Monday, June 30, 2014


To sum up the full significance of the burnt offering, we find that they typified Christ in four distinct ways.
Firstly the offering was a sweet savor to God, not only because of sin, but out of genuine and heartfelt devotion to Him. The kind of devotion we witnessed in the Savoir when He came down in human form, never failing to emphasize that all obedience, all service, all manifestations of love was in obedience to the will of the Father.
Secondly, The offering was clearly substitutionary, that is to say in the stead of the offeror.
Thirdly, the offer represented a life given in total dedication and commitment.
Fourthly, It was totally burnt up, signifying not only complete commitment; but that the sacrifice was fully carried out.
Also the animal was divided in four parts: a) the head, representing Christ’s thoughts, b) the legs representative of His perfect walk, c) the inwards his feelings and d) the fat his tireless vigor and health.
In addition the variety of the animals was significant.  The bullock represented untiring labor and service to others; the lamb meekness and complete submission, the goat strong minded leadership, and the turtledove humility meekness and sorrowful innocence. More

Sunday, June 29, 2014


Whoever says that there was no requirement for a sin offering other than for sins of omission is not rightly dividing the word of truth, or is deliberately misleading and misquoting Scripture.
            The provision is, “if his offering be a burnt sacrifice, of the herd, let him put his hand upon its head, (signifying acceptance and identification of himself with his offering}, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.”
            The burnt offering typified Christ offering Himself without spot to God willingly pleased to do his Father’s will even to suffering unto death. It is atoning because the is not able to please the Father because of his sin; so it is substitutionary, Christ having to do it in the place of the sinner.
Having killed the offering, and cut it into pieces, Aaron’s sons as priests had to place in order a fire on the altar and burn it for a sweet savor to the Lord.   
            The offering is said to be a sweet savor because it typifies Christ’s perfection, his sweet nature, in obeying the will of the Father; the non-sweet savor, on the other hand typifies Christ in his capacity of becoming sin for us, as we may see by way of contrast when Jesus from the cross cried, “My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?” At a moment when he was by way of atonement figuratively sin for us. More 

The Just And The Unjust

When the United States Supreme Court meets tomorrow it will be the last day of June and also the last day before they go on their Summer vacation; but it will also be the day they are expected to hand down their ruling on two important decisions that now lie pending. The first one concerns yet another facet of the Affordable Care Act, infamously labelled Obama care. The question under consideration is whether corporations which are for profit, can rely on an inclusive religious component in their policy, and so lawfully relying on the constitutional  right to be regarded as religious, and be exempted on religious grounds, from providing healthcare coverage for contraceptive and or abortion procedures.  The second is of a more worldly nature, and concerns the question, whether Trade Unions can impose dues on non-union members, who benefit from Union activities. For example, they argue, when a union strikes or takes other action which result in a pay raise or other benefits for their members, non-union members get those same increases and benefits  simultaneously.  Therefore, argue the Union, it would be unfair for non- union members to benefit from the dues paid by members, and so they should be required to pay. The argument sounds reasonable on the face of it; reasonable, that is to say, until we remember that when the Lord sends rain, He causes it to fall on the just as well on the unjust; but it is also true that the ways of the Lord are more often than not, not at all like the ways of men.

Saturday, June 28, 2014


            When we look at the word redeemed, especially in the light of its Greek base, we may see three distinct variants in meaning; a)  to buy out of slavery and set free simply out of the goodness of one’s heart, whether out of pity or love.  In this sense to buy out of; b) another shade of meaning may be to buy out of the slave market and take into one’s fold, no longer a slave but a servant; and c)  to buy out of bondage, or slavery that which was formerly your own and is redeemed or bought back.
            It is in this last sense the Redemption of Israel should be understood; God bought back his people, the children of Israel who were from the start his own people who had been lost into slavery.
            So having bought back His people, God gave them laws to live by, even providing a medium, the ark of the covenant, within the Tabernacle, set up as a meeting place between God and His people.

            The next chapter that chronicles God’s dealing with His people then is found in the holy writings entitled the “wayyiqra” meaning “and He called.” The book known to us as Leviticus has to do meanly with the priestly order, and worship; sacrifice, blood and offering, with an underlying theme of holiness.
            So we find the opening words, “And the Lord called unto Moses and spoke unto him and said unto him out of the Tabernacle of the congregation, saying, speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, if any man of you bring an offering unto the Lord, he shall bring his offering of cattle, or herd or flock.
            If it be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish; he shall offer it of his own volition, at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.” 
            And he shall lay his hand upon its head and offer it and it shall be accepted of him as an atonement for his sin.
And he shall kill the offering before the Lord and the priests; and Aaron’s sons shall bring the blood and sprinkle it around the altar at the door of the Tabernacle of the congregation. More

