Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 6, 2020

The Tabernacle

Filed under: Uncategorized,Jesus,God,Holy Spirit,worship,light,altar,spirit — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

John 4:23 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  (NIV)

It is important to know this conversation took place at a well in Samaria with a Samaritan woman.  Please read the entire section.  In Exodus 40 there are 7 things that must compose the tabernacle: table of showbread, menorah, screen door, altar, basin, screen to the courtyard gate and anointing priest.  All these were necessary for the Hebrews to worship God.  The tabernacle was the only place of worship.  In the book of John there are 7 times Jesus identifies Himself as “I Am.”  Each I Am has a different description: the bread of life, the light of the world, the door, the good shepherd, the resurrection, the way and the life.  These 7 I Am’s correspond to the 7 things necessary in the tabernacle.  We no longer are limited to worship in the tabernacle.  Jesus is our tabernacle.  He has filled us with His Holy Spirit so the tabernacle is within us.  We are free to worship God anyplace and any time.  Our question is, do we?

May 2, 2020

Altars

Filed under: altar,Father,God,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Genesis 13:18 18 So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the Lord.  (NIV)

An altar is a place of worship.  Abram was in the habit of building altars anywhere he settled for a period of time.  This means Abram was in the habit of worshiping God.  When he and Lot split ways, one of the first things Abram did was to build an altar for worship.  Nowhere does it say Lot built an altar.  When we read Lot’s story we also see he sat among the leaders of Sodom.  Apparently Lot didn’t try to change the direction of sinful Sodom.  When we don’t build our altars, don’t find a place (our prayer closet) to worship God each day we will drift away.  Eventually the evil around us won’t matter.  It is so very important for us to have a special place to go where it is quiet and free from distractions to have an intimate time of one on One with our God.  Let’s make it a priority, if we haven’t already, to find our special place where we know we can talk to and listen to our Father, God.

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