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Exodus 29:1-30:10
(Matthew 26:14-46)

Expensive stuff being used in the dedication of the priests who are to serve God; however, God being a God of beauty and “wealth,” He has made sure what He has requested from the people they have. God supplies all our needs and proved it by orchestrating a great transfer of wealth from the Egyptians to the Israelites (Ex. 3:22; 11:2,3). Just as he provided Abraham with a ram in the thicket on top of a mountain for a sacrifice He Himself commanded(Gen 22:7-8), God provided His son, the Lamb of God who was more beautiful, more costly and definitely more precious than anything we have on the earth.

The anointing oil used and to be poured on the head of Aaron can be tied into today’s Gospel reading. Jesus was not just at any garden, he was at Gethsemane, which means “oil press.” This was the place where olives were brought to be “crushed” by the presses so the oil would flow freely. In the NLT rendering Jesus speaks these words,

He told them, "My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and watch with me."(Matthew 26:39).

There is no anointing oil, precious oil, very fine oil, without the olive first being crushed. The anointing is what gives us power and authority to be Christ’s representative upon the earth. It is the anointing that breaks the yoke of bondage. Where better to fulfill the words of the prophets inspired by God to speak than in a place where Olive trees grew and where the olives were crushed into fine olive oil.

Jesus is our altar and when we touch that alter by believing on Him we are made holy, just as when someone or something touched the altar of the Tabernacle in sincerity is altered so are those who touch Jesus but we now have eternal benefits.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
At my church communion is the first Sunday of the month, I love having communion with the entire congregation is shows are ONENESS with JESUS in my opinion.

Glad to see someone that loves the Lord. Thanks for the post.

Isn't there a little bit of Judas and Peter in all of us? Judas wanted to reshape Jesus to fit his own purpose of freeing the Jews from Roman occupation. Peter said he would never deny Jesus but when times got tough he did that very thing. There is no way we can even begin to understand the physical and spiritual agony Jesus experienced in the garden that night, but we do know that by faith in God and prayer we can get through all circumstances.

I love communion and attend a church where it's not done monthly so when we share it, it's truly a treat for me. My favorite communion experience was during my best friend's wedding 10 years ago. She and her husband are both ministers and they served communion to all of us at the wedding. It truly blessed me.

Janice,

"Isn't there a little bit of Judas and Peter in all of us? Judas wanted to reshape Jesus to fit his own purpose of freeing the Jews from Roman occupation. Peter said he would never deny Jesus but when times got tough he did that very thing."

To me Janice, this is an outstanding comment!!!!

Matthew 26:14-46

Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial

There is a slight difference in Mark from the other three gospels that gives some people problems.

Did the cock crow once or twice before
Peter's third denial?
Matthew 26:34-35,74-75; Luke 22:34,60-62;
John 13:38 and Mark 14:30

The apologetic answer is here:
http://www.carm.org/diff/Matt26_33.htm
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Gethsemane

Translation of Gethsemane - is "oil press". The olives are place on a stone bowl of some size, and then a huge stone is rolled around on top of them squeezing evry last drop from the olives.

That is how Christ felt. He was overwhlmed with sorrow about the impending crucifixion, that he was near death. He was pressed so hard that Jesus, actually sweated blood from his pores.

“[Sweating blood] is a known medical condition called hematidrosis…[which is] associated with a high degree of psychological stress.” - Metherell, Alexander. Interview with Lee Strobel. The Case for Christ. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998: 260.
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Jesus' Temptation?

Satan had tried to tempt Jesus while Christ was in a weakened state - three times satan tempted. Christ responded each time with Scripture.

Luke4:13
"When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time." NIV

Personally I believe that here in Gethsemane satan perceived it as the opportune time to tempt again. Jesus was in a weakened state from the impending crucifixion. satan at this point knows Jesus has said he will be put to death. satan understood God's plan - this was an attempt to get Jesus to give it up.

'Why go through with this Jesus? God really loves you? Why would he have you killed if He loved you? Do you realize how much pain is involved - here - let me show you. Are these people really worth your sacrifice? They are probably asleep right over there where you left them. Don't be a fool, give it up, you do not have to do this?

Doubts, lies, deceit. Satan never changes. There were three attempts in the wilderness and I beliee three rounds here in Gethsemane.

The attacks came in three waves, and Jesus' response - each time Jesus went to prayer.
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Response to temptation

We have two options as exemplified by Christ: God's Word and prayer.

Jesus got stronger with each round of prayer. Jesus called God "Father" when speaking in public, and only on the cross did he call him God (Eloi). Here is the only recorded time when Jesus went into a highly personal address to God - "MY FATHER".

The first round - is there anyway out, if not they will be done.

The second round - if not possible MAY your will be done. ( asubtle stronger difference)

The third round - the same, but probably with stronger conviction. Jesus was getting stronger throgh God's grace and strength bestowed on Him by God through the Holy Spirit.

We know Jesus prayed for an hour the first time, and probably for long periods the second time. We only have a few lines recorded. Why? Because that is what God reveals and perhaps the lesson is - when faced with temptation - pray. It is ok to pray for things to go away, but always acknowledge and be willing to follow God's Will. Be dependant on God for the grace and strength to get through the temptation.
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Sleeping Apostles

The Apostles slept. They did not watch and pray. Jesus prayed and survived temptation and went on to the cross. The apostles slept, and they failed in avoiding temptation, because they scattered at the cross rather than standing by their Messiah.

How many times do we spiritually sleep when we should be going to God for strength and grace? How many times do we fail to avoid temptation because we do not go to God's word or to Him in prayer?

Exodus 30
The Altar of Incense

Poured out on burning coals the incense produced a delightful aroma in the Holy Place. It was the offering of the person whose sins had been forgiven by blood and who then went on to express the fragrance of love and worship, which was most pleasing to God.

The Golden Altar speaks to us of the worship of Jesus Christ and God's people through him as our high priest and mediator. It was only on the basis of His one sacrifice on the altar of the cross that worship is made possible.
http://www.bible-history.com/tabernacle/TAB4The_Golden_Altar_of_Incense.htm

Questions/comments about some verses that stood out to me:
Exo 29:37 "...and whatever touches it will become holy." In 1KI 1:51 (Adonijah) and 1KI 2:28 (Joab), the horns of the altar are grabbed/seized. So in their seizing of the horns, did they become holy?

Matt 26:25 "Judas, the one who would betray him, also asked, “Rabbi, am I the one?” And Jesus told him, “You have said it.” This is followed immediately in the text by the last supper. It struck me as strange that there is no "Peter-like" comment made to Judas, or gasps of disbelief or questioning. Instead, Jesus identifies Judas as His betrayer and then moves right on (at least as far as we are told) to the new covenant.

And finally, in Matt 26:29, when Jesus says "Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom", what might "new" mean? (...until the day I drink it new ...)? And is this to be after all the apostles have died or after His new kingdom is established? Just some thoughts I've had.

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