Water

In the matter of the Altar of Burnt Offering (the bronze altar), what was so significant was this precious matter of the death of Christ. On the cross, the Lord’s blood was shed for our redemption. However, it was not just blood which flowed forth from the Lord. John 19:34 reads: “But one of the soldiers pieced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.” Water also flowed from the pierced side of the Lord Jesus on the cross. In the tabernacle the next item also matches this experience for after the altar of burnt offering comes the laver of bronze.

This laver was formed from the bronze mirrors of the women who served at the entrance of the tent of meeting. This means that when we come to the Crucified Lord, we are exposed and we can truly see who and what we are. Like the hymn says, “I am a sinner that touchest You.” However, the bronze laver does not simply expose our fallen condition and defiled being, the laver is also filled with water. Hallelujah for the water! Water. I have never appreciated this clear, refreshing liquid as much as I have after seeing this. The water in the laver signifies Christ as the life-giving Spirit. Our hope is in tasting and experiencing this One in a constant way.

The water in the laver (that is the life-giving Spirit) is available for us to drink. Our drinking is actually our being washed and cleansed from all the earthly things that defile us. The serving priests HAD to FIRST come to the laver to wash before they could enter into the tabernacle and experience any of the furnishings. In our service to God, we must first experience and enjoy the washing of the life-giving Spirit.

This continual washing is the Lord loving us to the uttermost. Love is the source and motivator for our being washed. In Ephesians it says that Christ so loved the church that He gave Himself up for that He might sanctify her by washing her in the water of the word. We are so loved. He loves us to the uttermost. To respond to His love, we need to open up to drink the Spirit. We need to drink the Spirit when we come to the word in a prayerful, exercised way. This drinking is not something that we may graduate from. In fact, this process is one we must remain in for the rest of our lives. We need to be the “ing” people. That is, we need to be those experiencing, opening, calling, receiving, shouting, reveling in the washing of the refreshing, life-giving water in the word of God. As we drink and are washed and renewed, the bride of Christ is beautified and thus prepared to meet her Bridegroom.

Now Christ is the life-giving laver

Now Christ is the washing One too.

He’s now sanctifying, renewing,

To beautify both me and you!

//Oh Lord, Amen, Oh Lord, Amen, Hallelujah!//

Christ Crucified

The last message was on the golden incense altar, the executing center of God’s administration. This message the brother spoke on the altar of burnt offering, the center of God’s operation. They are two pieces of furniture in the tabernacle linked by the anointing, the blood, and the fire. Both altars signify Christ, but in two particular aspects. When in doubt, everything is just Christ. ūüėČ

Well, let’s back track just a bit. God is a journeying God. He began His journey in eternity past in the heavenlies. However, God did not remain there. God was embodied in Christ (the Ark). This Christ tabernacled among men (that is He lived a perfect human life on this earth). He was Emmanuel, God with us. Just like the tabernacle was with the children of Israel. At the end of His human life He went through an exceptionally harrowing and yet marvelous experience. This is signified by the Altar of Burnt Offering.

Every part of the altar presents a picture of this Crucified Christ. The grating, the rings, the poles, I just can’t even begin to put my thoughts into words, but some gleanings:

The grating, the most important part of the altar depicts this mysterious redemption of Christ. Upon this grating the offering was burnt. It wasn’t at the top, but rather inside. This means that God’s judgement reached the innermost parts of Christ. We will never know the extent of the depths of His suffering. HIs greatest agony was not visible to the human eye.

Psalm 22:14-15 gives us a glimpse

I am poured out like water,/ And all my bones are out of joint./ My heart is like wax;/ It is melted within me. My strength is dried up like a shard,/ And my tongue is stuck to my jaws;/ You have put me in the dust of death.

The rings that were one piece with the grating signify the eternal Spirit. That Christ offered Himself through the eternal Spirit means that His death is efficacious from eternity past to eternity future. In Revelation we see that it is the freshly slain lamb (Christ Crucified) that is found worthy to open the scrolls of God’s administration. In the New Jerusalem, the throne is of God and of the Lamb. For eternity, His redemption will stand.

