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Absolutely Faithful.


And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. —Genesis 17:7

We live in a time when a person’s word means nothing. Marriages are dissolved daily with no regard to the vows of “till death we do part,” and our courts are flooded with lawsuits.

It has not always been this way. In biblical times a covenant, sealed in blood, was a promise of enduring responsibility—never entered into lightly and never disregarded.

This is the kind of relationship we have with God. The entire Bible is a legal contract signed in Jesus’ blood! When God said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5), He did not add “maybe” or “if.” In covenant with Him, we possess His armor, His weapons, His power, and His victory!

This is the unchangeable fact of His absolute faithfulness! Study the promises of God in the light of His blood covenant and learn how sure and secure the Rock is on which you stand.

Almighty God, You are my hope, fortress, and confidence.
Thank You for your blood covenant that seals my
future forever. I will trust You in every decision.
I will listen to and obey Your voice,
for You alone are faithful. Amen.

By ROD PARSLEY.

Hark! The Herald Angels!


Are they [ the angels ] not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
Hebrews 1:14

Recommended Reading
Hebrews 1:10-14 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%201:10-14&version=NKJV )

Angels appear six times in the biblical story of Christmas. First, Gabriel visited Zacharias in Luke 1. Then he paid a visit to Mary. An angel appeared three times to Joseph. And the sixth (and perhaps most awesome) angelic appearance was over the shepherds’ field when an innumerable multitude of angels assembled the greatest mass choir in history.

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But don’t think angels are limited to the Christmas season. The Bible contains 234 passages about angels, and there are references to angels in 39 books of the Bible. The range of angelic activity spans the Scripture from Genesis 3:23 to Revelation 22:16. Nor is angelic activity limited to Bible times. The Bible teaches that angels are active today in the lives of God’s children, transporting blessings to our lives, delivering us from judgment, protecting us in danger, guiding us in unseen ways, and watching over the events of our world. So in addition to all the carols you’ll sing about angels this season, don’t forget another song — the old African-American spiritual that says, “All night, all day, angels watching over me!”

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1 John 1-5

By David Jeremiah.

Don’t Miss the Merry .


The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared.
Titus 2:11

Recommended Reading
Psalm 100:3-5 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20100:3-5&version=NKJV )

Newspaper columnist Joseph Szalay wrote of serving with the 102nd Infantry Division during World War II. Christmas 1944 found him in combat in Germany. He gave gifts to the men in his section. The gifts were his personal possessions wrapped with paper from packages from home. “It was a Christmas I’ll long remember,” he said. “All we prayed for was to see another Christmas.”

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His next Christmas was spent at sea in a terrible storm. “We prayed we would live through it,” he wrote. Arriving home in January of 1946, he celebrated a late Christmas with the family he hadn’t seen in two years. “This was the happiest Christmas I can remember,” he said. “I haven’t missed Christmas with my family since then and I thank God for all the Christmases since coming home from the war.”

Our hearts ache for those who miss Christmas because of distance; but it’s far worse to miss Christmas because of disinterest. Make this the merriest Christmas you can remember. Be thankful for every little thing about the holiday this year, and praise God each day of the season.

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Hebrews 1-4

By David Jeremiah.

Emotional Music.


And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
Luke 2:13-14

Recommended Reading
1 Chronicles 16:23 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Chronicles%2016:23&version=NKJV )

The French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte observed that you can tell a great deal about people by what went on in their life, and the world, when they were twenty years of age. Expanding that idea, most adults love to listen to the music that was popular when they were fifteen to twenty years old. There is a continuing connection between the music that moved us when we were at an emotionally-heightened age — like adolescence — and the music we still love. All music is emotional, but especially the music connected to important experiences — like salvation.

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That may account for why people love Christmas music. Part of the reason is the anticipation that builds up all year. But a better reason is that our salvation is an emotionally compelling experience. It seems that musicians and lyricists have done some of their best work through the ages when writing songs about one of history’s most important events, the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

We sing with joy and tears at Christmas for good reason — salvation came to earth 2,000 years ago and opened the door of eternal life for all who believe. Nothing could be more emotional and worth singing about.

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Hebrews 5-8

By David Jeremiah.

Write It Down.


Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth.
1 Chronicles 16:12

Recommended Reading
Psalm 77:11-12 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2077:11-12&version=NKJV )

You take a trip — a trip that you have been anticipating for a long time. You pack your essentials: clothes, toiletries, maybe even a camera. But you forgot to bring a notepad and pencil to keep a journal of what happened through your thoughts. Tragically, your camera breaks a day into the trip. Far too soon you realize it’s almost time to return home to your normal life and to leave the best trip of your life. The one thing you brought along to remember the trip is no longer functioning. Now you wish you had brought a backup plan — a journal.

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Journaling is a good way to remember the details of a special vacation, but it is also a wonderful way to recall God‘s faithfulness.

The Bible is filled with instructions for us to make remembering things or people a high priority. “But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings” (Hebrews 10:32). A journal is a great way to keep track of what happens daily in your walk with God and to record your prayers and thoughts. It’s a way to remember God’s words to you that day, and to bring to mind His goodness and mercy when you recollect that day.

