Two options are available in God’s kingdom program: Get with the program, or get run over by the program! The Lord is long-suffering, patient, and kind, but the end result of a willful rebellion against Him is destruction.
The contrast between Pharaoh and Moses is an exact picture of Jesus’ parable in Matthew 21:44. Pharaoh was a powerful, proud, and self-centered leader whose iron will is well documented in biblical history, but Moses was a broken man. Moses was the meekest man on earth—one who had been tamed by his many years of humble service with sheep. He had tried to deliver Israel by himself, yet failed. Failure brought brokenness, and brokenness brought meekness.
Pharaoh, on the other hand, refused to be broken before God. He repeatedly hardened his heart and was eventually led into the waters of the Red Sea. There he was crushed by the falling stone of God’s justice. Break or be broken was the choice, and Pharaoh unwisely chose the latter. As the bodies of dead soldiers washed upon the sand, the message was clear: “The Lord will reign forever and ever!” (Exodus 15:18).
We know from the biblical account of Israel’s exodus from Egypt that Moses grew weary of the Israelites’ constant grumbling. Though they experienced many miracles on their wilderness journey, distasteful experiences and feelings of being robbed or cheated had left them bitter.
Esau, too, developed a “root of bitterness” (Hebrews 12:15-17 KJV) because he felt Jacob had stolen his birthright. Naomi, Ruth’s mother-in-law, changed her name to Mara (or bitter) because she lost her husband and two sons through death (Ruth 1:20).
Bitterness can happen to anyone who has been hurt. Reflections of the past can pour back into our minds, spilling poison into the waters of our relationships. But God can turn bitterness into blessing. That’s just what He did when he showed Moses a tree that made the bitter waters sweet.
The cross of Jesus can be thrown into any bitter pool and its waters made sweet. In their darkest hour, Paul and Silas chose to praise God in the Philippian prison (Acts 16:25), and God made their bitter waters sweet.
Only the cross of Christ will keep you free from the root of bitterness as well as the fruit of bitterness: disease. Let the cross sweeten your waters today. Be healed, emotionally and physically, from the waters of Marah.
The church in the wilderness modeled the biblical pattern of oversight. Leaders of tens, fifties, hundreds, and thousands were selected to care for the basic needs of the people and to settle their disputes. As a result, Moses had to review only the most difficult cases and policies. His primary job was to commune with God and to teach the Word.
The apostles discovered this principle in the selection of deacons, which freed them to use their time “in prayer and preaching and teaching the word” (Acts 6:4). The early church not only met daily in the temple but also gathered “in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity (Acts 2:46). Apostles, deacons, and church members all helped carry the load of the growing congregation.
Burned-out pastors and leaders are a testimony to the huge toll of counseling, visiting, and arbitrating required in the church today. In actuality, the pastor is not called to do all ministry, but he is “to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church” (Ephesians 4:12). Pastors, bring them in, build them up, release their gifts, and send them out. In this way, you will be able to endure as Moses did.
There is the law, and then there is the spirit of the law. In Matthew 23:23, Jesus addressed this issue when He gave His only New Testament statement on tithing. He rebuked the Pharisees for being meticulous in tithing a tenth of each little tiny seed they owned while neglecting the more important parts of the law: justice, mercy, and faith. He did not tell them to abandon their faithful tithing, but He encouraged them to expand their thinking to include the needs of others.
Tithing is biblical. Jesus is the High Priest who receives your tithes (Hebrews 7:8), and tithing will release a supernatural blessing in your life so great that you will not be able to contain it (Malachi 3:10). Above the mere obedience to the duty of the law, however, is the spirit of the law.
As New Testament Christians, we should move beyond the obligation of tithing to showing mercy through the giving of offerings above the tithe to support the needy worldwide. The tithe sustains the local church, and offerings advance world outreach. Start with the tithe, out of duty and obedience. End with the offering, out of love, compassion, and the spirit of the law.
As the people of Israel stood next to Mount Sinai and received the commandments of God, the thunder, loud blast of the horn, lightning, and smoke all caused the people to say, “Don’t let God speak directly to us. If he does, we will die!” (Exodus 20:19).
