Christian Advancement collated by Rev. E. Anderson

                                        

                                       Rev. E. Anderson

ADVANCEMENT THROUGH THE PRIESTHOOD

 

EXODUS 26-30

 

As can be seen from these chapters, a Tabernacle was to be perfectly constructed not only for God to dwell amongst His people but that they could have the privilege and pleasure of meeting Him there. Through this they were to maintain a holy and wholesome relationship with Him that in turn would be to their gain. They were to discover and know that he was a most awesome God and that He needed to be revered and respected. But it was possible to draw near to Him in a specific and holy manner. Priesthood was established through which they could approach and have fellowship with Jehovah. The Levites, with Aaron as the high priest, would serve in mediation on behalf of God and them and through their mediatorial role sustain a spiritual accord that would advance their blessedness – 29: 46.

 

1/.  THE PRIESTHOOD HAD TO BE SANCTIFIED – EXODUS 29: 4

 

They had to be thoroughly washed and cleansed with water and to be in a purified condition to minister for the Lord. This is before they were consecrated to the Lord and, afterwards, the laver was provided in order to keep a constant state of purity -30: 17-21. Their own safety and usefulness depended upon so much on this necessary procedure. They had to be holy and in a state of cleanliness and this advances relationship. There is a divine command: “Be clean, you who bear the vessels of the Lord.” See also 2 Timothy 2:20,21

 

2/.  THE PRIESTHOOD HAD TO BE CLOTHED – EXODUS 28; 29

 

Both Aaron and his sons had to be properly attired in clothing provided for them in their priestly duties. Aaron, the high priest, had special attire that symbolised so much of spiritual significance whilst the simple white garments of the priests also carried divine meaning. Thus they represent God and the people and as they adhered to this, thus was their acceptance that paved the way to divine favour.

 

3/.  THE PRIESTHOOD HAD TO BE DEDICATED – EXODUS 29: 1

 

A special ceremony was inaugurated for the priesthood that required a number of important sacrifices. The sin-offering for the removal of sin; the ram sacrificed that bespoke their consecration. It was followed by another ram – v19, whose blood was to be applied to parts of their bodies and a certain part was given them to feast on.

 

4/.  THE PRIESTHOOD HAD TO BE ANOINTED – EXODUS 30: 29,30

 

A special anointing was to be theirs and unique anointing oil used that represented God’s approval.

 

CONCLUSION

 

The Tabernacle was the Holy Place for a Holy God and the priesthood had to be holy in life and ministry. The people had to be holy if communion was to continue.

 

                                     

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Prayer Dynamics furnished by Rev. E.Anderson

                                           

                                       Rev. E. Anderson

PRAYER

W. Barclay

 

Here is the prayer which a small boy actually wrote: “0 God, help us to be good and to help other people.” In many ways it is the perfect prayer.

 

    1/. IT DOES NOT SAY “MAKE US”; IT SAYS “HELP US”.

 

The boy has grasped the fact that prayer is not getting things prayer is getting the strength to do them for ourselves.

 

   2/. THE PRAYER DOES NOT SAY, “HELP ME”; IT SAYS, “HELP US.”

 

Our prayers would be very much more effective if they had in the “me” and more of the us

 

   3/. THE PRAYER ASKS SIMPLY FOR HELP TO BE GOOD.

 

If things are right at the centre, they will be right at the circumference. There may be many things we need, but we need to be made good most of all; and, if we are good, all other things will take their proper place.

 

   4/. IT DOES NOT SAY “HELP OTHERS”, IT SAYS, “HELP ME TO HELP OTHERS”.

 

When we pray for others, we must always at once try to answer our own prayers.

 

There is no good praying for the aged and the lonely without visiting them; or for the poor without helping them; or for the work of the church in the mission fields without giving something to help it. Far oftener than we realise, we could do much to answer our own prayers.

 

The best prayer of all is, “Help me to help”.

 

                                           

Wisdom Ways presented by the late Rev. A. Linford

                                            

                                           Rev. A. Linford

Rev. A. Linford, before his decease, was recognized as a good, great and interesting Bible teacher in the Assemblies of God Fellowship for many years. He was a well-loved Bible College lecturer and writer that bequeathed a tremendous amount of Biblical material in his generation. What a legacy he has left to be researched and brought forth to refresh our day! We shall be using such on this site: His writings from the book of Proverbs and also his Editorials that he wrote for the Redemption Tidings when he was its editor. I trust you will enjoy and appreciate his inspired teaching.

