February 12: Liar or Lord?
Exodus 28:1–29:46; John 5:16–30; Song of Solomon 4:1–3
When Jesus made a defense of His healing on the Sabbath, He was upping the ante instead of defusing the situation: “My Father is working until now, and I am working” (John 5:17). For the Jews, such a claim was blasphemous. Not only was Jesus breaking the Sabbath, He was equating Himself with the Father and thus claiming to be God. He was presenting the people with a choice.
Jesus provides compelling insight into His relationship with God. Jesus’ authority stems from His relationship with the Father, which is one of complete submission. In fact, He can do nothing on His own. Whatever the Father does, He does likewise. There is complete trust and openness—the Father loves the Son and shows Him all that He is doing. Both the Father and the Son give life. But with authority, the Father has also given the Son judgment.
Jesus presents His audience with an ultimatum as He carries out God’s will on earth: “The one who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Truly, truly I say to you that the one who hears my word and who believes the one who sent me has eternal life, and does not come into judgment” (John 5:23–24). His claims require bold acts—total faith or total rejection. He is not merely a prophet sent from God.
How do you respond to Jesus’ claim? Are you completely and solely devoted to following Him?
REBECCA VAN NOORD
- And cause thou thy brother Aaron to come unto thee, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may serve e in the Priest’s office: I mean, Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar Aaron’s sons. Also thou shalt speak unto all cunning men, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may serve me in the Priest’s office. Now these shall be the garments, which they shall make, a breastplate, and an Ephod, and a robe, adn a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle: so these holy garments shall they make for Aaron thy brother, and for his sons, that he may serve mein the Priest’s office. Therefore they shall take gold, and blue silk, and purple, and scarlet, adn fine linen. And they shall make the Ephod of gold, blue silk, and purple, scarlet, and fine twined linen of broidered work. The two shoulders thereof shall be joined together by their two edges: so shall it be closed. And the embroidered girdle of the same Ephod, which shall be upon him, shall be the selfsame work and stuff, even of gold, blue silk, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen. And thou shalt take two Onyx stones, and grave upon them the names of the children of Israel. Six names of them upon the one stone, and the six names that remain, upon the second stone, according to their generations. Thou shalt cause to grave the two stones according to the names of the children of Israel, by a graver of signets that worketh and graveth in stone, and shalt make them to be set and embossed in gold. And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of the Ephod, as stones of rembrance of the children of Israel: for Aaron shall bear their names before the Lord upon his two shoulders for a remembrance. So thou shalt make bosses of gold. And two chains of fine gold at the end, of wreathen work shalt thou make them, and shalt fasten the wreathen chains upon the bosses. Also thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with broidered work: like the work of the Ephod shalt thou make it: of gold, blue silk, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen shalt thou make it. Foursquare it shall be and double, an hand breadth long and an hand breadth broad. Then thou shalt set it full of places for stones: the order shall be this, a ruby, a topaz, and a carbuncle in the first row. And in the second row thou shalt set an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. And in the third row a turquoise, an agate, and an Hematite. And in the fourth row a chrysolite, an onyx, and a jasper: and they shall be set in gold in their embossments. And the stones shall be according to the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, graven as signets, every one after his name, and they shall be for the twelve tribes. Then thou shalt make upon the breastplate two chains at the ends, of wreathen work of pure gold. Thou shalt make also upon the breastplate two rings of gold, and put the two rings on the two ends of the breastplate. And thou shalt put the two wreathen chains of gold in the two rings in the ends of the breastplate. And the other two ends of the two wreathen chains, thou shalt fasten in the two embossments, and shalt put them upon the shoulders of the Ephod upon the foreside of it. Also thou shalt make two rings of gold, which thou shalt put in the two other ends of the breastplate, upon the border thereof, toward the inside of the Ephod. And two other rings of gold thou shalt make, and put them on the two sides of the Ephod, beneath in the forepart of it over against the coupling of it upon the broidered girdle of the Ephod. Thus shall they bind the breasplate by his rings unto the rings of the Ephod, with a lace of blue silk, that it may be fast upon the broidered girdle of the Ephod, and that the breastplate be not loosed from the Ephod. So Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth into the holy place for a remembrance continually before the Lord. Also thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment, the Urim and the Thummim, which shall be upon Aaron’s heart, when he