Jon and Candy Summers share:
Christian Home Educators Fellowship—Faithfully honoring God, equipping generations, and serving the homeschooling community for the past 29 years! www.chef-missouri.com
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME August 2013 Information
I. CHEF Information and Activities
1. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION AND PRICE for Father/Son Mighty Men of God Weekend, October 18-20
2. CHEF 30th Annual Conference
a. May 5-7, 2014 Mega Conference
b. Please Consider Helping! Each of You is Needed to Help CHEF
c. 2014 CHEF Conference Speaker: Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore
3. Special Opportunities
a. Hats for Hope, August 15 and then every other week
b. St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Teacher Open House, August 27
c. Maxwell Family Inspire! Conference, September 20-21
d. Family Farm Fun Day, September 28
e. MAC Homeschool Day at the Zoo, October 16
f. Voice of the Martyrs-Kids of Courage
g. Evolution vs. God Video
h. Renewed Treasures
i. Operation Christmas Child
4. Another Summers Family Praise Report
5. Summers Family Update-A Letter from Jon and Candy
II. There’s No Place Like Home Articles
1. New Homeschoolers .mp3 Available on CHEF Website
2. Support America
3. Covenantal Families-Culture is Religion Externalized
4. Casting a Vision for Multigenerational Family Business-Wahl Clipper Corporation: A Company That Leads with a Vision
a. Multiplying Lythrum by Clippings
b. Using What You Have on Hand
6. Delightful Surprises
a. Clothespin Butterflies
b. Starting off the School Year
7. Summers Signature-Flowers Throughout the House
8. In the Garden-Planting for a Fall Crop
9. Summers on the Farm
10. Family Outings
a. Twice Adopted in the Historic Owens Theatre
b. Silver Dollar City
c. Joseph at the Sight and Sound Theatre
d. Dick’s Five and Dime
11. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
a. Take Charge of Your Health in the Hospital
b. Ancient Paths/Beyond Organic
12. Dismantling of America
a. Welcome to ACT! for America
b. Brigitte Gabriel-Leading Expert on Global Islamic Terrorism
13. Jon’s Sermon Exodus 12:5-7 Part 2
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CHEF INFORMATION AND ACTIVITIES
CHEF 8th ANNUAL FATHER/SON Discipling Mighty Men of God Weekend with Bill Potter speaking on the Leaders, Strategies, and Battles of WWII on Friday-Sunday, October 18-20. Registration Deadline: September 30. Bill’s sessions will address Providence in Victory and Defeat, Moral Compromise, Leadership and Character, and What is Just War and Was WWII Just?
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to change our location. However, because of this, we are able to lower our price. Therefore PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION AND PRICE: Fredericktown, Missouri just 90 miles south of St. Louis at our farm surrounded by thousands of acres of forest-covered hills. $85 per person includes campsite for camping (no electric hook ups); 6 meals; sessions by Bill Potter; fellowship with like-minded fathers; Air soft team missions (bring your own equipment), Ultimate Frisbee, capture the flag, ping pong, foosball, air hockey, horse shoes, hayride, campfire/sing a long, praise and worship service. (If you bring your own bicycles, the road is beautiful and rarely traveled. There are also plenty of woods for hiking.)Bring your own tent, bedding, towels, and camp chairs. Bring a tarp, in case of rain. If you do not have a tent, but would like to camp, please let us know. We will try to find other fathers who have space in their tents. There is a motel in Fredericktown that is about 15 minutes from us and several nice motels in Farmington, just 18 miles north of Fredericktown and about 30 minutes from us.
Here is a flexible schedule for the weekend:
Start arriving to set up camp 3:00
Welcome Dinner 5:30
Morning Session 9:00-10:00
Campfire (weather permitting) 8:00
Praise & Worship 9:00-10:30
Make checks payable to CHEF, c/o Josiah Summers, 236 St. Louis Ave., Ferguson MO 63135. All payments are non-refundable. Include your email address, as directions and release forms will be sent once we receive your check. If you have any questions, please call Josiah at 314-521-8487. All ages are welcome as there will be all ages present, both young boys as young as six and older boys over twenty.
Christian Home Educators Fellowship Gratefully Presents 30th Anniversary Conference, May 5-7, 2014
Celebrating Three Decades of Honoring God and Faithfully Serving our Families and Equipping Generations
Mark your calendars for this Monumental Event!
TAKING DOMINION FOR THE GLORY OF GOD
Judge Roy Moore
Dr. Paul Jehle
William E. Potter
Dr. Joseph Morecraft (just confirmed)
Joe and Jeanette Wood
The Brown Family
The Summers Family
· Spectacular Video Promotional
· Stunning Heirloom Poster to be signed by Speakers
· Book Signings by Authors
· Patriotic Tribute to our Veterans
· WWII Re-enactors
· WWII Ball
More Speakers and Special Events to be announced soon at www.chef-missouri.com
If you have a grandfather who was a WWII veteran, please bring him to our tribute.
