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Bible Pathways - January 27, 2006

January 27, 2006

Read Exodus 29

In Today's Reading:

The rules and sacrifices for the priests; continual burned offering; Altar of Incense; the ransom of souls; the holy anointing oil; Sabbath regulations; Moses receives two tablets of stone

The priests who ministered in the Tabernacle had to be cleansed before entering. The LORD spake unto Moses . . . make a Laver (tub, basin) of Brass, and his foot (base) also of brass . . . put it between the Tabernacle . . . and the Altar, and . . . put water therein. For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat (Exodus 30:17-19).

After a priest had washed his hands and feet at the Laver, which provided cleansing from the activities of life, he then was qualified to enter the Tabernacle through a heavy linen veil which was the only entrance into the Holy Place.

On the right was the Table of Showbread with its 12 loaves of unleavened bread sprinkled with incense. The name Showbread suggests more than just bodily nourishment. It provides spiritual insight that is not obtainable anywhere else. The Showbread is symbolic of Christ, who said: I am that Bread of Life. . . . the Living Bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this Bread, he shall live for ever (John 6:48,51; 6:29-38; 12:24). Just as physical food is assimilated to sustain our physical lives, so too, as we continue to "read" the Word of God which is the Bread of Life, the Holy Spirit uses it to enlighten and then transform our lives. Laying aside all malice, and all guile (deceit), and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere (unadulterated, pure) milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby (I Peter 2:1-2).

On the left was the seven-branched Candlestick made of solid beaten gold. Its seven lamps burned continually with pure olive oil. It provided the only source of light in the Holy Place and that light fell on the Shewbread, the only other item in the Holy Place (Leviticus 24:2-4). There were no windows for outside light from the world.

God has provided just one book — the Holy Bible — as the source of light for understanding His will. It is written: Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. . . . The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple (Psalm 119:105,130; also Proverbs 6:23).

Christ declared: I am The Light of the World: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have The Light of Life (John 8:12).

Christ Revealed:

Through the Laver, Christ is revealed as both the container and the dispenser of Living Water (Exodus 30:18; John 4:10). Jesus . . . cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. . . . ye are clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you (John 7:37, 15:3; compare I Corinthians 10:4).

Word Studies:

29:22 caul = fatty appendage on the liver; 29:24 wave them = present with a waving motion; 29:39 even = twilight; 30:25 apothecary = perfumer.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for The International Shortwave Radio Broadcast sponsored by Carol & Ray Espenshade · Staff: Mary Kay Wagner · Government Officials: Rep. John Mica (FL) and Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (CO) · Country: Gambia (1 million) in West Africa · Major languages: English and Mandinka · Religious freedom · 87% Muslim; 10% animism and ancestral spirit worship; 2% Roman Catholic; .7% Protestant · Prayer Suggestion: Know that God answers prayer (Psalm 118:5).

Optional Reading: Matthew 26

Memory Verse for the Week: Colossians 1:15

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