Bearing their names before the LORD

And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel: and Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD upon his two shoulders for a memorial. (Exo 28:12)
And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goetHighPriesth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the LORD continually. And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron’s heart, when he goeth in before the LORD: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually. (Exo 28:29-30)

As God was giving the details for worship in the Tabernacle, He provided an illustration for those of us that have the spiritual oversight of others.

The names of the tribes of the children of Israel were to be engraved upon stones and placed strategically in two places upon the wardrobe of the high priest as he attended his duties.

Each of these places teach us an aspect of our duties. The names were to be on stones on the shoulders of the priest and over his heart.  Let’s learn the lessons.

Their names before the Lord – a picture of intercession

In each case (on the shoulders and upon the heart) it is spoken of as being taken “before the Lord” This speaks of our job of interceding for others.

There is an expectation of intercession

God expects us to pray for one another (James 5:16) especially those over whom we have responsibility.

We are sinning when we fail to pray for them

Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: (1Sa 12:23)

There is an exactness of intercession

Their names written upon the stones speaks of our need to remember them by name and by need.  It is too easy to pray blanket prayers.  “Lord, bless all my pupils…”

Their names upon his shoulders – a picture of a burden

Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD upon his two shoulders for a memorial.

It is a burden of responsibility.

A load on our shoulders. A job we must be doing and for which we will be held accountable.

It is a burden to relieve.

As we have their names upon our shoulders, we are to put our shoulders to the task and load and LIFT, helping them, by prayer, to bear their load.

Their names upon our heart – a picture of compassion

Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually

Over the heart directs us to take them before the Lord in the devotion of love

Over the heart directs us to take them before the Lord with the desire for their good judgments

Over the heart directs us to take them before the Lord in a dedication continually

 

Let’s take the names of our people before the Lord often and specifically.


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How to Develop A Heart After God’s (part 3)

heart-for-GodAnd when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. (Act 13:22)

We have been discussing how to develop a heart after God’s as David had.

Pay particular attention to the phrase, “I have found David…”.

God did not GIVE David a heart after His so He could anoint him King, but rather FOUND David already had a heart after His, so He made him king!

Let us develop a right heart so God can “find us” usable in His service.

We saw in the last two posts that we needed to “Live a Cause – God” and then “Serve with Character Before God“.

Now shall we learn the third lesson from this phase of David’s young life.

A Man After God’s Heart will Live as a Man of Culture (2Sam 23:1-2)

Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.  (2Sa 23:1-2)

A man of godly culture lives a life filled with godly music – the sweet psalmist of Israel

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  (Eph 5:19)

His music will be godly in tone, words, and style.

A man of godly culture lives a life with a gracious mouth – The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue

There is nothing great or Christian about being crass or using low guttural humor.

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  (Eph 4:29)
Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.  (Rom 14:19)

A Man after God’s Heart will be a Man of Pleasant Companionship (1Sam 18:1-3, 1Sam 22)

All kinds of people in and out of all types of problems, troubles, and discouragements, thought him their friend.  Whether he agreed with them in their cause or even if he personally liked them was of no consequence. He conducted himself so they all felt he was their friend.

David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him. And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.  (1Sa 22:1-2)
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:  (1Th 3:12)
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.  (Pro 18:24)

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