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Noah The bird Watcher 12 July 2017
And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made; and he send forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried off the earth. Also he send forth a dove from him, to see if the the waters were abated off the face of the ground, but the dove found no rest for the sole of her feet, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth, then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her into the ark. After he stayed yet other seven days; again he send forth the dove out of the ark; and the dove came in to him in the evening; and lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf puckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. And yet he stayed another seven days; and and send forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more. (Genesis 8:6-12)
There is a great spiritual lesson here. Noah is engaged in "bird watching." He sends out the raven, and raven does not come back. Why didn't the raven come back? This may have been the reason. We must recognize what that raven eats-its feed on carrion. There was a whole lot of flesh of dead animals floating around after the flood, and that was the kind of thing that old crow ate. He did not return to the ark because he was really going to have a feast, and he was having a very wonderful time.
The dove brought back the information; it was regular homing pigeon. With the dove's second trip, Noah was now a confirmed bird watcher, and the dove brought back evidence that the dry land was appearing. The third time, they dove did not return, and Noah knew that the waters of judgment were gone
All great truths of the Bible are germane in Genesis. The Bible teaches that the believer has two natures and old and a new: Therefore is any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Cor 5:17). You and I as believers have those two natures. And there is a struggle today between the old nature and the new nature of the believer,
The raven went out into a judge world, but he found a feast in the dead carcass because that is the thing he lives on. May I say to you, that is the picture of the old nature. The old nature loves the things of this world and feasts on them. You do have and old nature,but that is no excuse because you ought not to be living in the old nature. Jesus told us..."Go ye into the all the world and preach the gospel to very creature." (Mark 16:15). Let's take care of our job down her and get out the Word of God-that is the important thing. The dove recognized what kind of world she was in, and she found no rest. She found only rest in the ark, and the ark sets forth Christ, if you please.
Let me ask you this very personal question; What kind of bird are you? Are you a raven or a dove? If you are a child of God, you have both natures-but which one are you living today. Do you love the things of God, or don't?
God' Sanctuary In The Old Testament
God had decided That He must have a Sanctuary built so that He could dwell among His people. In Exodus 25:8 He said unto Moses "And let them build me a Sanctuary that I may dwell among them." An God gave them the instruction how to build it, just as He did with Noah and the Ark. This Sanctuary was an illustration. or an object lessons of how He would save men and women from their sins. Each part of the Sanctuary, and each prat of the service, had significance for His plan of Salvation, as we can read in Exodus 25-32, how it was to be erected.
I have broken down the identify of the major parts and their meaning for us and how Jesus fits into the Sanctuary
1.) The Altar of Burnt Incense: The altar stood in the courtyard, on it the priest offered a lamb every morning and evening (Ex 25:10) This points to Christ. the Lamb of God, who sacrificed His own life on the cross so that repentant sinners might live and find peace with God. (John 1:29; Isa.53:7; Heb. 13'12)
2.) The Laver: (basin) Ex 30:17-18) This washbasin stood in the courtyard also. Here the priest washed themselves before entering the Sanctuary. They had to be clean, just as Jesus was pure,sinless mediator can represent fallen human beings before God. (Heb 7:26: Matt 27:4;1 Peter 2:21-22)
The sanctuary itself was divided into two rooms. The Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. They were divided by a curtain. The priest went into the holy Place everyday with sacrifice, but they were only allowed to go into the Most Holy Place once a year, on the Day of Atonement.
3.) Table of Showbread: The priest place fresh bread on a small table every week, and it was called "showbread," or "bread of the presence, because it remain before the presence of the Lord.It represented Jesus who is the "Bread of Life." (John 6:35-37)
4.) Lampstand: The lampstand had seven lamps. these were never extinguished at the same time. The lampstand, represents Jesus who is the light of the world (John 8:12) / God's people are to be a source of light to the world as well. (Matt 5:14-16)
5) Altar of Incense (Exodus 30-7-8) The small altar sat before the curtain separating the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. The priest burned incense on this altar every morning and evening, The incense represents the work of Jesus as he represents the prayers of His people, mixed with righteousness (Rev 8:2-4)
The second room of the Sanctuary was used only once a year on the Day of Atonement. On that day the High priest brought sacrificial blood unto the Most Holy Place to cleanse the Sanctuary. This represents a work of judgement that occurs before Jesus comes.