The voice of the Lord is an awesome power, similar to lightning piercing through your entire being. The sound and power of His voice reinforced the fear of God that the Israelites were to show in their dealings with one another. They were not to steal from, oppress, or be unjust to one another in any way. God said, “If you do and they cry out to me, then I will surely help them. My anger will blaze forth against you, and I will kill you with the sword” (Exodus 22:23-24). Anyone who can steal casually from others or from God has never heard the voice of the Lord.
Jesus told His disciples, “For as the lightning lights up the entire sky, so it will be when the Son of Man comes” (Matthew 24:27). Get ready for the greatest manifestation of the voice of the Lord: the return of Christ!
The three feasts of Israel describe how God views human history. The annual calendar for Israel began with the shedding of a lamb’s blood in the Passover (the Feast of Unleavened Bread). Likewise, our salvation began with the shedding of Christ’s blood on the cross.
Next came the Feast of Harvest (Pentecost). The Church in the New Testament also was birthed in a mighty harvest on the day of Pentecost.
The last feast was the Feast of Final Harvest (Tabernacles) held at the end of the year. What a picture that celebration presents of the end of time! A final, culminating harvest will occur, just as at the Feast of Final Harvest when the Israelites gathered in their crops from the field.
Christ told His disciples to watch and be ready for the final harvest and His return. Like a thief in the night, He will return to gather the harvest of those who have been faithful during His absence (Matthew 24). His sudden appearance to rescue His Church will leave one in the field and one at the mill while their partners suddenly disappear. Let’s be ready for the moment of His glorious return. Behold, “His return is very near, right at the door” (v. 33).
The burning flames of the lampstand represent the “seven spirits of God” mentioned in Revelation 4:5 that burn continually and eternally before the throne of God. Because the flame of worship is never to cease, an unending supply of oil is necessary.
Jesus spoke of seven wise and seven foolish virgins. The primary difference between the two groups was that the wise took extra oil for their lamps, while the foolish did not (Matthew 25:3-4). In this parable, the wise virgins were those whose lives were prepared and ready for the heavenly Bridegroom. They were like the servants who were found using their talents wisely when the Master returned (v. 19).
The point of these examples is readiness. First is the readiness of a life constantly filled with the Holy Spirit—a life burning brightly day and night in worship. Second is a life that is attentive to the Bride-groom’s call, denying the foolish lusts that drain the oil. Finally is a life that is spiritually productive, developing talents to the fullest potential.
Keep your lamps full, trimmed, and burning. The Bridegroom will come when you least expect Him, and there will be no time to find the oil you need.
In the Old Testament, the high priest was anointed by the pouring of oil upon his head. In Aaron’s case, it was an amount so profuse that it ran down onto his beard and the collar of his robe (Psalm 133:2). In Matthew 26:7, the woman who anointed Jesus’ head was doing something more significant than she realized. Her act of love was symbolic of Jesus’ role as our great High Priest, an office beautifully understood by examining the garments worn by the priest in Exodus 28.
The most conspicuous garment of the priest was the breastplate. On it were twelve precious jewels, each engraved with one of the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. Also significant were the two onyx stones on the high priest’s shoulders, each engraved with six names. It is interesting to note that the jewels and stones were located on the heart and shoulders of the priest, indicating the two places of intercession.
Jesus, our great High Priest, bears our names and needs before the Father continually. We are always on His heart! He carries our needs on His shoulders, making it unnecessary for us to carry them. Instead of worrying about our needs, let us rejoice that He is our anointed High Priest. “He lives forever to plead with God on [our] behalf” (Hebrews 7:25).
There is something about a sacrifice of love that God calls a “pleasing aroma” (Exodus 29:18 NIV). The pure and spotless ram that burned in its entirety on the altar was an acceptable sacrifice that brought God pleasure. In the same way, the world was filled with the stench of sin until the sweet smell of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice was offered to God.
In Gethsemane, Jesus totally submitted His will to the Father (Matthew 26:39) out of devotion to God and love for the world. Christ, the perfect Lamb, climbed onto the altar of God to be sacrificed of His own free will. This perfect offering pleased God eternally.
Now we can please Him by walking in love and serving the needs of others instead of thinking only of ourselves (Ephesians 5:2). Paul called the Philippians’ financial missionary offerings “a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable to God and pleases him” (Philippians 4:18). Each financial gift given out of personal sacrifice pleases Him immensely. Furthermore, when we sacrifice our right to be bitter and unforgiving in order to choose love, our action permeates God’s throne room as a sweet aroma. Let’s fill heaven with that aroma . . . and the world with the knowledge of Jesus!