EACH OF YOU IS NEEDED TO HELP CHEF:
There are many expenses of varying price ranges associated with our conference and other CHEF activities, so please consider supporting CHEF by funding promotional advertisement; one of our speakers—either travel, hotel, meals, or honorarium; convention center deposits; ballrooms; AV equipment; printing…or by volunteering your graphic, photography, or taping skills. Want to sponsor Bill Potter for the upcoming Father/Son? Would you like to host a fundraiser? Let us know how your family can help by calling 314-521-8487.
2014 CHEF Conference Speaker: Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore We are deeply grateful that Chief Justice Moore has agreed to speak at our 30th anniversary conference, for he truly epitomizes our upcoming conference’s theme—Taking Dominion for the Glory of God!
In February 2002, as Alabama Chief Justice, Moore issued a controversial opinion that expressed his belief that the State should use its powers to punish “homosexual behavior.” The case, D.H. vs. H.H., was a custody dispute where a lesbianwas petitioning for custody of her children, alleging abuse by her ex-husband. A circuit court in Alabama had ruled in favor of the father, but the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals overturned that verdict 4-1, claiming that substantial evidence existed of abusive behavior by the father.
The state Supreme Court overruled the appeals court because the appeals court ignored evidence disputing abusive behavior by the father; however, Moore issued a concurring opinion concluding that a parent’s sexual orientation(in this case, homosexuality) should be a deciding factor in refusing custody:
“To disfavor practicing homosexuals in custody matters is not invidious discrimination, nor is it legislating personal morality. On the contrary, disfavoring practicing homosexuals in custody matters promotes the general welfare of the people of our State in accordance with our law, which is the duty of its public servants... The State carries the power of the sword, that is, the power to prohibit conduct with physical penalties, such as confinement and even execution. It must use that power to prevent the subversion of children toward this lifestyle, to not encourage a criminal lifestyle... Homosexual behavior is a ground for divorce, an act of sexual misconduct punishable as a crime in Alabama, a crime against nature, an inherent evil, and an act so heinous that it defies one’s ability to describe it. That is enough under the law to allow a court to consider such activity harmful to a child. To declare that homosexuality is harmful is not to make new law but to reaffirm the old; to say that it is not harmful is to experiment with people’s lives, particularly the lives of children.”Ex parte H.H. (In re: D.H. v. H.H.)(PDF), 2002.
A year following the case, the United States Supreme Court struck down statutes such as and including the one Moore referred to (prohibiting same-gender sexual relations) as being unconstitutional in the landmark civil rights case Lawrence v. Texas.
Ten Commandments Monument
A month after his election, Moore began making plans for a larger monument to the Ten Commandments, reasoning that the Alabama Supreme Court building required something grander than a wooden plaque. His final design involved a 5,280 pound (2400 kg) granite block, three feet wide by three feet deep by four feet tall, covered with quotes from the Declaration of Independence, the national anthem, and various founding fathers. The crowning element would be two large carved tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments. High-grade granite from Vermont was ordered and shipped, and Moore found benefactors and a sculptor to complete the job.
On the evening of July 31, 2001, despite some initial installation difficulties and concerns regarding structural support for the monument’s weight, Moore had the completed monument transported to the state judicial building and installed in the central rotunda. The installation was filmed, and videotapes of the event were sold by Coral Ridge Ministries, an evangelical media outlet in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which later used proceeds from the sales of the film to underwrite Moore’s ensuing legal expenses. Coral Ridge was the operation of the late Reverend D. James Kennedy, a staunch Moore supporter.
The next morning, Moore held a press conference in the central rotunda to officially unveil the monument. In a speech following the unveiling, Moore declared, “Today a cry has gone out across our land for the acknowledgment of that God upon whom this nation and our laws were founded... May this day mark the restoration of the moral foundation of law to our people and the return to the knowledge of God in our land.”
On October 30, 2001, the ACLU of Alabama, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Southern Poverty Law Centerwere among groups which filed suitin the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, asking that the monument be removed because it “sends a message to all who enter the State Judicial Building that the government encourages and endorses the practice of religion in general and Judeo-Christianityin particular.”
The trial, titled Glassroth v. Moore, began on October 15, 2002. Evidence for the plaintiffs included testimony that lawyers of different religious beliefs had changed their work practices, including routinely avoiding visiting the court building to avoid passing by the monument, and testimony that the monument created a religious atmosphere, with many people using the area for prayer.
Moore argued that he would not remove the monument, as doing so would violate his oath of office:
[The monument] serves to remind the Appellate Courts and judges of the Circuit and District Court of this State and members of the bar who appear before them, as well as the people of Alabama who visit the Alabama Judicial Building, of the truth stated in the Preamble to the Alabama Constitution that in order to establish justice we must invoke “the favor and guidance of almighty God.”
