Connect The Testaments


March 8: The Vine and the Branches
Numbers 7:48–89; John 15:1–16:4; Psalm 9:1–7

Jesus isn’t simply a high priority or even the highest priority of our lives. He is the source of life. In the Gospel of John, Jesus teaches the disciples that they need to depend on Him for their very lives—both in the present and for eternal life.

I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him—this one bears much fruit, for apart from me you are not able to do anything. If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown out as a branch, and dries up, and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned” (John 15:5–6).

We rarely think in these terms today. However, the disciples faced persecution and even death on account of their faith in Jesus. Our lives, like theirs, will be held to the same measure. They are being held to the same measure.

Today, when you look at your life, and the lives of those closest to you, do you see fruit and abundance? Or do you see another picture? Are you like a dried-up branch, devoid of any good works that speak of a godly source? Do your relationships suffer because you are at the center, not Jesus?

Throughout the trials your face—whether big or small—cling to Jesus as the source and giver of life. May you remain in His love. And may His love fill you with abundance and cause you to bear fruit for His kingdom.

How does your life bear fruit?

REBECCA VAN NOORD

(emphasis added)

EZC:

  • The seventh day Elishama the son of Amihud the prince of the children of Ephriam offered.  His offering was a liver charger of an hundred and thirty shekels weight, a silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the Sanctuary, both full of fine flour, mingled with oil, for a meat offering. A golden incense cup of ten shekels, full of incense. A young bullock, a ram, a lamb of a year old for a burnt offering, An he goat for a sin offering, And for a peace offering, two bullocks, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of a year old: this was the offering of Elishama the son of Ammihud. The eighty day offered Gmaliel the son of Pedahzur, prince of the children of Manasseh. His offering was a silver charger of an hundred and thirty shekels weight, a silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the Sanctuary, both full of fine flour, mingled with oil, for a meat offering. A golden incense cup of ten shekels, full of incense, A young bullock, a ram, a lamb of a year old for a burnt offering. An he goat for a sin offering, And for a peace offering, two bullocks, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of a year old: this was the offering of Abidan the son of Gideoni. The tenth day Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai, prince of the children of Dan offered. His offering was a silver charger of an hundred and thirty shekels weight, a silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekels of the Sanctuary, both full of fine flour, mingled with oil, for a meat offering. A golden incense cup of ten shekels, full of incense, A young bullock, a ram, a lamb of a year old for a burnt offering, An he goat for a sin offering, And for a peace offering, two bullocks, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of a year old: this was the offering of Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai. The eleventh day Pagiel the son of Ocran, prince of the children of Asher offered. His offering was a silver charger of an hundred and thirty shekels weight, a silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the Sanctuary, both full of fine flour, mingled with oil, for a meat offering. A golden incense cup of ten shekels, full of incense. A young bullock, a ram, a lamb of a year old for a burnt offering, And for a peace offering, two bullocks, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of a year old: this was the offering of Pagiel the son of Ocran. The twelfth day of Ahira the son of Enan, prince of the children of Naphtali offered. His offering was a silver charger of an hundred and thirty shekels weight, a silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the Sanctuary, both full of fine flour, mingled with oil, for a meat offering. A golden incense cup of ten shekels, full of incense, A young bullock, a ram, a lamb of a year old for a burnt offering, An he goat for a sin offering, And for a peace offering, two bullocks, five rams, five he goats, five lambs of a year old, this was the offering of Ahira the son of Enan. This was the dedicaiton of the Altar by the princes of Israel, when it was anointed, twelve charges of silver, twelve silver bowls: twelve incense cups of gold. Every charger containing an hundred and thirty shekels of silver, and every bowl seventy: all the silver vessel contained two thousand and four hundred shekels, after the shekel of the Sanctuary. Twelve incense cups of gold full of incense, containing ten shekels every cup, after the shekels of the Sanctuary: and the cold of the incense cups was an hundred and twenty shekels. All the bullocks for the burnt offering were twelve bullocks, the rams twelve, the lambs a year old twelve, with their meat offerings, and twelve he goats for a sin offering. And all the bullocks for the peace offerings were four and twenty bullocks, the rams sixty, the he goats sixty, the lambs of a year old sixty: this was the dedication of the Altar, after that it was anointed. And when Moses went into the tabernacle of the Congregation to speak with God, he heard the voice of one speaking unto him from the Mercy seat, that was upon the Ark of the Testimony between the two Cherubims, and he spake unto him. (Numbers 7:48-89)
  • I am the true vine, and my Father is htat husbandman. Every branch that beareth not fruit in me, he taketh away: and everyone that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now are ye clean through the word, which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you: as the branch can not bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am that vine: ye are the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me can ye do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and withereth: and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they burn. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask what ye will, and it shall be done to you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit, and be made my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue in that my love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that you joy might be full. This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love than this hath no man, when any man bestoweth his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth call I you not servants: for the servant knoweth not what his master doeth: but I have called you friends: for all things that I have heard of my Father, have I made known to you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye go and bring forth fruits, and that your fruit remain, that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my Name, he may give it to you. (John 15:1-16:4)
  • I will praise the Lord with my whole heart: I will speak of all thy marvelous works. I will be glad, and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy Name, O most High. For that mine enemies are turned back: they shall fall and perish at thy presence. For thou hast maintained my right and my cause: thou art set in the throne, and judgest right. Thou hast rebuked the heathen: thou hast destroyed the wicked: thou hast put out their name forever and ever. O enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end, and thou hast destroyed their cities: their memorial is perished with them. But the Lord shall sit forever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment. (Psalm 9:1-7)
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