Bezalel had no idea how to build a tabernacle. None had ever been built before! However, God “filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, intelligence, and skill in all kinds of crafts” (Exodus 31:3). God has so much wisdom and creativity that He made not just a tabernacle but also a universe! He “established the heavens” and “marked off the earth’s foundations” (Proverbs 8:27, 29).
The person referred to by the writer of Proverbs was called the “architect at his side” (v. 30). What a joy it is to work alongside God! He is the Creator, and He is able to impart His creativity and wisdom as you work for Him. The key to attaining that creativity is the Holy Spirit.
Bezalel’s ideas did not come from his brain, but from his spirit. In 1 Corinthians 2:10, we read how the “Spirit searches out everything and shows us even God’s deep secrets.” He wants to reveal those secrets to you. So claim His creativity today in your work, your finances, and your ministry. Then build according to the blueprint He shows you!
How easily our human nature shows through in times of trial! On Mount Sinai, Israel was poised for its greatest hour but failed the test when it came. As Moses was on the mountain receiving the Law, the Israelites waited for his return. That was all they had to do: wait. The waiting got the best of them, however, and before the time was up, they had made a golden calf and called it their god.
Peter, also, at his most important moment in life, succumbed to the flesh. With Christ being interrogated in a building nearby, Peter denied that he had ever known the Lord. Oh, how weak is the human flesh!
How do you conduct yourself when your leaders are out of sight? Can God trust you to be true to Him even when you wonder where He is in your life? If you seem to be in a “holding pattern,” remain faithful. The time when you think the Lord has deserted you is often the very time when God is actually testing your true character. He is observing you now, so hold steady. The Lord will return when you least expect it!
S . . . L . . . O . . . W . . . to anger is definitely a characteristic of the Lord, and quick to anger is what we humans are! We set our agendas for each day, each month, and each year and grow upset when our schedules are violated. We get frustrated with mechanical breakdowns, inefficient service, and difficult relationships.
God’s nature, however, is just the opposite. When He told Moses His name, God revealed that He is compassionate and gracious. Because He is abounding in love and faithfulness, He is more concerned with a person’s needs than with his faults.
How well we need to learn that lesson! A faithful marriage partner, for example, will stick with his spouse even when that person is hard to love. He will live in the light of the scripture found in 2 Timothy 2:13: “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.”
Besides being faithful and compassionate, God is forgiving (Exodus 34:6-7). Such forgiveness is the crowning virtue of His long-suffering. Because He automatically forgives those who repent of wickedness, God is automatically slow to anger.
Make it a practice to control your anger by instant and spontaneous forgiveness when someone does something to hurt you. If Jesus could forgive the soldiers for their abuse (Matthew 27:28-31), how much more should you be able to control the petty anger and frustrations of everyday life?
Never has there been an illustration of a people more excited and generous toward fulfilling a vision than that of the Israelites giving toward the construction of the tabernacle in the wilderness. The Israelites were so grateful to God for delivering them from Egypt that they delighted to give of their wealth and labor to build a magnificent sanctuary. Loaded with the silver, gold, and jewels that the Egyptians had given them the night of their departure, they willingly set their hearts to work, sew, and build.
The Israelites’ example characterizes the power of the church when united by a common vision. Why not catch the vision of your church and apply your full strength and resources toward making that vision a reality? What has God given you? A talent? Some unexpected income? Some extra time? Find the vision God is building in you and your church and then work with your whole soul toward achieving it until you have to be told, “Enough!”
Jesus gave His all on the cross. He withheld nothing. The least you can do is to give bountifully of the resources His death secured for you!
Troubles come in many forms, shapes, and sizes and include anything that disturbs the peace and tranquility of your life. Two things must be expected when you follow the Lord: First, the devil will throw his fiery darts to try to discourage you through troubling circumstances. Second, no matter the affliction, the Lord will deliver you.
How does He do it? The Word of God says, “The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help” (Psalm 34:15). Furthermore, “The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles” (v. 17). The Lord is watching you and listening to you when you walk through difficulties, and He is eager to rescue you from any trouble.
The disciples faced the deepest despair and trouble of their lives after the crucifixion of Christ. Little did they know, however, that God had a plan and was going to resurrect Christ! That’s the way it is for us, too. We don’t always realize that God is in control in every circumstance of life and has a plan of resurrection waiting to unfold.
