Sunday Morning Podcast September 8, 2019. Bro. Dave Goble.
Psalms 119:97 MEM. O how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day.
God has exhorted us to love the lamp (or state) of His law. David writes this because he loves God’s law.
Psalms 33:1 Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.
David is writing about praise, for that is the law or lamp of the state of comeliness for the righteous.
Psalms 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
David writes about blessings and his praise, for each of us must have something of a state or lamp by God’s law, or a light that we love about this way. It’s not all related to sin. It’s not to just make it about the legal part, but also more of the joy. That is what is a lamp to light our way into God’s Will. What do you love about God’s way? Without the joy and love, we would wander off the path where God’s lamp lights our way. Our heart’s purpose must be, “I will bless the Lord at all times!” Do not allow Satan to feed you a bunch of negativism to separate you from the state of God’s lamp which is the joy that lights the Christians path.
TEXT: EXODUS. 27:2-3, 9-11, 19-21
2 And thou shalt make the horns of it upon the four corners thereof: his horns shall be of the same: and thou shalt overlay it with brass.
3 And thou shalt make his pans to receive his ashes, and his shovels, and his basons, and his fleshhooks, and his firepans: all the vessels thereof thou shalt make of brass.
9 And thou shalt make the court of the tabernacle: for the south side southward there shall be hangings for the court of fine twined linen of an hundred cubits long for one side:
10 And the twenty pillars thereof and their twenty sockets shall be of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver.
11 And likewise for the north side in length there shall be hangings of an hundred cubits long, and his twenty pillars and their twenty sockets of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.
19 All the vessels of the tabernacle in all the service thereof, and all the pins thereof, and all the pins of the court, shall be of brass.
20 And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.
21 In the tabernacle of the congregation without the vail, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning before the LORD: it shall be a statue for ever unto their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel.
This is speaking of the tabernacle furniture in the wilderness. The tabernacle itself faced the east, the direction of the rising sun. On the south side within you find the lamps. There was no door, but instead an opening in the tent, so you couldn’t see into it, from the outside (because it also had no windows) if you approached the outer court, …which contained the lamps of oil that were intended to be, and stay lit. Exodus 30:8 And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations. The author of this verse is speaking about the lamps being lighted along with the incense being burned. I Samuel 3:1-3 Verse 3: “And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep.” This does seem to support the theory that the lamps were lit at evening, and extinguished in the morning. The symbol of the beauty of the lit lamps, was of God’s presence, and or the state and occupancy of God’s Lamp,or state and law of His light. And what is the law, lamp or state of the light of God? Galatians 5:25 “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” The Spirit! If we are to walk in the law, state of God’s light, we must walk in God’s Spirit! If we are not using or walking in the light, darkness will cause our light to become dim. But walking in the Spirit, state or law of God’s light, will help us to help suffering souls who desire to find God. The purpose of the saved is not simply to have the Spirit of God, but show or light a pathway of help to the suffering souls who desire God. Then they also can become a conduit for God’s Spirit toward other souls! We are meant to be a vehicle,. a pathway to God’s Spirit, law and state of God’s lamp of light! When we first come to God, He takes us out of darkness to translate us from darkness to light! If we start to go back to that which we were taken out of, the beggarly elements of the flesh, our light will then become dim. But if we indeed walk in all the light of God’s Spirit, we will become fully illuminated!
This is what makes God’s judgments, and laws and states of light, vital to spiritual life. To be a lamp of God pointing the way for souls to find God! We must not allow anything of the flesh to dim the light of God’s Spirit in our experience and testimony. Jesus says in Matthew 6:23 “But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” If we let any of the evil or dimness of the flesh to take root, our whole heart will become darkness. If God is dim to you (small and faraway), you will become full of darkness. But if you put your treasures in God, your whole body or life will be a state and law of light to others. God must be largely embraced and close, to be the illumination and state of light for others to see Christ in us. Matthew 6:19-22 19 “Lay not up for ourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. So our heart must be singly/solely given to God, and not attempt to embrace the darkness of the flesh. Otherwise you will become useless for God’s work for the kingdom. So let God’s Spirit be your Shepherd of light. Then there shall be no want or dimness in your testimony for God. “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalms 23:1 The light of God is to walk in the state of the fullness of light, humbled to know we are nothing without God’s fulfilling illumination!
Three states or lamps of illumination: 1. Darkness 2 Dim light 3 Fully Illuminated : The Three States of Illumination, which State are you in? In Which Light are you walking?