Recall God’s faithfulness — write it down!

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Colossians 1-4

By David Jeremiah.

High Priest.


 

High Priest of the TabernacleHigh Priest

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God Appointed the High Priest to Preside Over the Desert Tabernacle.

The high priest was the man appointed by God to oversee thetabernacle in the wilderness, a position of sacred responsibility.

God chose Aaron, brother of Moses, to be his first high priest, and Aaron’s sons to be priests to assist him.  Aaron was from the tribe of Levi, one of the 12 sons of Jacob.  The Levites were put in charge of the tabernacle and later the temple in Jerusalem.

In worship at the tabernacle, the high priest was set apart from all other men.  He wore special garments made from yarn that matched the colors of the gate and veil, symbolic of God’s majesty and power.  In addition, he wore an ephod, an intricate vest that held two onyx stones, each engraved with the names of six of the tribes of Israel, lying on each shoulder.  He also wore a breastplate holding 12 precious stones, each engraved with the name of one of the tribes of Israel.  A pocket in the breastplate held the Urim and Thummim, mysterious objects used to determine God’s will.

The garments were completed with a robe, tunic, sash and turban or hat.  On the front of the turban was a golden plate engraved with the words, “Holy to the Lord.”

When Aaron made sacrifices in the tabernacle, he acted as the representative of the people of Israel.  God spelled out the duties of the high priest in painstaking detail.  To drive home the seriousness ofsin and the need for atonement, God threatened the high priest with death if the rituals were not carried out exactly as commanded.

Once a year, on the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, the high priest entered the Holy of Holies to make amends for the people’s sins.  Entry to this most sacred place was restricted to the high priest and only on one day out of the year.  It was separated from the other chamber in the tent of meeting by a colorful veil.

Inside the Holy of Holies was the Ark of the Covenant, where the high priest acted as mediator between the people and God, who was present in a cloud and pillar of fire, on the mercy seat of the Ark.  The high priest had bells on the hem of his robe so the other priests would know he had died if the bells went silent.

The High Priest and Jesus Christ

Of all the elements of the wilderness tabernacle, the office of high priest was one of the strongest promises of the coming Savior, Jesus Christ.  While the tabernacle high priest was the mediator of the Old Covenant, Jesus became the high priest and mediator of the New Covenant, interceding for humanity with Holy God.

Christ’s role as high priest is spelled out in the book of Hebrews 4:14 to 10:18.  As the sinless Son of God, he is uniquely qualified to be mediator yet has compassion with human sin:

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. (Hebrews 4:15, NIV)

Jesus’ priesthood is superior to that of Aaron because through his resurrection, Christ has an eternal priesthood:

For it is declared, You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 7:17, NIV)

Melchizedek was the priest and king of Salem, to whom Abraham gave tithes (Hebrews  7:2).  Because Scripture does not record Melchizedek’s death, Hebrews says he “remains a priest forever.”

Even though the offerings made at the desert tabernacle were sufficient to cover sin, their effect was only temporary.  The sacrifices had to be repeated.  In contrast, Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross was a once-for-all event.  Because of his perfection, Jesus was the final sacrifice for sin and the ideal, eternal high priest.

Ironically, two high priests, Caiaphas and his father-in-law Annas, were key figures in the trial and condemnation of Jesus, whose sacrifice made the earthly office of high priest no longer necessary.

Bible References:

The title “high priest” is mentioned 74 times throughout the Bible, but the occurrences of alternative terms number more than 400 times.

Also Known As:

Priest, chief priest, anointed priest, priest who is chief among his brethren.

Example:

Only the high priest could enter the Holy of Holies.

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Jack Zavada, a career writer and contributor for About.com, is host to a Christian website for singles. Never married, Jack feels that the hard-won lessons he has learned may help other Christian singles make sense of their lives. His articles and ebooks offer great hope and encouragement. To contact him or for more information, visit Jack’s Bio Page.

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I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You. Hebrews 2:12, NKJV

This scripture implies that one of the deepest longings within the heart of Jesus is to sing the praises of His Father in the midst of and through the instrumentality of the congregation of the believing. In light of the nature and importance of music, it should not surprise us that God has used minstrels to inspire and activate the prophetic (2 Kings 3:15). Nor should it be surprising that prophetically inspired people will be led to sing in the Spirit, communicating the heart of God to His people and the heart of His people back to God. This is the essence of what some have termed the “song of the Lord.” This phrase, popularized by the charismatic renewal of recent decades, refers to the scriptural references to the Lord’s song (Ps. 137:4), spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19), and singing a new song to the Lord (Ps. 33:3; 96:1; 98:1; 149:1; Isa. 42:10).

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Free my spirit to express the songs of Your Spirit. Help me to communicate the heart of God to Your people through my unfettered expressions in the Spirit.

The risen Christ loves to impart some of the passion
He has for His Father into the hearts of His
younger brothers and sisters through
giving them His songs by the Spirit.

By MIKE BICKLE.

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