Monday, September 28, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 28 September 2020


The Ark of The Covenant


“Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.” (Hebrews 9:1-5)


Today’s Morsel:  One of the things that I have learned through studying God’s word is that every story written, or every item that God instructs to be built, all have a life application attached to it for us.  The writer of Hebrews states that in the Holiest of all there was a golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid with gold.  And inside of it was Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercy seat.  Notice the ark was within the veil.  When Jesus died on the cross, and they pierced His side, the vail was rented from top to bottom now giving us free access to come boldly to the throne of grace and find mercy and help in the time of need.  Aaron's rod, the pot of manna, and the table of stones were all inside of the ark of the covenant.  It was called the ark of the covenant because the items God used to show His covenant with Israel were placed inside of it.  These items represent the bread of life (Pot of Manna), the word of life (table of Stones), and the resurrection and the life (Aaron's rod that budded), the mercy seat (God's forgiveness) and  the Cherubims (God’s ministering spirits).  When we are born-again of the water and the spirit and God enters a covenant with us, these things automatically become available for our life.  Are you using them for God’s purpose in your life?


Sing:  The greatest thing in all my life is knowing You.  The greatest thing in all my life is knowing You.  I want to know You more; I want to know You more.  The greatest thing in all my life is knowing You.


Thought For Today:  Study to show yourself approved unto God.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 26 September 2020


The Deployment Center


And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.(Mark 16:15-18)


Today’s Morsel:  When I enlisted the military, anytime we were going overseas, we had to report to the ‘Deployment Center’ to receive instructions, make sure all our personal affairs were in order, and that our equipment was ready for deployment.  They wanted us to understand where we were going (unless it was secret), and to ensure we had everything that we needed and everything at home was in order.  When Jesus appeared unto His disciples, it was somewhat like a Deployment Center.  Once He had checked them out and explained to them their mission, He sent them forth.  The church must be a Deployment Center.  You do not bring people into the Deployment Center to keep them there.  You bring them there to ensure they are trained and ready to go.  If people are not involved in the kingdom, the church is not doing its job of training and sending them forth.  Are your records and equipment up to date?  We will be deploying soon.


Sing:  Well, I’m getting ready to leave this place, I’m getting ready for those gates of pearls.  Keeping my record right, watching both day and night, I’m getting ready to leave this place.


Thought For Today:  Let’s be ready to deploy.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 25 September 2020


Meat In Due Season


After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself. There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes. As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken. Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.(John 21:1-12)


Today’s Morsel:  I believe that one of the most important purposes for studying and knowing God’s word is so that we will have meat in due season.  Peter informs us, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” (1 Peter 3:15)  When the disciples went into town to buy meat in John Chapter 4, when they returned and saw Jesus talking with the woman at the well, scripture states, “In the meanwhile his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.(John 4:31-34)  They were totally confused because Jesus tells them His meat is to do the will of God.  Out of all the people that were following Jesus, only a little lad seems to have meat in due season.  His two little fish and five barley loaves feed over 5000 men, not including women and children.  Do you have any meat?  Do not ever leave home without a word from the Lord.  You may need to feed somebody today.


Sing:  Here’s my cup Lord, I lift it up Lord, come and quench the thirsting of my soul.  Bread of heaven feed me till I want no more.  Here’s my cup, fill it up , and make me whole.


Thought For Today: Do not ever leave home without a word from the Lord.  You may need to feed somebody today.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 24 September 2020


The Day Victory Turns Into Mourning


And it was told Joab, Behold, the king weepeth and mourneth for Absalom. And the victory that day was turned into mourning unto all the people: for the people heard say that day how the king was grieved for his son. And the people gat them by stealth that day into the city, as people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle. But the king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!(2 Samuel 19:1-4)


Today’s Morsel:  On Tuesday, January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven crew members aboard. Approximately 17 percent of the American population witnessed the launch on live television broadcasts because of the presence of high school teacher Christa McAuliffe, who would have been the first teacher in space.  What was to be a day of victory and excitement turned into a day of disaster and tragedy.  David loved his son Absalom.  Even when Absalom stole the heart of people and tried to steal the kingdom from his father, David gave commands to His leaders to not kill him because he loved him.  But Joab, David’s general, killed him because he saw him as an enemy to the kingdom. When David received word that Absalom was killed, David wept.  He covered his face, and cried with a loud voice, O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son! And all the people got them by secrecy that day into the city, as people being ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.  What should have been a day of victory, became a day of sadness and mourning.  But on the other hand, over two-thousand years ago, another Son was killed on an Old Rugged Cross, on a hill called Golgotha.  But this day of tragedy turned into a day of victory for all.


Sing:  Victory in Jesus, my Savior forever, He sought me, and He brought me with His redeeming blood.  He loved me ere I knew Him and all my love was due to Him.  He plunged me to victory, beneath the cleansing flood.


Thought For Today:  Victory is always in Jesus.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 23 September 2020


It Seems Like Yesterday


For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.(Psalms 90:4)


Today’s Morsel:   On this day in September 1969, I enlisted in the U.S. Army.  Here it is 51 years later, and it seems just like yesterday.  Where has the time gone so fast?  When I consider this, I think I can understand how a thousand years in Christ’s sight will seem as yesterday. You see, when you love doing what you are doing, time seems to go by so quickly.  I love to study, teach, and preach God’s words.  A year passes like a day when I am studying and teaching the word of God.  Peter encourages us, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.(2 Peter 3:8-9)  When we are in His presence, with no pain, no suffering, no distress, and no despondency, every day will be the same.  And the clock will stop, and the calendar will no longer matter when we are in his presence.  In His presence is fullness of joy.  

Sing:  When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun we've no less days to sing God’s praise, then when we first begun.


Thought For Today: The clock will stop, and the calendar will no longer matter when we are in his presence (Parker).

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 22 September 2020


So Many of Times


Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say: Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me.(Psalms 129:1-2)


Today’s Morsels:  How many times would you say that the Lord has delivered you?  The Lord has been so good to me so many times.  So many times He has set me free.  So many times He has shown His love to me.  So many times He has walked with me and talked with me.  So many times.  The psalmist stated, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.(Psalms 139:17-18)  So many times he has been right by our side and held our hand and carried us through things that we could not see.  So many times He has protected us from hurt, harm, and danger.  If you were to do the math of His goodness, how many times would you count?  When you know the times He has done for you, you should know the times you should have said thank you.  


Sing:  You know the Lords been good, He’s really been good, He’s been so good to me, I just can’t let Him down, I can’t let Him down, He’s really been good to me.


Thought For Today:  When you know the times He has done for you, you should know how many times you should have said thank you.  

Monday, September 21, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 21 Septemberr 2020




Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.” (Titus 2:10)


Today’s Morsel:  As Abraham Lincoln stated, “You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.”  One of the things about inward and outward holiness is that what is on the inside will manifest itself on the outside.  And what is usually seen outward is what is within.  Paul told Titus that he should teach things that become sound doctrine, that the people may adorn themselves with the doctrine of God in all things (emphasis mine).  If you are not wearing the doctrine of Christ, then who is going to believe that you are a Christian?  Paul told the church at Colossi, “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.(Colossians 3:12-14)  If we are not wearing the gospel then we probably are not making an impact in the lives of others, nor are we making it more beautiful than what it is.  When we are saved, it becomes the duty of every born-again believer to present the gospel through their lives, that others may see their good works and glorify their Father in heaven.  What do you have on today?


Sing:  He gave me beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that we might be trees of righteousness, the planted of the Lord that He might be glorified.


Thought For Today:  How beautiful is the gospel in your life? (Parker)