When you see the “trouble” side in life, hang in there. You will surely see the “delivering” side as well!
Throughout history God has called His people to follow Him. That divine mandate to leave all and follow Him is the very crux of the Gospels. God does not need decision-makers—He needs hearers. He is looking for those who will hear His voice and respond, following Him even to the uttermost parts of the earth.
Moses did not make his own decisions concerning the building of the tabernacle but “proceeded to do everything as the Lord had commanded him” (Exodus 40:16). In all the travels of the Israelites, they followed the cloud as instructed, never moving unless the cloud moved (v. 36-37). It was not their place to determine when to move or where to go. They were totally dependent on God’s guidance.
After He was baptized in the Jordan, “immediately the Holy Spirit compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness” (Mark 1:12). Without questioning or hesitating, Jesus followed the Spirit and went into a most unlikely place. In the same way, many times your mind cannot comprehend the directions of God, but you can be led of Him by your spirit, for you are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Paul said, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God” (Romans 8:14). The cloud of God is no longer above you, but within you! Wait for the “cloud of peace” before moving in any direction. Don’t make a hasty decision, but simply purpose from this day forward to follow the Lamb wherever He goes (Revelation 14:4).
Jesus was busy for God. His days were filled with divine activity in healing the sick, driving out demons, and preaching the Gospel. Throughout His hectic schedule, however, there remained one constant: fellowship with God. Such fellowship was the secret of Jesus’ power in ministry.
You must not get more interested in the work of God than in the God of the work! Spending time with God provides a continual recharging of your spiritual battery. As you fellowship with Him, you are able to both listen to His direction and continually enjoy His presence.
In Leviticus 3:1 Moses spoke of the peace offering. This was an offering given to the Lord simply to express worship and love for Him. After Jesus had spent time alone in worship and prayer to the Father, He knew the direction He was to take and shared it with His disciples: “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too, because that is why I came” (Mark 1:38).
As you draw away to express your love for the Lord in that secret place of prayer, the Lord will show you the next move for your life. So draw aside from the world, climb the hill of God every morning, and be refreshed, redirected, and refired!
Guilt does not simply go away. The modern method of denying guilt just postpones it until a later day. Repressed and denied guilt will always resurface in the form of anger, bitterness, rejection, and failure.
God knows how unforgiven sin will destroy you and your relationship with Him and others. In the Old Testament, He gave instructions for the guilt offering that related to any situation, whether it was the high priest, a leader, an individual, or the entire community that had sinned. The only way to be forgiven in the Old Testament system was to bring an individual sacrifice. Worshipers brought a bull, a goat, a lamb, two pigeons, or a handful of fine flour, depending upon their status and means. No sin or negligence was swept under the rug by God but was paid for by something.
Sinners are Jesus’ specialty. The Bible tells us that not only is God precise with sin, but He is also merciful toward sinners. Take Levi, for example. Jesus accepted Levi’s invitation to dine with him and his friends, who were notorious sinners. When the Pharisees discovered this, they criticized the Lord. Jesus responded, “I have come to call sinners, not those who think they are already good enough”
Jesus is your “guilt offering.” Release your guilt to the cross and praise Him, knowing that you were once a sinner but now have been forgiven.
Handling opposition is difficult, especially if the opposition is from those you love. Jesus faced opposition continually, even from those in His own family who said, “He’s out of his mind” (Mark 3:21). In addition, Jesus also faced opposition from the teachers of the Law who remarked, “He’s possessed by Satan” (v. 22).
David gave the best prescription for handling opposition. First, he said to trust in the Lord. Never believe that a problem is yours. Just relax as a baby would in the arms of its mother.
Second, David said to delight in the Lord. Keep your focus on the delightful relationship between you and your God. Never let the devil steal your joy and the sense that all is well.
Third, he said to “commit everything you do to the Lord” (Psalm 37:5). Commit means “to roll.” Just shift the weight of opposition from your shoulders onto the shoulders of God. He is more than able to carry it.
Finally, David said in verse 7 of Psalm 37 to “be still.” How quickly we want to take matters into our own hands and begin to “fight fire with fire”! We’ve got to learn, however, to discipline ourselves to wait on the Lord to fight the battle for us.
Trust, delight, commit, and be still, and in the end you will see that the battle belongs to the Lord.
