"And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud".
(Exodus 16:10 KJV)
When a storm of life is coming and you have prayed, lift your eyes to the clouds and look for the silver lining. Get in the habit of looking for it. We know Our Awesome God has provided it and will always help if we ask, for He has a purpose for each person. The approaching storm may have dark ominous edges with flashes of lightening and growling thunder, but they have that silver lining somewhere. We want to focus on the good (silver lining) God will provide, not the looming problems we see ahead because God has promised to help us through them.
A distressed person is a helpless person if the stress is great enough. It leaves one open to Satan's snares (Ephesians 6:11 KJV). So be swift to turn your back on it and look up Scripture verses that pertain to it (Isaiah 41:10). Hang onto Our Awesome God's promises of help. Look for that silver lining that God has provided for you. Pray; as the greater distress you have, the deeper you get into Satan's territory. So run to our Father God who loves you, bringing your requests to His throne and seek His power for relief. Jesus Christ has the power on Earth not man.
Then as you take each of those specific promises of God, claim them as yours and turn away from your stress. Lean on Our Awesome God and you will find your faith is stronger, your trust is greatly improved, you are ready to depend on Him to overcome your distress and peace is slowly taking it away. Now you can think more clearly and, with Our Awesome God helping you, Satan will flee.
We need to remember in times of stress and doubt that God has a plan, a purpose, for each of us and the power to give us help when we need it. But you have to ask and believe. Look always for that silver lining in the clouds for it is there. Once you overcome your distress with God's help, the second time is easier. You will know what to do and you will know that it will be overcome by Our Awesome God.
LWBC is a loving church who tries to live by Biblical principles while encouraging all its members. Join us for church in the Sanctuary this coming Sunday at 10:30 AM. We also have Bible Study on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Sunday evening at 6:00 PM we have an hour of Bible Study and AWANA clubs for children which go until 7:30 PM. Our programs are varied but we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible that Jesus Christ died for you, taking your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. We love visitors!
"And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat… But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness."
(Leviticus 16:8, 10 KJV)
The scapegoat was the animal that ceremonially carried the sins of the people away into the wilderness on the Day of Atonement, as Our Awesome God commanded (Leviticus 16:8,10). On the Day of Atonement, when the high priest went once a year into the Holy of Holies to offer sacrifices for his own sins and for those of all the people, two goats were brought before him. By lot, one was chosen to be “for the Lord.” This goat was slain as a sin offering, and its blood was sprinkled on God's objects to help cleanse the altar, the sanctuary, and the tent of meeting from the defilements over the past year.
The second goat was called the scapegoat as our Awesome God instructed. The High Priest, by laying his hands on the head of the goat and naming his own sins and all the sins of the people, ceremonially transferred them to the goat. All the men involved and the goats had been ritually cleansed before the Day of Atonement. Then one man took the goat out of the camp to a rough mountainous area and set him free.
The demand of the goats showed man's need for reconciliation with Our Awesome God and redemption from their sins. The first goat that was "for the Lord" was killed because there is a price and a payment for sin. Then the scapegoat left the camp with the sins of the people so that God could get close to His people, as He wanted.
Our Awesome God was setting the stage for the coming of His Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem and bring salvation to man with His blood and to be our advocate at the side of God. He has set things up so that people no longer need a "scapegoat." We only need to believe in Jesus Christ and accept His payment to be free from our many sins. Pray to Our Awesome God, take His free gift of salvation and receive peace and freedom from your burden of sin. Will I see you in heaven?
Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour with a children's program called AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. There are plans for more Bible Discussions in homes during the week. Prayer meeting with Bible Study is on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. We love visitors!
"And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron's sons."
(Exodus 28:1 KJV)
Aaron was Moses' older brother. He was born in 2365 BC, three years before Moses, before the Pharaoh's edict requiring the death of all male Hebrew infants. He was the ancestor of all Hebrew High Priests, the founder of the priesthood, and the first High Priest for Our Awesome God's chosen people. Aaron and his descendants tended the altar and offered sacrifices. Aaron's role, unlike Moses', was inherited; his sons continued the priesthood after him (Num. 20:26).
Aaron served as Moses' spokesman to Our Awesome God's people at God's command. Moses was not eloquent and had a speech impediment, so Aaron spoke for him (Ex. 4:10-16). It was Aaron, not Moses, who cast down the staff that became a snake before Pharaoh (Ex. 7:10-12). It was Aaron, not Moses, who held out his staff to trigger the first three plagues against Egypt (Exodus 7:19-20; 8:1-2 or 8:5-7). It was also Aaron who performed the signs for the elders before they went to Pharaoh (Exodus 4:30).
According to Jewish tradition, Aaron's most notable personal quality is that he was a peacemaker. Again, Jewish tradition says, Aaron loved peace so much that he participated in the incident of the Golden Calf (Ex. 32), constructing the idol in order to prevent dissension among the people. No matter what he really thought, Our Awesome God didn't seem to kill him or reprimand him for building The Golden Calf. Aaron did many other things before he died but he never entered the Promised Land.
This is one of the many people like us, found in the Bible which you are reading. Our Awesome God wants you to know these people as they show us what and how we often do things wrong while pointing out what we should continue to do. They show us how God uses bad and good people to do His work on earth. Aaron was a human being doing things both right and wrong. Sinning and asking for forgiveness daily. God can and will use you when He wants. Is it for good or to show others what not to do?
Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM we have Bible Study and AWANA for children. Our programs include Home Bible Studies and a Wednesday Prayer Meeting but are varied as we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible. We love visitors and practice the "love one another" commandment to all.
Flo & Bill