The poles represent the coordinated move in the body through which God’s testimony and redemption can be carried to the four corners of the earth.

Now, back to the Journey of the Triune God. ¬†The story of this journey doesn’t end in death. Actually, this precious death is our new beginning! At the burnt offering altar, we join the journeying God on His journey.

Isaiah 53:6-7, 10-11~ We all like sheep have gone astray;/ Each of us has turned to his own way,/ And Jehovah has caused the iniquity of us all/ To fall on Him. He was oppressed, and it was He who was afflicted…But Jehovah was pleased to crush Him, to afflict Him with grief./ When He makes Himself an offering for sin,/ He will see a see, He will extend His days,/ And the pleasure of Jehovah will prosper in His hand. He will see the fruit of the travail of His soul,/ And He will be satisfied;/ By the knowledge of Him, the righteous One, My Servant, will make the many righteous…

The righteous One will make the many righteous. That isn’t just that our sins are forgiven, it is that we become the reproduction of God. It means that we have the boldness through the blood of the Crucified Christ to go from the outer court, experience the laver, the table of the presence, the lampstand, past the veil, to not just stand in front of the Ark, but to become a part of the Ark through the eating of the hidden manna to be the expression of the Triune God. All of this is possible because of our Crucified Christ.

Prayer Governs the Universe

I just don’t even know where to start with both of these messages from last night. The Golden Incense Altar, wow, what a piece of furniture and what a marvelous picture of what our experience needs to be. But, I am so far away, I can’t even see clearly what it’s all about…

Oh Lord.

Well, I will start here. There are these verses in the gospel of Matthew about the slave standing before his master and the master saying something like Well, done good and faithful slave, you were faithful in those few things, enter into the joy of your master. These verses have for a long time now been the center of my life with the Lord. I don’t know so much, and can’t do so much, and don’t see so much, but I just pray that what few things I have the Lord would have mercy on me to make me faithful to those things. Last night, I believe another prayer welled up in me.

Let me start with the message. It was concerning the golden incense altar. The golden incense altar signifies the Interceding Christ. Christ who is praying to God so that God can carry out His eternal administration upon the earth. This golden incense altar is actually the executing center of God’s administration. But in order for God’s administration to be carried out on earth, in order for Christ’s prayers to be fulfilled on earth, there is a need for those who would come to the golden incense altar to pray. The cycle begins with the interceding Christ releasing the prayer. We are one with this Christ to receive the prayer and pray these prayers back to God. Christ then adds Himself as the incense to these prayers thereby making them rise up as a sweet fragrance acceptable to God. God then is able to carry them out upon the earth. And the cycle continues. Our prayers are a crucial factor in this cycle!

So, the brother shared a word that just…anyway, he said something like, can you imagine to be before the Lord and hearing Him say to you, “your prayer helped me carry out my administration.”?!?

Whoa. Lord Jesus. Not just a faithful slave, but one whose prayers helped God accomplish what He has been waiting on since eternity past. I just can’t even begin to wrap my puny brain around it, but my heart was so touched and moved within me.

Of course, the second burden of the message came in at this point it can be found in this point:

If we would pray in the tabernacle at the incense altar, we need to be burned to ashes, reduced to nothing.

That’s right, these prayers are not about having a happy marriage. They are not about finding a job, getting a car, or mourning the moral degradation of the world. These prayers are not focused on man’s needs. No, these prayers come from the throne and can only be prayed by those who lovingly, willingly, present themselves to Him and are willing to be terminated and reduced to nothing.

What can I say? What is there to be said? Just, “Lord, I am willing to learn this. I am willing to see this. I am willing to experience this. Do it Lord, gain my cooperation so that I may experience this type of prayer at the golden incense altar.”

