Eight ascents and descents, part 1

June 3, 2011

The Torah was given by God to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai more than 3300 years ago. The annual renewal of the covenant between God and the Jewish people takes place on Shavuot, a two-day holiday. It commences at sundown next Tuesday.
I’ve recently been studying Exodus. Moses ascended and descended Mt Sinai eight times. His face did not shine until the eighth descent. Circumcision, the sign of belonging to the covenant people, was to be performed on the eighth day. This sign of circumcision was also a symbolic representation of the infilling of the Holy Spirit in the Christian.
The Bible records eight individual resurrections other than the Lord Jesus and the saints. Leading up to Pentecost, I will compare the two series (Moses’ ascents and descents and the resurrections) in chronological order.–JW

Moses’s ascent (Ex 19:3-6) and descent (Ex 19:7-8)
Resurrection of the son of the widow of Zarephath (1 Ki 17)

Exodus 19:4-6a NIV
‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’”

Theme: God’s provision and deliverance. Identity as holy nation.
Dominant posture: God carries

In the drought, Elijah goes from Tishbe, Gilead to the brook Cherith, where he is fed by ravens. God instructs him to then go to Zarephath, where he, the widow, and her son are supernaturally fed by a supply of oil and meal that does not diminish.

Joshua 7 is the story of the defeat of the Israelites at Ai. The Lord reveals to Joshua that someone had defied God’s covenant and taken some Canaanite objects as the spoils of war. The sin is traced to Achan, who had buried them under his tent. He is stoned in the valley of Achor.
The subsequent history of the valley of Achor is fascinating. It is called the brook Cherith. Isaiah prophesies that in the new eternal Israel, the valley of Achor will be a place for the herds to lie down, for the people who have sought God (Is 65:10). Hosea foretells that in the regathering of Israel, the valley of Achor will be a door of hope, a place of song, as in the days of her youth, when she was delivered from Egypt (Hos 2:15).
Tishbe means captivity. Gilead means rugged. The brook Cherith is the door of hope. The meaning of the word ‘Zarephath’ is smelting-shop, “a workshop for the refining and smelting of metals.”
Elijah went from captivity through the door of hope to the smelting shop, or refinery. It is after his stay in Zarephath that Elijah will challenge the prophets of Baal.
Just as God carried the children of Israel on eagle’s wings, Elijah carried the widow’s dead son.

We thank You, God, for carrying us.


Hebrews 4:14-16

June 3, 2011

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. (Hebrews 4:14)
      Holy Spirit, help us make “the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (See 1 Timothy 6:12)

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)
      Father, it is ot by our might or strength, but by your Holy Spirit that we shall triumph over sin and death. (See Zechariah 4:6)

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
      Jesus, we come to you now in our hour of need.

A word received: Come to me, wait on me. That is the beginning of prayer. Rest in my arms. Believe that I can do what you cannot.

Friday: 85, 86 * 91, 92; Ezekiel 1:28-3:3; Hebrews 4:14-5:6; Luke 9:28-36
Saturday: 87, 90 * 136; Ezekiel 3:4-17; Hebrews 5:7-14; Luke 9:37-50

I heard the voice of Jesus say http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH4OVm8nzXk
Joy to the World http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5hj518Iugk&feature=related
Let the River Flow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGplpTUytfQ&feature=related
Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZjH0OKYJxg&feature=related

Albany Intercessor


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