PLACES OF GRACE

 

Plasces of Grace

 

Exodus 30:22 Moreover the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 23 Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels, 24 And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. 26 And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, 27 And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense, 28 And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. 29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy.

 

 

The Tabernacle received by Moses from God on Mount Sinaii was given to him with specific detail Exodus 25:8, 9, 40. It was a portable Tent where God’s glory would be revealed. It was exact in its detail because it foreshadowed Jesus Christ, the Anointed One, Who God would provide redemption through. The Tabernacle was to be anointed and in Exodus 30:22 – 30, God gives a description of the specific elements Moses was to make the holy anointing oil from. It had five principle spices: pure myrrh; sweet cinnamon; sweet calamus; cassia,; and oil olive.  Five is often used as the number of grace in Biblical numerology. The anointing oil was to be poured on the 6 pieces of furniture (6 is the number of man or flesh; God covers all of man’s flesh with grace). Each piece of furniture was situated in different places in the Tabernacle of Moses. They can also symbolize  PLACES of different spiritual activities we participate in as Believers and that we can find more grace and anointing from Jesus:

 

  1. Ark of the testimony – The place of worship.
  2. Table of Showbread – The place of fellowship.
  3. Candlestick – The place of the Word.
  4. Altar of incense – The place of prayer.
  5. Altar of Burnt Offering – The place of spiritual sacrifices/praise.
  6. Laver – The place of cleansing.

 

Since the holy anointing oil of five principal spices (grace) was poured upon these pieces of furniture and places, they can be seen as places where we can find more grace and anointing in our lives.  As we give place to these in our lives more anointing and grace is poured into us. James 4:6 says, “But He giveth more grace; wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth more grace to the humble.”

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THE LIFE THAT IS BLESSED

The life that is blessed

 

 

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

 

It has always been God’s desire for man to enjoy His blessings and goodness (Genesis 1:28, 31). It wasn’t until sin entered by Adam’s transgression (Romans 5:12) that the nature of spiritual death, satan, and the curse were found on Earth. This blessing was restored to us as Believers who are now positionally blessed in Christ (our spiritual position and standing). Our Christian life is also a practice or compared to a walk (Ephesians 5:2, 8, 15); it is how we live out our Christian life. To this end Psalm 1:1-6 gives us a guideline and a contrast between the Godly life God blesses (in their experience of life) and the ungodly life God judges.

 

THE PERSON GOD BLESSES

 

  1. SEPARATED FROM THE WORLD

 

Verse 1, Sin is progressive (walk, stand, seat) and except for the purpose of ministering to the ungodly, the godly keep themselves from the counsel of the ungodly, standing in the way of sinners, or sitting in the seat of the scornful (those who mock God’s holy and righteous ways). We are in the world but not of it.

 

  1. BENT TOWARD THE WORD OF GOD

 

Verse 2, To delight means one’s will is bent toward something and to purpose that in doing so one will find pleasure. It implies entire and full inclination towards an object. The blessed man is bent toward the Word to find pleasure.

 

  1. MEDITATES ON GOD’S WORD

 

Verse 3, People God blesses daily keep their spirit and soul well saturated with the Word of God by meditating on it. Not simply reading the Word, or studying the Word, but meditating on it (Hebrew – To muse; to ponder; to pour over; to utter/mutter; to say to yourself; to utter to oneself). Andrew Murray said, “Meditation is holding the Word of God in the heart until it affects every phase of the life.”

Meditation is eating God’s Word and digesting it until it is assimilated and becomes a part of the life.  We know things by the Spirit and we get into the teaching of the Holy Spirit by the spiritual exercise of meditation 1 Corinthians 2:9-16. The result is that you become rooted, fruitful, and prosper as he does the Word instead of withering away from the heat of life’s battles.

 

THE PERSON GOD JUDGES

  1. EASILY BLOWN AWAY

 

Verse 4, Everything good God said would happen for the godly is summed up about the ungodly with, “The ungodly are not so….” Instead of being like a fruitful tree they are like chaff, the useless husks of grain that are easily blown away.

 

  1. WILL BE SEPARATED FROM THE RIGHTEOUS IN JUDGMENT

 

Verse 5, There won’t be any godly or Christians at the judgment of the ungodly (not described here but in Revelation 20:11-15). They will be excluded from the judgment of the godly and the just. They will not be able to stand or endure their judgment but will be taken away to a place of fire and eternal damnation.

 

  1. THE WAY THEY LIVE WILL LEAD THEM TO PERISH

 

Verse 6, God knows (intimately) and has a relationship in life’s course or the way of living of the righteous but the way of the ungodly, He does not. They shall end up perishing for living a life without God.

 

The invitation to be the one God blesses is given to every man who acknowledges they are a sinner, they need a Savior, and receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior Romans 10:9, Receive Him today.

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WE ALL MAY GET DOWN BUT WE DON’T HAVE TO STAY DOWN

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When we are discouraged and down:

GET TO SOMEONE HIGHER

Psalm 61:2, 3 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

 

GET TO SOMEONE STRONGER

Isaiah 40: 28-31  Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Luke 11:21, 22 21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:22 But when a STRONGER than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.

 

GET TO SOMEONE WISER

1 Corinthians 1:25  Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Psalm 119:97, 98  O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. 98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.

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BLESSED IS THE MAN THAT FEARETH THE LORD

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Psalm 112:1 Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. 2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

 

The Christian life is truly a blessed life. Christians use the word “blessed,” in many different ways to define our favored position which is in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). The Bible also uses the word “blessed” in connection with the man that fears the Lord and keeps His commandments (obeys His Word). The fear of the Lord is not a dreading fear, tormenting fear, or a phobic fear but a reverential and respectful attitude before the God of the universe. It is walking in a continual awareness of being in the presence of a holy, righteous, all powerful God. All of our thoughts, desires, motives, words, and actions are open before Him and we are ultimately accountable to Him.