On this note, Moore claimed that the Ten Commandments are the “moral foundation” of U.S. law, stating that in order to restore this foundation, “we must first recognize the source from which all morality springs...[by] recognizing the sovereignty of God.” He added that the addition of the monument to the state judiciary building marked “the beginning of the restoration of the moral foundation of law to our people” and “a return to the knowledge of God in our land.”
Additionally, Moore acknowledged an explicit religious intent in placing the monument, agreeing that the monument “reflects the sovereignty of God over the affairs of men” and “acknowledge[s] God’s overruling power over the affairs of men.” However, in Moore’s view this did not violate the doctrine of separation of church and state; as the presiding judge later summarized it, Moore argued that “the Judeo-Christian God reigned over both the church and the state in this country, and that both owed allegiance to that God,” although they must keep their affairs separate.
In his 2005 autobiography So Help Me God, Moore said he had “...absolutely no regrets. I have done what I was sworn to do. It’s about whether or not you can acknowledge God as a source of our law and our liberty. That’s all I’ve done... I had threatened the philosophy of judicial supremacy. Those who sat behind benches wearing black robes and wielding gavelsdid not want to be reminded that there is a God, or for that matter, a Constitution that they were sworn to uphold. Judicial restraint gave way to judicial tyranny, and a new law reigned—the rule of man.”
On November 6, 2012, Roy Moore was re-elected as Alabama Chief Justice over replacement Democratic candidate Bob Vance. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Moore
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Hats for Hope Jillian Kenyon shares: I am starting a new ministry with Caitlyn Baum, Emma Bujnak, and Katie Scheidhauer, and we would like you to be a part of it. Hats for Hope is a ministry that creates handmade hats for babies in the NICU. These hats are tangible symbols of life, love, and hope to families in need. The goal is embodied in Colossians 2:2a, “That their hearts may be comforted, being knit together in love...”
Starting Thursday, August 15, we will meet at Faith Lutheran Church at 6101 Telegraph Road, down in the basement. We’ll begin at 7:00 pm and end around 8:30 pm every other week. During that time we will knit or crochet hats together, share in a devotional, and have snacks. Anyone, no matter age or skill, is welcome, as we will provide instruction on following the pattern for the first few meetings.
If you would like to help us but cannot make it to the meetings, there are other ways to be involved. First, and most importantly, please pray for us. Please pray that children and families who receive the hats will be touched and drawn closer to the Lord. You can also pray that others will realize the need and do the part God is calling them to fulfill. Above all, please pray that His will is going to be accomplished through this ministry and His servants. You can also donate. As a knitting ministry, we will need lots of yarn, knitting needles (size six and ten), crochet hooks (sizes H and K), and much more. If you’re not sure what is most needed, you can always support us monetarily by sending a check to 2916 Erb Road, Oakville, MO 63129.
Spread the word! If you know anyone who has a passion for helping others and loves to knit or crochet, tell them about our group or forward them this email. We want to reach as many people as we can! We pray that God will use this ministry and our hands to do His work and accomplish His will. For more information, please email
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If you can’t join us at the first meeting, remember we have a meeting every other week. So join us when you can! Thank you! In Christ, Jillian Kenyon, Caitlyn Baum, Emma Bujnak, and Katie Scheidhauer
St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Teacher Open House Nancy Lee Gomer shares: The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Teacher Open House from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27 at the St. Charles County Heritage Museum, 1630 Heritage Landing, St. Peters, MO 63303. This is a wonderful opportunity for homeschooling educators to get to know local cultural sites, learn about educational services including St. Charles County’s nature and history based programs offered throughout the year, school field trips, outreach programs, classroom tools and much more!
Learn about FREE homeschool field trip opportunities to our Museum and County parks. The Museum features an interactive transportation exhibit, On the Move…A History of Transportation in St. Charles County. Teachers will also get information about how their students can explore Towne Park; home to the only certified Nature Explore Classroom in St. Charles County, the former restored “Pink Plantation” and enjoy additional nature and history based activities when they come out for a park field trip! Also, learn how the park historian can visit you to show off our fun traveling trunks that feature a bit of Missouri history inside.
Representatives from the following organizations will be participatingandhave handout information available: Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center, Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center, First Missouri State Capitol, St. Charles County Historical Society, and the Department of Energy.
Please RSVP to St. Charles County Parks Marketing Coordinator Nancy Lee Gomer at
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. Attendance prize giveaways will be awarded, and light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please call 636-949-7535, x7646.
