Dear San Lo Community, an update for the week of June 11, 2017…
Thank you Pastor Scott for the message from Exodus 37, “God’s House.” What can we know about God based on how He designed His own home? The Tabernacle was the traveling home for God meaning “residence” or “dwelling place.” It was about one quarter the size of a football field and was set up in the center of camp, just how God should be in the center of our lives. The Tabernacle was elaborate, beautiful, and it was special. It was God’s dwelling place. It had an outer court where anyone could enter, a holy place that only priests could enter and a most holy place which was for the high priests and they could only enter once a year on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). The holy place is where the furniture of Exodus 37 was and each one was specific to a characteristic of God. What does the furniture in God’s House say about Him?
1) God forgives us. (vv.1-9) The Ark of the Covenant is what held the 10 Commandments. A veil covered it and there was a snug fitting cover made of pure gold called the Atonement Cover. This was a place of justification. This was arguably the most important place because without atonement for our sins, there would be no fellowship with God. It was located in the Most Holy Place, behind the veil. The cover and veil had cherubim on them to serve as a warning of approaching God. The Ark represented God’s laws and His mercy. On the Day of Atonement, blood was placed on the Atonement Cover and it removed the guilt of Israel’s sin. It turned aside God’s wrath. But when Jesus died on the cross and His blood was shed, it changed everything. We no longer needed to go through that ritual. All we need to do is ask Jesus for forgiveness. Back when the Israelites were wandering the desert, they needed something to remove their guilt. Guilt is powerful and there is only one thing more powerful, forgiveness. Jesus offers us forgiveness. The Ark was a symbol of God’s forgiveness.
2) God sustains us. (vv.10-16) The Table of Presence. When we think of a table, we think of fellowship. The priests would come to this table once a week on the Sabbath with twelve fresh baked bread cakes, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. They would stand in the presence of God and eat the bread that was placed there the week before and leave the new bread. The bread was called the “bread of the face” because it was set out before the face or presence of God. It was important for God to have fellowship with man. He invites us to His table. The significance of what they would eat should not be lost. (John 6:35) Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst. Bread is nourishment, it sustains us. We need to take in nourishment in order to live physically, mentally and spiritually. When we stop taking in spiritual nourishment, we get sick. If you are not hungry for the Word of God or if you don’t have a desire to know God more or spend time with Him, it may be an indication that something is wrong spiritually. It is important that we come to God and spend time with Him. He wants that. He wants to sustain us.
3) God guides us. (vv.17-24) Inside the temple was dark. There was no natural light. The golden lampstand provided light where it was dark and this piece of furniture shows us that God guides us. The light is essential to our lives. And without this lamp providing light, the priests would not have been able to perform their duties. Light was needed. We live in a dark world. Now more than ever, we need to have God guide us with His light. He guides us and not only that, He tells us that we are to be light. We are to help Him show others the way. The priests needed light to perform their duties and we need light to do the things God wants us to do. Jesus is that light. The lampstand shows us that God guides us.
4) God hears us. (vv.27-29) The altar of incense served as sort of an air freshener. The incense was like a tribute to God. A way of lifting up prayers to God. Psalm 141:1-2, O Lord, I call upon you; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to you! Let my prayer be counted as incense before You, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice! God not only hears our prayers, He desires to hear our prayers. He had an altar of incense in His home so that people could come to Him with requests. When we pray, our words do not stop at the ceiling. They go straight to the ears of our Heavenly Father.
All these furniture pieces had functions back then but also served to point us to the One who fulfilled all of these and even more so in a glorious way. Now days, God is always with us. We don’t need to carry around a tabernacle. We have a personal relationship with God. When the curtain was torn, it was torn from the top down which signifies that God is the One who initiated the relationship. What is stopping you from having a relationship with Jesus? Jesus wants to have a relationship with you. He is offering you forgiveness to take away your guilt. He offers to help you grow and nourish you in a way only God can. He offers light to brighten up your darkness. He offers you an opportunity to lift up your prayers to the only One who can help you. He offers you a real and amazing life, not just forever in Heaven but a real life here on earth. The door knob to your heart is on the inside so it’s up to you to make that decision.
Thank you to Holly Yamagata for sharing her call to serve on a short term mission JEMS Brazil 2017 team. She is the team leader (will be her 4th time going on similar trips) along with three other team members, Jacky Guan, Derek See and Jonathan Li (all 4 associated through AACF). Holly grew up at our sister church, Los Angeles Holiness Church, and recently graduated from SFSU with a degree in Communications. She has been serving as a youth leader at San Lo under Pastor Scott and will use her gifting to assist in VBS, English, basketball and social ministries at Holiness churches in Presidente Prudente and Pompeia in Sao Paulo. Find out more at - https://jems.networkforgood.com/projects/30213 Prayer and support is much appreciated before, during and after the June 28 – July 17 trip. Please pray Holly will find a job in the SF Bay Area as she desires to stay in our area after her return.
Praise and Prayer Requests:
Naomi Lue shared on behalf of Will, whose grandfather, Min Wei Tong who is in his mid-90’s, is dealing with prostate cancer which metastasized into his bones. Years ago he left China for Burma (now Myanmar) as a doctor, and through a tract, came to the Lord, became a Christian Pastor, and opened a seminary and he was able to attend its 28th graduation recently. Please pray he will be comfortable and praise God, he is able to be ever-joyful, even now.
Benjamin Le gave praise to God for his successful back surgery as they were able to remove a sizable fragment that was pressing on a nerve and the pain is now gone and strength coming back to his leg.
Eric Kishi asked for prayer for safety and a good experience for his daughter Stephanie, who will be traveling to Germany June 14th through the 26th as part of a student exchange.
6/16 7:00pm Jennifer and Brian Yun baby shower – all are invited to attend
6/18 9:00am Mission Team meet with Makoto & Amy
8/18 10:45am Missions Moment – M & A
6/18 12:15pm Joint Father’s Day Potluck (Joint Fellowship Hour canceled for June 25)
6/24 9:00am Fong’s ministry breakfast
6/25 10:45am commissioning JEMS Special Camp and Summer Camp Workers
6/25 12:15pm Nichigo Department Annual Meeting
6/25 12:30pm Craft Day planning meeting to choose classes (rm.8)
6/28 – 7/17 Holly Yamagata and Brazil 2017 team to Presidente Prudente and Pompela in Sao Paulo
6/29 7:00pm Benjamin and Lea’s bridal shower – all are invited to attend
7/1 8:30am Mission Prayer
7/2-8 JEMS Mt. Hermon Summer Camp & Special Camp
7/9 both services NAOMI Team commissioning
7/9 after both services Annual Meeting
7/9 12:30pm Craft Day planning meeting for teachers and helpers (rm.8-9-10)
7/13-15 General Assembly at WCCC
7/15 1:00pm OMF China Update (Steve Weemes)
7/16 12:30pm VBS Setup
7/17-21 Vacation Bible School – “Maker Fun Factory”
7/21-25 Brazilian Holy Art Youth Choir (hosted by LAHC HYC) home base for NorCal at SanLo
7/22-28 NAOMI House Mission
7/23 both services commissioning of Japan Mission Team to Sodegaura, Chiba for VBS & Jondy Natividad to Japan
7/24-8/2 Japan Mission – Chiba VBS
Have a blessed week thinking about God’s house,
Stan, for SLZJCC