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Separation and Service or Thoughts on Numbers VI, VII.   By: (1832-1905)

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Separation and Service

OR

THOUGHTS ON

NUMBERS VI, VII.

BY J. HUDSON TAYLOR.

London MORGAN & SCOTT, 12, PATERNOSTER BUILDINGS, E.C. CHINA INLAND MISSION, NEWINGTON GREEN, N.

PRINTED BY WOODFALL AND KINDER, LONG ACRE LONDON

CONTENTS.

Separation and Service.

PAGE Introductory 7

PART I.

SEPARATION TO GOD: Numbers vi, 1 21.

Institution of the Order of Nazarites 11 Implicit Obedience 13 Entire Consecration 16 Holiness to the LORD 19 Unwitting Defilement 22 The Heinousness of Sin 23 Cleansing only through Sacrifice 25 Acceptance only in CHRIST 27 The Presentation of the Nazarites 33 The Law of the Offerings 35 The Burnt Offering 39 The Sin and Peace Offerings 41

PART II.

THE BLESSING OF GOD: Numbers vi, 22 27.

Why Found Here? 44 The Real Meaning of Blessing 49 The Three fold Benediction 52 The Blessing of the FATHER 53 The Second Person of the Trinity 60 The Blessing of the SON and BRIDEGROOM 63 The LORD, the SPIRIT 70 The Blessing of the HOLY SPIRIT 73 Sealing with the Name of GOD 80

PART III.

PRINCELY SERVICE: Numbers vii.

The Constraint of Love 89 GOD'S Delight in Love gifts 90 Free will Offerings 93 Gladsome Acceptance 96 According to his Service 101 The Dedicatory Offerings 107 The Display of the Gifts 109 The Person of the Offerer 113 The Importance of the Altar 117

Separation and Service.

Numbers vi, vii.

INTRODUCTORY.

For many years these chapters had no special interest to me; but I have never ceased to be thankful that I was early led to read the Word of GOD in regular course: it was through this habit that these chapters first became specially precious to me. I was travelling on a missionary tour in the province of CHEH KIANG, and had to pass the night in a very wicked town. All the inns were dreadful places; and the people seemed to have their consciences seared, and their hearts sealed against the Truth. My own heart was oppressed, and could find no relief; and I awoke the next morning much cast down, and feeling spiritually hungry and thirsty indeed.

On opening my Bible at the seventh chapter of Numbers, I felt as though I could not then read that long chapter of repetitions; that I must turn to some chapter that would feed my soul. And yet I was not happy in leaving my regular portion; so after a little conflict I resolved to read it, praying to GOD to bless me, even through Numb. vii. I fear there was not much faith in the prayer; but oh! how abundantly it was answered, and what a feast GOD gave me! He revealed to me His own great heart of love, and gave me the key to understand this and the previous chapter as never before. May GOD make our meditations upon them as helpful to others as they were then and have ever since continued to be to myself.

Much is revealed in these chapters in germ which is more fully brought out in the New Testament. Under the Old Covenant many blessings were enjoyed in measure and for a season, which in this dispensation are ours in their fulness and permanence... Continue reading book >>




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