Friday, June 27, 2014


            In addition to seeing the glory and the power of God shining through the redemption of Israel we see, in particular, three important things.
            Firstly, we see Christ in many forms. The figure of the Passover is none other than Christ the Passover lamb. “And when I see the blood, I will Passover you.”  It prefigured the blood of the lamb, a lamb without spot or blemish, shed from the foundation of the world, also figuratively, but eventually on the cross of Calvary, not only for Israel, but for the entire world.
            We see Christ in Moses the servant of God, working at God’s direction, gathering, teaching, leading the people through the wilderness, through the Red Sea, and chastising them when they erred.
Secondly we see a historical purpose. It tells us when and how a small family of seventy or so souls became a nation so numerous that they caused Egypt to tremble and sought to diminish them by subjecting them to harsh and inhuman treatment as slaves; and lays a sure foundation for the term, people of God.
            Thirdly we see doctrine; in that we see redemption and deliverance, via the shedding of blood and the great Red Sea experience; God not only delivers but redeems.  We also see the doctrine of obedience and holiness and the consequences; a holy nation or a holy people must be obedient to and serve a holy God.  In addition we see the doctrine of faithfulness; God is faithful and keeps his promises. Accordingly even when the children of Israel provoked him in the wilderness, he remembered his promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to give them and their descendants the land of Canaan

Thursday, June 26, 2014


So the way God dealt with Pharaoh was not only intended to show Gods unfailing power; one plague might be taken as an accident; two, three, four, five; but ten?  Certainly no accident; no fluke  God, unlike man knows exactly what He is doing and achieves exactly the kind of results He intends every time.
            Secondly the way God dealt with Egypt showed the blessedness of serving God.  The lessons taught were meant not only for His people, the children of Israel, but for the nations also.  In all of his dealings with His people, the Lord made sure those outside of His covenant knew exactly where the Israelites blessings came from.  And just as the enemy was left in no doubt who was leading the children of Israel, so did Israel know who was their Commander in Chief.  If you give a man a hundred dollars on one occasion, he is likely to forget you; but if you give him ten dollars over ten weeks, he is more likely to remember you.

Tomorrow we will look at some specific things with regard to God’s redemption of His people.  More

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


So from the birth of Moses and his miraculous survival to his sojourn in Egypt as God’s deliverer, savior we may see a number of things which speak to the kind of God we serve
He delivered Israel with a mighty hand and in so doing revealed the ultimate Passover Lamb who would Redeem and deliver his people.
We see the hand of God in dealing with the Pharaoh of Egypt when He sent ten plagues upon him. Why did God choose to deal with the Pharaoh piecemeal and not by one great cataclysmic event?  Well there are many reasons that may be suggested.
Firstly, each plague pointed definitely to the working of the power of God. And not only that, each plague was a direct attach upon one of the specific gods of Egypt.
We may remember that when Moses first told Pharaoh that his God sent him to tell him Pharaoh to let His people go, Pharaoh’s response was, “Who is your God that I should let Israel go?”  So God in a sense answered him.
The attack against the waters of Egypt, turning them into blood was an attack against the Egyptian god Nilus, the river god; frogs, Hekt, the goddess of fertility; lice and gnats against Seb, the god of the earth; flies, or beetles, against Khephera, the scarab; the plague on Egyptian cattle, against Apis and Hathor, their sacred bull and cow gods; boils on man and beast, against Typhon, god of the evil-eye; hail, against Shu the god of the atmosphere; locusts, against Serapis, protector from locusts, darkness, against Ra, the sun god. And death of the first-born of man and beast, Ptah, their god of life. So that the Pharaoh’s position might well have been, “You have one God, I have many; your god can fight for you and protect you, so can mine; so why should I fear your God?
Each time the God of Moses struck, it at once proved the hopelessness and futility of the Egyptian gods, while at the same time pointing and or directing the Egyptians attention to the God of heaven; the longer the plagues lasted, the more it told the people, your gods are useless or powerless to act against the God of Moses. More

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


A cloud covered the tent of the congregation; and by that time they had seen it before; they were in awe as they knew they were in the presence of the Most High.
Not even Moses was able to enter into the tent of the congregation; because the presence of the glory of God was too overwhelming; but afterwards when the cloud departed the children of Israel went on with their journey.  And so it was, thereafter, as they journeyed; whenever the cloud came upon the Tabernacle, signifying the presence of the Lord, the children of Israel rested on that day until the cloud departed before carrying on with their journey on the following day. And so it was that throughout their journey, the cloud would come upon the Tabernacle during the day, and appeared in the form of fire by night.
The foregoing is a summary of the story of the Redemption of God’s people out of the land of Egypt.  They had been there since before the death of Joseph enjoying the status of guests in the land of Egypt, and well favored by the Pharaoh because of Joseph; but the old King died and a new king and a new generation feared the obvious prosperity of the Jews, and decided to enslave and oppress them. 
For four hundred years the children of Israel cried unto the Lord until at last the Lord heard their cry.  By hearing their cry it is understood that God decided it was time to do something about their cry; they had suffered enough, and so now He sent Moses to deliver them.   More  

Monday, June 23, 2014


The Tabernacle, the ark of the congregation and altar and all the accessories were in place and anointed for service; so now Aaron and his sons were summoned to enter within.
First they were washed with water at the door of the Tabernacle before they could enter.
            Then the holy garments were put on Aaron and then he was anointed and sanctified for the office of priest.  And then Moses put coats on the sons of Aaron and anoint them so that they may serve the Lord for ever in their generation.  All of this was done by Moses as the Lord commanded him to do.
            It should be noted that Aaron’s office of Minister in so far as entering the Tabernacle was but once a year; and so it was, that in the first day of the month, on the first month of the second year, Moses again raised up the Tabernacle and placed everything in order; the tabernacle was raised up and its pillars and sockets and bars all set in place; he placed the tent over the tabernacle; put in place the ark of the testimony; he set up the table, and put bread upon it; he put the lampstand in place, and lighted the lamps; and placed the golden altar in the its place; and he burnt sweet incense upon the altar as the Lord commanded him.
            Moses also set the laver between the tent of the congregation and the altar and placed water in it for washing; And Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet. And when they went into the tent of the congregation they washed as the Lord had commanded Moses
Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. More

