Exodus 25-26

Chapter 25 is the LORD’s call to the people to give according to how “every man whose heart moves him.” Furthermore, detailed descriptions of the ark of the covenant with the mercy seat, the table for the bread of the presence, and the lampstands (all solid gold or gold overlaid).

Chapter 26 is the very detailed description of the tabernacle: the curtains, bars, rings, clasps, and stands as well as the size and orientation.

Psalm 47-48

Psalm 47 is a prophetic psalm of the second coming of Christ and the Messianic kingdom.

Luke 9-10

Luke 9 really clearly shows the confusion about Christ during his time on Earth as well as the LORD’s declaration of who He is: Herod wondered if he were John the Baptist, or perhaps Elijah. Then Jesus asks his disciples who people were saying that he was: they reported the same theories: John the Baptist, Elijah, or a prophet. Christ pointedly asks: who do you say that I am?

That is really the issue. It does not matter what others are saying about Christ, does it? He wants to know what I say about him…what you say about him.

Peter answers him boldly (puffing out his chest, I’m sure): “The Christ of God.”

Later, Jesus takes the three up on the mountain, and guess what? They see him talking with Moses and Elijah! The people have been wondering who Christ is, and have been speculating a reincarnation of perhaps a prophet of old. But here, on the mountain, not only does Jesus talk with Moses and Elijah, but YHWH himself, speaks from the cloud and states: “This is my Son, my Chosen One, listen to him!” Now, what were Moses and Elijah talking to Jesus about? I don’t know…one day I’ll ask, but for sure, they were there to show Peter, James, and John that Jesus is neither Moses nor Elijah, and YHWH himself states that he is actually God!

Also of note in Chapter 9, he sends out the twelve (9:1-6) and in the same manner in Chapter 10 he sends out the 72 (10:1-20) with similar instructions.

Another parallelism is Jesus’ statements on the cost of following him (9:23-27 & 9:57-63).

Also, today I listened to a fantastic sermon on spiritual gifts by John Piper.

Preaching from Romans 1:11,12, he states that the issue is not what our spiritual gift is (or are), but how we use them. They need to proceed from faith with a goal of faith: we act in faith to help/encourage/build up the faith of other believers. Any fruitfulness as a result of this is, by definition, a spiritual gift. He is not so much hung up on the idea of taking a spiritual gift inventory or trying to determine your spiritual gift from an aggregated list from the Bible.

This sermon is like a breath of fresh air regarding spiritual giftedness. I have always been at a loss concerning my giftedness. Have you ever felt like you did not have any particular gift, yet, you knew by the very promise of scripture that, as a believer, you had been given at least one by the Holy Spirit?