Which of God's creatures depend upon Him? Psalm 104:16–26 looks forward to the opening portion of morning public worship on the coming Lord's Day. In these eleven verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that all of God's creatures from the smallest to the greatest depend upon Him, including and especially man.
The Tabernacle used one ton of gold, two tons of silver, and three tons of bronze — and it was portable! Now, don't worry. There is no one-to-one correlation between the building campaign and generosity recorded in these chapters and the building campaign and generosity that our church may be called upon to participate in. There is a correlation, of course. But it's different than you are probably thinking. Let me put it negatively first: This passage does not give our church a warrant to ask you to dig deep and contribute time and money for a building. What does it do? Well, as I trust you know by now (this is our 119th sermon on Exodus), the tabernacle was God's dwelling place. He lived there and moved in that tent alongside His people as they lived in tents and moved from place to place in the wilderness.
Today, God does not dwell in any tent or temple made with hands. He dwells in His people; we are the temple of the living God. This passage warrants us in asking you to support the church, to build up the dwelling place of God by investing time and money in your fellow saints. Now, a building can be part of that. You can and should invest in your fellow saints by paying for them to have a place to meet. But the tabernacle was not a place for Israel to assemble; it was not big enough inside for more than a few people, for it was a private residence rather than a public building. Anyway, the upshot is that what the OT says about contributing to the temple relates to giving to God's dwelling place, which in our NT context means giving to your fellow saints.
Well, we will see that through Israel's generosity, God's tent was built among His people.
How has the holy LORD ordained to obtain praise? Psalm 99 looks forward to the opening portion of morning public worship on the coming Lord's Day. In these nine verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that the holy LORD has ordained to obtain praise by dwelling among His people, ruling His people, and hearing His people's prayers in mercy.
Through the precious promises of Jesus Christ we have been bestowed (or gifted, partakers) a portion of His Devine nature. We are no longer in rebellion, prideful, sinful, arrogant; have been redeemed, forgiven, reconciled, adopted, and transformed. Then gifted with his grace and virtue unto godliness. We are therefore called with diligence (haste, eagerness, swiftness) to add (enhance, supplement, minister unto) the graces of faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. But we are to use all of these graces, one not being more important than another. Just a two dance together or play in instrumental together producing true beauty; so we are not to lack in one, but use all the graces for his glory.
The contrast between the wicked and the righteous starts with what each one values: the wicked man values godlessness, sin, and scoffing; while the righteous man delights in God's word. God's blessing comes to those who treat as precious the revelation He has given for our instruction and joy.
How can the dwelling place of God be a tent of meeting, if man cannot enter it? Leviticus 1:1–2 looks forward to the evening sermon on the coming Lord's Day. In these two verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that God speaks in order to bring us near.
Alternative title: Pressing On With Our God
And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.
According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Introduction: Jesus the Word and those that received him.
1/ How the Word was received while on earth.
In the flesh, made flesh
Dwelling among us
Beholding his glory - as of the only begotten of the Father.
Beholding him full of grace and truth
2/ How the Word is received today
How can God be the eternal dwelling place of people whose lives have justly been cut short by His rath against their sin? Psalm 90 looks forward to the opening portion of morning public worship on the coming Lord's Day. In these seventeen verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that believers must be delivered from God's divinely great wrath by God's compassion and mercy in order to come into the divinely great joy of having God Himself as our blessedness.
Find yourself praying and crying out to God, with no response, in your most pressing ordeals? Why would a good God ignore the people He loves when they beg Him for help? For answers to this question and more, please listen to Trial Survival 101 by David Boxton.
We come this evening to Exodus 31 and its notable description of Bezalel and Oholiab. What is there to say about these men? They aren't furniture in God's house. But they are the builders of God's house. And in that respect, they definitely have something to teach us. Every house is built by somebody, as the Hebrew writer reminds us — but the builder of all things is God. So what can we learn about God the builder by looking at these builders? We will see that Jesus as temple-builder resembles Oholiab and Bezalel as temple-builders. At last the Spirit is mentioned as having a role in the building of the tabernacle, just as He worked in the life of Jesus, the ultimate temple-builder. Finally, this passage teaches us important truths about artistic skill in the life of the church. Let's dig in.
What do angels and humans have in common? They both can fall into sin. What do they not have in common? God has chosen not to save any angels but He has chosen to save some humans! Jude 6 warns us of the sin of unsatisfaction which leads to pride, rebellion and judgment.