Daily Bread - June 5, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 04 June 2020 10:56
John 1:14 - And the Word was made flesh and came and lived with us, and we
saw His glory: the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace
and truth.

Part 1 ~ Jesus "Tabernacled" Among Us

The Greek word 'skenoun,' related to 'skene' (tent), literally means, "to
pitch a tent", or tabernacle. Jesus came to "tabernacle" among us: the
human likeness, which He took when He was born of the virgin, was as a
house, or temple, in which His Eternal Glory came to dwell. The Authorized
Version renders it "dwell" 5 times. It is found in the Septuagint 4 times,
and its Hebrew equivalent is "yashabr." The first occurrence in the Old
Testament is in Genesis 13:12 and in the New Testament, John 1:14.

The concept of "tenting is first seen in Exodus 25:8-9. Yahweh told Israel
to make a tent, the Tabernacle (skene), so He could dwell among His people.
The prophet Zechariah declared by the word of the Lord in Zechariah 2:10
"Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for look, I come and will make my
dwelling (kataskenoun) in your midst." In Revelation 7:15 the verb
'skenoun' is used of God's presence in Heaven. Additionally, the Hebrew
root, "skn" which means "to dwell" is also the root from which the noun
"shekinah" is derived. The shekinah was regarded by rabbinic theology as
the visible presence of God among men, and became a word which described
God's glory. Also, just as the New Covenant was represented by the types
and ceremonies of the Old Covenant, so the shekinah in the tabernacle and
temple pointed to this manifestation of God in the flesh. Finally, there is
an allusion to the feast of tabernacles, which was typical of Christ, and
of his tabernacling in our nature.

In verse 14, the revelation is given of how all of God's glory seen in the
Old Testament may now be seen in Jesus, the only begotten Son. The glory of
God once seen on Mount Sinai, in the Tabernacle of Witness, in Solomon's
Temple, and finally by Ezekiel in Babylon was now manifested in the flesh
in Christ Jesus. And now God, in His Love and Grace, has made us a
tabernacle, a temple of the Holy Spirit in which Christ Jesus has come to
dwell, so we are now tabernacling together in Him. .
 
Daily Bread - June 4, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 04 June 2020 09:46
Genesis 4:3-4 - And in the course of time, Cain brought an offering to
Yahweh of the fruit of the ground. And Abel also brought of the firstborn
of his flocks and of their fat; and God Yahweh gazed on Abel and on his
offering. .

The Hebrew word minchah "offering," can refer to either a grain offering or
a meat offering. The text makes a distinction between Abel's offering of
the "first" and Cain's offering of "some". This Hebrew word is found 213
times, and first occurs here in Genesis 4:3. When Abel offered the
firstborn, He was doing the express will of God shown by the commands later
given to the children of Israel. The firstborn represents both that which
belongs to God, and the entirety of the flock. By giving the firstborn and
the fat, Abel was giving everything to God. And God "looked with favor",
which comes from the Hebrew word "shaah." This word literally means to
gaze, regard, or behold. The Akkadian cognate "seu" signifies "to look
closely into."
 
Daily Bread - June 3, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 03 June 2020 07:46
John 7:37-38 - Now in the last great day of the feast, Jesus stood and
cried out saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink! He
who believes in Me, just as the Scriptures said, 'Out of his belly shall
flow rivers of living water.'"

The idea that rivers of living water will flow out of the belly of man is
an allegory of an abundant and unlimited supply of the Spirit of God in
man. These rivers of living water are described to be the Holy Spirit that
would be given to men once Jesus was glorified. When Peter spoke of this
glorification in Acts 2:33, he related it to the language of the Spirit
evidenced for all of those standing before Peter to hear.

These rivers are described by the prophets in the Old Testament. In fact,
one of the songs that was common to sing on the last day of the feast of
Tabernacles is found in Isaiah 12:3, "With joy shall you draw waters out of
the well of salvation." Yet, now at this particular time Jesus promised a
supply of water going far beyond the concept of a well: it is an
overwhelming and unstoppable flow of converging rivers streaming out of the
belly of man.

Other Scriptures referring to the rivers are Isaiah 43:19-20, "Behold, I do
a new thing; now in shall spring forth. Shall you not know it? I will even
make a way in the wilderness; rivers in the desert...I give water in the
wilderness; rivers in the desert." (Isaiah 33:21, 44:3, 48:21; Deuteronomy
8:15; and Zechariah 14:8,11; Ezekiel 47:12; Psalms 46:4, 78:15-16; also 1
Corinthians 10:4). The psalmist said "you shall make them drink of the
rivers of your pleasure" (Psalms 36:8). The river of God is also picture in
Ezekiel 47 pouring out of the temple of God and bringing healing to
everything it touches. Finally, the river is pictured in Revelation 22
flowing forth from the throne of God and the Lamb. All of Heaven is calling
all men everywhere to come and drink of this water --the water that is
flowing out to everyone who has been Baptized in the Holy Spirit.