A Tree

The Bible starts out with a Tree (the Tree of Life) and ends with a Tree (the Tree of Life). In between we have very many Trees, the apple tree in Song of songs, the cypress and olive trees in the Prophets, the vine tree in the Gospels among others. Last night in message four we saw another Tree, a marvelous gold tree with almond blossoms and shinning light.

In Exodus 25:31-40, God revealed to Moses the design of the lampstand. Actually, what God gave to Moses was a design of Himself. The pure gold substance of the lampstand denotes God the Father in His divine nature. The form signifies God the Son as the embodiment of the Father and the lamps denote God the Spirit as the seven Spirits of God shinning out God. In Exodus however, there is only half the story, Revelation chapter 1 shows that the one lampstand is now seven lampstands. These seven lampstands are the seven churches. The Church is a perfect reprint, reproduction of the Spirit.  This is the intrinsic significance of the lampstand and the highest peak of the divine revelation. God is reproducing Himself in the Church.

In our subjective experience, the lampstand signifies the God-man living. This is the living of Jesus Christ again on the earth. It is a life that demands a price to gain the fresh, golden oil. In Zechariah there is this picture of the two sons of oil who empty out the oil from themselves to pour into the lampstand. The Christ that we experience and enjoy as we draw near to Him and partake of Him through eating must be wrought into our being and poured out from us. This means that this life is a life of suffering. The lampstand is of beaten work. Christ’s life was a life of suffering. To live a life of suffering is to live a life through the cross and by the Spirit that we may be blended with others that together we may shine forth the light of life. It is a life fully in and through the resurrection life of Christ. Each cup of the lampstand was an almond blossom. Like those upon Aaron’s rod, this signifies the resurrection life of Christ. This life is the fruit of the Spirit and it is the light, the expression of God. To have such a life is to have a living that proclaims, “not I but Christ” and “for to me to live is Christ.” To be such a person, what we need is to be fully open to the Lord for His infusion. Every morning when we come to the Lord, we need to open and pray to the Lord to search out all the chambers of our heart. As He searches and enlightens our being, we are transformed to have the true God-man living.

Finally the organic maintenance of the golden lampstand is Christ’s shepherding us in His heavenly ministry. Psalms 22 speaks of Christ’s death and resurrection, Psalms 24 of His coming back, in between we have Psalms 23: The Lord is my Shepherd. I had never seen this before. Incredible. What links the Lord’s death and resurrection to His return is His shepherding. Today, the Son of Man walks in the midst of the golden lampstands. He is girded with a golden girdle tied about His breast. This means that in His precious, tender, loving humanity, the Lord cares for us. He dresses the lamps to make them proper, that is He cherishes us that we may be happy, pleasant, and comfortable. He trims the wicks, that is He removes all the negative things in our being that prevent us from shinning forth God. He nourishes us with Himself so that we may together be His shinning expression and manifestation upon the earth.

Lord, may You gain this in us.

“Great, but have you eaten?”

After the last two messages, I think I have this image in my head where I sidle up to the Lord, who of course is sitting on His throne, and I push a button and a little packet comes out with the a little card stating “sufficient grace for today, come back tomorrow.” Honestly, for me, this is the same as that small book with the title: HWMR. But, taking care of that form isn’t the point, is it? The point is that when we come forward into the Holy of Holies, to the Ark, in our experience the Ark becomes the table of the Bread of the Presence.

What is the table for? A feast! What is the bread for? EATING! The Christian life is a life centered and focused on eating. It is NOT a matter of doing or not doing this or that. It is NOT a matter of putting on a fa√ßade of piety. It is NOT a matter of trying to change people’s thoughts and beliefs and workings and doings. It is simply and wholly a matter of eating.

Not long after the children of Israel began their wanderings in the wilderness God provided them with heavenly bread, manna. The manna became the constituting element that separated them from the other peoples and made them a heavenly nation. (Remember, you are what you eat!) But, the table of the Bread of the Presence signifies a deeper experience in our eating. Actually, we need to learn to feed upon Christ, to take Him in, to enjoy Him in this deeper way.

