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God's Chosen People-Part II

God's Chosen People-Part II
The Glory

They are the people of Israel, chosen to be God's adopted children. God revealed his glory to them. He made covenants with them and gave them his law. He gave them the privilege of worshiping him and receiving his wonderful promises. Romans 9:4 (NLT)

In Part I of this devotional series we looked how God chose the Jewish people be His people and how He gave them certain things as a result of their being a part of His family.  We learned that they were given the Adoption and the right to be called God's children.  We looked at how He has given us, as Christians, a way to be called His children as well, and therefore we too, can be a part of His family.

In Part II of this devotional series, we're going to continue to look at Romans 9:4 to learn what was given to His Chosen people.  

The second thing we see in verse 4 that God gave His chosen people was:

2.    They were given the Glory

This word Glory refers to the Hebrew word, Chabod, which means: Weight, substance, or heaviness.
*    The Chabod was the cloud over the Jews as they traveled through the wilderness by day during their exodus.
*    The Chabod was also the pillar of fire that went before them by night.
*    It was the Glory that filled the tabernacle as well as the glory that filled the temple.
*    It was the visible, tangible, presence of God

When Moses went up to mount Sinai, he spent time in the presence of God.  And when he came down from the mountain, his face shone with the Shekinah glory of God.  The people would come to him to find out what God had to say, and as he spoke to the people, they would see God's glory shining on Moses' face, and it would diminish and fade the longer he was in their presence (See Exodus 34:29-35).

Eventually, Moses was instructed to build the tabernacle for the presence of God to live with them.  It was there that they would meet with and worship God, and it is there that God dwelt in the inner most room-the Holy of Holies.  God's glory shone so bright that Moses was no longer allowed to come into the presence of God, but only the high priest could, and that was only once a year.  This practice continued when Solomon's Temple was constructed to house the Ark of the Covenant.  

And so man was separated from God by a curtain (Veil) that was 60-feet tall, and 30-feet high and was as thick as the palm of a man's hand.   This remained this way until the Messiah came and sacrificed His life so that we might again be reunited in the presence of God.  As Jesus was being crucified on the Cross of Calvary, he uttered the words, It is finished, and He gave up His spirit (See John 19:30).  Just then the curtain that separated the inner room from the rest of the temple ripped from top to bottom (See Mark 15:38).

This curtain ripping in two pieces signified that God had torn it and left this temple and because of Jesus' death upon the cross for the sin of man.  Access to the father was now available through those who accept this offer of grace and mercy-those who choose to make Jesus Lord and Savior.  And God would make those people's body His temple for His Holy Spirit to dwell in (See 1Cor 6:19).

And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven's Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God's house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ's blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:19-22 (NLT)
This simply means that we as Christians can come into the presence of God at any time.  When we worship Him in song, or we come to Him in our time of prayer; when we spend time in the Word studying and rightly dividing it, we are in the presence of God.  And as we do this, we too, will have His Shekinah glory come upon us.  

And as we go out and spend time with others after we have been in the presence of God, they will see this glory in our countenance and in our eyes and our actions.  And this glory will come out and go upon them as we share the Word of God, and the blessings of God with them.  As we pray for their needs and we encourage them, and even in the times where we are holding them accountable, God's glory will go forth.  

That is why it is important for us to spend time with God continually; so that we are constantly filled with His glory and we are equipped to do His ministry to those in need.  If all we do is spend time with those who draw this Shekinah Glory away, we will lose our light, and have nothing to offer.  We are called to be a light to the world, and this is how we become light.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Hebrews 10:19-22 what kind of access do we have to God?  What reason is given for this access?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you made your profession of faith in Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior?

APPLICATION: If you know Jesus as Lord and Savior, spend time with God today with the full confidence of knowing that your sin has been forgiven and paid for by Christ's blood.  Receive God's glory upon you and go out and shine on all those who are living in the darkness.

Father Thank You for Your free gift of salvation.  Thank You for allowing Jesus to lay down His life and provide a way for me to come into Your presence.  Fill me with Your glory today Lord, and let me shine on all those You bring into my life.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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