goeth in before the Lord, and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the Lord continually. And thou shalt make the robe of the Ephod altogether of blue silk. And the hole for his head shall be in the midst of it, having an edge of woven work round about the collar of it: so shall it be as the collar of an habergeon, that it rent not. And beneath upon the skirts thereof, thou shalt make pomegranates of blue silk, and purple, and scarlet rond about hte skirts thereof, and bells of gold between them round about. That is, a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate round about upon the skirts of the robe. So shall it be upon Aaron, when he ministereth, and his sound shall be heard when he goeth into the holy place before the Lord, and when he cometh out, and he shall not die. Also thou shalt make a place of pure gold, and grave thereon, as signets are graven, HOLINESS TO THE LORD. And thou shalt put it on a blue silk lace, and it shall be upon the mitre, even upon the forefront of the mitre shall it be. So shall it be upon Aaron’s forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the offerings, which the children of Israel shall offer in all their holy offerings, and it shall be always upon hs forehead, to make them acceptable before teh Lord. Likewise thou shalt embroider the fine linen coat, and thou shalt make a mitre of fine linen, but thou shalt make them for glory and comeliness. And thou shalt put them upon Aaron thy brother, and on his sons with him, and shalt anoint them, and fill their hands, and sanctify them, that they may minister unto me in the Priest’s office. Thou shalt also make them linen breeches to cover their privities: from the loins unto the thighs shall they reach. And they shall be for Aaron and his sons ,when they come into the Taabernacle of the Congregation, or when they come unto the altar to minister in the holy place, that they commit not iniquity, and so die. This shall be a law forever unto him, and to his seed after him. This thing also shalt thou do unto them, when thou consecratest them to be my Priests, Take a young calf, and two rams without blemish, And unleavened bread, and cakes unleavened tempered with oil, and wafers unleavened anointed with oil: (of fine what flour shalt thou make them). Then thou shalt put them in one basket, and present them in the basket with the calf and the two rams, And shalt bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of the Tabernacle of the Congregation, and wash them with water. Also thou shalt take the garments, and put upon Aaron the tunicle, and the robe of the Ephod, and the Ephod, adn the breastplate, and shalt close them to him with the broidered girdle of the Ephod. Then thou shalt put the mitre upon his head, and shalt put the holy crown upon the mitre. And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and shalt pour upon his head and anoint him. And thou shalt bring his sons, and put coasts upon them. And shalt gird them with girdles, both Aaron and his sons: and shalt put the bonnets on them ,and the Priest’s office shall be theirs for a perpetual law: thou shalt also fill the hands of Aaron, and the hands of his sons. After, thou shalt present the calf before the Tabernacle of the congregation, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the calf. So shalt thou kill the calf before the Lord, at the door of the Tabernacle of the Congregation. then thou shalt take the blood of the calf, and put it upon the horns of the Altar with thy finger, and shalt pour all the restof the blood at the foot of the Altar. Also thou shalt take all the fat that covereth the inwards, and the caul, that is on the liver, and the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, and shalt burn them upon the Altar. But the flesh of the calf, and his skin, and his dung shalt thou burn with fire without the host: it is a sin offering. Thou shalt also take one ram, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the ram. Then thou shalt kill the ram, and take his blood, and sprinkle it round about upon the Altar, And thou shalt cut the ram in pieces, and wash the inwards of him and his legs, and shalt put them upon the pieces thereof, and upon his head. So thou shalt burn the whole ram upon his Altar: for it is a burnt offering unto the Lord for a sweet savor: it is an offering made by fire unto the Lord. And shalt thou take the other ram, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the ram. Then shalt thou kill the ram, and take of his blood, and put it upon the lap of Aaron’s car, and upon the lap of the right ear of his sons, and upon the thumb of their right hand, and upon the great toe of their right foot, and shalt sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about. And thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the Altar, and of the anointing oil, and shalt sprinkle it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon the garments of his sons with him: so he shall be hallowed, and his clothes, and his sons, and the garments of his sons with him. And thou shalt take of the blood thaat is upon the Altar, and of the anointing oil, and shalt sprinkle it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon the garments of his sons with him: so he shall be hallowed, and his clothes, and his sons, and the garments of his sons with him. Also thou shalt take of the rams the fat and the rump, even the fat that covereth the inwards, and the caul of the liver, and