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The Garments

The GarmentsRevelation 1:13–14 Excerpt down to the foot—a mark of high rank. The garment and girdle seem to be emblems of His priesthood. Compare Ex. 28:2, Ex. 28:4, Ex. 28:31; Septuagint. Aaron’s robe and girdle were “for glory and beauty,” and combined the insignia of royalty and priesthood, the characteristics of Christ’s antitypical priesthood“after the order of Melchisedec.”His being in the midst of the candlesticks (only seen in the temple), shows that it is as a king-priest He is so attired. This priesthood He has exercised ever since His ascension; and, therefore He here wears its emblems. As Aaron wore these insignias when He came forth from the sanctuary to bless the people (Le 16:4, Le. 16:23, Le. 16:24, the chetoneth, or holy linen coat). So when Christ shall come again, He shall appear in the similar attire of “beauty and glory” (Is. 4:2, Margin). The angels are attired somewhat like their Lord (Rev. 15:6). The ordinary girding for one actively engaged, was at the loins; bu…

About Exodus the Book

About Exodus the BookExodus 3:1–22 Excerpt Exodus, the second book of the Hebrew Bible and the story of Moses’ call by God to rescue his people from oppression in Egypt. After encountering God and entering into a covenant in the wilderness at Sinai, the Israelites constructed a portable shrine (tabernacle) and set out on a journey toward Canaan, the land promised by God to their ancestors as an inheritance. Exodus is the book’s Greek title in the Septuagint (LXX); in Hebrew, it is called (from its opening words) ve‘elleh shmoth,‘And these [are] the names,’ or simply Shmoth,‘Names.’More Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row, and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible Dictionary 1985: 288. Print.

David Rescues Israel from a Philistine Giant

David Rescues Israel from a Philistine GiantExcerpt We cannot know how soon the events of this chapter occurred after the previous events. However, enough time must have passed for Saul to have changed his policy toward David, permitting him to return to Bethlehem. It also may have been long enough for the youthful David to mature and change significantly in appearance, though not long enough for David to have become old enough for military service (=age twenty; cf. Num 1:3; also 1 Sam 17:33). More Bergen, Robert D. 1, 2 Samuel. Vol. 7. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996. Print. The New American Commentary.

Symbolism of Bread

Symbolism of BreadJohn 6:2331–35414850–5158 Excerpt That so vital a commodity should leave its mark on language and symbolism is not surprising. From earliest times the word ‘bread’ was used for food in general (Gn. 3:19 and Pr. 6:8, where Heb. has ‘bread’). Since it was the staple article of diet, it was called ‘staff’ of bread (Lv. 26:26), which is probably the origin of our phrase ‘staff of life’. Those who were responsible for bread were prominent officials, as in Egypt (Gn. 40:1), and in Assyria, a chief baker is honored with an eponymy. Bread was early used in sacred meals (Gn. 14:18), and loaves were included in individual offerings (Lv. 21:6, etc.). Above all, it had a special place in the sanctuary as the ‘bread of the Presence.' The manna was later referred to as ‘heavenly bread’ (see Ps. 105:40). Our Lord referred to himself as the ‘bread of God’ and as the ‘bread of life’ (Jn. 6:3335)... More Martin, W. J. “Bread.” Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. New Bible dictionary…

Connect the Testaments

April 3: Your Inner Self Deuteronomy 4:1–49; 2 Corinthians 1:17–24; Psalm 32:1–11 “Did I leave the burner on?” “Did I lock the door?” “I feel like I’m forgetting something.” Forgetfulness is a syndrome we all experience at one time or another. Many of our forgetful moments end up being minor inconveniences. But there is one thing we should never forget: God and His instructions. As the Israelites prepared to enter the promised land, Moses offered them a string of commandments, including this: “Take care for yourself and watch your inner self closely, so that you do not forget the things that your eyes have seen, so that they do not slip from your mind all the days of your life” (Deut 4:9). In watching ourselves closely, we remember what we’re meant to do and who we’re meant to be. And this isn’t just a value added to our lives and our relationship with God. Moses went on: “And you shall make [the commandments] known to your children and to your grandchildren” (Deut 4:9). Moses knew that God…

Morning and Evening

Morning, April 3Go To Evening Reading
“They took Jesus, and led him away.” —John 19:16
He had been all night in agony, he had spent the early morning at the hall of Caiaphas, he had been hurried from Caiaphas to Pilate, from Pilate to Herod, and from Herod back again to Pilate. He had, therefore, but little strength left, and yet neither refreshment nor rest was permitted him. They were eager for his blood and therefore led him out to die, loaded with the cross. O dolorous procession! Well, may Salem’s daughters weep? My soul, do thou weep also.
What learn we here as we see our blessed Lord led forth? Do we not perceive that truth which was outlined in shadow by the scapegoat? Did not the high-priest bring the scapegoat, and put both his hands upon its head, confessing the sins of the people, that thus those sins might be laid upon the goat, and cease from the people? Then the goat was led away by a fit man into the wilderness, and it carried away the sins of the people, so that if they w…

My Utmost for His Highest

April 3rd If thou hadst known! If thou hadst known … in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.Luke 19:42. Jesus had entered into Jerusalem in triumph, the city was stirred to its foundations; but a strange god was there, the pride of Pharisaism; it was religious and upright, but a ‘whited sepulcher.’ What is it that blinds me in this my day? Have I a strange god—not a disgusting monster, but a disposition that rules me? More than once God has brought me face to face with the strange god and I thought I should have to yield, but I did not do it. I got through the crisis by the skin of my teeth and I find myself in the possession of the strange god still; I am blind to the things which belong to my peace. It is an appalling thing that we can be in the place where the Spirit of God should be getting at us unhinderedly, and yet increase our condemnation in God’s sight. “If thou hadst known”—God goes direct to the heart, with the tears of Jes…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 3 Always rejoicing 2 Cor. 6:10 No Christian can ever know what is meant by those two little words, “always rejoicing,” but the Christian who takes up his cross and follows Jesus. W. Hay Aitken

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