The Feast of Tabernacles was also linked with Zechariah 9-14, which
describes the triumph of Yahweh. In Zechariah 9:9, the Messiah comes to
Jerusalem, triumphantly riding on a donkey; Yahweh pours out a spirit of
compassion and supplication on Jerusalem in Zechariah 12:10; He opens up a
fountain for the house of David to cleanse Jerusalem (Zechariah 13:1); and
everything in Jerusalem is holy (Zechariah 14:20-21).
 
Daily Bread - June 2, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 02 June 2020 17:50
Colossians 3:14 - And above all of these love, which is the bond of
perfection.

Love is first in the list of the fruits of the Spirit; and when it is
allowed to rule us, joy and peace will be ours as well (Galatians 5:22).
The Greek word used here literally means the middle item joining two or
more things together. Love is the bond that fuses our actions with God's (1
John 4:7-21). Love causes our hearts to be knit together with one another,
which then results in an ever increasing manifestation of the glory and
power of God in our lives collectively and individually (Ephesians 4:15-16;
Colossians 2:2)

Imagine what a blessing God's saints would be if they were clothed with
love, allowed the peace of God to rule them, and were always giving thanks
(John 13:35; Ephesians 5:1-2; Colossians 3:15; 1Thessalonians 5:18). If we
are going to walk in love, then we need to be clothed with the humility of
Jesus. Too often, our own selfish interest takes over, and all
consciousness of responsibility is totally abandoned.
 
Daily Bread - June 1, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 01 June 2020 12:39
Acts 2:1 - And in the day that Pentecost was fulfilled, everyone had one
passion before Him.

Part 1 ~ Pentecost and Our Proper Posture Towards God

The first Pentecost, highlighted with Israel in the wilderness, was also
marked with great significance. The Lord God Almighty appeared in the midst
of the fire-cloud of glory, and spoke audibly from mount Sinai in the ears
of all Israel (Exodus 19:16-19). The law, with its typology and examples,
was a schoolmaster to bring us to the day that the glory of God would be
seen once again tabernacling in the lives of men (Colossians 2:17; Hebrews
8:5, 10:1; Galatians 3:23-25). So when the Day of Pentecost was fully come,
after Jesus had ascended to the throne of glory, the Fire of God came and
rested upon those cleansed and sanctified by His blood (John 7:37-39; Acts
2:33). The glory of Heaven broke forth, and the voice of God was heard
coming out of the bellies of those who had been redeemed. It was on this
day the Church was born in the fires of the Holy Ghost. Instead of man
bringing their firstfruits to God, God brought His firstfruits to man
(Romans 8:23; Exodus 34:22; Numbers 28:26; Deuteronomy 26:10). Now, because
of the grace of God, we can live in Pentecost everyday. We can live in the
baptism of the fire of the Holy Ghost, and be filled continually with His
glory (Ephesians 5:18-19; John 7:38-39; Matthew 3:11).

The Greek word 'homothumadon', translated "passion" here, is a compound of
two words meaning to "rush along" and "in unison". This compound word
literally means with the 'same passion' or 'same fierceness'. "The image is
almost musical; a number of notes are sounded which, while different,
harmonize in pitch and tone. As the instruments of a great concert under
the direction of a concert master, so the Holy Spirit blends together the
lives of members of the Church of Christ" (James Strong). The intensity of
this word serves to communicate both the commitment and excitement that
united them as they waited for the Promise of the Father. Of the twelve
times this word is found in the New Testament, eleven of them are in the
Book of Acts. This word helps to communicate the dedication those in the
Church had for one another. In their passion of love and obedience to the
Lord Jesus Christ, they were one. Through this Scripture God has shown to
us the model of what He expects if we are to be baptized with the Holy
Spirit and Fire in our meetings.


Song of the Spirit from First Day Meeting:

Thank You Lord for this holy communion,
I'm in You and You're in me,
This holy union,
I'm in You and You're in me,
This holy communion,
I'm in You and You're in me,
This miracle union.

That's what the Lord says,
That's what He calls it,
It's the faith He has given,
It's the Sabbath He has called,
It's the rest that He has given.
 
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