Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 122

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Welcome to Day 122 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: 1 Chronicles 16; Psalm 106; Matthew 19 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

S cripture

1 Chronicles 16:1, “They brought the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and they presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before God. 2 After David had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD…

4 He appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, to make petition, to give thanks, and to praise the LORD, the God of Israel… They were to play the lyres and harps, Asaph was to sound the cymbals, 6 and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow the trumpets regularly before the ark of the covenant of God.”

Psalm 106:1 echoes much of what was sung at the return of the Ark… “Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” v 48 “Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, ‘Amen!'”

Matthew 19:1-11, Jesus is questioned about divorce, takes them back to Genesis and what Moses wrote. Divorce is almost always an issue of hardness of heart and/or unfaithfulness.

Jesus blessed the little children… converses with the rich young man…

O bservation

David’s Tabernacle is now in full operation. Different from the Tabernacle of Moses…

David’s Tabernacle had no outer court or furnishings, no holy place or furnishings, David’s now had the Holy of Holies (because David had the Ark) no veil restricting access, daily sacrifices of prayer and worship, a great host of musicians (and singers?) and ministers.

A new way of approaching the Lord… there were still sacrifices and burnt offerings morning and evening, but worship was now key.

A pplication

David’s Tabernacle was a picture of what we experience today. At the moment of Jesus’ death on the cross, the veil in the temple was torn top to bottom, exposing the Holy of Holies, giving “direct access” as it were, for all of us who worship the Lord!

Romans 12 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

We are now both priest and sacrifice. We are to present our bodies as living sacrifices. Living for him, day to day. This is our spiritual act of worship, in addition to our corporate times of worship, as David wrote in Psalm 68…

“Your procession has come into view, O God, the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary. 25 In front are the singers, after them the musicians; with them are the maidens playing tambourines. 26 Praise God in the great congregation; praise the LORD in the assembly of Israel.”

Worship is both an act and an attitude. It’s inward and outward. It’s spiritual and physical. It’s more than only singing songs. It’s both private and public at times…

David understood worship… he wrote songs, dance before the Lord with all his might. He gave offerings and sacrificed. Our offerings and sacrifices are different (since there is no longer a need for sacrifices of bulls and goats…) but we give our tithes and offerings… “Let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.” Hebrews 13:15

Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” How cool is that? That we may approach the throne of grace with confidence!

P rayer

Thank you Lord for making a way for us to draw near to you! To approach you with confidence!

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3 thoughts on “Day 122

  1. Nicole Marvin on said:

    Matthew 19:23-24
    “Jesus then said to his disciples, “I assure you: it will be very hard for rich people to enter the kingdom of heaven. vs 24 I repeat: it is much harder for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.”

    So, why would we strive to be rich? Why would we want the distractions that make it harder for us to enter the Kingdom?

    Lord, help me to keep my focus on you and your kingdom. Help me not to get distracted by this world and its desires.

  2. Marcia zecchini on said:

    Psalm 106. What a picture of not just the Israelites but of all we humans. We forget God, we despise His blessings, we grumble, we serve our idols and pass them down to our children. We “sank down in our iniquity.” God has delivered us all many times and never gives us what we deserve. But it gets better. Verse 44 says “nevertheless”. Oh I love that word. He relented because of His great compassion for us. God can save us from any pit we find ourselves in. Lord thank You for the depth of Your love and compassion for us all. We can move in it today and declare freedom for others.

  3. Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

    This is difficult to put into perspective in the modern day. How do we deal with cases of abusive relationships? I can see it being clearly acceptable for a woman to leave a marriage if being physically/emotionally abused. Clearly, if a man/woman divorces their spouse for someone else or because they put on weight, this is out of bounds. I have a friend who’s wife is controlling and manipulative when it comes to intimacy and she is constantly deceiving him when it comes to financial matters. Is it acceptable for him to ask for divorce? This certainly isn’t black and white…

    I think it is better to focus on how to avoid coming to such ends than to deal with the legalism of what is right and wrong. Several verses jump out at me.

    Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
    Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Colossians 3:18-19

    1 Peter 3:1-7 is also good reading on this.

    It is easy for the husband to focus on the requirement of the wife and not on himself and vice versa when reading these. The bottom line is that we can’t focus on ourselves. When we get married, we are spiritually joined to our spouse and no longer an individual. I think that Hollywood rock-star marriages and fairy tale dreams of happily ever after are tainting our view of marriage, which are hard work. But I have found that the harder the work, the better the reward.

    Lord, I pray for marriages and families today. I pray that “family values” goes from a meaningless political jingle to something that we take to heart. I pray for those who are being abused and manipulated in their marriages, that you comfort and protect them in their time of need. I pray that you provide for those who have been abandoned by their spouse.

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