Sunday, June 22, 2014


The preparation of the Tabernacle, the altar and its instruments of worship are all completed as the Lord commanded; and so now He calls Moses to give him further instructions, a sort of reminder actually, with regard to matters of which He had spoken before.
            So God tells Moses that on the first day of the first month, he was to set up the Tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.  He was to place in it the ark of the testimony and cover it with the veil.
            Next he was to install the table and set the in order the things which were to be set in order upon it; then the lampstand was to be put on it and lighted.
            Next he was to put in its place the altar of gold for the incense in front of the ark of the testimony and put on it the hangings for the door to the Tabernacle, and place the altar of burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.
            Then he was to place the laver between the tent of the congregation and the altar and pour water in it.   Then the court all around was to be set up, and the hangings placed at the court gate.  Then he would take the anointing oil and anoint the Tabernacle and all that is in it, and bless it and all the vessels in it and it shall be holy.
            Next he was to anoint the altar of burnt offering, together with all its vessels, and sanctify the altar, and it shall be a most holy altar. Next to be anointed was the laver and its foot, so that the Tabernacle, the ark of the testimony, the table, and lampstand, the altar of gold, the altar of burnt offering, the laver and all the vessels and furnishings were holy unto the Lord and anointed for worship.  More         

Saturday, June 21, 2014


For Aaron the priest’s and his sons headdress, they made a miter of fine linen and goodly turbans also of fine linen and breeches of fine-twined linen, and a girdle of fine-twined linen, blue and purple and scarlet of needlework as the Lord commanded.
            And they made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold and wrote upon it as one would on a signet ring the words, “Holiness To The Lord;” And they tied upon it a lace of blue to fasten it on high upon the miter, as the Lord commanded.
            So then the work of the Tabernacle of the tent of the congregation was completed, all according as the Lord had commanded Moses.
            And they brought the Tabernacle unto Moses; the tent and all its furniture, its clasps, its boards, its bars, and its pillars, and its sockets; and the covering of ram’s skins dyed red, and the covering of badger’s skins, and the veil of the covering ; the ark of the testimony, and the staves thereof and the mercy seat.
            Also the table, and all the vessels and the showbread; the pure lampstand with its lamps and oil and containers; the golden altar and the anointing oil; the sweet incense and the hanging for the tabernacle; the bronze altar and its grate of bronze, its staves and its vessels, its laver and its foot; the hangings for the court, its pillars and its sockets; the hanging for the court gate, its cord and its pins, and all the vessels of the service of the tabernacle for the tent of the congregation; the cloths of service, to be used in the holy place , and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and his sons garments to minister in the priest’s office.
            And Moses having carefully examined all the work was satisfied that it all had been done in accordance with the commandment of the Lord and so Moses thanked and blessed the people.

Friday, June 20, 2014


Also the breastplate was made of the same kind of skillful work as the ephod that is to say of gold, of blue, and purple, and scarlet of fine-twined linen. It must have been something to behold. It was four square and doubled, and there were set in it four rows of precious stones; the first row was a sardius, a topaz and a carbuncle; the second row was an emerald, a sapphire and a diamond; the third row a jacinth, an agate and an amethyst; and the fourth row a beryl, an onyx and a jasper. All enclosed in settings of gold.
            The stones decorating the breastplate, therefore, were twelve and they were according to the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.  And also upon the breastplate were chains at the end of braided works of pure gold. And there were two settings of gold and two rings at the end of the breastplate.  And the two ends of the two braided chains of gold were fastened unto the two settings and attached to the shoulder pieces of the ephod.
            And there were two rings of gold attached to the two ends of the breastplate on the inner side of the ephod, and two other golden rings attached to the two sides of the ephod underneath on the inner side; and so the breastplate was bound by its two rings unto the rings of the ephod with a blue lace that it might fit above the beautifully woven girdle of the ephod, and that the breastplate might not be loosed from the ephod. And the robe of the ephod was made of woven works of blue. And there was a button hole in the midst of the ephod to prevent it from fraying; and upon the hems of the robe pomegranates of blue, and purple and scarlet; and they made bells of pure gold and placed them between the pomegranates on the hem of the robe, and alternate them, a bell a pomegranate all the way around the hem. More

Thursday, June 19, 2014



Today, we see all sorts and conditions of people who claim to be ministers of God, and sure enough we see and hear them too, making all kinds of claims and nebulous pronouncements. Some dress like they are on the beach, others dress like they are in the dance hall or in their living rooms; who called them, when they were called or for what purpose, we do not know other than what they tell us or what they call themselves; but without saying more, we know that God called Aaron and his sons to be priests  to serve the people and minister before him in his Tabernacle.
            We have seen something of the costliness and splendor of the Tabernacle and its fittings and fixtures, and how they were made according to God’s instructions to Moses; so likewise the ministerial vestments were commanded by God and so now we reminded what they were.
            As for the blue and purple and scarlet, they made cloths of service to do service in the holy place, and made holy garments for Aaron and his sons to wear as the Lord commanded Moses.
            They made the ephod of gold, blue and purple and scarlet of fine-twined linen.  They beat the gold into thin plates and cut it into thin strips to work it into the blue and purple and scarlet, and in the fine linen by skillful work.  They made shoulder pieces for it to couple it together at its two edges. The beautifully woven girdle of the ephod was similarly made that is to say of blue, purple and scarlet made of fine-twined linen.

