Archive for January, 2013

Introduction

English: The Covenant Confirmed, by John Steep...

English: The Covenant Confirmed, by John Steeple Davis (1844-1917), as in Exodus 24 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The other day I was reading through Exodus 24 and came upon the passage we’re going to look at first below and then thing that struck me the most about it was what was done in verse 8. This was a solemn ceremony of dedication to the Lord, the Israelites were being brought closer to God by means of the Old Covenant– it was God’s provision to draw them close to Himself. Making them a peculiar people and a Holy nation.

However that’s not all we’re going to talk about today, we’re also going to talk about the New Covenant which was also inaugurated by blood and sacrifice. However this was the best sacrifice spilling the only blood that can take away sin. The New Covenant was something wholly different from the Old Covenant so much so that even in Hebrews the Old Covenant was stated as being “about to disappear.

Let’s look at the Inauguration of the Old Covenant.

Inaugurating the Old Covenant

Moses came and told the people all the commands of the Lord and all the ordinances. Then all the people responded with a single voice, “We will do everything that the Lord has commanded.” And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. He rose early the next morning and set up an altar and 12 pillars for the 12 tribes of Israel at the base of the mountain. Then he sent out young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed bulls as fellowship offerings to the Lord. Moses took half the blood and set it in basins; the other half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. He then took the covenant scroll and read it aloud to the people. They responded, “We will do and obey everything that the Lord has commanded.”

Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you concerning all these words.”

Exodus 24:3-8

To set this up one must realize that in Chapter 20 you have the Ten Commandments given to Israel to set them apart from any other nation. Chapters 21-23 are all about the Ordinances that the Israelites were also to keep in order to be Holy to the Lord. Great care is taken here to go into the minute details to ensure that all of the ordinances have clarity so none can be incorrectly understood and thus broken without knowledge.

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Introduction

Sistine Chapel, fresco Michelangelo,

Sistine Chapel, fresco Michelangelo, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Growing up as a Seventh Day Adventist PK I used to hear a phrase quite a lot and and the way I was taught and understood it shaped my way of thinking as a youngster. Let me recount it for you here:

Do you sin because you’re a sinner or are you a sinner because you sin?

The way I learned things was that the case was that I was a sinner because I sinned but that’s not right, not at all.

We’re All Sinners

Let’s just get the obvious out of the way right now The Bible states that we’re ALL Sinner’s and and have fallen short of the glory of God.

You can find that right here in Romans 3:23:

23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

So once again we’ve all sinned…but have we sinned because we’re sinners or are we sinners therefore we sin?

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2009 Soochow International 24h Ultra-Marathon.

2009 Soochow International 24h Ultra-Marathon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello all and a Happy New Year each and every one of you!

Today I want to talk with you about New Years Resolutions. You know what resolutions are, those promises you make that generally fall by the wayside within weeks if not months of making them. We start off with the best of intentions, like athletes breaking from the blocks at the starters pistol and into the 100 meter dash. Only we quickly realize that we’ve been put in the field for the Marathon instead- and not just a marathon but an ultra marathon! Soon our resolutions are left behind at the side of the road because they take so much effort, so much time, a hindrance rather than a help.

There is however one resolution that is worth the effort and time, one that the Devil himself will actively be a hindrance against.

Do you see that liquid station on the ultra marathon ahead? In fact it’s not ahead, it’s right alongside, the entire length of the route! (more…)