Wednesday, April 21, 2010

2010 April 21 - Morning Manna

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men (1 Corinthians 1:18-25).

Today’s Morsel: There is both power and wisdom in the cross. The cross is symbolic and pictorial of the tabernacle in the wilderness. When you observe how the items were to be placed by Moses in the tabernacle, it is a replica of the cross. This is where wisdom comes in. Solomon said, get wisdom and with all thy getting get an understanding (Proverbs 4:7). Notice, you always come to the foot of the cross first. When the children of Israel came to the tabernacle, they came in from the east. “From the rising of the sun until the going down of the same, the Lord's name is to be praised” (Psalms 113:3). T he sun rises in the east. Next, they entered the court. “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Psalms 100:4). Once in the gate and into the court, they encountered the brazen altar. Death of their sacrifice, repentance. “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). Next, was the brazen laver. Washing. Baptism. All New Testament saints are to be born again of the water and the spirit; and that doesn’t mean from your mother’s womb, nor as a baby. “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4). Then you entered the Holy place. The table of shew bread. Twelve loaves representing the twelve tribes of Israel and Jesus as the Bread of Life (John 6:35). The golden candle sticks. Light. “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). Next was the altar of incense. The sweet smelling savor, our praise. “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name”(Hebrews 13:15). Then they entered the Holy of Holies where we find the Ark of the Covenant and the mercy seat over shadowed by two angels. Noah built an Ark. Moses' mother placed him inside of an Ark. Inside the Ark of the covenant was Aaron’s rod that budded; the resurrection and the life (John 11:25). The table of stone (Ten Commandments); the word of life (1 John 1:1). And a pot of manna; the bread of life (John 6:35). The angels are ministering spirits sent forth to minister to the heirs of salvation (Hebrews 1:14). The mercy seat is where God sits. "God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work" (Psalms 62:11-12). So, no matter how you look at it, there is wisdom and power in the cross. Remember, the cross is to be carried, not worn.

Sing: At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light, and the burden of my heart rolled away. It was there by faith I received my sight, and now I am happy all the day

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