They also made onyx stones enclosed in settings of gold and engraved as signets with the names of the children of Israel; and these were placed on the shoulders of the ephod as a memorial unto the children of Israel.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Cost of the Tabernacle.
Those responsible for doing and completing the work was of course Moses, the Lord’s overseer to whom was entrusted the schematics, the working plan for and responsibility to supervise the entire work.
            Then there were the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, son of Aaron the priest; Bezalel, son of Uri, son of Hur of the tribe of Judah, whom we have already seen was the chief artisan directly under the inspiration of God and as directed by Moses.  Then there was Oholiab son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan, skilled in the art of engraving and skillful in the work of embroidery, and crafting all the required colors of blue, and purple, and scarlet and working with fine linen.
            Now the gold that was used for the work that had to be done within the holy place was twenty nine talents of gold, and seven hundred and thirty shekels; and the silver used in the work was one hundred talents of silver, and one thousand, three hundred and seventy five shekels.

            While it is difficult to express in purely financial terms using today’s market as a point of comparison, it would be fair to say that God demanded no small sacrifice for the adornment of the temple of  His presence, but also that the people too spared no effort to build, adorn, and beautify, the tabernacle wherein the presence of the Lord would abide; but even so, in so far as a comparison may be made, it would be fair to say that by today’s standards, and counting only the gold and silver used, excluding labor costs, the cost of the acacia wood, and linen and dyes and so on, the amount of gold and silver alone would exceed fifteen million dollars in value. More 



Dems. can’t do anything right, Blame Bush
Cost of living out of sight, Blame Bush;
For the crisis with Korea, Blame Bush,
Having trouble with Russia, Blame Bush;
Isis is running all amok, Blame Bush’
Iran is building up its stock, Blame Bush.
Americans, shooting and killing, Blame Bush,
Innocent blood they are spilling, Blame Bush;
For all the trouble on the Border, Blame Bush,
Come on shout a little harder, Blame Bush;
For the debacle in Benghazi, Blame Bush,
Not Obama or Hillary, Blame Bush;
For IRS files that are missing, Blame Bush,
For Senators found kissing, Blame Bush;
For the VA scandals, Blame Bush,
For hitting Hillary with sandals, Blame Bush;
When Michelle was pouting, Blame Bush,
When Obama was ogling, Blame Bush;
For marijuana licensing, Blame Bush,
When buggers start marrying, Blame Bush;
People are dying for hunger, Blame Bush,
They can’t bear it no longer, Blame Bush;
Wild-fires are raging, Blame bush’
People’s houses are blazing, Blame Bush;
Tornadoes, flood-water, Blame Bush,
Everywhere there’s disaster, Blame Bush;
For all that is happening, Blame Bush,
Because Obama doing nothing, Blame Bush;
Blame Bush, Blame Bush, Blame Bush.
What the President doing, Ask Bush,
While the country is going, Ask Bush;
To Hell in a basket, Ask Bush,
And Obama doing nothing, Ask Bush
Ask Bush, Ask Bush and Blame Bush.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


The Altar of Burnt offering

Further details of the work of Bezalel include the altar of burnt offering and its appendages as God stipulated. The altar was made of acacia wood, its length and width and height according to God’s specifications, and overlaid with gold.  The four horns, one on each corner was also made of acacia wood, and overlaid with bronze.
            And he made all the vessels of the altar; the pots, the shovels, the basins, the fleshhooks, and the fire pans, and all the other vessels made of bronze.  He also made for the altar a bronze grate underneath in the middle of it. And he set four rings for the four ends of the grate of bronze to be places for the staves, made of acacia wood and overlaid with bronze. And he placed the staves into the rings on the side of the altar with which to bear it, and he made the altar hollow with boards of acacia wood.
            He made also the laver of bronze and the foot of it also of bronze with looking glasses for the service of the women who served at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
            And he made the court also, North, South, East and West as the Lord had commanded, with their pillars, and hooks, and rings, and sockets made of bands of silver, with the fine-twined linen hangings in place, as God ordained. More  

Monday, June 16, 2014


God had given orders and particulars for a golden lamp stand; and so Bezalel made it.  He made the lamp stand of pure gold, of beaten works of gold he made it, and its shaft and its branches, its bowls and its knobs and its flowers all made of beaten gold.
            The lamp had six branches going out of the sides, three branches going out of each side six in all like a modern chandelier.   There were almond shaped bowls, projecting out of each branch, with knobs and flowers throughout the six branches. All the knobs and branches were made out of beaten gold and were made to look precisely the same.
            There were seven lamps altogether with snuffers and snuff bowls each made with a talent of pure gold.
            And he made the incense altar of acacia wood with its horns also made of acacia wood overlaid with gold.  And beneath the altar were rings of gold around the rim of the altar, with rings and staves all made of pure gold. And he made the holy anointing oil also, as God had inspired him and gave him knowledge and understanding to make.  More

