Moses was given not only the 10 Commandments, at Mt. Sinai, but he was also given very specific instructions on the building of the Tabernacle and all the items within it. There were instructions as to worship practices and even instructions as to the setting up, tearing down, and moving of all the pieces of the tabernacle during the 40 year wilderness wanderings. Nothing was left to man’s idea of how to handle God’s presence among them. Continue reading
I’ve never been too interested in filling out the names on my family tree, but I’ve always loved to hear the stories of my family members through the generations. My Mom was good at telling the stories, but not so good at labeling pictures. When my brother and I found a treasure trove of pictures we began to put some faces to some stories, but now that Mom is gone many of these faces are unnamed and their stories are lost. That’s too bad because I am beginning to see that there is a sense of belonging and identity that comes from knowing some of our family history. As I heard the stories of trials, triumphs, and the sins and virtues of various family members I saw some of the aspects of myself coming down through the generational blood line, some which I embraced and some I wish I hadn’t received. Just as we can inherit blue eyes we can inherit the propensity for a tender heart or a critical spirit. (Both of which I inherited.) It helps to see how life has forged your family, how God has intervened, and how that affects you. Knowing our history does not absolve us of sin, but, if we are willing to be open to the Holy Spirit’s conviction of us, it does help us see it in ourselves as we see it in our relatives and work with the Lord to change our ways.
As I was thinking about my family history and my inheritance from them I was pointed to thinking of my family history and inheritance from God. Continue reading
Have you ever thought you were going one way and the Lord turned it around and took you someplace else? That happened to me on my last trip to Philadelphia. Although Alan and I had been there several times to visit family and to some Christian meetings, we had never gone downtown to see the historic sites. In September as we were going again I thought it was time to see where the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution were born. As we traveled from site to site I felt my patriotism build and I became very emotional at walking out history. I was proud of the founding fathers and what they did in those days, but something was lacking in the presentations. Years ago I read the Light and the Glory and was amazed at how much God had to do with the founding of our nation, then this past year I listened to David Barton speaking on this very issue. He has a call from God to restore the history of America by using original documents, letters, and writings to show that America was truly founded as a Christian nation from the very beginning. He has discovered that there has been a virtual cleansing of history by historians starting in the 1920’s Continue reading