The Inspire! Conference Joyce Jones shares: Steve and Terri Maxwell and family will present The Inspire! Conference on Friday, September 20, 5:00-8:45 p.m. and Saturday, September 21, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at First Assembly of God, 900 Fair Oaks Lane, Belleville, IL 62221. Do you feel like you are running on a treadmill? Do you want to have sweet relationships with your children as they are growing up and not experience the heartache of rebellion and immorality? Do your children have greater purpose in life than just to have fun? Be challenged and find ways that God can set your family on a journey of spiritual unity, purpose, and direction. Registration is requested. When registering, please specify if both husband and wife will be coming and how many children will be attending the children/young people’s sessions (i.e. 2 girls, 1 boy). Please contact JC and Julie Harrison (
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618-624-8006 or 618-210-2401) or Sarah Maxell (
or 913-732-3519). No conference fee, but love offering boxes will be available. Childcare is not provided, but babies and children are welcome with their parents. Sessions given by the Maxwell young people are great for teens plus children of any age who are able to sit quietly. The content in sessions are appropriate for even younger children.
Family Farm Fun Day Mike Brabo shares: Joni and Friends Greater St. Louis is sponsoring a Family Farm Fun Day for families and friends affected with disabilities including things like ADHD, DS, cerebral palsy, etc. on Saturday, September 28 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at Vesterbrook Farm near Clarksville, MO. Enjoy a farm experience, petting zoo, hayrides (wheelchair accessible), pumpkins and other fall vegetables available for a nominal fee, games, crafts, growing stations, dinner of hot dogs and hamburgers, live music and bonfire. To register and get directions, call 314-773-5664 or email
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. RSVP by September 14.
MAC Homeschool Day at the Zoo Wednesday, October 16 at St. Louis Zoo, Forest Park. Choose 9:30 a.m.-Noon OR 1:00-3:30 p.m.This is a new program from last year using different animals. There will be presentations from the MAC speakers on each animal while you can view the animals. Learn how each one is a special creation of God. Each participant will receive a colorful informational booklet on the animals with “fill in the blanks” from the speaker’s 10-minute presentation. There will be time to ask the speakers creation questions.
We need to know: (1) The number of adults and students over the age of 4 (under 4 welcome, too); (2) Your preferred time (morning or afternoon); (3) If your time slot is filled, would you be willing to take an alternate time. Please RSVP by October 2 to Paul Weiland at
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To cover the cost of the tour, we suggest a donation of $5 per family. When your attendance is confirmed the week before the tour, you can make out the donation check payable to MAC with zoo in the memo area. Mail to MAC Treasurer, Will Burgener, 12015 Berkley Manor Drive, Des Peres, MO 63131. In the event of bad weather that day, it will be held the next day, October 17 with the same time schedule. Cancellation, if necessary, will be posted on the Missouri Association for Creation website www.mocreation.org
Here is a comment from last year’s tour. “Thank everyone in the Missouri Association for Creation for planning the day at the zoo. What a great day!! The talks were incredible and the men speaking were so excited and pumped up about how awesome God is.”
From Voice of the Martyrs-Kids of Courage The Voice of the Martyrs has been providing unique, age appropriate Christian resources for homeschoolers since 1996. VOM offers Kids of Courage resources for children ages 5 to 12. Our 50-plus-page Bold Believers country books, each featuring one country or topic* are available forfree download at www.kidsofcourage.com, or for purchase at www.vombooks.com. The books provide supplementary material for geography, missions, social studies, and current events curriculums. Learning About Islamexplores the faith of Muslims from a biblical Christian perspective.
Additional popular resources for children are our Torchlighters DVDs about Christian heroes of the past, hardcover picture books for younger children, and a VBS curriculum (www.kidsofcouragevbs.com). Online classes at www.vomclassroom.comfor adults and youth offer persecution studies that provide students “an innovative way to become informed and involved in ministry to the persecuted church.” For further information and information about additional resources, please check our websites.
*China, India, Colombia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Burma, Bangladesh, Uygurs, Khmu, Hmong, Chiapas, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gaza and the West Bank, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Algeria and Tunisia, Islam.
Evolution vs. God Video We watched this short video at lunch with our workers, and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. It is an excellent video and one we would highly recommend to you. It is a great tool for exposing evolution for what it is while also succinctly sharing the gospel. We would like to encourage you to send this link and message to your family and friends.
Manuel Brambila from Living Waters shares: Did you know that there’s a new movie out by Ray Comfort that completely debunks evolution is its first 15 minutes? In just over a week it had over 260,000 YouTube views. It’s enthusiastically commended by Ken Ham and many leading apologists, as well as by Kirk Cameron, Jim Bob Duggar, and the American Family Association. The Dove Foundation recommends it for families: “This is a tremendous movie and a fantastic tool for educating people about Intelligent Design…” It’s unique because it doesn’t interview even one creationist. It rather interviews evolutionary scientists from USC and UCLA and lets them debunk Darwinian evolution, with their own words!