The significance of the Bread of the Presence in our experience can be seen in these five points when contrasted with the manna:

First, the manna was in the wilderness, outside of the outer court of the tabernacle. The Bread of the Presence is in the Holy Place. As a Christian you have the right and duty to enjoy Christ. Wherever you are, you can enjoy Christ! This is the manna. He is ready and available no matter where you are. But, there is a special portion of Christ that can only be found in the Holy Place and it is related to the Ark. The Ark is the embodiment of Christ, the Holy Place is the built up habitation of God. What is this? This is the church. This particular portion of Christ can only be enjoyed and experienced when you are built up with other believers. Do you feel like you can go on alone? Or do you realize your need for the other members? If you realize this need, then you can say that you have (to whatever extent) been built up in the church.

Second, the manna was available to everyone. The Bread of the Presence was food only for the Priests, God’s serving ones. This ties in with the third and fourth contrasts which are that the manna was the supply for their living, whereas the Bread of Presence was the supply which enabled the Priests to serve God; and that the manna was the daily supply whereas the Bread of the Presence was a weekly supply.

Finally, the fifth contrast was that the manna was scattered about on a field whereas the Bread of the Presence was arranged in a particular way upon the table. This signifies that eating this supply will produce a manifestation, a display of Christ that will be a nourishment to both God and man. When we eat manna we are separated unto God, when we eat the Bread of the Presence we become the duplication and manifestation of God on the earth.

These are marvelous, detailed points of how we need to partake of the Bread of the Presence. However, what stood out to me from this message wasn’t so much the how, but the who. This is the Bread of the PRESENCE. What does this mean? In Hebrew, the word translated as presence here is literally, “face.” To come into the Holy Place to enjoy the Bread of the Presence means that you come forward to the Ark as the throne of grace and enjoy Christ in the very face of God. The treasure in our spirit (the reality of the Holy Place) is that we have the face of God. A person’s face and countenance reveals everything about that person. When we have God’s face and live in His presence, we know God’s heart and thus can walk according to God’s heart and live a life that fulfills God’s purpose. Hallelujah, eating Jesus is the way!

The Kapporeth

So the first message boils down to: draw near to God. In fact, you need to draw so near to God that you become one with the divine, human, universal incorporation of the Triune God. Distance, remember? Well, there’s problem. God is love, light, holy, and righteous. Because God is all of these things, fallen man cannot have access to Him. Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We are all sinners. And even if we haven’t sinned (in the last day or two, anyway) guess what? We FALL SHORT of God’s glory. The first message told us to eat the hidden manna within the golden pot, within the ark, but if you were to enter into the Holy of Holies, you would see that on either side of the Ark keeping watch over the contents of the Ark were two cherubim made of beaten gold. These were the cherubim that made sure that anyone who came forward met the high standard of God’s divinity.

In Old Testament times, the high priest would enter into the Holy of Holies once per year. Upon the skirt of his robe there were bells. These bells would ring as the priest worked. However, if the priest did not match God’s standard of glory, he would die when he entered the Holy of Holies. Hence, the high priest would always come forward with fear and trembling, fearing whether or not he matched God’s glory. The high priest would sprinkle the blood upon the “kapporeth” or cover, that is the expiation cover of the Ark. This lid, “covered over” or rather appeased God’s requirements so that the high priest would be able to come forward to the Holy of Holies. Appease. What a wonderful word. Appease means to pacify or placate someone by acceding to their demands.¬†The standards of God’s glory are demands upon us which we cannot fulfill. However, the blood upon the cover appeases God’s demands and allows God and us to meet together to fellowship and allows God to speak to us and lead us.

