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October 9, 2020

The Holy Ointment – Part 1
Exodus 30:22-33
There was nothing like it in this world. I was prepared from a special formula revealed to Moses by divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit. We are told how it was profound- five hundred shekels of this, two hundred fifty shekels of that, a little of this and some of that, no more, no less. The ingredients, spices drawn from here and there, were rare and costly and were mixed with a lavish hand.
The shekel used for weighing these costly spices, worth a kings ransom, was the shekel of the sanctuary. Among the Jews the ephah was used for dry measure, the cubit was used for lineal measure, the hin was used for liquid measure, and the shekel was used for measuring weight.
The shekel of the sanctuary, the sacred shekel, was heavier than the ordinary shekel. God expects more from us, when he weighs us, than we expect of ourselves. In ourselves we are all like poor, lost Belshazzar— weighed in the balances and found wanting (Dan. 5). We can persuade ourselves that we have performed in a satisfactory way, but our scales are inaccurate. So much of our performance is made up of personal ambition, pride, love of position, love of praise, and such like things. God sifts all that out when He weighs us.
It was by the high and unerring standard, the shekel of the sanctuary, that God weighed Christ. “I am well pleased,” He said (Matt. 3:17). We can be sure God used no lightweight measure in passing verdict on Him.
Five hundred shekels. Think of it! Half a shekel was the ransom price for an Israelite under the Law (Exod. 30:11—16), When numbered, each man had to bring half a silver shekel—the price of his redemption. A full shekel tells us that the ransom has not only been paid, but fully and adequately paid. Five hundred shekels implies a measure of redemption only God can comprehend. Five hundred plus two hundred fifty plus two hundred fifty plus another five hundred tells of a redemption beyond all human thought.
We are told why it was provided: to anoint the tabernacle, and the ark, and the table, and the candlestick, and the altar of incense, and the altar of burnt offering, and the laver (Exod. 30:26—28). In the outer court, where grace was shown; in the Holy Place, where God was served; in the Holiest of all, where glory was seen; all was made fragrant by the anointing. God wants the fragrance of Christ to be everywhere—everywhere! Aaron his sons were to be anointed and also prophets and kings. All who serve the Lord must carry with them the fragrance of Christ, whose very name “is as Ointment poured forth” (Song 1:3).
Finally, we are told how it was protected. It was not to be copied. “Whosoever compoundeth any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from his people” (Exod. 30:33). Christ did not come so that we might imitate Him, but so that we may be indwelt by Him. He who gave His life for us now gives His life to us so that everywhere we go we might carry with us His fragrance. May we do just that!
100 Devotions for Leaders – 2008 by John Phillips – Published by Regal Publications Grand Rapids, Michigan
Pastor Lee’s Thoughts: Christ came to give us an abundant life, and He expects that is exactly what we are to have in our lives. When you think about the sacrifice that was given for our freedom in Christ, and the cost associated with that sacrifice, it should motivate to live a life that honors and pleases Him, and that is always full of His Spirit. We must have the fragrance of Christ at all times in our lives that we may radiate His love and His life to others!