“Excellent. Superbly done.” –Phil Johnson, PyroManiacs
“Ray Comfort’s got a fabulous film. Oh boy, this is going to cause the halls of academia to have a few conversations around the cafeteria.” –Janet Parshall
“WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! BLEW ME AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!” –Randy Jones
Evolution vs. God is available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0u3-2CGOMQ Also, visit www.EvolutionVsGod.com for further information.
Renewed Treasures Rita Stull shares: I’d like to recommend a new resale shop in St. Charles, Renewed Treasures, owned by Tom and Cindy Besselman. The shop has been open about a month, but what makes this shop so unique is that the profits go to support Christian missionaries. Even the shop staff are all volunteers. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-7pm. Address: 2215 Droste, St. Charles, MO 63301, located just a couple minutes from Lindenwood University. From Hwy. 70, take First Capitol Drive/94E. Turn left onto West Clay. Turn right at Droste Rd. The shop is on the left. For more information, call or text 314-378-2865 or go to www.renewedtreasures.org.
Operation Christmas Child Janice Herold shares: Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, has a powerful impact on the lives of needy children around the world through a simple Christmas outreach project. Operation Christmas Child encourages caring people to pack empty shoeboxes with school supplies, toys, hygiene items, other small gifts, and personal notes. The gifts are collected in November and shipped to more than 100 countries to children suffering from war, famine, disease, natural disaster, and poverty. Each gift is a tangible expression to a hurting child that they are loved and not forgotten. This year, we will celebrate 20 years of distributing gift-filled shoeboxes through Samaritan’s Purse. More than 100 million gifts have been handed out since 1993! There are many resources available such as a DVD, a packing party kit, participation certificate, bio sheet to include with your box and informational brochures about OCC and how to pack a box. Turn your boxes into an art project by wrapping them in white craft paper and decorating them. Plus, if you pay the shipping online, you’ll receive an email listing the country receiving your box. After your boxes have shipped, you could find and mark the countries on a map and learn more about those areas. Learn more at http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/or by contacting the area Community Relations Coordinator, Janice Herold, at
ANOTHER SUMMERS FAMILY PRAISE REPORT
Last week as one of our employees was driving our truck and equipment through rush hour morning traffic on highway 55, he lost control and jackknifed, running against the median for quite some distance. Josiah was sure that they were going over the median, but praise to our merciful Father, not only was no other vehicle hit, but both our employee and Josiah were unharmed along with several of our lawnmowers and other equipment. Sadly our family four door Ford F250 was totaled. We all loved that vehicle. And although it was without any rust and ran like a top, because of the high mileage, we are receiving only a small portion of what it is going to cost us to replace, but again, we are thankful for God’s protection!
SUMMERS FAMILY UPDATE-A LETTER FROM JON AND CANDY
We hope that you all had a wonderful summer. Between showers, weddings, graduation parties, birthday parties, fellowship parties, private dinners, and ministering to our families each day as always, ours was very hectic, but for the most part, enjoyable. “For the most part” because the cases of rebellion and other serious issues continue to rise, as our families seem to be going through more crises than usual. Please continue to pray for us to be strengthened. As we pour out our love and wisdom, and as our grief for each of our families increases, Candy and I are often very weary.
However, after many years of longing and praying for a farm, God has blessed us with the farm of our dreams—one Candy has prayed for since she was young. With the farm came cows, calves, a bull, and four dogs. Every week we rush down after a hard week of work, spend two days and then rush back. It is grueling, but we are ecstatic!!!
As most of you know, we have desired to live on a farm for the last 35 years of our marriage, but God had other plans and continued to thwart our pursuits of moving to the country. He knew that if we had our farm, we would never had poured out our lives to our CHEF families. Candy and I love the country too much to have left it in our earlier years, but now that we understand God’s plan for our lives and the immense battle waged against discipleship and family solidarity, and now that our children are older and able to help with the administration of all we do and have committed to carry on after we are gone, we are dedicated to follow the course God has set before us so that CHEF will continue to be a stalwart fortress against the prevailing culture’s degeneration.
By seeking His kingdom first and serving Him before our own wishes, God has finally given us the desires of our heart, for which we are truly thankful! Each week we spend our days working very hard building a future for our children as we shape a viable working farm for them and their future families. We pray that God will bless the work of our hands as we labor to forge a solid foundation for our children and our children’s children. We will continue to live in St. Louis part time as we operate our business from here, but at some point we will transition to the farm permanently. We do not know how it is going to work, but we know God will make it work in His timing.
We are truly grateful to those of you who have prayed for this farm for our family all these years. Interestingly, I shook hands on the sale of this farm on Candy’s birthday. She has never been happier. Each evening we are there, our family sits with our cows while they eat and then we move to a pasture overlooking tree covered hills to watch the sun set and the moon rise as bats fly overhead while whippoorwills sing in the background. We still cannot totally grasp that we are finally home, but we know that truly there is no place like home and no community stronger than one situated squarely on multiple generations of Christian families.