Today, Christ is the great High Priest who through His own blood has opened a new and living way for us to come forward, not with fear and trembling but with boldness. We come forward not to a throne of judgement and condemnation that judges how much we fall short of God’s glory, but rather to a throne of grace where we find mercy and receive grace (Heb. 4:16). He¬†is the propitiatory sacrifice whose blood was shed for our redemption. He is also the expiation cover, where the blood is sprinkled to appease God’s righteous requirements. Christ is also the propitiation place, the place where God’s presence is and where we come to fellowship with God and listen to His speaking. Finally, today He is the throne of Grace installed in our spirit where we can come to experience all the reality of these marvelous promises.

Let us therefore come forward with boldness! To live our Christian life, a life of purpose and truth, we need to be a person who receives God’s infusion in the Holy of Holies, then we will be a person in the Lord’s ultimate recovery that will terminate this age and usher in the age of the kingdom and ultimately the New Jerusalem.

The Ark of the Testimony

Oh man, why are you here on this earth? What a question. This was the question that was posed to me in this message last night. Why are you here on this earth, for you or for the Lord?

In the Old Testament, the children of Israel had one function as they were wandering through the wilderness: They carried around the tabernacle. That was it, traveling around, wanderers. The main item in that tabernacle was the Ark of the Testimony. As we know, the Old Testament is a book of pictures, what is the reality of the Ark? The Ark represents Jesus Christ as the embodiment and presence of the Triune God.

The Ark was made of acacia wood, showing the strong, amazing, beautiful humanity of the Lord. It was overlaid with gold, which signifies the precious, shining divinity of the Lord. Within this Ark were the two tablets of the testimony. The ten commandments (check out my other post if you need a refresher on what those are all about) were a picture of what God is: Love, Light, Holiness, Righteousness. Christ is also the testimony of God, not a picture, but rather a living portrait. Within the Ark there was also Aaron’s rod that budded. This signifies Christ as the resurrection life to carry out a serving life that buds, blossoms, and bears fruit and fulfills God’s purpose. Finally, within the Ark, there was also the manna within the gold pot. This was precious to me. The manna, within the golden pot, within the ark, within the Holy of Holies. What is this?!?

Let’s take a look at this. The Holy of Holies is the deepest place within the tabernacle, where God’s Shekinah glory dwelt. Where is this place today? It is our regenerated human spirit! When we turn to our spirit, we can access the hidden manna, this personal, intimate, portion of Christ that can be assimilated by us to become our life and life supply.

How do we do this you say? Good question. Love. That’s the key. As this hymn states:

What e’er thou lovest, man/ that too become thou must;/ God if thou lovest God,/ Dust, if thou loves dust./ Go out, God will come in;/ Die thou and let Him live;/ Be not and He will be.

I found that the key to this message lay in the word “distance.” There must be no distance between us and the Lord. We must separate ourselves from everything else. When we draw near to the Lord, draw near to this wonderful Christ represented in the Ark of the Testimony, then we can partake of this life and live a life that fulfills God’s purpose. We can be a reproduction of the life that He lived on earth. A life in which there was nothing of Himself (Jn. 5:19), in which He did not do His own work (Jn 14:34, 17:4), in which He did not speak His own word (Jn 14:10, 24), which was not by His own will (Jn 5:30), and in which He did not seek His own glory (Jn 7:18). We must let this same life be our Christian work and service, our Christian life.

This, is the purpose of my Christian life and the reason for which I am here on this earth.

Man of God Caring for the Church of God

By this stage, we all have it down, right? The church is not the steepled building on the corner. It is not made up of pews and podiums and inhabited by parading minstrels or philandering preachers. The church, as revealed by the Lord in the Gospels and the apostles, especially Paul, in the epistles, is composed of every dear, regenerated believer. As we grow in our physical and spiritual life we are encouraged by led by this life to minister to those around us. As a young teenager, we may serve and care for the children. As a college student, the teenagers and children need our portion. As we move out of the college-aged spectrum and into the “come on grow-up and get into the real world” age spectrum our service expands to encompass all the dear saints.

