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If your heart is breaking

Posted: April 4, 2011 in Christian Living

http://youtu.be/gJf-QsbghkM

Jesus draws us to His side when our hearts are broken.

He knows how a broken heart feels.  He loves you, He loves you, Jesus loves you.

Pills won’t help a broken heart, nor will    Sermonizing, alcohol, drugs, pot.  Sometimes even fixing a problem leaves a heart that is broken.  How can anyone find relief from the numbing pain of a broken heart?

You want to know something?  Jesus loves you.  He really does.  It’s not just a cliche.  He wants to heal every one of your hurts.  All YOU need to do is trust that He really does love you.  He sees you.  He doesn’t reach a hand to you, but stretches his arms to you.

He will never, never turn you away… He loves you

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd0Ru0GXCos

New Wineskins

Posted: March 20, 2011 in Christian Living

New Wineskins
Monday, November 29, 2010 12:40 PM

There are times when christian institutions box themselves in with scriptural revelation distinct to their own movement and create inflexible boundaries of lifestyle evangelism.  It is a “one size fits all” outlook on how we are to minister to this present generation.  Their methods and attitudes (aka:  their wineskins) look and function no differently than it did in the 1950s.

The wine skin of the old church order refused to adapt to the phenomena of cultural change.  This has created the appearance – whether justified or not – that the church is simply out of touch with society.  This problem of inflexibility in the church has developed cracked wine skins.  Wine skins that can not adequately hold the powerful wine that God has to offer His church.  Many, many wine skins have burst under the stretching and power of the Spirit of God, because they were not replaced or renewed.

Mark 2:22
“And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles”

Luke 5:37-39
“And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.
But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.”
Both Mark and Luke are describing in their own words the same event.  Luke adds more detail to the story…

Jesus performed a miracle and shortly thereafter calls Matthew (Levi) to be His disciple.  Jesus is then invited (along with Pharisees and other religious Jews) for dinner at Levi’s home.

Luke 5:29
“And Levi made him a great feast in his own house”.
The religious  experts versed in the law murmured against Jesus because he was breaking the traditions of the elders.  He was breaking bread with “publicans and sinners” (Lu 5:30).  If that weren’t bad enough, they were breaking bread at a despised tax-collector’s home.

If Jesus represents the Wine of the New Covenant, then wineskins represents the delivery system for the wine.

Jesus took His New Wine to Levi’s home.  He was demolishing stale, plastic tradition.  He knew that the only way to reach publicans, sinners, Pharisees, and tax collectors was to be with them, eat with them and provide a new wineskin for the New Wine they so desperately needed.  Jesus took the gospel with Him.  He was determined to minister to those with needs no matter where it took him because,

“They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance”.
Luke 5:31-32

Jesus knew that every person at the meal needed Him, including the so-called religious of his day. 

Let’s put it THIS way:
Sin affects us all.  Its effects clearly show the human need for a loving Savior.  The New Wine available in Jesus Christ is a metaphor for His love, His refreshing, His forgiveness.  It is liberating!  It is invigorating, fresh and clean!  Some older wineskins ’s delivery systems have not been maintained or protected from abuse.  They are largely ineffective and have over time developed more traditional meaning than Biblical meaning.  They are structured more around a church system than around Jesus Himself. 

We have religion that is well-versed in the scriptures but takes a contradictory approach to the New Wine.  This religion is old, out of date, dry on the outside.  It is cracking from within. 
Anytime churches or pastors place church rules or requirements ABOVE a relationship with Jesus Christ it means it is just one more outdated wineskin needing to be CHANGED

You are responsible for the condition of your wineskin.  Not your pastor, your priest, your spouse or your siblings.  How you take Jesus to this world is up to You!

Now is the time for believers to take Jesus to the world! 

Now is the time to preach Christ and Him crucified.

Now is the time to preach the holiness and love of God.

Now is the time to be Christ – relational.