Please note! With this added work, we might not be able to send out two newsletters a month. We will just have to see what we can manage at this point.
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME-Celebrating 27 years of inspiration, encouragement, and biblical instruction
New Homeschoolers: Download the Mp3 for Candy’s three hour workshop at http://www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=897:candy-summers-new-homeschoolers-workshop&catid=85:chef-speaker-videos&Itemid=67
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As we reflect on Henry Van Til’s statement that “Culture is religion externalized,” we must ask ourselves—who do those who call themselves Christian homeschoolers really worship when they pursue the world’s model for educating children by separating them from their parents through learning centers, choirs, bands, youth groups… when God commands His people to disciple their own children?
CASTING A VISION FOR MULTIGENERATIONAL FAMILY BUSINESS
Wahl Clipper Corporation-A Company that Leads With a Vision, Especially in Innovation
Since 1919, with the invention of the first practical electric hair clipper, Wahl Clipper Corporation has been the leader in the professional and home grooming category. Today, with over 2200 employees worldwide, we are proud to carry forward the tradition of innovation and superior customer service that was created by Leo J. Wahl. While we have changed over the years, we have also stayed the same. We are still headquartered in Sterling, Illinois, USA. Today our products are sold in approximately 165 countries worldwide with six global manufacturing facilities as well as eleven sales offices. Our products remain the global standard for integrity, value and efficiency. At Wahl, we are proud of our heritage of excellence as well as our remarkable list of ground-breaking innovations for the present and future for the global market.
1997Gregory S. Wahl was elected president of Wahl Clipper, USA, succeeding his father, John F. (Jack) Wahl, who continues to serve as CEO. Commenting on the future of the company in the 21st Century, Greg Wahl reiterated the company’s drive toward globalization and its commitment to serve consumer and professional customers wherever they are located.
WAHL Today 2010Now in its 91st year, Wahl Clipper Corporation is an international industry leader in the manufacturing of products for the professional beauty and barber salon trade, consumer personal care and animal grooming. Headquartered in Sterling, Ill., Wahl currently employs people worldwide in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Spain and the United States.
WAHL Tomorrow Under Greg Wahl’s leadership, the company sets its sights on Leading with Vision, a new philosophy for the 21st Century. “To maintain our leadership position in the personal care categories we serve, we must have vision. Vision to continually improve our existing products. Vision to bring new products to market, which meet the wants and needs of consumers. Vision to stay innovative and ahead of our competitors, and vision to support our customers, the retailers, with sales and marketing programs that make it easy, fun and profitable for them to sell more Wahl products. Leading with Vision means constantly being alert to new opportunities.”
1911The road which lead to the creation of the Wahl Clipper Corporation began when Sterling High School junior, Leo J. Wahl, experimented with a vibrating electromagnetic motor. Later as an engineering student at the University of Illinois, Leo Wahl designed a vibrating medical massager for his uncle J. Frank Wahl, who began manufacturing the massagers in a small plant in Sterling, Illinois. Leo spent his spare time selling these massagers to barbershops, where he recognized the need to improve barber tools. When his uncle was called into service during the Mexican Revolution, Leo Wahl took over the manufacturing business and began experimenting on a new electric hair clipper.
1919On October 14, Leo J. Wahl applied for patents on his newly developed electromagnetic hair clipper, and manufacturing began at the Wahl Manufacturing Company. It was the first practical clipper with the drive motor in the hand, rather than connected to a separate motor through a flexible shaft. By the end of 1920, his factory had manufactured and sold thousands of clippers to barbers all over the United States. In these early years, Mr. Wahl concentrated on working directly with barbers to improve the efficiency and convenience of his hair clipper.
1921On February 2, Leo J. Wahl, having received a patent on his new hair clipper, purchased 100% of the Wahl Manufacturing Company stock and renamed and incorporated the business as the Wahl Clipper Corporation. Growth was rapid, financed from manufacturing earnings and patent royalties.
1940In the early 1940’s the company installed its own plastic molding presses and continued to expand this important manufacturing capability. At one time it produced hundreds of thousands of micro-size electrical switches. With the addition of various manufacturing technologies, the corporation grew as a vertically integrated manufacturer with almost every product component produced in the Wahl plant. The product line for professional barbers and beauticians was expanded with items such as a professional salon hair dryer, shear sharpeners, shears, curling brushes, combs and attachments for hair clippers. For customers, a very successful hand-held Silent Dryer was produced, with production approaching 2,000 per day.
