A Lamb For an House!- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

Exodus 12:3-4

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Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

In the Old Testament God commanded each Israelite family to choose an unblemished lamb on the 10th day of the month Abib. On the 14th day at dusk (just after sundown as the 14th began), they killed the lamb, putting its blood on the doorpost and lintel of their homes. Then they roasted and ate the lamb.

The putting of the blood on the doorpost and lintel of their homes was a sign. The blood was a sign to the death angel to “pass over” their homes when it went through Egypt. Because of it, Israel’s firstborn were saved, while Egypt’s firstborn died.  Praise be to God Jesus is our Passover Lamb!

When John the Baptist baptized our Lord and Savior he declared, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God! (John 1:29.)

A Lamb for a household. Saints lets believe God for household salvation. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 7:14 that as saved Christians we sanctify our whole household. The destroyer has to pass over the Home that is depending on and believing in the finished work of Jesus on Calvary!

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Proclaim It! – Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

ImageLuke 13:12

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12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.

And when Jesus saw her
In the synagogue among the people, either whilst, or after he had done teaching:

he called her to him,
to come nearer him, and said unto her; of his own accord, without being asked by the woman, or any other for her, out of great compassion to her, seeing her in this miserable condition, and knowing full well the nature, cause, and long duration of her disorder:

woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity;
which had not only bowed her, but it had bound her, as if she had been bound with cords; but Christ by saying these words, with his hands laid upon her, burst her bonds asunder, dispossessed the evil spirit, and delivered her from her long affliction.

Thou art loosed from thine infirmity –This was an amazing proclamation from our Lord. It does not appear that the woman asked him for a cure; yet Jesus calls her, and the disease left. This was definitive evidence that he was the Messiah! And how mighty the power of him that by a Word could restore her to health! The disciples and Jesus would often touch the sick and they where healed. Here in our text the Master proclaims her healing before He has even touched her! Notice in our text that this also was done on the Sabbath.

It is important also to take note that Christ makes a play on words here. He uses the same verb, “loose,” to describe the ox and donkey as He does the woman being “loosed” from Satan through healing.

Our Lord acts against the tradition of the Pharisees, but no where challenges the binding obligation of keeping the Sabbath. Rather, His example shows that we should make merciful evaluations to help others cast off their oppressive hardships. He argues for living the true Christian values. Beloved, we need need to mimic our Lord and proclaim our deliverance,  healing, or what ever we need.  Our God is willing to help us!

Ephesians 3:20

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20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

We need to call those things that be not as though they were! It is the Father’s will to  bless us and to give us the Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is heaven manifested!

3 John 1:2

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Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

He Sent His Word- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

ImagePsalm 107:20

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20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

He sent his word. This same word is given to us in Psalms 147:15 Psalms 147:18 ; We also see it yet again in Isa 55:11. Out of the mouth of two or three witnesses let every truth be established! We detect in such passages the essence of St. John’s doctrine of the agency of the “personal Word”. The Word by which the heavens were made, Psalms 33:6 , is seen to be not merely the expression of God’s will, but his messenger interceding between himself and his creation. It is interesting to compare with this the language of Elihu in the parallel passage of Job 33:23 , where what is here imputed to the agency of the Word is imputed to that of the “mediating angel, or messenger.” His word who healed them was his essential Word, even the second person in the Godhead, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the word who was made flesh and dwelt among us: of this divine Word it was foretold in the Old Testament, that he should ascend with the glory of the morning sun, bringing healing in his wings for all our sicknesses; and accordingly the New Testament relates, that Jesus went about all Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing ALL manner of sickness, and ALL manner of disease among the people. And delivered them from their destructions. Beloved, whether it is financial ruin, marital discord, sinful shame. Jesus Christ is truly the deliverer. I am first partaker of this fruit. I have been delivered out of the snare of the enemy. All praise to our God! I send this word to you now receive it and let the Word do the work. Amen.

The Preceptor- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

ImageOne of the joys of my life is teaching the Gospel. I have started a new habit this year by rising up at 5:00 AM every morning for my “Holy Hour”. To me there would be no Holy hour without prayer, and meditation on God’s word. This one change has had a tremendous affect on my mood and energy level for the entire day! My focus this morning was on the Resident Preceptor. The Holy Spirit! My teaching has now entered the mastery level. All I have to do is send God’s word into the lives of my students by faith and trust the Holy Spirit to do the work of teaching! Wow! Now, this most certainly does not mean that the Holy Spirit takes out the ‘hard’ work of teaching. Paul admonishes us in 2 Timothy:

2 Timothy 2:15

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15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Greekspoudason (2SAAM) seauton dokimon parastesai (AANto theo, ergaten anepaischunton, orthotomounta (PAPMSAtonlogon tes aletheias.
Amplified: Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth. (Amplified Bible – Lockman)
Darby: Strive diligently to present thyself approved to God, a workman that has not to be ashamed, cutting in a straight line the word of truth.
Wuest: Bend your every effort to present yourself to God, approved, a workman unashamed, expounding soundly the word of the truth. (Eerdmans)
Young’s Literal:  be diligent to present thyself approved to God–a workman irreproachable, rightly dividing the word of the truth;

No, there is still much hard work to do for teachers but the ‘work’ of getting it to the student; where now the Word is now speaking to the student is the work of the Holy Spirit.

The most beneficial study of God’s Word requires diligence and perseverance, but the results are worth the effort. A. B. Simpson said…

God has hidden every precious thing in such a way that it is a reward to the diligent, a prize to the earnest, but a disappointment to the slothful soul. All nature is arrayed against the lounger and the idler. The nut is hidden in its thorny case; the pearl is buried beneath the ocean waves; the gold is imprisoned in the rocky bosom of the mountains; the gem is found only after you crush the rock which encloses it; the very soil gives its harvest as a reward to the laboring farmer. So truth and God must be earnestly sought.

Hebrews 8:11

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11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

Isaiah 54:13

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13 And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

Escape Velocity- Boyace Van Harlan Jr., PhD

ImageIn physicsescape velocity is the speed at which the kinetic energy plus the gravitational potential energy of an object is zero.[nb 1] It is the speed needed to “break free” from a gravitational field without further propulsion.

Joshua 24:15

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15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Thought: What is keeping you from serving God today? What simple thing can you do today to propel you to the next level in your spiritual life? I like what Robin Sharma says. Dream big, start small. Act now! What can you do today to help you break free!