Now is the time to take Jesus in our wine skins.  This includes our methods, the way we “do church”, our delivery systems, our temperance and lifestyles that show Jesus to the world! God is changing the church paradigm today.  We don’t “do church” like our parents did.  This is not your father’s oldsmobile. 

The question prompting Jesus’ response was concerning the followers of John the Baptist and why His (Jesus’) disciples didn’t fast the way John’s disciples did.  Check out Jesus’ response: 

He didn’t infer that the old wine was worthless or that the old wineskins were evil, but that the new wine (the gospel) requires  flexibility, a new container, an expandable bottle; with the ability to stretch and grow with its contents.  Stretching can be uncomfortable at times! 
“No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better” Luke 5:39.  At times it’s not easy for those used to drinking old wine to try the new.  We have to wean ourselves from old methods that have grown stale and don’t work.

Rather than wringing our hands over the ‘wretched moral condition” of the American church and holding the fort until He returns, we need to throw away the old methods and start over!
Jesus Christ will help us adapt to culture without diluting His influence.  He will meet us where we are and give us what we need.

There is no special formula or Pentecostal rosary for us to have to take to people in need.  We have Jesus Himself, (Christ in you, the Hope of glory). 

You and I, with the wineskins God gave us, take Him to this broken culture to minister to the needs of our fellow man by being FLEXIBLE, using every means possible to take Jesus to them.
Are you ready to be used in new ways?  Are you willing to partake with saints and sinners and become involved in meeting the needs of those that God places in your life?  

Let Jesus re-create your purpose and direction!  He will go with you and in you to this world and culture.  He will give you courage to do new things and be what you never thought you could be.

Finally, check out this perfect example of Jesus taking new wineskins with Him that happened IMMEDIATELY after the meal at Matthew’s home.

“While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.
And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples” (Mathew 9:18-19)

It is no coincidence that that Jesus made the comment about wineskins at the same time Jairus approached him about his dying daughter…

Jairus said,
“…come and put your hand on her, and she will live.”
Verse 25,
“…after the crowd had been put outside, (Jesus) went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up”.

Do a spiritual checkup…what’s your ‘skin made of?  There’s no telling what He can do through you in Jesus’ name!

A Defense for Jesus

Posted: March 9, 2011 in Christian Living

A Defense for Jesus

In the late 1960s the western church began to experience what was then called the “Jesus Movement”. It flourished, with college-aged kids from all spectrums of life getting turned on to Jesus. There was a sweet sincerity about it this movement with kids in every walk of life becoming open to the move of God and the Holy Spirit baptism. God began to baptize these hungry people with His Spirit!  This movement literally overturned and upended mainline protestant churches and even the Catholic church.  The move of the Spirit of God would not be stopped!  Folks that experienced this experience would become known as “charismatics”.  Although things are MUCH different today, in the beginning, with the Jesus movement, it began with a love for truth and with the emphasis on Jesus Christ.
Over the years, our teaching over “charismata” has evolved into some very interesting avenues of study. There are teachings of healing and prophecy and the Holy Spirit and His personality; gifts in the church and of the Spirit, the five fold ministry and gifts TO the church; eschatalogical studies and timelines.  We have biker ministries, recovery ministries, bingo, food services and various social programs.

These programs are good in their place but they can never replace the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ, that is, His death, burial, resurrection and Kingdom hope of eternal life!

The Church is led by a King and is a spiritual kingdom. (John 3:3,5; Romans 14:16; 1 Corinthians 15:50; Hebrews 1:8). It is a mistake to teach ABOUT the Kingdom without teaching a personal relationship with the King. This is not an earthly kingdom.  It is NOT about positive self-awareness Christianity, self-help, becoming wealthy, achieving the “American Dream” or anything having to do with THIS world (Isaiah 2:7-8).  It has nothing to do with materialism, capitalism or collectivism.  It is a Spiritual kingdom!

