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Exodus 28:1-43

I’m running late so I’m going to deal with something I heard taught and have not really researched; although I’ve checked the commentaries I have and not seen this mentioned, but that doesn’t mean there is no truth in it.

And you shall make pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet [stuff] around about its skirts, with gold bells between them; A gold bell and a pomegranate, a gold bell and a pomegranate, round about on the skirts of the robe. Aaron shall wear the robe when he ministers, and its sound shall be heard when he goes [alone] into the Holy of Holies before the Lord and when he comes out, lest he die there. (Exodus 28:33-35 AMP)

Interspaced around the bottom of Aaron’s skirt is a bell and a fruit, a bell and a fruit … The bell represents a “Gift of the Spirit” and the pomegranate represents the “Fruit of the Spirit,” a bell and a fruit. Anyone who has seen the inside of a pomegranate knows that there are a lot of red seed surrounded by fleshy, juicy fruit (An answear to why it is called Fruit of the Spirit and not Fruits?) Bells sound an alarm to heed danger or to get your attention to warn, delight, instruct etc. The purpose being it stops you in your tracks.

“The fruit of the Spirit refers to the virtues of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility) and self-control. “

“The gifts of the Spirit are supernatural endowments for service and are given according to the character of the ministry that is to be fulfilled. The purpose of all gifts is the same: to edify the Body (the Church).”

What I heard taught was this, Bell clanging against bell would be harsh and certainly not melodic so God has placed a fruit next to a bell to soften the tone and sound. We are to temper our gifts with fruit.

In what we have called the Love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul gives a list of gifts which use of, if one doesn’t operate in love, a fruit, there is no benefit for the believer.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but I do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I give over my body in order to boast, but do not have love, I receive no benefit. Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be set aside. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways. For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NET.)

Fruit doesn’t replace the gifts its just that their use must be tempered with Fruit, a gift and a bell, or a bell and a gift.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

I love you giving reference to grief and CS Lewis. I haven't read it but I am remembering my mom today. 15 years since she left this earth. It still hurts. I loved her and still kiss her so!

Ex 28:1-43
The making of the garments, robe, sash, and turban. And what I never realized but I do now is why isn't Moses two sons appointed priests-Gershom and Eliezer-along with Aaron's sons and the meticulous acct of sash and outfits pomegranates and bells. You have fruits of the Spirit along with clanging bells-interesting..

Matthew 25:31-26:13
The son of man (Jesus) will separate the sheep(God's people) with the goats- (false people -non-believers)

I love the story of the least of these, feeding, providing, helping, loving, nurturing, when we did it to the least of these we have done it unto God.

Also, the woman with the fancy bottle of oil (Alabaster) it's 2 days before Passover. The Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified shortly. Know it must have dwelled hard on Jesus' heart - being made flesh-knowing how everyone praised and worshipped one day but will despise and reject another and pain he will go through and torture-all for us! Wow!

Ps 31:9-18

This has a little imagery for Jesus' time too-v 13b- My enemies conspire against me, plotting to take my life.

Proverbs 8:12-13

Wisdom and good judgment live together. Knowledge and discernment are easy to find. Those who love the Lord will hate evil, pride, arrogance and perverse speech.

Amen!

Books on grief: A grace disguised by Jerry Sitzer, Lament for a son by Nicholas Wolterstorff, Heaven your real home by Joni aereckson Tada.

I love this song to lament my sorrow.and hope by Bifrost Arts "Our song in the Night".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_qEAqoX6LE


Mathew 26:5

Just an interesting note: “or there may be a riot among the people”. Current events about the George Floyd riots (March 2020), brought up a great quote by Martin Luther King Jr. A RIOT IS THE LANGUAGE OF THE UNHEARD.

Mathew 26:11

“The poor you will always have with you but you will not always have me.”
I like to refer back to some great thoughts that come out of Deuteronomy 15 about debts and the poor. I really like verse15:11: “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land”. This really calls our Christian service into play. To help the unfortunate, lost and suffering. It’s a demonstration of one’s faith in God. That way we experience Jesus love by loving others.

I am helping a homeless guy right now and I am really struggling because I am judging him with my values, ethics and morals, which of course are righteous! Hypocrite! Slowly (months now), Jesus is showing me who I really am and I am a tough nut to crack, for sure. Others are watching and I have given this to God but I have so much more to learn or should I say unlearn.

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