Harvest is a time of high motivation, a time when all the efforts of an entire year come to fruition. How can someone sleep if the grain is standing ready and a storm is coming that can ruin it? If people sleep, they are wasting the blood, sweat, and tears of all the laborers before them. They are turning their backs on the financial rewards the harvest will bring at the market. They are wasting their day of opportunity.
Jesus spoke of those who receive the Word but are distracted by lives of ease and pleasure. Although the harvest is ripe, they are busy pursuing the things of this world. He reminded us that others, however, would be wise sons or daughters who would gather thirtyfold, sixtyfold, and a hundredfold in the day of harvest (Mark 4:20).
We are now in the period of the greatest spiritual harvest the world has ever seen. Hundreds of thousands of new Christians are being saved every day. Lay aside your sleep and wake up! Your summer of harvest may never happen again this side of eternity.
The command of faith in the mouth of Jesus was astounding. With two words, an entire storm broke, and the violence of death was stilled. The Word of God in your mouth is the most powerful force in the world. Paul said, “The message is close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart” (Romans 10:8).
Jesus is the Word; therefore, when you speak the Word, you are speaking Jesus into your situation. Faith consists of first believing in your heart that God’s Word is true and then speaking that Word to your circumstances and watching them change.
When Jesus spoke the command of faith to the legion of demons, they had no choice but to obey (Mark 5:13). The centurion, too, understood this principle and told the Lord that all that was needed was a simple command from His mouth for his servant to be healed (Matthew 8:8-9).
Joshua spoke to the sun, Jesus spoke to the fig tree, and you can speak to your storms. Expect the Word of God in your mouth to move mountains!
The Master made no conscious decision to heal the woman with the issue of blood mentioned in this passage. Her faith had decided that Christ was the Source of all healing and that God was no respecter of persons. She believed she could tap into that well of life by faith.
Healing must be received, like a radio receives radio waves. Christ is our Healer, but we must be tenacious and unwavering in our perseverance to receive the healing we need. Someone has said that faith is like a fuse. A fuse is tiny and unassuming, having no power in itself except to complete a circuit so power can flow. The fuse only works with low resistance; otherwise, it will blow! In the same way, Christ is the mighty Generator of the power of God, and we need only keep our little “fuses of faith” in the line.
When the report of his daughter’s death reached his ears, Jairus, like the woman with the issue of blood, kept his “faith fuse” from blowing. He refused to allow fear to blow his fuse and short-circuit his miracle (Mark 5:36).
Tap in today with your “fuse of faith.” Christ the Healer is alive!
Sin is a spiritual disease that has strong parallels to leprosy in the natural world. In biblical days, leprosy was a progressive, incurable, contagious disease. It was extremely dangerous to the person afflicted even if only a small area was affected.
Why would the Law pronounce a person who had become covered in the disease to be clean? Charles Spurgeon pointed out leprosy’s striking parallel to the consciousness of sin. When we think we have only a spot of sin, we are unclean, but when we realize that we are totally consumed by sin, we can be made clean! God wants us to understand that our own self-righteousness is as “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). Only as we abandon our claim to being anything good before God can He come in as our great High Priest and make us clean.
Pity those who feel they only need God as a “Band-Aid” on their sin and don’t comprehend that they are totally consumed by the dreaded disease. Come to Jesus repentant, helpless, and hopeless. He will make His eternal pronouncement: You are clean!
No book could contain the volume of miraculous events that took place during the ministry of Jesus. “Wherever he went . . . they laid the sick in the market plazas and streets. The sick begged him to let them at least touch the fringe of his robe, and all who touched it were healed”
(Mark 6:56). Masses of suffering human beings were carried, laid by the road, and pressed closely to the Master in hopes of receiving just one healing touch. Not one was refused or turned away. Every person who was willing to press in and touch Him received a miracle.
Today, remarkably, more and more miracles are occurring on a worldwide scale. Every day on every continent of the world, thousands receive miraculous healings and deliverances in the name of Jesus. We must take a fresh look at suffering, sighing, dying humanity and purpose to bring this healing, delivering Jesus to their rescue. If we take His name and plunge into the sea of human need, we will find His footsteps and hands following right behind us!