The Kingdom is Church is about having the testimony of Jesus and not loving our lives unto death“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” Revelation 12:11.

The very testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy, “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, … worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Revelation 19:10.

Is Jesus Christ the central focal point of every spiritual “transaction” in your church?  Is He the focal point of all discipleship?

Influenced by the Jesus Movement, many churches in the west modified their liturgy somewhat after the “newness” of the charismata.  Eventually, even the modifications became liturgical and rigid, to the point that the freshness of Jesus Christ and the manna He offers new every morning would become packaged on the internet in borrowed sermons. Preachers can now go online to get their messages or borrow visions and dreams from television or Christian magazines, all the while overlooking Old Testament prophets who scathed the preachers of their day for doing similar things!  (Jeremiah 23:25-32)

Sunday services have again become predictable.

We have preachers that get Bible study topics from the latest popular Christian author or reflexively default to a denominational or organizational theme for Sunday school.  Instead of mining for truth they skim for it with topical rather than textual sermons.  All too often these studies focus on (*OTJ) issues leaving Jesus on the outside knocking on the door. (Revelation 3:20)
(*Other Than Jesus)

Denominations and organizations MUST transform into a Jesus-Centered organism as it was in the days of the primitive Church and the Jesus Movement of the 1960s.

The use of organizational default will miss the freshness from Jesus that is new every morning!

As Christian ministers of the gospel our goal and purpose in life is to know the Lord Jesus Christ and Him alone.

Paul said, “…That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;” Philippians 3:10

God is calling His Church to “… press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14.

With all due respect, not the high calling of God in you, the high calling of God in your church or of your pastor.  Not the high calling of God in your denomination or the high calling of God in your organization!  It is only the high calling of God in Christ Jesus!

The gospel of the primitive church in the book of Acts, the historical church until the middle of the 3rd Century and the Jesus movement of 40 years ago were all centered upon the life, work, death and victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ! The apostles didn’t have denominations or church organization by-laws in which to default. Nor were they spinning their wheels over end-time issues, pre or post trib or who the anti-christ was.  But they were very interested in spreading the gospel to the known world through every means possible!

When you are filled with the power of the Holy Ghost, you will talk more about Jesus than Jerusalem, more about His resurrection than your persecution, more about the goodness of God than your gifts, more about His glory than your reputation!  You won’t be ashamed to fast, pray, evangelize, baptize or disciple in the name of Jesus Christ!


And you will not be ashamed to become as Paul, “To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some” 1 Corinthians  9:22!
The humble early church was consumed with the world knowing about Jesus Christ, from Barnabas to Chloe, from Lydia to Paul.

The western church seems to be consumed with a lot more than Jesus these days.  Just watch Christian television for a couple of days.
When on trial for preaching the gospel, Paul’s defense was, “For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you: because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.” Acts 28:20.

This HOPE of Israel was not about the temple being rebuilt, a red heifer as a future sacrifice, the reinstitution of temple worship, Gentiles becoming like Jews in worship, The presumed inferiority of Gentiles to Jews, superiority of Jews to Gentiles or the creation of the nation of Israel in 1948.

This HOPE wasn’t the Holy Ghost, the gifts of the Spirit, the gifts and callings of God, nor a positive, “feel good about yourself” message.  In Acts 28, the apostle Paul would soon die with the HOPE of resurrection deep within him. To Paul, the hope of Israel was found in Jesus.

“As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:36-39

The focal point of Paul’s apology in his preaching was not spiritual gifts, the godhead, or Oneness.  He was preaching Jesus Christ, and Him crucified!

He told the Corinthian church, “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified“. 1 Corinthians 2:2.

The church growth explosion is all about Jesus Christ, the Alpha and the Omega!  (Revelation 1:8).
In other words, the ONLY thing Paul wanted the church to understand was the knowledge of Jesus Christ and the atonement He provided with His death on the cross!

