Submission. It’s not a very popular word in our society. Normally we think of someone giving up their will in deference to one with more power. More recently it seems it’s come to mean someone giving in against their will. Webster’s defines it as “humbly obedient, ceasing to offer resistance, to defer to another’s wishes.” Even those definitions don’t sound as bad as the word itself – “submission.” At least that’s how I felt.
May 18, 2012 | Categories: Authority, Following God, Humility, Obedience, Peace, Submission, Trust, Walking with God, Workplace | Tags: Aaron, aaron's rod, Attitude, Boss, Conflict, Contentment, Discovering the Jewish Jesus, Ephesians 5, Husband, Marriage, Miriam, moses, Numbers 12, Numbers 17, Rabbi Kirt Schneider, Respect, Romans 13, shalom, Trusting God | Leave A Comment »
“The Ark of the Covenant” — We know it as the theme of a movie; we know it as something the Israelite’s carried around on poles in the desert. But what was it really? What’s inside the Ark? And does it really have relevance today?
From the stories of the Ark in the Bible, I could see it was quite powerful. It was used to divide the Jordan River so the Israelites could pass through to the Promised Land. It was used to destroy the walls of Jericho so the Israelites could conquer the Land. When Israel’s enemies stole it from the temple, they soon gave it back because of the destruction it brought them. Numbers 7:89, Leviticus 16:2, Exodus 25:22 and other scriptures tell us the Ark represented God’s presence and a place from which He speaks to His people. No wonder it had such power!
Nowadays, we don’t carry an Ark to bring God’s presence with us. WE are His temple, WE are His presence in the world. So I thought maybe I should look into the Ark to see what God considers representative of His presence. (more…)
December 18, 2011 | Categories: Ark, Authority, Following God, God's Presence, God's Provision, God's Will, Guidance, Obedience, Submission, Tabernacle | Tags: 10 commandments, aaron's rod, Ark of Testimony, Ark of the Covenant, Especially holy place, Holy of Holies, inside the ark of the covenant, manna, temple | Leave A Comment »