OYB August 14
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- 2009 Aug 14
7:73-8:1 I believe this is a retelling of what we read in Ezra (chapter 3), when all the people gathered for the Feast of Trumpets (also called Yom Teruah) and the Feast of Tabernacles
8:15 He had said that a proclamation should be made throughout their towns and in Jerusalem, telling the people to go to the hills to get branches from olive, wild olive, myrtle, palm, and other leafy trees. They were to use these branches to make shelters in which they would live during the festival, as prescribed in the Law. I'm sure there's even more to this picture than what I understand, but this Feast was all about a foretelling of the day when Jesus and God would come and dwell with man. First in the spiritual sense with the death and resurrection of Christ, dwelling in our hearts. Next with the physical dwelling of Christ on earth during the MK. Last with Yahweh Father God dwelling on earth in all His people, as it says in Rev. 21:3...
And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them...
8:17 So everyone who had returned from captivity lived in these shelters during the festival, and they were all filled with great joy! Do you get a joyful picture of our future?
9:6 "You alone are the LORD. You have made the heavens, the heaven of heavens with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them and the heavenly host bows down before You. (NASB) Here's a nice little gem of a verse somewhat covered up by NLT. I love how the author goes on the list all of the significant events thus far. The Abrahamic Covenant and God's faithfulness to keeping His word in fulfilling it. Moses and the exodus from Egypt through the Red Sea. The giving of the Law/Torah on Mt. Sanai and the Mosaic Covenant (I'm just beginning to really understand how important these covenants are in the scope of God's plan for the ages!).
9:15 "You gave them bread from heaven when they were hungry and water from the rock when they were thirsty." This is a direct reference to Jesus Christ. In fact, this whole passage and the recounting of "The Story," even though past tense, is a prophetic look at the plan of the ages come in the physical realm, fulfilled by Christ for all in the spiritual realm. It is really beautiful when you see it!
For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. 1 Cor. 10:1-4
9:17-19 "They refused to listen, and did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You had performed among them; So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt (read: antichrist). But You are a God of forgiveness, Gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness; And You did not forsake them. "Even when they made for themselves a calf of molten metal and said, `This is your God Who brought you up from Egypt,' and committed great blasphemies, You, in Your great compassion, Did not forsake them in the wilderness. The pillar of cloud still led them forward by day, and the pillar of fire showed them the way through the night. 20 You sent your good Spirit to instruct them, and you did not stop giving them manna from heaven or water for their thirst. Behold the love and steadfastness of the God you serve! Apply this to our lives today in the spiritual and see just what God's plan is, even for His stubborn, rebellious children!
1 Corinthians 9
This is some of the Paul stuff that just seems unnecessary and pretty dull. Maybe I'm missing something, LOL!
33:11 The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation. Oops, this is from yesterday. But I love hearing the security of God's plans standing firm, unthreatened by human agenda or will!
33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. Yes, His chosen are and will remain very blessed indeed.