1950With the realization that Wahl barber clippers would be in worldwide demand, the company began an export effort, building products in the voltages and frequencies required for international use. Over the years, Wahl has developed a prosperous network of sales and service representatives throughout the world. In the early 1950’s the company opened its manufacturing facility in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
1957Leo J. Wahl passed away on May 20. During his life he had applied for over 100 patents on his various inventions. That same year the Company completed the move from its 407 E. Third Street location to the spacious new plant on North Locust Street in Sterling.
1960In the mid 60’s, the company developed and produced a very unique and innovative flexible-blade electric razor.
1965Typifying its innovative spirit, the Company pioneered another advancement in the industry. Trade show crowds were impressed when they watched a man get a full haircut without a hair touching his suit. This was the introduction of the Vac Clipper, a clipper with a vacuum hair pickup.
1966The Company began manufacturing its first universal-type rotary motor clipper. Within a year, the motor was converted to the permanent-magnet type and incorporated into a powerful new animal clipper.
1967The Company designed the first cordless/rechargeable battery-operated hair trimmer and marketed it to professionals.
1970A series of labor problems remaining from an eight-week strike in 1965 erupted into a 26-week strike, culminating with decertification of the union. During that same year, a new variable-speed, rare-earth, permanent-magnet motor clipper was introduced.
1971Using its rechargeable battery technology, the company invented and produced the world’s first successful cordless/rechargeable soldering iron, creating a new Electronics Division. Within two weeks, this tool captured 90% of the United States market.
1975The company began manufacturing a full line of foot and back massagers with controlled vibration and heat, using Wahl’s very efficient electromagnetic motor. In 1977, Wahl also introduced another totally new product concept: the hygienic, battery-operated nose and brow trimmer.
1984The company capitalized on its wealth of research and experience from professional trimmer sales and developed the Groomsman, the world’s first battery-operated facial hair trimmer. This product created a new and exciting consumer category. New products and sales growth created the need for a series of building expansions, starting with the purchase of a 17,500 sq. ft. school building. By 1992 over 150,000 sq. ft. of space had been added. The Professional Beauty and Barber Division continued its lead as the #1 supplier of electric haircutting machines and began the development of other tools for salon use, including a line of wet goods under the name of VISIONS.
1987In August, the Company introduced to the professional market another truly innovative product, the ZeeCurl. This unique, flat-barrel curling iron gave stylists a tool to create new hairstyles with Z-shaped curls, adding texture and body to all types of hair. In 1988, FrenZee, the consumer version, was added.
1989New products included a rechargeable wand massager, a magnifying extension mirror, the Sterling line of professional hair clippers, electronic drill tools, a specially designed shaver for black men, the “Stubble Device” to keep facial hair cut one to three days long, and a bikini line shaver.
1990The personal care line of Groomsman Beard and Mustache Trimmers had been expanded into a full line of battery and rechargeable products. Creative hairstyling trends of the 90’s led Wahl’s Professional and Consumer Divisions to develop tools for cutting and maintaining special shapes and designs in the hair. These products were known in the trade as Hair Doodles and Cool Cuts. Wahl made a serious step into the electric shaver business with the purchase of tooling and technology for a world-class Austrian shaver, which joined Wahl’s men’s and Lady Wahl shaver lines. In 1991, using its recently invented DynaFlex Cutting System, Wahl began mass production of three new electric shaver models in its Sterling plant.
The International Division accelerated its growth with foreign trade shows, increasing sales to almost 20% of domestic sales. The company made a major commitment to international business with the 1987 incorporation of Wahl Europe, Ltd. as a wholly owned sales/service/distribution center, including a bonded warehouse for V.A.T. and duty savings located in Herne Bay, Northern Kent, England. In 1990, the Company purchased and moved into its own 20,000 sq. ft. building. In 1989 and 1990, Wahl employees received “Illinois Exporter of the Year” awards from the Small Business Administration. In 1991, the company was awarded the coveted Presidential “E” Award for excellence in exporting, followed by the Presidential “E Stair” Award in 1994.
1993This year saw the first marketing of the Custom Shave System, allowing the user a choice of three foil heads for varying degrees of shaving closeness and comfort. Many new corded and cordless haircutting and trimming products for both the professional and the consumer were brought to market as shorter hairstyles continued worldwide.
1996With the goal of achieving a 100% service level, the company converted to a computer-aided inventory control system at its Sterling plant. At the same time, plant expansions were completed, adding over 130,000 sq. ft., a 40% increase in capacity. Later in the year, the Company acquired Moser Elektrogerate GmbH, an international manufacturer headquartered in Unterkirnach, Germany. Moser’s Hungarian production plant, Kuno Moser Kft, and the shares of Ermila GmbH, a distributor of professional hair clippers, were also included in the acquisition. All activities of the two companies were merged into a global personal care organization. The synergistic effect of combined research, development, production, logistics and marketing resulted in a more extensive global presence for both companies. Founded in 1946, Moser is recognized as a leading international manufacturer of products similar to those of Wahl, including hair clippers, massagers, shavers and pet trimmers. Moser’s product line also included oral hygiene appliances.