Unclean was the word the Pharisees most feared. They spent hours washing pots, spots, and dots! They followed and amplified to impossible proportions every little hygienic requirement of the Mosaic Law. Jesus answered the objections of the Pharisees by pointing out that unclean refers more to a state of the heart than to a state of the hands.
Bad attitudes, anger, adulteries, and arrogance cannot be removed from the human heart by any amount of hand washing. Unlike unclean foods that are simply processed through the body and the wastes removed naturally, unclean attitudes sit like poison in the human spirit and wait to spring into actions.
Aaron learned the mystery of cleansing before God: “Then he must dip his finger into the blood and sprinkle it seven times over the altar. In this way, he will cleanse it from Israel’s defilement and return it to its former holiness” (Leviticus 16:19). Water may cleanse the body, but only blood can cleanse the spirit! Reach out and apply that blood to your spirit today.
Jesus sighed. This word is used to describe a groan drawn from deep within. Before a miracle occurs, the Holy Spirit must groan, or pray from within us. Romans 8:26 tells us that we do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. That groaning, or inner compassion of the Spirit, always comes right before the works of God are revealed.
Jesus said, “Ephphatha!” (Mark 7:34 KJV), which is an Aramaic word describing the loosing of an entire person, not just a part. Satan had kept this man in bondage, and Christ was commanding him to “be loosed!” The string (or in the Greek, “bondage”) of his tongue was immediately loosed. The process included groaning, commanding, and then loosing!
This is the work of the Church. We are to be so filled with the Holy Spirit that we feel the needs of the poor (Psalm 41:1) and command them to “be loosed!” Ask the Holy Spirit to pray through you for the needs of those in bondage. Satan must loose them because we are of the company of “Ephphatha!”
As one of the two great commandments Jesus quoted from the Old Testament, this rule consists of five simple words that embody everything else: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” For New Testament believers, the Holy Spirit automatically teaches their hearts to do all that relates to this commandment. But for those who were under the Law, God had to spell out exactly how they should behave.
Leviticus 19 tells us that God instructed His people to be generous (vv. 9-10) and to leave something in the fields for the poor. He commanded them not to steal, lie, or deceive one another (vv. 11-13). He told them to respect the helpless (v. 14) and not to take advantage of them. He directed them to judge their neighbors fairly, not showing favoritism (v. 15). Finally, He told them not to slander, harbor hatred, or seek revenge (vv. 16-18). As simple as these commandments sound, they gave practical steps to the admonition to “love your neighbor.”
Love is the fulfilling of the Law and the highest of God’s commandments. In all your relationships, apply this “royal command” (James 2:8). God will bless you, and others will love you in return!
The requirements for the priesthood were extremely high. Priests were separated unto God and restricted as to whom they could marry because they had “been made holy by the anointing oil of . . . God” (Leviticus 21:12). The high priest could not even touch a dead body or mourn for a dead parent. His emotions, priorities, and focus were restricted by his walk in the anointing.
Walking away from sin is not a difficult choice for those of us who understand how precious is the anointing of the Holy Spirit. We cannot walk, touch, and marry as we choose. We willingly restrict our lives in order to avoid grieving the Holy Spirit of God. Others may be able to compromise their lifestyles with seemingly no penalty, but our choices all center on keeping His anointing. We are totally devoted unto God. Our lives are our ministries, and our callings are our priorities.
On the Mount of Transfiguration, Christ’s anointing shone through His very garments (Mark 9:3). So strong was the anointing that demons ran when confronted with it (v. 26). Is it worthwhile to desire that kind of anointing? Absolutely! Receive it, walk in it, and minister in it. Nothing in life is as precious as the anointing.
Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles were the three Jewish calendar feasts. Passover exemplifies our salvation, for Passover is the time when we remember how the blood of Jesus has been applied to the doorposts of our hearts. Pentecost, the day when the firstfruits were reaped, represents our baptism in the Holy Spirit. The Feast of Tabernacles, a seven-day celebration of the completion of Solomon’s temple, depicts a futuristic, eternal celebration of the completion of harvest.
Heaven will be the place of celebration at the completion of the heavenly temple, at the final ingathering of the harvest. Heaven is the place where Christ’s victory over Satan will be celebrated forever. Heaven will be an eternal camp meeting where cares are left behind, total rest and refreshing are continual, and joy is unbridled. Throughout the long year of labor, let us anticipate the final feast at the end of time. In that day, our labors will be over, and God will be our entire reward.