           

 

FETTERS OF FATE

 

“The ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord’ Proverbs 5:21-23

 

Divine retribution is a moral principle on which the universe is founded: but fate is always linked to folly. “The Judge of all the earth is not arbitrary in His dealings, He judges righteously by rewarding the good and punishing the evil. Sin is self-destruction.

 

The Lord perceives: “For, links this precept with the previous passage. As unholy alliances bring death, so holy associations make for life and happiness. This is extended to all man’s ways. “Virtue has God’s approval and He comes to the aid of those who adhere to it, while the vicious are punished”, so Dr A Cohen. The eyes of the Lord not only perceive all our ways, they penetrate all our motives. Nothing, simply nothing, can be hid from His all-seeing inspection. God is aware of all that man does, though men may not be aware of God.

 

The Lord ponders: The word “ponder” means to weigh. God weighs our ways, assesses the worth of all we do or say. Even as Belshazzar of old, we are “weighed in the balances” – Daniel 5:27. God is the great weight-watcher; He evaluates our spirits – Proverbs 16:2. He reckons up the reality of our endeavours, He checks our intentions, He knows the counsels of our hearts. His scales are true, His balances accurate: He judges us with equity, He determines our moral value.

 

The Lord punishes: He does so by making sin its own destruction: passion burns itself out with its own intensity, lust becomes saturated with its own indulgence, greed gorges itself to nausea. When we forsake the path of wisdom we forge our own fetters, make our own chains, bind our own selves. To indulge in iniquity is to build a prison-house in which to languish, to establish evil habits from which we cannot escape; we become holden with cords of (our) sins. As the Talmud says: “At first the evil inclination is like a spider’s web, but finally it grows into something like cart-ropes”. A vicious practice easily checked in the beginning, if indulged in becomes a rooted habit, unbreakable. Such rooted habits decide our character, and eventually our destiny. Man becomes the object of his own folly, reeling through life like a drunken sot, creator of his own fate, decider of his own destiny.

 

PRAYER:

May Thine eyes ever behold good in me, by Thy grace, 0 Lord.

 

 

ONE MAN’S MEAT

 

“One man’s meat is another man’s poison”, goes the adage. And how true this is. We differ so tremendously from each other in so many ways. It is said that no two blades of grass are alike; it is certainly true that no two persons are alike. Each one is unique. “I thank God that there are not two of me,” stated one man, “I couldn’t bear the com­petition.” “And I thank God there are not two of you, rejoined his friend, “I could not stand the strain,”

 

Chabrier, the French composer, started his career in law. He gave it up for music. “Law to me is like a desert,” he confessed, “there is nothing to see.” On the other hand, Dr. Samuel Johnson was tone-deaf. He attended a concert at which a celebrated virtuoso played the violin before a distinguished company; After the applause had died down a lady turned to him and said, “What a difficult piece that was to play.” “Madam,” he replied testily, “I wish it were impossible.”

 

I have a friend to whom a balance-sheet is a sheer delight: to me they are often an enigma. When the accountant unfolds their devious labyrinths, he could well begin with, “Behold, I show you a mystery”. But take me to a bookshop, especially the second-hand theological section, and I am lost to the world. Modern pop-music almost drives me round the bend; but classical music is demi-paradise.

 

What of it? We should at least try to appreciate another’s taste. If a man differs from me, is he thereby wrong? If his ways are strange to me, are not mine also strange to him? As I wish him to accept me and my ways, so must I learn to appreciate his. In food or friends, in habit and habitat, in vocation and avocation, in vision and in venture – we all differ. But may not our differences enable us to minister to each other? What I lack my brother can supply. It is wisdom not only to appreciate each other, but also to appropriate one another’s services that we might lack no necessary thing.

 

Herein lies the wonder of Christ. He satisfies all tastes. To the poor He is an enricher to the lonely a friend, to the bereaved a comforter, to the weak one strength. The thinker finds Him a philosopher divine, the dreamer discovers in Him the beatific vision, the pragmatist finds Him to be the ultimate reality. Children find in Him their shepherd, youths see in Him their champion, and adults follow Him as the ideal man, old folk rest in Him as their solace for declining years. The three great writers of new Testament epistles, Paul, Peter and John, all speak of the satisfaction Jesus gives. Paul the intellectual, Peter the practical, John the emotional – each finds in Jesus his soul’s delight. Christ is everyman 5 meat – the Bread of Heaven suited to all palates, the Saviour that satisfies all temperaments, the Lord that is just right for you – AND ME.