The Earthly and the Heavenly

Trace with the sacred writer the comparison between the old and new covenants, the earthly, and the heavenly. What is of earth is external, bound to time and repetition, as the example given of the once-a-year entry into the Holy of Holies of the Jewish priest. The heavenly is beyond time and space. What happens in heaven happens once and for all. So it is that Jesus, clothed with humanity and divinity as well, blends both priest and victim, offering his own blood in the heavenly sanctuary. At once, he gathers all of us with him in permanent and perpetual atonement.

Live this day more conscious of the heavenly realm where God calls you to live right now—not only when you die. Moments of silence will help you be aware of the present and perpetual shower of God’s healing grace upon you.

Hebrews 8—9

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Example: Blood of Christ sanctifying 9:14

Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.
In the season of Pentecost this year we read 1 Timothy and Hebrews.

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Deep and Wide

Tap here for a video meditation on Psalm 135.

The psalmist worships with breadth and depth. He begins by praising God as the source for the great expanse of the universe. Next, he goes down into the nation’s past, recalling the pervading power of God’s saving presence. Each verse envelops the psalmist in praise.

Do the same. The psalm wants to widen and deepen your perception by faith of God’s presence to your world, both outer and inner. Move beyond self-absorption, tunnel vision, and narrow mindedness, into the wide courts of the Lord, which stretch before you in the very hours that are ahead. The sky, the horizon, and the expanse of the physical day or night, remind you of the limitless, all pervading presence of God to your world, deep and wide. Drop to your knees in adoration and praise.

Psalm 135

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Example: Praising the name of the Lord v. 1

We continue to read the Psalms in numerical order.

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Counting on God Alone

(See 2 Sam. 24)
The Hebrew Scriptures have only three references to Satan by name; here is one of them. Apparently, David yielded to the temptation to rest on his laurels, numbering the men he could count on in battle. The focus for David shifted away from relying upon the Lord, to measuring strength in the number of men in his army.

The Chronicler’s purpose is to set the stage for the building of the Temple and the passing of the torch of this great work into the hands of Solomon. His name means “peaceable.” All those whose hands go into the building of the Temple need to be soaked in peace, and not in the blood of battle. The ultimate purpose of the people is to worship God; hence the list of those who contribute to worship and not to war.

Are you counting on God alone as the only one who can give you peace on every side?

1 Chronicles 21—23

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Example: “Be strong and of good courage.” 22:13

Tuesdays are dedicated to the Old Testament books of history
and the Hebrew “Writings.”
In the season of Pentecost this year we read Proverbs 27—29 and 1 Chronicles.

 

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