October 8, 2020

The Passover
Exodus 12
The circumstances were dire enough. The Hebrews were prisoners in Egypt, held in a ghetto in Goshen. The king’s command was still in force—wipe out the Jews. There could be no hope of escape, not so long as Pharaoh’s soldiers guarded the ghetto, As for the Promised Land, all hope of that was just about gone.
The kinsman-redeemer had come, but nothing had changed. Egypt had been leveled to the dust by plague after plague, but the pharaoh was still on the throne. He remained unbroken, unbowed, unbelieving, determined not to let his captive Hebrews go. Such were the circumstances. They were dire enough.
And the solution was drastic enough. God’s avenging angel would smite all the firstborn of Egypt. God would give them a holocaust. He would put such fear of God in Pharaoh’s heart that, out of sheer terror, he would finally let the Hebrew captives go. The avenging angel of death would be sent forth by God to smite and kill every firstborn of man and beast throughout the length and breadth of the land.
But what about the Hebrews? Hebrew homes were in Goshen, and Goshen was part of Egypt, and all Egypt was under the interdict of God, Something would have to be done. But what? God gave His people a conditional guarantee from death.
The guarantee was distinct enough. A lamb must be taken, a lamb without blemish or spot. It must be slain. Its blood must be applied to the lintels and doorposts of each individual home, The avenging angel would pass over every house so marked, and the blood of the slain lambs would speak for the people of God. So the Hebrews remained tn their blood-sealed homes, feasted on their Passover lambs, and made ready tor the match.
Now let us look at Moses. He brought the message: “When I see the blood, I will pass over you” (Exod. 12:13). A great deal of truth was intertwined with the death of the Passover Lamb. From a lamb it became he Lamb (pointing directly to Christ) and finally your lamb, injecting the personal note. A house could be too little for a lamb, but the Lamb was never too little for the house.
Then, too, the Passover was a milestone. With Abel, it was a lamb for the individual. With Abraham, it was a lamb for the family.  Now it is a lamb for the nation, At Calvary, it would be a lamb for the world. So Moses brought the message: “When I see the blood.” The avenging angel, however, would not be deterred by a bucket of blood on the doorstep. It had to be applied. Paint on the doorposts would not do. ‘There was no cheap way to secure redemption. A sign, “Moses lives here,” for instance, nailed to the door, would not do. Moses was a younger son, so he was safe. But he had an elder brother, Aaron. Aaron wasn’t safe. And Moses had an eldest son, Gershom. Gershom was in peril until the blood was applied. Once the blood had been applied, however, all was well. At peace with God and sheltered by the blood, Moses could feast and face the triumphant future God had planned.
To some, perhaps, even in Israel, the message of an avenging angel and salvation by blood must have seemed nonsense, repulsive even, the message of a madman. If there were such skeptics in the camp that night, and if they followed the dictates of their human reason, scorning divine revelation, they found out too late their mistake.
There was the message. It was followed by the miracle, Who but God could have known, in each and every house, who the firstborns were, or have selected, in every barn and field, the firstborn of every cow or sheep or dog or cat? It was uncanny, It was unerring. It was God. And all of it, pointing with steady finger down the unborn ages to Jesus, the true Passover Lamb, who paid for our redemption with His blood.
100 Devotions for Leaders – 2008 by John Phillips – Published by Regal Publications Grand Rapids, Michigan
Pastor Lee’s Thoughts: WOW!! What an amazing devotion how that John Phillips really puts the puzzle pieces together with the need for Salvation Blood of Jesus Christ. It has always been the blood and it will always be the blood that is the redeeming power from Sin. I do not know about you but this excites me that God know me and he knows me intimately! 

October 7, 2020

The scales had fallen from their eyes, and they knew him at last, “I am Joseph,” he said (Gen 45:3). “Ye sold… God did send” (vs.4-5). Then came the challenge. ” Tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and all that you have seen” (vs. 13). That is the very essence of worship, to tell the Father of the beauty of Jesus that we have seen. This challenge was two fold. First it required the bothers to expose their sin
The last time they spoke to their father about Joseph was when I brought home Joseph’s coat of many colors, all stained with blood. They had thrown it at Jacob’s feet and (disowning Joseph) demanded, , “Do you know whether or not this is your sons coat? ” Now they have to confess. We can well imagine the things they had to say. 
“Father, we have seen him, your son. He is alive! We have seen his glory! We hated him, father.
“We hated him for the life that he lived, a life so different from ours, He always did those things that pleased the father, and we hated him. He showed us up.
“We hated him for the truth that he taught, especially for those dreams of his that spoke of his exaltation and glory. He declared that every knee would bow to him one day. We hated him.
We hated him for the witness he was. He brought to you the evil report of our ways. And we were wicked, father. He simply bore faithful witness to what he heard and saw, We hated him.
We hated him for the authority he assumed, He was your well-beloved son and he wore that royal robe you gave him like a born prince, He exercised  the authority it bestowed , the authority  you gave him. We hated him.

We envied him. We could not speak peaceably to him. He came to us, and we received him not. We sold him for the price of a slave and handed him over to the Gentiles.” That was how they must have begun—with the exposure of their sin.
But, then, this confession required them to exalt the Savior: “Tell my father of all my glory . . . that ye have seen,” Joseph said. They would continue: “Now, father, our eyes have been opened. We see him now, at last, as you have always seen him.
“We have seen the glory of his person.. We only saw him before as oné of us, engaged in the everyday affairs of life. But now, ah, now!’ We have seen him enthroned in splendor surrounded by magnificence. beyond anything our imaginations could have conceived. We have been awed by his wisdom, his love, and his power..And we have been made the recipients of his grace.
We have seen the glory of his position. All:we have ever known is a beduin camp; but now, down here in Egypt, we have seen another world, a world the like of which we never dreamed could be, a world of towering pyramids, a world where gold is as common as brass, where power is godlike, and where runs: a river. that: brings life to all. We have seenithe high throne on which he sits;.and we have seen his great and gifted servants rushing to-do his will. ‘And now he has a name above. every name, and before that name every knee must bow.
We have seen  too, the glory of his power. He-wields absolute power; but he wields it in benevolence and for the blessing of all.
Finally, father, we have seen the glory of his pardon. He did not; for one moment, excuse our sin; but he  covered it with his grace: It was all overruled by God, he said, so that he could become the Savior of the world.
But that is not all. He has arranged: that where he is, there we shall be also.
Tell my father of all my glory…. that ye have seen,” said Joseph to his brothers. Go and tell my Father of all my glory that ye have seen, says the Lord Jesus to us!
100 Devotions for Leaders – 2008 by John Phillips – Published by Regal Publications Grand Rapids, Michigan
Pastor Lee’s Thoughts: When I think about the picture of Joseph’s life compared to that of our Lord Jesus Christ I am amazed at the similarities. The most amazing similarity in my mind is the sacrifice and the grace that is offered in both accounts. We serve an AMAZING Savior who truly does love us and gave His life for us! Blessed be the name of the Lord!