This last Wednesday, a bro had a time of fellowship with those that fall into this “young adult category.” His burden and speaking followed Paul’s speaking to Timothy, a young brother, like-souled with Paul whom he charges to care for the church of God. Based on 1 and 2 Timothy, our brother, charged all of us in these various stages of development (ages 20-40+) to be a Man of God caring for the Church of God. The following are the fourteen points (as heard by yours truly, and I did not write down notes, so, umm…yeah), but before I get to them, let me tell you something that impressed me from the very first one: the points are not a “to do” list. If we are talking about caring for people, I might have started out with saying, “be a good listener,” or maybe take some counseling or psychology courses so you can give good advice. But from the get go, it is a matter of our heart, our being, our person.

First of all, We need to accept God’s arrangement. Where we are, who we are with, say amen to the Lord. He has arranged your particular situation just for you! Next, we need to be a Man of God. Not a man of good. We aren’t talking about a WWJD? situation. (Wow, that’s old…anyone still remember that whole thing, the wristbands with the “What Would Jesus Do? ha. I am dating myself.) To care for the Church of God, we need to come to the Man of God. The Lord Jesus is the one who cares for the church of God. His life in us is what can do it. Then we must have the eternal life. Eternal life is in the word of God. We must be those nourished with the word so that we can be those who “uplift the weary with a word.” We must be those full of truth. We cannot be full of doctrine. Doctrine does not minister to others. The letter kills, the spirit gives life. When we come to the word in the morning, we must come to be nourished that we would have eternal life and be those full of truth. We must have the mystery of faith and of godliness. We must be people of faith. We need to be those who stand against death through the exercising of our spirit. This is a fight, and we must be those always ready to engage in a battle against any darkness, death, and even passivity in the meeting. We must have an active, living spirit. The enemy’s goal is to bring death to the church at every moment. We cannot be passive we MUST exercise our spirit. We must be those who exercise to manifest God. Remember the spirit is with our spirit!!! This will require that we be those who stands against our natural disposition. Paul knew Timothy’s disposition was quite different from his own. This is why he told Timothy that God had not given him a spirit of cowardice. He wouldn’t have said that Timothy’s natural disposition been to be overbearing, and take-charge. Timothy was more likely to have a retiring and quiet disposition. He had to stand against this so that he could accept Paul’s charge to care of the church of God. To care of the church of God requires that we become a slave of Christ. Recall that I mentioned that the church is made of people. Caring for the church is not in the arranging of chairs, cleaning of meeting rooms, and vacuuming floors. Caring for the church of God requires caring for the individual persons. It is inquiring after a saint’s child, it is asking about their health, it is about asking “How are you doing?” and it not being merely a polite inquiry dictated by manners and used as conversational fodder. When you ask, it is because the answer matters. This requires being able to go in and come out among God’s people. The church is made up of all different personalities and dispositions, different ages and stages of development, and you must know how to be with each one. We need to learn to properly relate to every one in the spirit.

Finally, this is where our brother’s burden lay, “It matters to Him concerning you.” Our God is infinite. He is awesome. He is grand. He is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. He OVERFLOWS the amazingly ginormous universe. ¬†And yet, this very God cares about every particular of every part of you. Let me tell you a little story, a number of years ago, I was sitting at a stone table on the third floor of Geisel Library at UCSD. It was rather early in the morning, and a tiny bug of some kind was traipsing across the top of the table. It looked like a ladybug to a certain extent. I was curious of this little critter since I had never seen one like it before. Well, this pea-sized little thing had four itsy-bitsy legs and on these teeny legs there were minuscule bits of fur/hair. It was easily visible in the light of the sun and my better than perfect vision (oh to be young again). I was astounded. God, that infinite God I noted above, took the time to make sure this little critter had everything it needed to live its life on earth. And saints, IT MATTERS TO HIM CONCERNING YOU! Oh, Lord. I was touched once again, that this is our God. This is His heart for us. He is the Man of God caring for the churches. We don’t have to propose in our hearts or respond like the children of Israel at Mt. Sinai, with “All you say we will do!.” We don’t have to go the opposite direction and despair and quit before anything has happened. No, saints, we need to “Let THIS mind be in you!” Remember, the slave of God? He had the heart to serve God and man. He alone can do it. He alone can be it. Just open to allow His heart to be reproduced in you.

