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His Lot Was to Burn Incense

His Lot Was to Burn IncenseExcerpt The part assigned to each priest in his week of service was decided by lot. Three were employed at the offering of incense—to remove the ashes of the former service; to bring in and place on the golden altar the pan filled with hot burning coals taken from the altar of burnt offering; and to sprinkle the incense on the hot coals; and, while the smoke of it ascended, to make intercession for the people. This was the most distinguished part of the service (Rev 8:3), and this was what fell to the lot of Zacharias at this time [Lightfoot]. More Jamieson, Robert, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Vol. 2. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997. Print.

A Ministry of Reconciliation (5:18–21)

A Ministry of Reconciliation (5:18–21)2 Corinthians 5:18 Excerpt The reason trespasses are not credited to our account is that God made himwho had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God(v. 21*). The fact that Christ had no sin is well documented in the New Testament. He was tempted as we are “yet was without sin” (Heb 4:15); one “set apart from sinners” (Heb 7:26). The NIV had no sin is actually “knew no sin” (ton mē gnonta hamartian). The verb ginōskō (to know) denotes personal acquaintance with something. Christ did not possess the knowledge of sin that comes through personal experience. He did not sin either in thought (“in him is no sin,”1 Jn 3:5) or in action (“he committed no sin,”1 Pet 2:22). The rest of verse 21 is theologically elusive. The first problem is to determine the sense in which Christ was made … sin for us. There are three major approaches. One approach is to understand made … sin as “treated as a sinner.” As our substitute, C…

Introduction

IntroductionExcerpt ‎A series of sweeping waves of revival have coursed across the face of the twentieth century already. At least four discernible “times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord” have been manifest in this era, and all seem to have these two things in common: (1) they have touched every sector of the Church, with all denominations being impacted to some degree; and (2) they have been uniquely marked by an expanded realization of the role of the Holy Spirit—Third Personof theGodhead—in the life and task of the Church. ‎It is neither sectarian nor self-serving for any Pentecostal to observe the now historical fact that the revival which God used to introduce this succession of revivals bears his own name, one which is drawn from the birth of the Church itself—Pentecost. … More Hayford, Jack W. “Introduction.” Foundations of Pentecostal Theology. Los Angeles, CA: L.I.F.E. Bible College, 1983. viii–ix. Print.

One Qualification: Israel of Promise

One Qualification: Israel of PromiseExcerpt Being recipients of the promise involves God’s selective will. The “true” Israel had received all God’s promises so far. See 9:13 regarding the continual conflict between the true and false people of God. Romans 9:6 gives the thesis of Romans 9–11. The promise of 9:8 relates to the Abrahamic covenant (cf. 4:13). The Israel spoken of in the Old Testament promises is not identical with the natural and physical descendants of Jacob. In Romans 9:7 Paul quoted Genesis 21:12 to prove the point of 9:6 that physical descent does not in and of itself make one a child of God and a recipient of the promise. Both Isaac and Ishmael were physical sons of Abraham, but Isaac was designated Abraham’s heir. In Romans 9:9 Paul quoted Genesis 18:10, a prophecy of Isaac’s birth. In Romans 9:12–13 Paul quoted from Genesis 25:23 and Malachi 1:2–3 to illustrate that God’s elective purposesare often contrary to human expectation. More

Connect the Testaments

February 20: Danger in the Sphere of Influence Leviticus 7:1–8:36; John 7:45–52; Song of Solomon 6:1–5 Leadership is like a bright spotlight; when the heat intensifies, it’s difficult to conceal the areas where we fail. But that’s where true character is revealed. The Pharisees didn’t fare well with the pressure of authority. We can see why Jesus had such compassion for the masses by observing the Pharisees’ behavior in John 7. After Jesus claimed to be the source of life and ratcheted up the conflict, the Pharisees became angry. Sensing that their authority was slipping, they judged Jesus before they had a chance to give Him a hearing. They intimidated Nicodemus, harshly rebuked the captains and cursed the people: “this crowd who does not know the law is accursed!” (John 7:49). Those who hold positions of authority have great influence—a reason why bad authority can be so detrimental: “Not many should become teachers, my brother because you know that we will receive a greater judgment” (…

Morning and Evening

Morning, February 20Go To Evening Reading
“God, that comforteth those that are cast down.” —2 Corinthians 7:6
And who comforteth like him? Go to some poor, melancholy, distressed child of God; tell him sweet promises, and whisper in his ear choice words of comfort; he is like the deaf adder, he listens not to the voice of the charmer, charm he never so wisely. He is drinking gall and wormwood, and comfort him as you may, it will be only a note or two of mournful resignation that you will get from him; you will bring forth no psalms of praise, no hallelujahs, no joyful sonnets. But let God come to his child, let him lift up his countenance, and the mourner’s eyes glisten with hope. Do you not hear him sing—
“’Tis paradise, if thou art here; If thou depart, ’tis hell?”
You could not have cheered him: but the Lord has done it; “He is the God of all comfort.” There is no balm in Gilead, but there is balm in God. There is no physician among the creatures, but the Creator is Jehovah-rophi. It is …

My Utmost for His Highest

February 20th The initiative against dreaming Arise, let us go hence.John 14:31. Dreaming about a thing in order to do it properly is right; but dreaming about it when we should be doing it is wrong. After Our Lord had said those wonderful things to His disciples, we might have expected that He would tell them to go away and meditate over them all; but Our Lord never allowed ‘mooning.’ When we are getting into contact with God in order to find out what He wants, dreaming is right; but when we are inclined to spend our time in dreaming over what we have been told to do, it is a bad thing and God’s blessing is never on it. God’s initiative is always in the nature of a stab against this kind of dreaming, the stab that bids us “neither sit nor stand but go.” If we are quietly waiting before God and He has said—“Come ye yourselves apart,” then that is meditation before God in order to get at the line He wants; but always beware of giving over to mere dreaming when once God has spoken. Leave Hi…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hou

February 20 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed Heb. 11:8 Whither he went, he knew not; it was enough for him to know that he went with God. He leaned not so much upon the promises as upon the Promiser. He looked not on the difficulties of his lot, but on the King, eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, who had deigned to appoint his course, and would certainly vindicate Himself. O glorious faith! This is thy work, these are thy possibilities: contentment to sail with sealed orders, because of unwavering confidence in the love and wisdom of the Lord High Admiral: willinghood to rise up, leave all, and follow Christ, because of the glad assurance that earth’s best cannot bear comparison with Heaven’s least. F. B. Meyer

 Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.