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
As I was encouraging a dear friend of mine who loves the Lord with all her heart and soul I remembered a teaching by Karen Mains many years ago that touched me. Karen had shared with her radio audience Mary’s reaction and song when she heard that she would be overshadowed by the Holy Spirit and conceive Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah. Mary was not asking about what she was to gain from this, she was asking about how she could give what the Lord was asking of her. Mary’s response in the King James version was, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it unto me according to thy word.” (Luke 1:38) The Amplified Bible says “handmaiden”, the New King James says, “maidservant,” and the NIV says “servant,” but I love the idea of being the Lord’s handmaid because a handmaid to royalty is someone who asks for nothing for herself yet is allowed into the most intimate chambers of the King or Queen. A handmaid is the most trusted servant, the one who is trusted with the confidences of the King or Queen. It is the image of someone who has the honor of serving most intimately in the King or Queen’s presence which results in her really getting to know the real personhood of the one she serves. For you men it might help you think of it as being the personal butler to the King.
Why am I saying all this? Jesus challenged us to be servants Continue reading
Ruth’s Mother’s Day Gift
Micah’s Challenge to “act justly” can be understood by looking at the 10 commandments. Last week we looked at the first four commandments that dwelt with our right (just) actions to God. Now we are going to begin to look at the last 6 commandments that have to do with how to act justly (rightly) with people. The 5th commandment says: “Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” (Deut. 6:16) As I was looking at this commandment and trying to see a scriptural example of someone who lived this out I began to think of Ruth. At first I thought she might not be the best example since she was honoring her mother-in-law, not her mother, by her actions, but I couldn’t get Ruth’s example out of my mind. Continue reading