Today’s reading: Num 7:48–89, John 15:1–16:4, Ps 9:1–7
Today’s theme: Abide in Jesus
As mentioned below, to abide in Jesus means to stay, remain, last, persist, continue and to live in Jesus.
This was the dedication offering for the altar on the day when it was anointed, from the chiefs of Israel: twelve silver plates, twelve silver basins, twelve golden dishes, Numbers 7:84 (ESV)
This reminds us that the number 12 is representative of order and government in the Bible.
Consecration, revelation and relationship
And when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with the LORD, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim; and it spoke to him. Numbers 7:89 (ESV)
In response to the 12 days of consecration and offerings, alongside Moses finishing the work of building the tabernacle in obedience, we see God’s self disclosure and revelation of Himself in the new relationship with His people, through Moses as the mediator.
Jesus has fulfilled all of God’s requirements and now makes intimate relationship with God, available to us too. If we do not consecrate our lives to the Lord, it will hinder our communication and relationship with Him.
Abide in Jesus
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. John 15:4 (ESV)
To abide means to stay, remain, last, persist, continue and to live in Jesus. There can be no fruitfulness if we do not stay connected to Jesus, because He is the one with life in Himself. Without His life running trough us by the Holy Spirit, we will have no fruit. We have been called to perseverance and to fruitfulness.
Most of the above post is a copy of the original notes from the same date in 2014.
Desiring God on John 15