Sunday, June 15, 2014


And Bezalel made the ark of the covenant of acacia wood according to God’s specifications, and overlaid it within and without with pure gold, surrounded also be a rim of gold.  He made for it four rings of gold cast on its four corners two on each side; and staves of acacia wood, also covered with gold,  to be fitted into the rings for the purpose of carriage.
    He made also the mercy seat of pure gold according to Gods specifications, and two cherubim of gold for the two ends of the mercy seat. The cherubim were made with wings which were spread out over the mercy seat and overshadowed the mercy seat with each on either side facing the mercy seat.
            Bezalel also made the Table of Showbread, of acacia wood, also as the Lord had specified in terms of dimensions, and overlaid it with gold, and having a rim round about it also made of gold. The table of showbread was also made with a border around and with a rim both of which were of gold.   On each of its four corners was a ring of gold made for the staves to fit into so that it may be lifted and carried. The staves as were all the other staves were made of acacia wood, as God had stipulated and covered with gold. And he also made the vessels which were upon the table, including its dishes, spoons, bowls, and pouring vessels all also made of pure gold.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

O Danny Boy

Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen and down the mountain side
The summer's gone and all the flowers are dying
It's you, It's you must go and I must bide.

But come ye back when summer's in the meadow
Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow
If I'll be there in sunshine or in shadow
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy I love you so.

And if you come when all the stars are calling
If I am dead and dead I well may be
You'll come and find the place where I am lying
You'll kneel and say a loving prayer for me.

And I shall hear the soft tradewind above me
And all my grave will warmer sweeter be
And you will kneel and whisper that you love me
And I shall sleep in piece until you come to


So it came to pass that all the wise-hearted among  the Children of Israel set about doing the work the Lord commanded; they made the ten linen curtains of fine-twined linen of blue and purple and scarlet; the curtains of goat’s hair for the tent over the tabernacle, eleven in all, with the loops and clips and couplets, as the Lord commanded; they made the covering for the tent of ram’s and badgers skins; they made the boards of acacia wood, both the number of boards and sockets as commanded with the various attachments and sockets coupled together exactly as God would have them made; and all the boards were overlaid with gold as required.
            Also made was the inner veil of blue and purple and scarlet and fine-twined linen with the cherubim attached, with the pillars of acacia wood overlaid with gold; and also the outer veil with an overhanging for the tabernacle door of blue and purple and scarlet and fine-twined linen of needlework; and the five pillars with their hooks and overlaid with gold, the capitals and their bands also made of gold and sockets of bronze. More     

Friday, June 13, 2014


Now Moses called the children of Israel together and said to them, “note the Lord has called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur of the tribe of Judah; and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, enabling him to design beautifully wrought works of gold and silver and bronze; and also in the cutting of stones and how to set them, and also how to carve beautiful works.”
            “And God has also put in his heart to teach Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan.  Those has the Lord filled with wisdom of heart to work all manner of work, as engravers, and of the skillful workmen and embroiderers in blue, and in purple and in scarlet, and in fine linen, to design and weave beautifully crafted work.
            After that, Bezalel and Oholiab and everyone else the Lord had given a heart of wisdom to do the fine work, began to work on the designs according to the Lord and given them wisdom, understanding and inspiration.  And when they were ready, Moses called them and delivered to them all the offerings which the children of Israel had brought for the work of the service of the sanctuary wherewith to make it. And they brought Moses free offerings every morning.
            When the craftsmen were finished making all that the Lord had commanded to be made, they brought them unto Moses and informed him that the people had contributed more than was required to complete the works, and were still bringing more materials.   And so Moses made a proclamation that there were to be brought no more gifts for the making of the things the Lord commanded, and that nothing further was to be made.

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Moses laid out the Lords directive to the children of Israel; commands they had heard before and with spontaneous acclamation promised to obey; but they had forsaken their promises, and had worshipped the golden calf, and incurred the wrath of the Lord; so now they came, they heard, they departed like muted sheep, too ashamed to open their mouths; and no doubt in deep dread for what the Lord might do to them next time. Perhaps, they reasoned, silence is golden after all.
            But after they departed, some of them had their hearts stirred up and their feelings burned within them, so they returned unto Moses bringing with them the Lords offering for the Tabernacle of the congregation, for all its service, and for the holy garments.         They came all those who were of a willing heart and they brought, bracelets, and earrings, and rings, and necklaces, and gold jewels, and offered unto the Lord.
            And those who had blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goat’s hair, and red skins of rams and badgers, they brought in. They who had them also brought in silver and bronze and acacia wood brought these in also.
            And the women who were wise hearted spun with their hands and brought in that which they had spun, consisting of blue, and purple, and scarlet of fine linen.  And others who also the spirit stirred up and made wise, brought in goat’s hair.  And the rulers brought in onyx stones, and stones to be set for the ephod, and for the breastplate; and also spices, and oil for the light, and for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense.
            So everything that the Lord required of his people in terms of their material possessions they provided; for God knew that those things He asked of them, they were capable of providing. More

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Moses continued to tell the people what the Lord commanded them to do.  He had told them before; they had promised to obey; but they had fallen away, even before they started.  So the Lord was angry and Moses interceded and the Lord’s anger was abated; so the Lord again told Moses, “Tell the children of Israel.”
            So Moses repeats, “This is the thing the Lord commanded saying,”
            Each of you is to make an offering to the Lord, each of you, that is to say, who has a willing heart. You are to bring an offering of gold, of silver and of bronze.  In addition you are to bring, blue, and purple, and scarlet of fine linen and goat’s hair, ram’s skin dyed red, and badgers skins and acacia wood, and oil for the lamps and spices for the anointing oil and sweet incense; and onyx stones, and stones to be set for the ephod and for the breastplate. 

