Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Heart of a Servant

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The Heart of a Servant
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This week in A Woman’s Heart:  God’s Dwelling Place, our topic of study was titled The Heart of a Servant.  Beth wants us to realize the meaning of a holy calling in today’s world.  Each one of us has a purpose.

The Heart of a Servant

Day 1:  The Altar of Incense

As we learned in previous lessons, the altar of incense was a square altar, over-layed with pure gold.  This golden altar was specifically for burning incense.  We learn in Psalm 141:2 that our prayers are line incense to God.
May my prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering. – Psalm 141:2
The burning incense represents the prayers of the saints.
When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. – Revelation 5:8 
Beth teaches in this lesson that prayer to God is like sweet fragrance and prayerlessness is actually sin.

Day 2:  A Hard Lesson in Holiness

We learn in this lesson that two of Aaron’s sons entered the holy place and burned a strange fire.  This was a fire or incense that God had not commanded.  We are not offered a lot of detail about what Aaron’s sons were trying to do, but whatever their intentions were, they were not holy intentions.  As a result, they died.  We serve a righteous and holy God.  He demands holy worship.

“To worship inappropriately will not likely cause our physical deaths because we enjoy the grace of Calvary, but it can indeed cause the momentary death of communication with the Almighty.” – Beth Moore

Day 3:  The Inheritance of a Servant

The priesthood came from the tribe of Levi.  Moses and Aaron were brothers from the tribe of Levi.  God commanded that Aaron and his sons serve as priests.  The rest of the Levites were servants to God.  The Levites did as God commanded so God bestowed a blessing on them.

Day 4:  The Gift of Support

In this lesson, Beth teaches us about the gift of support in ministry.  God called Moses to lead the children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt.  God called Aaron to serve as a helper to Moses and to serve as priest.  God called the Levites to minister as servants to Aaron and his sons who were also priests.  God called the Israelites to support the priests and the Levites.

Day 5:  The Garments of the Priests

The purpose of this lesson was to teach us what the priests garments were made of and what they looked like.  We learned the meanings of the garment pieces.  We learned that God is in the details.  Just like he had a purpose of the details of those garments, he has a purpose for the details of our lives today.

If you would like to complete the entire Bible study, A Woman’s Heart:  God’s Dwelling Place, you can get your copy here.  Beth goes into so much more detail.  I highly recommend this study.

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