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Click here for today’s reading: Exodus 28,29; Acts 7
Here is my SOAP for today, Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Exodus 28 the priestly garments, the ephod, breastplate, other garments
Exodus 29 instructions for consecration of the priests, anoint with oil, burnt offerings, food offerings, etc…
Acts 7 Stephen’s speech before the Sanhedrin… He recapped the history of Israel, then…
“You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 52 Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— 53 you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it.” 54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.”
The is much to study regarding the tabernacle, the priestly garments, all the offerings and instructions… There are entire studies available on the tabernacle and all it represents, for instance, Exodus 25:30, the bread of the Presence; Luke 22:19 Jesus said, “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
I love that Stephen saw Jesus standing at the right hand of God… not sitting! Jesus standing represents (to me) anticipation and honor… There are a lot of verses regarding Jesus “at the right hand of God” or seated at God’s right hand… But this is the only verse where Jesus was standing at God’s right hand!
Acts 6:15 that we read yesterday stated, “All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.”
Acts 7:59 “they dragged him [Stephen] out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul [Paul].”
In my life journal (blog) yesterday I noted that I have never really suffered for the cause of Christ… But I would say this… If you’re going to suffer… this is how to do it… with the face of an angel, looking to heaven, not begging for your life or asking God to rescue you… but asking Jesus to receive my spirit and to not hold to hold this sin against them. (As he was being stoned.)
Hebrews 4:15 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.”
That passage is a double-negative “we do not have a high priest who is unable…”
In other words, “we HAVE a great high priest who is ABLE to empathize…”
Jesus understood what Stephen was going through… accused falsely, then crucified (Stephen, stoned).
Thank you Lord that you understand everything I will ever face in this life…