March 10, Reading 1 – Exodus 28:15-43

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SAA Notes

The breastpiece of the High Priest was worn over the heart. Read Hebrews from chapter 4:14 to chapter 8. It is very heartening to realise that Christ carries us over His heart!

SJA Notes

“So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgement on his heart, when he goes into the Holy Place, to bring them to regular remembrance before the LORD.”

Aaron bore the names of God’s people into the Holy Place as high priest.

As we read on, he also bore the judgement of God’s people on his heart before the LORD regularly, as well as the guilt.

The high priest had a pretty scary job in one sense, coming into the presence of the Almighty God to represent the people and their guilt.

From the book of Hebrews we know that our great high priest Jesus – From the perspective of a guilt-bearing sacrifice He entered once for all into the holy places.

And these were not earthly man-made holy places (such as a tabernacle, wondrous though it might have been), copies of the heavenly things.

But Jesus offered Himself a sacrifice into heaven itself, appearing in the presence of God on our behalf. And not repeatedly (regularly as Aaron had to do), but once.

This is Jesus, the ever-living high priest – Praise God, what a Saviour!

* Great God,

Thank You for Jesus, our great high priest.

Thank You that we see Jesus here in Exodus, as we read of Aaron as high priest and what he had to do.

Thank You for calling us to be Your people.

Please help us see Jesus today and onwards, to take hold of the salvation He won as a once-for-all sacrifice.

Amen.

March 10, Reading 2 – Psalm 74, 75

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Two more songs by Asaph: Asaph was one of David’s leading Levite musicians. When David brought the Ark into Jerusalem, Asaph was one of those playing out in front of the ark. He lived through some dark days, as Psalm 74 recalls. Asaph’s faith (Psalm 74:12) is like that of Joshua who declared, but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord!

SJA Notes

Again we have the pattern.

Here is a reality from man’s perspective.

It seemed as though God had cast them off, and Asaph calls on God to remember His congregation!

But then in v12 of psalm 74 we have the pivot.

“Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.”

This is the balancing of perspectives. We have a valid portion of this prayer given over to our perspective. But it is balanced and overlayed with the perspective of God.

“You divided the sea by your might; you broke the heads of the sea monsters on the waters.”

Interestingly Asaph then turns again to calling on the Lord for action.

Our prayers are manifold as we work through the layers and bands that are our lives. We are able to see good wise structure (cry out in our pain -> remember God and what He has done), but that is a deep river we can continue to plumb all our days here.

Let’s give thanks to God that He has provided with us these psalms, wonderful examples, deep and wide, of prayer!

March 10, Reading 3 – Acts 16:16-40

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The Philippian jailor is given a covenant promise – if he believes, then he and his household will be saved. The whole household is baptised immediately at night. The baptism was by sprinkling or pouring (immersion was impossible). It is likewise an unwarranted inference that all the household baptisms would never have children in them. The likelihood is the other way.