Monday, May 23, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 May 23

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering. And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass, And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, And rams' skins dyed red, and badgers' skins, and shittim wood, Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense, Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate. And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. (Exodus 25:1-8)

Today’s Morsel:  God has always desired to dwell among His people.  From creation, He was with Adam in the cool of the day.  From the Exodus of slavery out of Egypt, God wanted to be with them.  He wanted to lead them and protect them.   He told Moses, let the people make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.  Make a place of refuge for them that they can come to and I will meet them there.  Today, church is a place of refuge and a place where God desires to meet with His people.  This is why we do not neglect the assembling of ourselves together in the House of Lord.  He wants to be with us in His house and dwell among us during the special time of gathering together.  Jesus told His disciples, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:16-17).   Daily, we are the sanctuary that God desires to dwell in.  We are the church.  Have you made it fitting for Him according to the pattern that He’s shown you?  If we obey His word, we will be a sanctuary that He will always dwell in.

Sing: Lord, prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true.  With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living, sanctuary for You.

Thought For Today:  We are the house that God wants to dwell in (Parker).

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