Amen, oh Lord, as we continue to grow in our various stages of development, make us useful vessel. Make us those with your heart for the church. Make us the reproduction of the Man of God that we may be those working together with You to care for the church of God.

God our God is still Sovereign and We Worship Him

There is a great war raging in the universe: both God and Satan seek man’s worship. I am afraid there is no neutrality, though it seems so many have just decided not to care or even to remain like Switzerland. So, it is time to settle the matter now: Worship God. In Deuteronomy the children of Israel were given the ordinance: You shall worship the Lord, your God and Him alone shall you serve. In this message our brother expounded seven points on how to worship God.

We need to worship God by knowing His Godhead confessing that He is God. 

Do you know God as God? Have you realized your nothingness before Him? Who are you, oh man that you answer to God? Has not the potter authority over the clay? I believe this is a difficult point to swallow, isn’t it? We who are so used to demanding fairness and equality. We who are so used to our “rights.” Can we bow our knee and acknowledge that He is God? To worship God is to truly recognize that He is God and that we are men.

We need to worship God according to the divine revelation. 

Have you ever read the story of Cain and Abel and wondered why God was so displeased with Cain when it appeared he simply wanted to worship Him? Consider these two passages in Exodus: 20:22-26 and 32:1-6. In the first, God demands that there be no gods of silver or gold, that the altar be of earth, without any hewn stones and without any steps. In the second, we have gold fashioned by an engraving tool into a calf and the people rising up to play. The first was God’s revelation to Moses regarding the way to worship God. Upon the crude earthen altar they were to sacrifice burnt offerings and peace offerings. The second was the way in which the children of Israel decided to worship in the name of Jehovah and they also sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings. Like Cain, the children of Israel had the desire to worship God. Neither brought offerings to pagan gods. They brought forth their offering to God and in the name of Jehovah. However, their way to worship was altogether ¬†out of their natural religious concept and in their soul. Cain brought to God the fruit of his labor. The children of Israel used gold and came before God in a soulish way with music and dancing. Their joy was in their presentation of their offerings not in the pure enjoyment of the Spirit. God’s revelation of how He desires worshippers shows an earthen altar with stones that are not hewn. In the eyes of man, God’s way of worship is uncultured. God’s way allows for no human wisdom, creativity, or power. The true worship of God does not require anything of man’s “talents.” It does not show case great singers, musicians, or orators. The true worship of God has room only for the cross of Christ (the altar), Christ (offerings), and the Spirit mingled with our spirit. At God’s altar there are no steps meaning, there is no hierarchy. No one is better than anyone else. We are all just “little potatoes” enjoying and worshipping God together.

We need to worship God with Christ as the offerings.

In our worship of God we need to bring only Christ. No human wisdom or power. No achievement based on natural ability. Nothing of man’s work and labor. In the proper worship of God we have no other name other than that of Christ Himself. I want to tell you a little story. I was at a job interview at a Christian high school. When speaking of my past experiences, I mentioned being a part of a christian club during my undergrad years. They asked me the name of the club and I said, “Christians at UCSD.” They all laughed and said, “Wow that must have taken a lot of thought.” But that’s what we are isn’t it? And that’s all we are, we are simply believers. The churches in the New Testament had no name other than that of the Lord. The Church in Corinth, The Church in Ephesus, The Churches of Galatia. In Corinth, in Ephesus, of Galatia, those aren’t names, those are designations because that is where the church was. Corinth and Ephesus were cities and within each there was a church. Galatia was a province, and within the province there were multiple cities and thus multiple churches. In the worship of God we should have nothing else other than Christ. We should hold no other name other than that of the Lord Jesus. Yes, being simply called Christians, or being simply the Church isn’t very creative, but God doesn’t need or want our creativity in our worship, He desires true worshippers.

