Stones of testimony, part 6

June 24, 2011

I’ve found eight stones of testimony. We will be looking at them in chronological sequence and comparing them to the eight ascents and descents of Moses on Mt. Sinai and the eight resurrections.–JW

Joshua 24:1-28 Reaffirmation of covenant with God
Place: Shechem (shoulder)
Anointing: Nothing was poured over the stone. Joshua wrote in the book of the law and set up the stone under an oak.
Declaration: Joshua said to all the people, “Behold, this stone shall be for a witness against us, for it has heard all the words of the LORD which He spoke to us; thus it shall be for a witness against you, so that you do not deny your God.”

Moses’s ascent-first 40 days on mount (Exodus 24:12-32:14, Dt 9:9) and descent (Ex 32:15-30)
Jesus raises Lazarus (John 11:1-44)

Exodus 29:42-46, The Message (MSG)
“This is to be your regular, daily Whole-Burnt-Offering before God, generation after generation, sacrificed at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. That’s where I’ll meet you; that’s where I’ll speak with you; that’s where I’ll meet the Israelites, at the place made holy by my Glory. I’ll make the Tent of Meeting and the Altar holy. I’ll make Aaron and his sons holy in order to serve me as priests. I’ll move in and live with the Israelites. I’ll be their God. They’ll realize that I am their God who brought them out of the land of Egypt so that I could live with them. I am God, your God.”

Theme: I am the resurrection.
Dominant posture: Unwrap the grave clothes and build a dwelling place for God.

‘Shoulder’ connotes carrying a burden of responsibility. I do not know if this oak at Shechem is the same oak where Jacob buried the foreign idols and ear rings.

Luke 23:31-43

June 24, 2011

“For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry?” (Luke 23:31)
      Jesus, please help us recognize our capacity for sin.

There were also two others, criminals, led with him to be put to death. (Luke 23:32)
      For Prisoners.
      O GOD, who spares when we deserve punishment, and in your wrath remembers mercy; we humbly beseech you, of your goodness, to comfort and succour all prisoners [especially those who are condemned to die]. Give them a right understanding of themselves, and of your promises; that, trusting wholly in your mercy, they may not place their confidence anywhere but in you. Relieve the distressed, protect the innocent, awaken the guilty; and forasmuch as you alone bring light out of darkness, and good out of evil, grant to these your servants, that by the power of your Holy Spirit they may be set free from the chains of sin and death, and may be brought to newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP)
      “Remember the prisoners as if chained with them–those who are mistreated–since you yourselves are in the body also.” (Hebrews 13:3)
      Lord, in your mercy remember Shane, Lori, Renee, Annie, Bobby, and Ed.

And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. (Luke 23:33)
      Thank you, Jesus for what you were willing to endure to set us free from sin and death.

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided his garments and cast lots. (Luke 23:34)
      Lord, you were stripped of everything — even your cloths so that you could fulfill all that was written about you in the Scriptures. Please help us remember your sacrifice for us.

And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ, the chosen of God.” (Luke 23:35)
      Lord, so many of the rich and powerful still hold you and your little ones in contempt. Help us reverence all your people.

The soldiers also mocked him, coming and offering him sour wine, (Luke 23:36)
      Holy Spirit, help all those whose job it is to guard prisoners and those on parole to have your compassion for them.

and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself.” (Luke 23:37)
      Father, you asked your son to endure this for our sakes. Thank you.

And an inscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. (Luke 23:38 )
      Jesus, you are my Lord and my King.

Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed him, saying, “If you are the Christ, save yourself and us.” But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” (Luke 23:39-42)
      Jesus, remember me; hold me in your arms. Thank you.

And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
      Lord, I live in the hope that your promises give me.

A word received: Pray my people will turn to me.

Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; 1 Samuel 9:1-14 Acts 7:17-29 Luke 22:31-38
Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; 1 Samuel 9:15-10:1 Acts 7:30-43 Luke 22:39-51

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011
From: Ivan Durneen
Subject: Please pray
Prayer request from David
      David McClay [Rector of Willowfield parish in Belfast] has asked if you could include in your prayer requests the young people connected with the youth programs that they will not be caught up in the rioting in the local streets.
Thank you.
Kind Regards, Gary
Gary Harkness
      Please pray that our young people will not be caught up in the current unrest and that our Lord will soften hearts and give wisdom to those leaders who are trying to resolve matters to restore peace in areas where trouble has flared up.
Regards, Ivan

Albany Intercessor

Huldah’s tomb

June 24, 2011

King Josiah purged Judah of Baal worship and rebuilt the temple. The book of the Law of the Lord was found in the temple and read to him. He tore his clothes on hearing the law for the first time. He sent messengers to Huldah the prophetess:

“Go, inquire of the LORD for me, and for those who are left in Israel and Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found; for great is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the LORD, to do according to all that is written in this book.”

Huldah confirmed that calamity would fall upon Judah because of her sins. However, because of his humble heart, King Josiah would not live to see the calamity.
Huldah’s tomb is in Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 34:27
Because your heart was tender and penitent and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and its inhabitants, and humbled yourself before Me and rent your clothes and wept before Me, I have heard you, says the Lord.

Father God,
You are high and lofty. You inhabit eternity. Your name is Holy. You dwell in the high and holy place and also with him that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
We stand in agreement with the prophetic words of Huldah, spoken in Jerusalem: You will hear the penitent. You will hear the humble.
We declare a revival of tender hearts in Jerusalem. Amen.
Isaiah 57:15

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