            And every wise of heart among you shall come and make all the things that the Lord has commanded you to make: the Tabernacle, its tent and its covering, its clasps and its boards, its bars, its pillars, and its sockets, the ark and the staves thereof, with the mercy seat, and the veil of the covering; the table and its staves, and all its vessels, and the showbread; the lamp stand for the light, and its furniture, and its lamps and the oil for the light; the incense alta, and its staves, and the anointing oil, and the sweet incense, and the hanging for the door at its entrance to the Tabernacle; the altar of burnt offering with its bronze grate, its staves and all its vessels, the laver and its foot; the hangings of the court, its pillars, and their sockets, and the hangings for the door of the court; the pins of the Tabernacle, and the pins of the court and their cords; the cloths of service to do service in the holy place, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons to minister in the priests office.  More   

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Why I Empathize With Sterling versus Silver

Why I SideWhy I Side with Sterling v Silver With Sterling v Silver.

Over the past several weeks the media, television and radio as well as the social network have been flooded with comments and criticism of Donald Sterling over comments he admittedly made which were regarded as racially sensitive by some, and downright offensive by others.
            From the start based on what I heard of the incident, and even before hearing from Sterling himself, I characterized the whole thing as being much ado about nothing, and wrote as much in a blog on my twitter.
            Now having heard a little more including from the old man himself, I am even more convinced even though I have not spoken to a single person of color who agrees with me; but be that as it may I do believe my point of view is correct.
            From a legal point of view, and notwithstanding any agreement Sterling had made to the contrary, I think there is no doubt that to force him to sell his property based on something he said in private is dead wrong.  A man just cannot be deprived of his property based on something he might have said, or opinions he holds, libel and slander aside.
            There was an old man 80 years of age; he is apparently having a liaison with a younger woman, who in any event seems to be non-white. He gets insanely jealous over the fact she is seen out in public with a younger man or men, and he rants to her about it.  She unknown to him records the rant and made it public.
            So okay, the thing gets out, and black players, members of the public including sponsors take it up and offence is taken, lots of it.
            In steps the NBA Commissioner, whose name incidentally is Silver, so we have a rare concoction of Sterling/Silver, not a tea pot or cutlery, and Mr. Silver uses his assumed authority and fines Mr. Sterling 2.5 million dollars, tries to force him to sell his franchise, and bans him for life from membership of the NBA.
            Quite rightly Sterling threatened to sue; but in the meantime, his wife Mrs. Sterling finds a buyer for the team for 2 billion dollars.  Mr. Sterling’s reaction was at first, “No, I am not agreeing to a sale;” but he is an old man.  Dragging the matter through the court could take more than his life time; so after taking time to consider he says, “alright, I will sell; but let me have a little of my dignity back. Sell the team; but lift the ban”
            Here again in my judgment, a wise Silver would have said, “Yes you will have to sell the team; but your life membership ban is lifted.”
            Was that too much to give an old man?  I say no.
And in saying no, I ask this question.  Which one of us living today, who has never in private made remarks stigmatizing in some form or another some other race, be it black or white or otherwise?  I am confident that if the truth be known all of us have.  I have, you have and the rest of the world has.
            American Black men in fact use the “n” word five hundred times more often than all the rest of the world put together; they use it in anger, they use it in jest, they use it in their ordinary daily communication,  as some would say colloquially for tea, breakfast and dinner.
            So Magic Johnson and the rest of the black men who got all hot and bothered under the collar over Donald Sterling’s remarks should stop and examine their own loose vocabulary before jumping on a poor old jealous, ranting individual and stomping all over him.
            I do hope Donald Sterling sues the NBA; and I hope he and I live to hear the Supreme Court pronounce on his legal rights. Needless to say, I do absolutely empathize with Donald Sterling. Not only do I empathize, but if I were to preside over a matter such as this,  I would definitely rule in favor of the owner.  