The gospel in the book of Acts centered upon the Person of Jesus Christ.  God is re-directing the Church BACK to the basics of preaching Jesus. To preach Jesus is to preach the law and prophets!


To preach Jesus is to deliver all the counsel of God. (Acts 20:27; Mathew 5:17; Acts 28:23)

The transformed Church is the same one that is preaching the Lamb of God as the Church’s sole Foundation.  This Church understands that denominations or buildings and organizations do not define her.  She knows the Church is a Spiritual building made without hands, and exists at the design of the Master Architect, Jesus Christ,

“In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord”. Ephesians 2:21
To reject the God-breathed narrative of the early church is to reject its foundation, and as Paul put it,

“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ”, 1 Corinthians 3:11

“And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone”. Ephesians 2:20

The foundation of the Church is the Lord Jesus Christ.  The Church will stand the tests of time is the one grounded squarely in the Lamb of God.  He is the fulfillment of ALL the law and the prophets.  He is the great High Priest, the Son of God, the final sacrifice for sin and the one in Whom “…we live, and move, and have our being;…” Acts 17:28a

To preach Jesus is to preach the New Testament spirit of prophecy,
“And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, … worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Revelation 19:10.

The Gospel is completely about preaching Jesus Christ and his completed, finished work, accomplished by his atoning death for sin and his resurrection from the dead.  You see, it’s all about JESUS!

IT IS FINISHED!  HE HAS DONE IT!  HE HAS WON IT!

The Victor, Keith Green

Dale Royce, DMin


Numbers 21:1-9

“And when king Arad the Canaanite, which dwelt in the south, heard tell that Israel came by the way of the spies; then he fought against Israel, and took some of them prisoners.

And Israel vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou wilt indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.

And the LORD hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities: and he called the name of the place Hormah.

¶ And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.

And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.

And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.”

The children of Israel were not long from Egypt’s bondage.  They had been delivered through the Red Sea, they had witnessed Moses’ sister Miriam praise the Lord after their great deliverance.  They had witnessed Aaron’s failure with the golden calf, his restoration into the priesthood of the tabernacle and then his death.  They had witnessed manna from Heaven, and had forgotten how God had slaked their thirst with water pouring from a rock.  They began to complain about where they were in God.  At that point, God sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. The people asked Moses for intercede for them to the Lord…And the Lord told him to build a brass pole with the image of a snake and told anyone that had been bitten to look at it.  God miraculously healed anyone that beheld the brazen serpent on the pole.  The people revered this brasswork.  This scripture does not indicate forgiveness for murmuring against God. Upon hearing of someone being bitten, the Levites were busy running from dusty periphery to the ends of the camp, acres upon acres upon hearing of someone being bitten by these venomous snakes.  It became the forerunner of the symbol universally used to represent the medical profession, the medical cadeuce.  Everyone lived.  But what it does not say is as important.  Fast forward 800 years to the time of King Hezekiah of Judah.  800 years.

2 Kings 18:1-5

“Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.

Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah.

And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did.

He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.

He trusted in the LORD God of Israel;…”

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This brass serpent would become a superstitious talisman for the Israelites.  They would revere it.  It would remain in the house of Israel for hundreds of years, though the time of the judges to the anointing of Saul as King, David to Solomon to Rehoboam, up to king Hezekiah (a contemporary of Isaiah).  Its original meaning long lost as Israel become more and more “contemporary”.  This brazen serpent had become a stone of stumbling to the children of Israel.  They had been burning incense to a memory of what God had done in their past with mixed worship of idols.  Their worship of the Lord was based upon ancient history.  Nehushtan was only a reminder of what God did in the past. They worshipped the “good old days”, the memory of God meeting the needs of the people.

Perhaps they thought they would please the Lord in this way. They were so backslidden in their ways and so far removed from actually having their needs met by the Lord that they were burning incense to an archaic lifeless icon, one dead, with no life.  It was no longer a healing source, but now merely a PIECE of BRASS.

