Christ in the centre!
It is God that promotes! As long as we are following the Lord, it is what that matters.
There are poor people with plenty of money.
We are enjoying grace and peace multiplied in the knowledge of the Lord. To know Him is real life!
First mention of Love is in Genesis 22.
The chapter is talking about the love of the Father to the son.
God wants us to know even if our earthly father put us aside, God wants us to experience His Fatherly love. God gave up Jesus for us!
From the highest to the lowest, God proclaimed Jesus as His beloved.
Genesis 24- the love of a man to a woman. This is the 2nd mention of love in the bible.
See Jesus in the marriage. Bring Jesus into our lives! Life takes on a whole new meaning!
We are created to enjoy and flourish in God’s love!
When we pursue Jesus, all other goodness will pursue us!
The bible calls death an enemy. God never meant for anyone to die. The gospel is the book that will make us success in every area of our life!!
Arrangement of the Lamps
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron, and say to him, ‘When you arrange the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand. ’” And Aaron did so; he arranged the lamps to face toward the front of the lampstand, as the Lord commanded Moses. Now this workmanship of the lampstand was hammered gold; from its shaft to its flowers it was hammered work. According to the pattern which the Lord had shown Moses, so he made the lampstand.
Almond tree is the first tree that bear fruits after winter. It speaks of life out of death!
Lampstand is like a golden almond tree.
Panim – over against
Everything we do is to bring glory to the centre – the Lord Jesus!!
Higher purpose – focus on the glory of Christ!
God wants our light to bring light!
The true test of any ministry is whether it brings glory to the Lord Jesus Christ!
Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.
Whatever correction is got to do with Jesus in the centre!!
Jesus is outside the church knocking on the door of the 7th church. He has the power to knock the door down, but He did not. He knocks for them to open but they did not
Jesus is the Alpha and Omega.
The beginning and the end refer to work.
In everything He has the first place!
Do everything to the glory of God for the name of Jesus!!
“Speak to Aaron, and say to him, ‘When you arrange the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand. ’”
Our lives and ministries, is to point and bring glory to the Lord Jesus! Power comes into our lives!!
Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you:In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
Preaching in Solomon’s Portico
Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed. So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people:“Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go.
Whatever Jesus has, we have!!
It is the NAME of our Lord Jesus Christ! It is His power and the name represent!
God wants our lives and gifts to bring glory to Jesus Christ!!
There are things in our lives, have it been there still in our lives, that our Lord has cut away for us, we will not enjoy the relationships we are enjoying.
Always bring glory to Jesus Christ!!
So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them. And the people kept shouting, “The voice of a god and not of a man!” Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died.
But the word of God grew and multiplied.
All the kingdom is ordained by God.
At the end of 7 years, he looked up to heaven.
The most high God rules over the kingdom of man.
God holds my breath in His hands.
Alah – to ascend, lift high
The way God calls us when we are depressed, He lifts us up!!
Jesus loves to lift people up!
To the downcast, He lift us up!
Many people sin because they lose their vision.
The way God makes us shine brightly is to lift us up!!
God is the lifter of my head!!!
Raise up, take up your bed and walk.
He lifts us up!!
Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
He takes away – means to lift up in greek. A vine when it is in the dust it cant bear fruit. It is supported and cling onto something and bear fruit.
Vine cannot bear fruit on the ground.
Jesus came that we might not be condemned.
Jesus gave the gift of no-condemnation so that she can go out and sin no more!!
Jesus came down to the dust to raise us up!!
In the place of darkness, the perfect Light grew up!
Give Jesus what little i have and He can give glory out of it! He loves it when we give to Him
The Care of the Lampstand
“And you shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually. In the tabernacle of meeting, outside the veil which is before the Testimony, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening until morning before the Lord. It shall be a statute forever to their generations on behalf of the children of Israel.
Arak – > Tend – to arrange or lay in order.
In the darkest time, God will shine brightly in our lives!
From evening to morning, the path of the righteous shines brighter and brighter!!
Today we are focused on Jesus, the devil objective is for us to take our eyes off Jesus. We are stronger healthier and good looking when we look at Jesus!
Doubt is taking our eyes off Jesus.
As unto the Lord…, focus on Jesus!
What Jesus has cleansed, we call it uncommon!
We find fault with people because we are hard on ourselves.
The best education is to point them to the Lord Jesus!
The entire Numbers chapter 7 is about giving.
The light of the lampstand shows the motive. Are we serving for Jesus?
The lampstand is right in the middle of chapter 7 and 8.
May the Lord Jesus has the centre place in our lives!