Rev Dr John S Weekes


And after forty days and forty nights Moses went down from Mount Sinai with the two tables of stone containing the testimony; and as he returned to the congregation, he had no idea that there was a change to his facial features; but when Aaron and the children of Israel saw Moses, they saw and marveled in that Moses’ face shone so brightly and so distinctly that Aaron and the others were afraid to go near him, or to look at him, and actually tried to run away from him.
            But Moses called to them, to Aaron and the Elders of the congregation and they returned to him allowing him to talk with them.  And the rest of the congregation, seeing Aaron and the elders talking with Moses, took courage and themselves drew near unto Moses, whereupon he told them all the commandments the Lord had commanded him on Mount Sinai; but while he was speaking to the congregation until he was finished, Moses placed a veil over his face, perceiving that the people could not look at him owing to the brightness of his countenance.
            Then Moses went into the tabernacle to speak with the Lord and he removed the face from his; but after that when he returned to speak with the people he again put the veil upon his face.
            And Moses gathered all the congregation of the Children of Israel together and said to them, “ These are the words which the Lord hath commanded, that you shall do them; six days shall work be done; but the seventh day shall be holy to you.  On it you shall not even light the fire; for it is to be kept as a Sabbath unto the Lord.”  More

Monday, June 9, 2014


The Lord God continued to give new instructions to Moses, reminding him of the ordinances God had commanded Israel to keep in connection with the Passover.
            So God now says again, “I command you to keep the feast of unleavened bread.  Seven days you are to eat unleavened bread to commemorate the time, the month Abib, the time when I brought you out of Egypt.  And remember as I said before, all that opens up the womb is mine. Every firstling among the cattle and sheep being male is mine.”
            “The firstling of an ass, you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you cannot redeem it you must break its neck. And all the first-born of thy sons you shall redeem, and none shall appear before me empty, that is unredeemed.”
            “Six days shall you work; but on the seventh day you must rest in plowing time and in harvest time.”
            “And thou shall observe the feast of weeks, of the first fruits, of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.”
            “Three times in the year shall all your male children appear before me, the Lord God of Israel; for I will cast out the nations before you, and enlarge your borders; neither shall any man desire your land, when you go up to appear before the Lord three times a year.”  
            “Thou shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the Passover be left until the morning.  The first of the first fruits of the land thou shall bring into the house of the Lord you God.  You must never boil a kid in its mother’s milk.”
            Then the Lord told Moses, “Write these words; for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.”
            And Moses was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; during this time, he neither ate bread nor drank water; and he wrote upon the tables of stone the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.
            We note that the Ten Commandments were first written on tablets provided and written with the very hand and fingers of God, but that Moses had smashed them to pieces.  So now God not only made Moses cut the stones himself, but also do the writing.  That is God’s way; He will do what He must do; but we must do what we can do. More  

Sunday, June 8, 2014


A New Commission

And God said, see now I make a new covenant with you.  Before all the people I will do marvels such as not have been before done on all the earth, nor in any nation.  And all the people who dwell among you shall see the works of the Lord; for it is an awe-inspiring thing that I shall do with you.”
            “Keep in mind and do all I command you this day. I will drive out from before you the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites.  Make sure you do not make any pact with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest such a pact becomes a snare to you; but rather, you shall destroy their altars, break down their images and cast out their idols; for remember my command not to worship any other gods but me your Lord, whose name is Zealous; for I am a jealous God.”
            Be careful not to make any covenants with the inhabitants of the land, and cause you to play the harlot with their gods, and sacrifice to them and eat things sacrifice to their gods, and become involved with their sons and their daughters, and your sons and daughters become involved with them, and you are ensnared by their practices and start worshipping their gods.”
            “And,” said the Lord; “I forbid you to make any melted images, and to worship any such.”  More
            So the children of Israel having falling away into idolatry, the Lord renewed His covenant with them and repeats his warnings amid promises to be their God.

Saturday, June 7, 2014


Whether we keep God’s law or break it, it is the Lord’s purpose that His law will never go away; it will not depart whether His people keep it or break it. So that, even though Moses in his anger broke the two tables of stone which the Lord had given him, the Lord commanded him to hew two tablets of stone like unto the first two, and He would write the same words on the latter two as He had the first ones.
            God did not give him a lot of time to dally either; for God told him to come up onto Mount Sinai early in the morning and present himself there unto Him. In addition, God warned Moses not to allow any other person to go up upon the mountain with him nor allow any animals to feed upon the mountain at that time.
            And so Moses in obedience to God’s instructions hewed out to tables of stone like unto the first two, and rose up early in the morning and took with him unto the Lord, the two tables of stone,
            And the Lord descended in a cloud and communed with Moses there; and the Lord God passed before him and proclaimed, The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity, and transgression and sin, and who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
            And while the Lord spoke, Moses hurriedly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped and said, “If now Lord I have found grace in thy sight, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for we are a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin and take us for thine inheritance.”  More

Friday, June 6, 2014


Now that the Lord assured Moses that He was with him, Moses now asks the Lord to show him His glory.  So the patient Father replied to Moses and said, “I will make my goodness to pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee, and will be gracious to whomsoever I will be gracious, and will show mercy to whom I will show mercy.”

            Further, the Lord told Moses, you cannot see my face, for no man can see my face and live.”  “However,” said the Lord, “there is a place beside me, and you shall stand upon a rock beside me.   And it shall be that while my glory passes by, that I will put thee in the cleft of the rock and will cover thee with my hand as I pass by you. And after I pass by you I will remove my hand from before your face, so that you may see my back; but my face you are not allowed to see.”

