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This verse was my grandmother's favorite verse. She told me once that this verse helped her raise five children through poverty stricken times. She, my grandpa, and their children never had much, but she said God always provided what they needed.
She would write to my dad every week when he was serving his country in Vietnam. She would end each letter with this verse. My dad said it was the one thing that kept his hopes alive during that traumatic time.
She could write the verse down on ever card she gave me for my birthday and for Christmas. She even had a plaque in her room with this verse on it. For years, I knew the theology and meaning behind it, the context of the passage, but it didn't really hit home until today.
I've been going through a personal financial crisis where I was going to be homeless in under four days if a miracle didn't happen. My dad, my pastor, my church, and my friends have been praying with me for a miracle to happen. Every avenue seemed to stop in a dead end, and I was growing more and more depressed.
I e-filed my taxes a couple weeks ago, and put my bank account on the forms for a direct deposit of my tax refund. I wasn't expecting them since for the past ten years, they have been garnished and given towards my student loans. Tonight, after church, I logged onto my account online to view my balance of my account. I was floored when my tax returns had been deposited a few hours before. The amount of the refund is the perfect amount needed for me to get into a new apartment.
I wanted to share this with my friends here as a story of renewed hope in this simple verse.
"Be very sure of this: people never reject the Bible because they cannot understand it. They understand it only too well; they understand that it condemns their own behavior; they understand that it witnesses against their own sins, and summons them to judgment." --J. C. Ryle
"There is a deep-seated hatred for God and His law in the heart of every lost man. It is for this reason that 'those who are in the flesh cannot please God.' In the religious man this enmity is often well hidden, but under the right circumstances it will lash out viciously." --Charles Leiter
Bible Question:In the Old Testament times when a priest entered the Holy of Holies, was a rope tied to him in case he died so that he could be pulled out?
Bible Answer: The Holy of Holies (also called the Holy Place, Ex. 28:35) was the most sacred room within the Tabernacle or the Temple. The High Priest was allowed to enter this room only once a year on the Day of Atonement. When He entered, he had to wear the clothes that God specified in Exodus 28. If he did not, he would die. Nothing is said in the Old Testament about a priest having a rope tied around his ankle or waist. However, we do know that bells, blue and purple pomegranates, and scarlet material were attached to the bottom of the High Priest's garment.
You shall make pomegranates, woven of violet. purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen twined, with gold bells between them. v35 Aaron shall wear it when ministering, that its tinking may be heard as he enters and leaves the Lord's presence in the sanctuary else he will die . . . (NAB)Ex.28:33-35
They also made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates all around on the hem of the robe, alternating a bell and a pomegranate all around on the hem of the robe for the service, just as the LORD had commanded Moses. (NASB) Ex. 39:25-26
As long the bells could be heard, others would know that he was still alive and that he had been accepted by God.
A reference to a rope being attached to the ankle or leg of a priest has not been found in the Bible, Josephus, Philo, or in the writings of the church fathers. But our Jewish friends state that this was the ancient practice. Here is a quote from a Jewish rabbi,
According to the account of our rabbis preserved in the Talmud, the High Priest wore a rope around his waist as he made his way - absolutely alone - into the holy of holies. The rope he wore served a very practical purpose. Because, in the event that the High Priest said or did something wrong, it was generally believed that he would be struck dead for his offense. Yes, right then and there. As only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies, the rope enabled his assistants to safely pull the corpse of the High priest out of the inner-sanctum in the event of mishap. (www.tbsoc.com/sermons/donnellyk5763.html)
The absence of a historical reference in some significant documents is not proof that the High Priest did not have a rope tied around his ankle in later times. Not everything is recorded in books and parchments. The printing press, CD burners, tape recorders, and typewriters have not always existed in mass quantities
"The avoidance of little evils, little sins, little inconsistencies, little weaknesses, little follies, little indiscretions and imprudences, little foibles, little indulgences of self and of the flesh, little acts of indolence or indecision, or slovenliness or cowardice, little equivocations or aberrations from high integrity, little touches of shabbiness or meanness... little indifferences to the feelings or wishes of others, little outbreaks of temper, or crossness, or selfishness, or vanity -- the avoidance of such little things as these goes far to make up at least the negative beauty of a holy life." --Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)
If God would accept the offering the priest would shake causing the bells to ring and the people outside would know that it was accepted, if not accepted the priest was slain and the rope around the ankles was used to pull the dead priest out. That's the way it was explained to me. ED O.