6.) The Ark of The covenant. This wooden box was covered in gold housed the Ten Commandments written by God's own finger, Aaron rod, and a pot of manna.The Lid of the ark was called the "Mercy Seat" and was made of pure gold. On each end of the lid was a golden angel. This represented God's justice combined with his mercy. as He send His son Jesus to show His mercy before His justice is render unto all men
A Father's Love 14 Jun 2017
I guess you know hat an honor and privilege it is to be a father, to have a son, or daughter-or both or several-who shares your genes and will carry on your legacy. It's a tremendous gift and with, and awesome responsibility. I don't think I am exaggerating when I say that, beyond all the things men to seek to accomplish in life, being a good father is, by far, the greatest opportunity and the greatest challenge.
We celebrated Mother's day few weeks ago, as well as we should. Mothers deserve all the honor we can give them, but so do father's in their own right. It's to nail down, but I think we all can agree, there's a distinct difference between a mother's love and a father's love for their children
From the first moment of life, children look to their mother for sustenance and comfort. Father's look on from a second tier. No matter how active the father is in feeding and rocking and cuddling the bay, changing diapers- the works-it's still the mother that the child looks to for warmth and security when the chips are down. It's as if the child intuitively knows the mother but has to get to know the father-as if a child naturally sinks into mother's breast, but cautiously eyes the father at a distance at a distance wondering, "Who's the big guy standing in the corner?"
The starting place this message is of course is the 5th Commandment. "Honor your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land which Yahweh your God give you (Ex 20:5). Beyond that I'd like to take you to a close look at the relationship we have- or have had-with out fathers. Here's my take. At the best, a father's love, however imperfect and rough around the edges is a reflection of god's love. As Jesus told his disciples"... who is there among you, who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or is he asks for a fish, who will give a serpent? If then you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him. (Matt 7:9-11)
So, how would describe you father? Was he soft and gentle or harsh and demanding? Was he there for you when you need him, or was he always on the go, and away from the home a lot of the time? Was he affectionate and demonstrative, or keep his distance? Was he emotionally transparent and easy to read, or was he Stoic and reserved, keeping his feelings to himself? Was he an outdoorsman or a homebody? Did he read to you when you were little and play with as you were growing up? Did he teach you to do things? What sort of practical skills did you learn from your father? Was he a good listener? Could you share your thoughts and feelings with him without getting a lecture in return? Was he a man of faith? Did he share his faith with you and help you to experience the peace of God's presence and the power of God's love?. Was he authoritative or easy going? Was he quick to discipline you and keep you in line, or did he give you freedom to explore and make your own discoveries-your won decisions and you own mistakes?
If you are a son, was your father someone you wanted to be like when you grew up? If you're a daughter, was your father the type of man you how to marry someday? what did you love most about your father? if you had the chance, what words of gratitude and affirmation would you mostly share with him today
There just a few questions you might ask yourself in describing your father and your relation ship with him. Already you get the picture, when it come to fathering, some dad do a lot better than others, so don't do well at all. There are a lot of reasons why: The most obvious is male ego. It's hard to be attentive to the children when you're caught up in your self
Beyond ego is the way we are wired. As a female colleague said to me, It's the Y chromosome." And it's true, men and women experience life differently and while that's an asset when we work together and complement each other's strengths, it can be a problem when it come to rearing children. Child rearing come more naturally to mothers, its something dads have to learn
The there is the maturity factor. If you marry young and have children right away, you could be a father by the time you are in your early twenties. By the time you're in your late 40's and most men don';t really mature till in their 40's
Finally how does a young man know how to be a father except by doing what his father did? I can't tell you how many times I've heard an exasperated wife say to her husband, " He's just like his father!" The good news is, if you had a wise and loving father, you have a lot of strength to build on and if you father was a Klutz, you're apt to repeat a lot of not-so healthy traits.
The bottom line we don't live in perfect world. Most fathers fall somewhere along the scale of exceptional to average poor. if you father was exceptional, consider your self lucky. Most father are average, at best.
Regardless if your father was nearly perfect in everyday or just the opposite, now's a good time to cut some slack. At this age and stage of life, the best gift you can give your father for Father's Day is the gift forgiveness and with it, healthy does of genuine gratitude.
Most fathers so the very best they know how to do, so if you're holding on to some bitter feelings because your father hurt you or failed you in some way, now''s the time to get over it and let it go. Focus on what he did for you, or tried to do. And know this, your carry his genes. Honor him by carrying them on to as higher level of excellence