the tent he had made for it.
David instructed the Levites to worship before the Lord continually.

What did they do?
How did they do it?

The Word gives us some insight.

1 Chronicles 16 has a 30 verse song of praise that was offered to the Lord - on the first day.

Let’s look at it.

You will note similarities with many Psalms.

1Ch 16:7-9

Then on that day David first assigned Asaph and his relatives to give thanks to the LORD.

Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.

Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
Speak of all His wonders.

From the first day they received the assignment from David, Asaph and his relative gave thanks to the Lord.

This is where we begin in all thing.
The giving of thanks to the Lord.

In all things.
In all situations.
Give thanks.

Give thanks to the Lord.
Call upon His name.

“His Name” reveals all that He is.
HIs character.
His nature.
We call upon and rest in His name.

Then, do this…make known His deeds among the peoples.
We are to proclaim the deeds of the Lord to all people.
Start with what He has done in/with/through you.

Sing to Him.
Sing praises to Him.

Speak of His wonders.

So, remember how they began in worshipping the Lord…

Thanks
Make known His deeds
Sing praises to Him
Speak of His Wonders

Do so today…and every day hereafter.

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The Word: Episode 0497 John 14:1-4

“Before the Ark Continually…”

June 20, 2018

“Before the Ark Continually…”

Blessings folk!

The Ark of the Covenant was in the City of David in a tent built by David.

Michal was snarky in her “offense” over her husband David’s behavior.
She would be barren due to her belittling of her husband’s worship.

David did not care.
He would worship before the Lord and his people.

A little more detailed mentioned earlier…

1 Ch 16:1-6

And they brought in the ark of God and placed it inside the tent which David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God.

When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offerings,
he blessed the people in the name of the LORD.

He distributed to everyone of Israel, both man and woman,
to everyone a loaf of bread and a portion of meat and a raisin cake.

He appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the LORD,
even to celebrate and to thank and praise the LORD God of Israel:

Asaph the chief, and second to him Zechariah, then Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom and Jeiel, with musical instruments, harps, lyres;
also Asaph played loud-sounding cymbals,

and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests blew trumpets continually before the ark of the covenant of God.

David appointed the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord.
They were to celebrate.
They were to give thanks and praise to the Lord God of Israel.
They were to do so with musical instruments…loud ones!
They are to do so continually.

1 Ch 16:37

So he left Asaph and his relatives there before the ark of the covenant of the LORD to minister before the ark continually, as every day’s work required;

It was their daily work to continually worship before the Lord.

But what of the The Tabernacle - the one God told Moses and the people to build?

1Ch 16:39-40

He left Zadok the priest and his relatives the priests before the tabernacle of the LORD in the high place which was at Gibeon,

to offer burnt offerings to the LORD on the altar of burnt offering continually morning and evening, even according to all that is written in the law of the LORD, which He commanded Israel.

The Tabernacle of the Lord was in another place.
In Gibeon.
Zadok and the priests offered burnt offering on the altar of burn offerings.
They did so continually, according to the written law of the Lord.

So, you have the Law still being adhered to without the Ark.
Without the Presence of God.
The Tabernacle of Moses.

And you have David and the Levites worshipping before the Ark/Lord continually…not just one day a year…without the sacrificial system.
The Tabernacle of David.

Amazing.

A vivid picture of the church today.

Most go about the rote religious assignments and offerings of religion.
Fewer continually worship before the Lord.

I know where I want to be.

You?


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The Word: Episode 0496 John 13:30-38

“The Tent Which David Had Pitched…”

June 19, 2018

“The Tent Which David Had Pitched…”

Blessings folk!

The Ark of the Covenant had arrived.

I have been intrigued through the years over a couple of things related to this.

David did not take the Ark to the Mosaic Tabernacle where it had been for centuries.

David took it to a tent that he had made.

1 Ch 16:1

And they brought in the ark of God and placed it inside the tent which David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God.

They/David offered burnt offerings and peace offering before the Lord.

This is strictly a priestly function, but we see David doing it.

2 Sa 6:17

So they brought in the ark of the LORD and set it in its place inside the tent which David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.

We will see later that David came/went before the Lord and His Ark when he desired.

How?
Why?

Apparently the Lord instructed/commanded/allowed David to do so.

We have no account of this in the Word…as far as I know.
But do see David’s actions and deeds.

When David had finished his offerings he blessed the people…

2 Sa 6:18-19

When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offering,
he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.

Further, he distributed to all the people, to all the multitude of Israel, both to men and women,
a cake of bread and one of dates and one of raisins to each one.
Then all the people departed each to his house.

1 Ch 16:2-3

When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offerings,
he blessed the people in the name of the LORD.

He distributed to everyone of Israel, both man and woman,
to everyone a loaf of bread and a portion of meat and a raisin cake.

He did not bless them in word only.
He blessed in deed.
He gave to each man/woman…

  • A loaf of bread
  • A portion of meat
  • A raisin cake…desert!!

There is a vivid picture for us.
There was a time when the Mosaic tabernacle and sacrifices were carrying on without the Ark.
Without the Presence of God.
All the rituals according to the instruction of the Lord, yet without Him.

The Presence of God was with David in the tent that he had built.

Such is today.

Most “churches” carry on in the rituals of their religion without the Power and Presence of the Lord.

But, in other often unseen places, the Power and Presence of God is poured forth.

Where do you want to be?

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