We need to worship God by beholding God and by eating and drinking Christ. Also, we need to worship God by experiencing Christ and feasting on Christ with God. 

God wants us to enjoy Him and to worship Him out of this enjoyment.

We need to worship God in Spirit and truthfulness and in the dispensing of God. 

The genuine worship of God the Father is in the spirit and in truthfulness; the divine reality, experienced and enjoyed by us and constituted into us, becomes the truthfulness in which we worship God with the worship that Hw seeks.

God desires true worshippers. The emphasis here is on the persons, it doesn’t say true worship, but true worshippers. In order to be these true worshippers we need to receive the God’s dispensing. As we enjoy the dispensing, we are constituted to be these true worshippers. True worshippers are those in their mingled spirit. The Father will not accept worship in the soul, it must be in our regenerated spirit mingled with the Spirit. Satan seeks man to worship him in their soul, but God will not accept this.

Oh Lord, have mercy on us that we would be these True Worshippers. This is the longing in God’s heart. May we all open to Him that He would have this type of worship from us.

Keep the Feast!

And afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, Thus says Jehovah the God of Israel, Let My people go that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness. Exo. 5:1

Feasting with God was essential to the children of Israel’s relationship to God. In the Old Testament, we see that they were required to participate in seven feasts. This message covered three important feasts: The Feast of Unleavened Bread (a continuation of the Passover), the Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost, and the Feast of Ingathering or the Feast of Tabernacles. These three feast are crucial for us to understand and enjoy in their entirety for the length of our Christian life.

Following the Passover, the children of Israel were required to keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days. During this time all leaven that was seen was to be purged our of their homes. In our Christian experience this means that we must deal with all manifested sin. There is sin that we may not be conscious of, there may be things in us that are wrong, offensive toward God, and until the Lord touches it, we don’t have to worry too much about it, especially not get introspective and go searching for sins and trespasses in our being and in our past. However, the very second that we are made conscious of it through the sweeping and enlightening Spirit we need to deal with it. If we tolerate sin, this will hinder our enjoyment. The fact that it was for a period of seven days signifies that this is a life-long matter, the entire period of our Christian life. Saints, there is only one way to eliminate sin, it is to daily eat Christ as the crucified, resurrected, and sinless life.

Eat! Eat more of Jesus!

The Feast of Weeks, also known as the Feast of Pentecost was the enjoyment of the first fruits of the harvest. This typifies the resurrected Christ as the first fruits for God’s satisfaction. After the Lord resurrected and appeared to Mary Magdalene, she attempted to touch Him. His response was for her not to touch Him because He was first ascending to the Father God. Later that evening when appeared to His disciples He allowed them to touch Him. This shows that between His appearance to Mary and His appearance to His disciples the Lord ascended to the Father. This secret ascension was the bringing of the first fruits to God for His enjoyment. Days later, when the 120 were gathered in the upper room in prayer, the first fruits were enjoyed by them as the pouring out of the Spirit. Today, we are praying for a new revival, this means that we should pray for another Pentecost. This is not a matter of miracles or otherworldly phenomena, but rather it is for a real and practical pouring out of the Spirit of power. For this, we must be those daily enjoying the Feast of Weeks.

Finally, the third feast was the Feast of Tabernacles.

The Feast of Tabernacles typifies, first the coming millennium as a dispensational, joyful blessing for God’s redeemed people, including the overcomers and the saved Israelites, to enjoy with God on the restored earth.

When we are in the New Jerusalem, we will have many eternal and joyful memories of how we experienced God and of how God lived with us; we lived in tents, and He lived in a tabernacle.

May we be those who “Keep the Feast!”