October 6, 2020

Joseph At Home
Genesis 30; 35:19; 37:11
Joseph had 10 older brothers one younger brother and a sister. Since Joseph had four wives, all fiercely competitive to give him sons, his children were relatively close in age. Joseph lived in a disorderly home, for his father and mother doted on Joseph, and his older brothers detested him. Let us take a closer look at this home.
First, there was his mother, a very beautiful woman, and one who ruled supreme in Jacob’s heart. Doubtless she shielded her beloved Joseph  from the malice of his older brothers.  She died, however, when Joseph was about seventeen years of age, and brokenhearted Joseph was thrown to the wolves. His father was in a fog of loneliness and unhappiness over the death of his dear Rachel and seemed unaware of Joseph’s peril.
Then there was Joseph’s aunt, Leah, a plain-faced woman. Jacob had never loved her with the passion with which he loved Rachel. In fact, she had married Jacob by being party to a trick promoted by her father, Laban. Many a time, likely enough, Joseph would find Leah crying in some remote corner of the farm. Never let yourself be used against your better judgment is the lesson of Leah. Never do someone a wrong just because that is the easy way out of a difficult situation. That was a lesson Joseph learned well and which stood him in good stead when he was confronted by Potiphar’s wife.
And what about Grandpa Laban? What a fierce, grasping, unscrupulous, vindictive old man he was. Joseph saw clearly that Laban loved things and used people. Joseph learned from that. Joseph used things and loved people. Moreover, Laban was more than half a pagan. Watching Laban bow down to graven images taught Joseph the folly of idolatry- a valuable lesson when later he was brought into contact with the gross polytheism of Egypt, and was married to the daughters if a pagan priest.
Joseph discovered what a bad lot some of his older brothers were. He was with the four slave-born sons of Bilhah and Zilpah. They were an unscrupulous quartet. Once out of sight of Jacob’s encampment, they were up to all kinds of devilry ~ When Joseph refused to conform to their wicked ways, doubtless, they threatened him: “Don’t you dare tell, you smug young psalm singer. We’ll kill you.” Joseph ignored their threats and told the truth about them. He learned thus how to take a lonely, unpopular stand for God no matter what.
His oldest brother, Reuben, was no help either. He had neither character nor courage. Joseph was doubtless aware of Reuben’s adulterous affair with Bilhah, one of his father’s wives. The sordid business, and Reubens consequent lifelong fear of being found out, taught Joseph the high price of immorality. He vowed to steer clear of that kind of thing, at all costs. The Price tag was too high. 
As for Simeon and Levi, Joseph had good cause to fear the pair of them. Simeon was a cruel man, and Levi was even worse for he had a touch of the fanatic about him.
Then there was calculating Judah. “What’s in it for me?” was his motto. He was the one who suggested selling Joseph into slavery for twenty silver pieces. No doubt he was motivated by the fear that Jacob would give the double portion of the birthright blessing to Joseph. Judah would have had designs on that for himself.
And what about Dinah, Joseph’s only sister? Well, she was seduced as a result of some clandestine trips to the nearby town of Schechem and by the friendships she forged with the unsaved. Terrible, indeed, were the consequences. Joseph learned the lesson well—playday is followed by payday.
But the dominating member of the family, when all was said and done, was Jacob. Joseph was into his teens, and old enough to learn the value of a new life in Christ, when Jacob came to the Jabbok and was changed from Jacob to Israel. All these things molded and made Joseph, as God knew they would. That is why He put Joseph in that family. He has equally good reasons for putting us in ours.
100 Devotions for Leaders – 2008 by John Phillips – Published by Regal Publications Grand Rapids, Michigan
Pastor Lee’s Thoughts: God placed us all in our unique families and we can certainly relate to some of what Joseph was experiencing with those in his family. We may not always understand what God is doing in our lives when it comes to our families, however we need to constantly learning from our family in order to grow in our relationship with the Lord! Also remember that God has given us an AMAZING church family and the family of God! 

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