OYB July 31
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- 2009 Jul 31
29:11 The Lord has chosen you to stand in his presence, to minister to him, and to lead the people in worship and present offerings to him. This is what the MK will be like. The chosen "priests" will have the same duties (this was a picture)!
29:20-21 Early the next morning King Hezekiah gathered the city officials and went to the Temple of the Lord. They brought seven bulls, seven rams, and seven male lambs as a burnt offering, together with seven male goats as a sin offering for the kingdom, for the Temple, and for Judah. All the sevens were curious. I wonder why male lambs and male goats are distinguished from rams? Also, remember from our Jewish studies WAY BACK when that each of these types of animals represented Yeshua for different reasons. If you forget, that's okay. You can do it all over again next year. :-)
29:23-24 The male goats for the sin offering were then brought before the king and the assembly of people, who laid their hands on them.The priests then killed the goats as a sin offering and sprinkled their blood on the altar to make atonement for the sins of all Israel. I could be wrong, but I think there's a picture here. Remember back in our study of the Torah when we discussed the possibility that Israel represented the "scapegoat" or the "Azazel goat" because they were sent into the wilderness bearing their sins? There were two goats—the Azazel goat and the goat of sacrifice, and here we find Israel's sins being atoned by the goats of sacrifice. Jesus also represented the goat of sacrifice.
29:35-36 So the Temple of the Lord was restored to service. And Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced because of what God had done for the people, for everything had been accomplished so quickly. I can't help but think the last part of this is also the picture of the future Kingdom and all of the Temple being restored (ultimately, the people who are being built into the Temple) through the work of the priests! Note the word used in NASB instead of quickly:
So the service of the house of the LORD was set in order. And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.
14:7-8 For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. A very powerful reminder. Consider three like-verses that are worth mentioning:
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36
Come Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him. 1 Cor. 8:6
For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings. Hebrews 2:6
14:11 For it is written, "AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD." We mentioned this verse earlier this week. What joy! This is a parallel passage with Philippians 2:9-10:
this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name
which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL
BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and
that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. What is fascinating is 1 Cor. 12:3: "...and no one can say, 'Jesus is Lord,' except by the Holy Spirit."
20:12 Ears to hear and eyes to see—both are gifts from the Lord. AMEN. Give these to me (us all) in increasing measure, Lord!