For Glory and Beauty
Does the Lord love glory and beauty? If you picture all the imagery that the Lord showed Moses for the tabernacle, you will see that the Lord loves colorful and beautiful things.
Picture in your mind, the clothing of Aaron, which the Lord stated was for glory and for beauty,
“Now take Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister to Me as priest, Aaron and Aaron’s sons: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. So you shall speak to all who are gifted artisans, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments, to consecrate him, that he may minister to Me as priest. And these are the garments which they shall make: a breastplate, an ephod, a robe, a skillfully woven tunic, a turban, and a sash. So they shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother and his sons, that he may minister to Me as priest” (Exodus 28.1–4).
He loves glory and beauty so much that He enabled certain people to make these beautiful things, but truly all these things symbolize that He loves a beautiful spirit.
Think of His instruction in the Scriptures, how much of it He devoted to teaching us how to live, because that kind of beauty exceeds all others. DR
The Importance of Belief
Do you believe everything the Holy Spirit says in the Scriptures? Do you believe that every command God issued in the Bible leads to successful living?
To know just how important your belief in these matters is, consider what Jesus told the chief priests and elders, who rejected the preaching of John the Baptist and would not be baptized by him,
Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him” (Matthew 21.31–32).
Why would the chief priests and elders not enter the kingdom of God, but tax collectors and harlots would? The former did not believe John, and the latter did, because John preached righteousness, and the Jewish leaders could not recognize it.
Let us beware lest we get so caught up in ourselves that we miss the kingdom of God. DR