 

Walking in the fear of the Lord is living out our life with the assurance that God is watching and walking with a consciousness of His presence. The following verses declare these truths:

  1. “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are,” 1 Corinthians 3:17.
  2. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own,” 1 Corinthians 6:19.
  3. “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people,” 2 Corinthians 6:16.
  1. “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee,”Psalm 119:9-11.
  2. “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…” 2 Chronicles 16:9
  3. “For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.” Job 34:21
  4. “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.” His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.” Proverbs 5:21-23
  5. “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” Proverbs 15:3
  6. “For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.” Jeremiah 16:17
  7. “… for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 32:19
  8. “… the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.” Zechariah 4:10
  9. “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” Hebrews 4:13

Proverb 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” The fear of the Lord creates an awareness of God’s presence and gives knowledge of the holiness of God. We are to perfect holiness in the fear of the Lord. That is why it is a valuable key to perfecting holiness in our lives (2 Corinthians 7:1).

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IT SHALL BE WELL WITH THEM THAT FEAR GOD

 

IT Shall Be Well With Them That Fear God

Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. 12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: 13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.

 

The man that walks in the fear of the Lord experiences the blessing of Almighty God (Psalm 1:1-6). The fear of the Lord is not a phobic, tormenting, feeling of doom about God but a reverence, respect, and awe of God. It is defined in several ways in Scripture but a good way to understand it is from knowing what Scripture says about those who lack it. Psalm 36:1 lets us know it is the main characteristic that is lacking in the unsaved man, “The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.” In the New Testament Romans 3:18 agrees when it describes the unrighteous and says, “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” The life of his transgression or the thing that spawns his transgression is his perspective and what he says in his heart.

 

The Book of Ecclesiastes amplifies this wrong perspective in Ecclesiastes 8:11-13 which says, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. 12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: 13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.” Those that lack the fear of the Lord are characterized by:

 

  1. V.11 – A wrong perspective about sin.
  2. V. 12, 13 – A wrong perspective about judgment.

 

With these thoughts in mind then the fear of the Lord can only be developed by knowledge about sin, its consequences, and judgment. Teaching on these subjects is sadly lacking in the Body of Christ today. We certainly should major on Christ’s total victory over sin, our righteous standing before God, and the empowerment that the grace of God gives us to live holy. When we lack the fear of the Lord we lack developing a hatred for sin (Proverb 8:13) that helps us to either remove it or remove ourselves from it. That which should turn us off and repulse us (about things that are sin) is an attraction and infatuation that some Believers can hardly stay away from. The fear of the Lord not only loves what is right but it hates what is evil and we have a built in reaction of turning away from what we hate.

 

 

Our gracious Heavenly Father planned for our life to be a good life and filled with His blessing. Sin, satan, and spiritual death entering this planet through Adam’s transgression ruined that very good life God planned for us. Thank God all of what God planned is restored and made available to us through Jesus Christ.

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Are You A Hater?

Proverb 8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

A person who fears the Lord walks in a knowledge of being accountable to the Lord and being subject to His rule. He has a right perspective about sin, judgment, and accountability before God Ecclesiastes 8:11-13. Proverb 8:13 spells out specifics of the fear of the Lord adding the strong emotion of hate by saying, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” We aren’t taught much about what to hate from modernistic teachers but it is a core element to the fear of the Lord. Evil can be defined as what:

1. Causes injury, damage, suffering, misfortune, or disaster.

2. Whatever originates from the evil one and is morally corrupt, bad, darkness, and destructive.

3. Corrupt and destructive forces of satan let loose in a world to destroy all things of God and His goodness.

Some interpret evil to be defined by the four specific words listed after evil: pride, arrogancy, the evil way, and the forward mouth.

Pride is to be lifted up or puffed up in ones view and thoughts of oneself.

Arrogancy is a feeling of self importance coupled with contempt and disregard for others seen as being beneath one.

The evil way is deliberate unruliness and deviation from what is good, right, proper, and moral.

The forward mouth is a mouth that is perverse, a fraud, twisted, and marked by a disposition to oppose and contradict.

Some Christians are deathly afraid to hate what God hates and calls evil. In today’s world to stand against these things and to speak out against them is to be labeled as a “hater,” which they apply in a pejorative way or to express disapproval and contempt toward. God’s Word says it is a positive attribute and the fear of the Lord. “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil ….” Who will we fear, God or man? The Apostle Paul presented a valuable example of the proper response when he said, “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ Galatians 1:10.” His ambition was to seek the approval of God. If we please God, we may offend men; but if we please men, we may offend God.

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All The Day Long

Proverb 23:17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long.

There was a time in our country, America, when the general custom to speak of a Christian Believer as a “God fearing man (or woman).” The fear of the Lord is the main characteristic lacking in the unsaved as described in both the Old Testament (Psalm 36:1) and the New Testament (Romans 3:18).

The sin ruled human heart longs for self sovereignty. It values independence and refuses to accept the position of dependency upon God. It takes courage and humility to admit dependence and to acknowledge the existence of God as Supreme. The fear of the Lord on the other hand holds God in high regard and has humility to admit that God has a claim on their life, that they are a dependent, and are willing to give God His proper claim.

The fear of the Lord is not a phobic fear or tormenting fear but conveys positive tones of respect, honor, and obedience to a God Who deserves recognition and reverence all day long. It is not an intermittent, occasional, or temporary attitude. It is a consciousness and constant awareness of always living before Him in complete submission to His gracious rule.

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