Do you want a piece of Brass or a Piece of Bread?


A Piece of Bread


John 6:28-40

“Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?

Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.

For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

This dialogue occurred immediately after Jesus had fed the five thousand.  Jews desiring to do the “works of the Lord” came to Him seeking the ability to do the works of God.  Notice they wanted the power or ability to do the works of God.  They were not seeking a work of the heart, but of power.  Their motives were not pure.  They did not understand that Jesus represented a new and better Kingdom on this earth.  The Jews clearly did not understand that the greatest work they could possibly do would be to believe on him whom he hath sent (v28-29).

What Jesus was saying in plain language was they must believe that He was the Son of God.  Much like our own response would be, theirs was “PROVE IT” and do it by giving a sign. These Jews had hearts as carnal as those in the wilderness with Moses.  Jesus told them that he was that true Bread from Heaven, NOT like the manna in the wilderness.  He said He was and is the source of life, saying, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. There is finality in the word, never.  It means that if you believe that Jesus is who He said He is you will NEVER hunger, and NEVER thirst.  I read no conditions to it.  If and when you come to Jesus Christ, you will NEVER again hunger.  You will NEVER again thirst.  You will never need to offer some kind of work to prove His power is working in you, whether it be to please Him, or just to get on His “good” side!

John 3:7-21

“Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?

Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?

Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.

If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

Jesus mentions the phrase “he that came down from heaven”, a familiar phrase.  He alone can protect us from the fiery darts of doubt and despair we encounter in our walk with God.  We may walk in the wilderness, and we may be struck by venomous adversaries , but we are helped by looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

Jesus has offered Himself as the brazen serpent for our broken and needy lives.  We MUST look to him in order to live.  We have no other choice.  Such an easy work to do.  Jesus said, He that believeth on him is not condemned.

What a wonderful place to be!  To not be condemned! To know that you are NOT condemned for your sins that are past!  Jesus is our bread of life.  Jesus is our source of healing for brokenness of our spirit.

Mark 2:14-28; Luke 5:29-39; 6:1-5

“And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.

And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.  And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?

When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance…

Jesus ate and drank WITH us when we did not really know him.  He fellowships us after we have come to him.  In our broken and needy conditions, when we fail even in our OWN standards, He still calls us, sits with us, and breaks bread and wine with us.

And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.

And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?

And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him?

How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?

And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.”

David was a desperate man.  He had been running from Saul for a long time.  He was tired.  He was hungry.  He was discouraged.  And he did something unheard of by going in to the tabernacle and eating bread normally prepared exclusively for the priesthood.  What would cause a person after God’s own heart to enter into a holy place with God to do something He was otherwise forbidden to do?

The answer is, he had need.

Jesus will allow you to be unconventional.  He will let you come to him when your world is falling apart.  He will let you into the tabernacle even if it is only to look upon him to save your life!  He will allow you to be totally unconventional or completely original in your quest to have your needs met by Him.  He may allow you into His holy presence suddenly, confronting you with bread to feed your soul.  You will NEVER be hungry there.  You will NEVER be thirsty there!

God is not merely a piece of brass.  He is not a physical substance.  He is not a building, an organization, a form or a fashion.  God is not just a memory of good things gone by, or the “good old days”.  He is not gathering dust in the corner of the tabernacle.

David found bread in the tabernacle.  When all else failed he knew he could find bread in the tabernacle of God.  It doesn’t matter WHAT your condition or need; Jesus is our bread.  He it is that meets our needs when we look upon Him.

He promised that he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst

Please, don’t settle for a piece of Brass.  Nehushtan will never be good enough for the child of God.  Settle instead for Bread that nourishes and strengthens.  “He that eateth of THIS bread shall live FOREVER”

Do YOU want a piece of brass, or a piece of bread?

“You’ve heard his voice”, Barry McGuire

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