Thursday, June 5, 2014


The truth is we can spend a good deal of time, talking to God and truly seeking after Him and yet know very little about Him.  This is particularly true when we seek to know every thing about Him.  For truly his Omnipotence, Omniscience and Omnipresence separately and collectively are far too much grasp for us to grasp.  Indeed we can only know of God what He has revealed to us in His word and by revelation of His Holy Spirit.
            So we see Moses spending quality time with God, in His presence and otherwise speaking with Him face to face and yet we hear Moses saying to the Lord, “You told me to bring this people up but you have not revealed to me whom you shall send with me.  Yet you told me that you know me by name, and I have also found grace in you sight. So then since this is so, show me now your way, that I may know you, and know that I have found grace in your sight, and that these people which you call me to lead are your people.”
            God’s reply to Moses was, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” 
            But yet Moses continued to press God and said, “surely if your presence go not with me, then leave us here right where we are; for how shall it be known that myself and the people have found grace in your sight, if you do not go with us? And how shall we be any different from all the rest of the people on earth if you are not seen to be accompanying us.”
            “Then said the Lord to Moses, I will do as you ask; and I will go with you; for indeed you have found grace in my sight, and I indeed know you by name; and you are my people”  More

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


And Moses took the tabernacle and pitched it outside of the camp some far distance from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of the congregation.  And it happened that everyone who sought the Lord, went out to the tabernacle of the congregation outside the camp.  And so when Moses went out of the camp and went into the tabernacle all the people stood by their doors and watched until he was out of sight within the tabernacle.  And it happened that when Moses went into the tabernacle, a pillar of cloud descended and stood in front of the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord spoke unto Moses there.
            Now the people saw the pillar of cloud stand before the tabernacle door, and the people still remaining at the door of their tent worshipped where they were. And the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, in the way a man speaks to his friend; and after that, Moses returned back to the camp; but young Joshua his servant remained within the tabernacle.
            It should be noted that the tabernacle mentioned here should not be confused with that mentioned earlier, built and decorated according to the Lord’s directions.

This tabernacle was some temporary construction man made and thus not the place dedicated formerly unto the Lord.  More

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


So now, the Lord told Moses to take the people and lead them into the land which He had promised to give to them via the promises He had made to Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.
            The Lord’s angel was to go before Moses, and the Lord promised that He would drive out the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, the occupants of the lands they were to pass over.
            The Lord described the land to which Moses was directed to take them as a land flowing with milk and honey; in other words a rich and pleasant land; but the Lord said He was sending His angel to lead them as He was not inclined to dwell among them because that they were a stiff-necked people and He did not want to destroy them.
            Moses duly told the people what was in the heart of God, and when they heard it they became very sorrowful and in deep mourning put away their ornaments. For God had told Moses to say to the people; “Ye are a stiff-necked people; I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and I will consume thee; therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee that I may decide what I am going to do unto you.”
            And hearing this warning the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments at the foot of Mount Horeb. More

Monday, June 2, 2014


So Moses purged somewhat the camp with the blood of those who were not on the Lord’s side; but the next day he again tuned his face towards the Lord to make intercession for the sins of the people.
            So Moses having told the people he would seek the Lord on their behalf, went before the Lord and pleaded their cause.  “This people have sinned a great sin,” Moses pleaded, as if God did not already know; “they have made themselves gods of gold; yet I am asking you, pleaded Moses to forgive their sins, or else punish me in their stead; if you can’t forgive them, then blot me out of your book.”
            From his father-in-law Jethro’s  house to the land of Egypt, and now in his wilderness journey via the red Sea, Moses had suffered a lot. To lose all those for which he had suffered and strove would seem to him an unbearable loss; so as evil as these people are, reasoned Moses, it would better for my own existence to be obliterated than to have all these people destroyed leaving me nothing to show for my efforts.
            But not so, said the Lord, whosoever sinned against me, they will I blot out of my books.  Therefore go now, and lead the people to that place of which I have spoken unto you. My angel shall go before you; however, on the day that I visit I will visit their sins upon them. And thereafter the Lord sent plagues among the people because of their sin of the golden calf.
            This response to Moses again shows that God is eternally consistent with himself.  Hundreds of years later we shall hear God declaring, in response to future generations of the children of Israel, that, “the soul that sins it shall die.” So it is completely consistent with who God is when he said, “No Moses, not you, but those who sinned, they are the ones I shall punish.”

Sunday, June 1, 2014


Seeing the apostasy and idolatry of the people, Moses immediately knew somehow that Aaron was in someway culpable; so he asked him, ”What did the people do to you to induce you to be implicit in this great sin which they had brought upon themselves.?”
            In reply Aaron urged Moses not to be angry with him; because he Moses knew the people and how easily they fell into temptation being full of mischief.  Indeed, Aaron explained, “the people confronted me and demanded that I made them gods to lead them, for so they said, the man Moses who brought us up out of the land of Egypt has abandoned us, and we have no idea what has happened to him.”
            “So, I told them,” said Aaron, “whoever has gold, let them bring it to me and I would make them gods.  They, Aaron explained, brought me the golden ornaments and I cast them into the fire and out of it came the golden calf.” 
            Then Moses saw that the people were naked; for Aaron had made them naked so that their enemies could see their shame. So Moses stood in the midst of the camp and asked, “Who is on the Lord’s side then let him come unto me.”
            Having said that, all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together before Moses who then proclaimed, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, put every man his sword by his side, and go out from gate to gate, door to door, all through the camp and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor; and the sons of Levi did as Moses commanded them; and there fell by the sword that day, more than three thousand men; for Moses had told them, “Consecrate yourselves this day, to the Lord, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother, that He may bestow upon you a blessing this day.”  More