the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, and the right shoulder, (for it is the ram of consecration). And one loaf of bread, and one cake of bread tempered with oil, and one wafer, out of the basket of the unleavened bread that is before the Lord: And thou shalt put all this in the hands of Aaron, and in the hands of his sons, and shalt shake them to and fro before the Lord. Again, thou shalt receive them of their hands, and burn them upon the altar besides the burnt offering for a sweet saovor before the Lord: for this is an offering made by fire unto th eLord. Likewise thou shalt take the breast of the ram of the consecration, whic is for Aaron, and shal shake it to and fro before the Lor,d, adn itshall be thy part. And thou shalt sanctify the breast of the shaken offering, and the shoulder of the heave offering, which was shaken to and from, and which was heaved up of the ram ofth econsecration which was for Aaron, and which was for his sons. And Aaron and his sons shall have it by a statute forever, of the children of Israel: for it is an heave offering, adn it shall be an heave offering of the children of Israel, and their peace offerings, even their heave offering to the Lord. And the holy garments which appertain to Aaron, shall be his sons’ after him, to be anointed therein, and to be consecrated therein. That son that shall be Priest in his stead, shall put them on seven days, when he cometh into the Tabernacle of the Congregation to minister in the holy place. So thou shalt take the ram of the consecration, and seethe his flesh in the holy place. And Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram, adn the bread that is in the basket, at the door of the Tabernacle of Congregation. So they shall eat these things, whereby their atonement was made, to consecrate, them, and to sanctify them: but a stranger shall not eat thereof, because they are holy things. Now if ought of the flesh of the consecreation, or of the bread remain unto the morning, then thou shalt burn the rest with fire: it shall not be eaten, because it is an holy thing. Therefore shalt thou do thus unto Aaron and unto his sons, according to all things which I have commanded thee: seven days shalt thou consecrate them. And shalt offer every day a calf for a sin offering, for reconciliation: and thou shalt cleanse the Altar, when thou hast offered upon it from reconcilation, and shalt anoint it to sanctify it. Seven days shalt thou cleanse the Altar and sanctify it, so the Altar shall be most holy: and whatsoever toucheth the Altar, shall be holy. Now this is that which thou shalt present upon the altar: even two lambs of one year old, day by day continually. The one lamb thou shalt present in the moring, and the other lamb thou shalt present at even. And with the one lamb, a tenth part of find flour mingled with the fourth part of an Hin of beaten oil, and the fourth part of an Hin of wine for a drink offering. And the other lamb thou shalt present at even: thou shalt do thereto according to the offering of the morning, and according to the rink offering thereof, to be a burnt ofering for a sweet savor unto the Lord. This shall be a continually burnt offering in your generations at the door of the Tabernacle of the Congregation before the Lord, wher I will make appointment with you, to speak there unto thee. There I will appoint wit the children of Israel, and the place shall be sanctified by my glory. And I will sanctify the Tabernacle of the Congregation and the Altar: I will sanctify also Aaron and his sons to be my Priests, And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God. Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, that brought them out of the land of Egypt, that I might dwell among them: I am the Lord their God. Exodus 28:1–29:46
- When even was now come, his disciples went down into the sea. And entered into a hip, and went over the sea, towards Capernaum: and now it was dark, and Jesus was not come to them. And the Sea arose with a great wind that blew. And when they had rowed about five and twenty, or thirty furlongs, they saw Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing near unto the ship: so they were afraid. But he said unto them, It is I: be not afraid. Then willingly they received him into the ship, and the ship was by and by at the land, whither they went. The day following, the people which stood on the other side of the sea, saw that there was none other ship there, save that one, where into his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples in the ship, but that his disciples were gone alone, And that there came other ships from Tiberias near unto the place where they are the bread, after the Lord had given thanks. Now when the people saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Jesus answered them, and said, Verily, verily I say unto you, Ye seek me not, because ye saw th miracles, but because ye ate of the loaves, and were filled. Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for the meat. John 5:16–30
- Behold, thou art fair, my love: behold, thou art fair: thine eyes are like doves: among thy locks thine hair is like the flock of goats, which look down from the mountian of Gilead. Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep in good order, which go up from the washing: which every one brings out twins, and none is barren among them. Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy talk is comely: thy temples arewithin thy locks as a piece of a pomegranate. Song of Solomon 4:1–3