Bible Readers

With Pastor Dave Roussel

Tag: Psalms 37

Inquiring Of The Lord

February 7 – Today’s Readings – Exodus 31-33 and Psalms 37

Don’t you love the account of “the tent of meeting”, where Moses would go to meet with God and the people would come wanting to “inquire of the Lord”? It is wonder that Moses’ young aid, Joshua would then remain in the tent – presumably because he had become “addicted” to the presence of the Lord and couldn’t get enough of it. It’s this kind of hunger and love for the Father that the Holy Spirit has now given to us all. God has placed this thirst in us by His Spirit so that we too yearn to constantly be at the tent of meeting – constantly having an ear open to God and listening for His instructions in every situation.

We really can’t move on from here without taking some time to reflect upon the infamous “calf” situation. What struck me when reading the account this time around was that the people did have a desire for the “spiritual”. Their religious efforts were misguided however and if you look at the outcome of this particular religious ceremony it was not unlike one that you might see on the National Geographic Channel where some tribe, somewhere, is being observed. The combination of a god bless + alcohol + wild lewd dancing + frenzied “out of control” behavior is fairly common even in today’s religions (or culture as some would call it). I recently viewed two videos depicting this very thing, one about Haitian voodoo and the other about Pseudo-Catholicism in the Andes.

Inevitably we need to ask the question “do we have any golden calves in our society today”? I think the answer is fairly obvious – just have a look at what is worshiped and you will find your answer. You and I must seek to never get caught up in the same insanity that the world runs after. Do you remember the last time the Edmonton Oilers made a run for the Stanley Cup? (Most of my readers weren’t even born yet!) The normally quiet city of Edmonton was a madhouse of idol worship. What about when all the transient workers came seeking their fortunes in Fort McMurray during the boom years – making $12,000 or more per month and spending most of their money on cocaine and other substances they snorted up their noses.

One last thought – although there is a lot more we could talk about – when Moses got close to God, he requested to see “His glory”. God’s response was very interesting. He said, “I will proclaim my name, The Lord, in your presence.” I find this as true today as it was then – hidden within the names of God we find the glory of God. Remember when we did a brief review of the Lord’s Prayer and stopped to focus a bit on some of the names of God? This is what I’m talking about – the names of God reveal the glorious attributes of the Father. Within His name we find the answers to all the questions and desires of the human heart. Please continue to show us your Glory Lord!

Questions:

1. Comment on how you experience the “Tent of Meeting” in your life.

2. Comment on other “Golden Calves” in our world.

3. Discuss other aspects of the “Glory of God”.

Amazing Prophecy!

August 7 – Today’s Readings – Jeremiah 31-33 and Psalms 37

What a prophet! Look again at Chapter 31:33-34 – “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them in their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor or a man his brother, saying know the Lord, because they will all know me from the least of them to the greatest.”

Compare this to the book of Hebrews where we read:

– “Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: ‘Today, if you hear his voice do not harden your hearts.” [Hebrews 4:7]

– “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” [Hebrews 8:10]

– “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” [Hebrews 10:16]

All of this is precisely what the Holy Spirit of God has done in us! It’s certainly one of the greatest miracles of all eternity, yet it’s hardly ever mentioned as a miracle. When the Holy Spirit fills our lives, the very Spirit who authored the World and the Word of God becomes our resident teacher.

In this passage Jeremiah is speaking to Israel BEFORE their captivity in Babylon, telling them about the New Testament – of what the sacrifice of the Cross of Jesus would do for the world. The Israelites heard it then and ignored it. I wonder if we have really heard it now? This was a brand new thing – God writing His Word on our hearts and in our minds – so that we can’t escape it and so that it will always be with us. God now speaks to us so that we can plainly hear Him – so that we can receive “teaching” from the Holy Spirit as we go along! WOW! What an adventure we have gotten ourselves into – walking and talking with Jesus – doing the bidding of God Almighty – hearing the whispers of the God of all eternity in every situation. This is the new living way that God meant mankind to live. Lets take full advantage of this wonderful spiritual ability that God has given us.

“He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” (John 8:47)

Questions:

1. Tell of another Old Testament situation where God was plainly speaking of the Holy Spirit living in out hearts.
2. Give a specific example of how the Holy Spirit has spoken directly into your heart.

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