Gates and gatekeepers

July 30, 2012

Several things happen at gates: writing God’s commandments, guarding, keeping the unclean out, giving thanks and singing praises, and keeping the Sabbath holy.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. . .

Deuteronomy 6:9
Write them [these commandments] on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

1 Chronicles 9:22-24
Altogether, those chosen to be gatekeepers at the thresholds numbered 212. They were registered by genealogy in their villages. The gatekeepers had been assigned to their positions of trust by David and Samuel the seer. They and their descendants were in charge of guarding the gates of the house of the Lord—the house called the tent of meeting. The gatekeepers were on the four sides: east, west, north and south.

2 Chronicles 23:19
He also stationed gatekeepers at the gates of the LORD’s temple so that no one who was in any way unclean might enter.

2 Chronicles 31:2
Hezekiah assigned the priests and Levites to divisions—each of them according to their duties as priests or Levites—to offer burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, to minister, to give thanks and to sing praises at the gates of the LORD’s dwelling.

Nehemiah 13:22
Then I commanded the Levites to purify themselves and go and guard the gates in order to keep the Sabbath day holy. Remember me for this also, my God, and show mercy to me according to your great love.

Psalm 100:4
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

Lift up your heads, you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
lift them up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is he, this King of glory?
The Lord Almighty —
he is the King of glory.


Joshua 24:16-25

July 30, 2012

So the people answered and said: “Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods;” (Joshua 24:16)
      Father, it is so easy to slip away and choose to serve other gods. Help us and our families to be steady in you.

“for the LORD our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way that we went and among all the people through whom we passed.: (Joshua 24:17)
      Father, thank you for the mighty deliverance from sin and death that you have wrought for us. Help us keep in mind all those signs which point to your mighty hand.

“And the LORD drove out from before us all the people, including the Amorites who dwelt in the land. We also will serve the LORD, for He is our God.” (Joshua 24:18 )
      Jesus, drive out of the Episcopal Church all those who pursue foreign gods.

But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the LORD, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.” (Joshua 24:19)
      Holy Spirit, help us come to appreciate the jealousy of the Father and how it offends him when we follow any other God.

“If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good.” (Joshua 24:20)
      Holy Spirit, help us recognize the consequences of our sins.

And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the LORD!” (Joshua 24:21)
      LORD, we have chosen to serve you, help us to be steady in that choice.

So Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the LORD for yourselves, to serve Him.” And they said, “We are witnesses!” (Joshua 24:22)
      Help us daily, LORD, to be witnesses to the choice we have made to serve you..

“Now therefore,” he said, “put away the foreign gods which are among you, and incline your heart to the LORD God of Israel.” (Joshua 24:23)
      Holy Spirit, help us put away all foreign gods.

And the people said to Joshua, “The LORD our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey!” (Joshua 24:24)
      Father, please help us to hear and obey your voice.
you.

So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem. (Joshua 24:25)
      Jesus, help us to be a covenant people who keep our covenant with you. Thank you.

A word received: I AM with you — that is sufficient.

Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Joshua 24:16-33: Rom. 16:1-16: Matt. 27:24-31
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Judges 2:1-5,11-23: Rom. 16:17-27: Matt. 27:32-44

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Prayer request from Torre and Jean: I have bleeding in 3 or 4 spots in my left retina. The ophthalmologist says there are no tears or holes in the retina. The same thing happened in my right eye a couple of years ago. Jean is having problems adjusting the blood pressure medicine. It does make her blood pressure come down which is good, but it lowers her pulse rate too low which is bad.

***** Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote…
      Do you have a hole in your soul?
      “Then fill it dear Liza.”
      “With what shall I fill it dear Henry, dear Henry?”
      “With Jesus dear Liza!”
      “There’s “No” hole in my soul, dear Henry, dear Henry, no hole!”
      Thanks be to God dear Liza….
      “But from there you will search again for the LORD your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.” Deuteronomy 4:29

***** Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2012
From: Mary MacDonald
Subject: St James Lake George Prayer Table Report Friday July 27,2012 Terry Graves and Mary MacDonald

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

3 women — no thanks
MaryBarry prayers for head injury
Nick — my Grandmother Barbara for a speedy recovery
TonyMaxine and Jo-Anne are both battling illnesses
JohnRuthie
Young Man — Pray for everybody in my family…I’m late for work
Julie+ — Janet who has breast cancer
Young family — made like we weren’t there
ColleenJimmy for a speedy recovery from upcoming surgery
Rosemary+ and Jerry+ — Please pray for us

Albany Intercessor


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