2001 Wahl Clipper introduces the remarkable Trim N Vac - the first beard and moustache trimmer that collects the trimmings using a patented vacuum system. “Neat Beard - Clean Sink”
2009Wahl Clipper Corporation celebrates its 90th anniversary as a pioneer of professional and home grooming products. In those nine decades, Wahl strived and diversified to bring quality and innovation to the professional beauty and barber salon trade, consumer personal care and animal grooming categories. And, the tradition of innovation continued – from the first hair clipper to the first lithium ion powered trimmer. In 2009, Wahl introduced the first grooming tool to harness the power of lithium ion, the most technologically advanced rechargeable battery available. “By sharing the vision, we can make tomorrow absolutely extraordinary.”
Primarily, the management, regulation, and government of a family or the concerns of a household. A frugal and judicious use of money; the management which expends money to advantage, and incurs no waste. Economy includes also a prudent management of all the means by which property is saved or accumulated; a judicious application of time, of labor, and of the instruments of labor.
Incurs No Waste
Multiplying Lythrum by Clippings
I love Lythrum! And I love that Carol Littmann has given me starts from her garden, and in doing so, has shown me that I can make more starts from my own plants—something I never knew. Carol just snips the tops (flowers and some stems), places them in a jars of water in a sunny window or on her patio and waits for them to root. Her yard is filled with beautiful patches of these delightfully prolific bloomers. Just think, you can begin with just one plant and in one season, multiply your small beginnings into glorious patches of color.
Using What You Have on Hand
~When I went to make a side salad for our dinner, I realized that I was out of lettuce and only had a few tomatoes—too few for our family. To the tomatoes I added an onion, two cans of cannellini beans and some homemade croutons I whipped up in the skillet with stale bread, olive oil, and garlic. Covered these with Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, oil, and vinegar. It was delicious.
~I had some frozen shrimp that needed to be used so I made shrimp risotto. However, since Jon and Sonia really don’t care for shrimp too much, I decided to make some soup for them as well. I had lots of corn and red peppers that needed to be used from our co-op, so I cut corn off the cob and sautéed the kernels in butter along with a bunch of green scallions and two chopped red bell peppers. To this I added a lone fresh tomato that was getting mushy, two cans of Rotel tomatoes with green chilies, two cans of black beans, a bag of frozen okra, a bunch of cilantro, several cloves of minced garlic, two jalapeño peppers, a cup of white wine, a can of chicken broth, and some water. It was delicious and helped use up some of the corn and red peppers.
~At church, while Sonia was doing a summer craft with younger girls, that of pasting colorful tissue paper flowers on colored stems, Andrea Piper remembered a craft she did as a child. I thought it was a cute idea, so Sonia is going to do this next. Glue a round-headed clothespin to poster board. Attach wings made out of colorful tissue paper. We may even try to glue the tissue paper to wire, so that the wings can be bent to open above the paper to give it a three dimensional look. Attach pipe cleaners for antennas and top with pom-poms. Now Sonia thought that this would actually make a cute mobile. So you could make several butterflies and suspend them with string from overhanging grapevines, a branch or a light fixture.
~When our children were young, I started off their new school year with new notebooks, pencils, cute erasers, pens, markers, crayons, art supplies, books, etc…
Flowers adorn every room in our home throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Numerous vases of all sizes and shapes, little bottles, cute squatty jars, and bowls, both glass and crystal, happily hold the garden beauties. On our dining room table, I particularly like to float multiple roses or a large dahlia as the centerpiece with crystal candleholders and crystal bowls to each side.
IN THE GARDEN
Now is the time to set out broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, bulb fennel, turnips, kohlrabi, rutabagas, and kale seedlings. Direct sow carrots, beets, turnips, lettuce, spinach, Mache, Chinese cabbage, radishes, and arugula. You may need to cover these on subfreezing nights, as cold temperatures come and go during the latter part of fall, but extending the growing season, by getting a third or fourth crop, is well worth the effort!
SUMMERS ON THE FARM
For the past several months we have been working on our house that we have had for the past 15 years, getting it ready for our more permanent residence there, cleaning up lots of trash on our new farm, cutting hay for our cows’ winter feed, and cleaning up the farm in general.
Although Jon grew up on a farm, his father died when he was just a young boy, so he does not have the knowledge that a father would have normally imparted. Therefore, we have read ten books on farming and continue to study as we pursue a variety of endeavors.
One of the first things we implemented is Joel Salatin’s suggestion to replace commercial mineral supplements with natural kelp added to coarse salt. The cows love it, and hopefully it will keep them from getting any pink eye.
Twice Adopted in the Historic Owens Theatre We had a wonderful time with the Koenig family in Branson this summer! Their show is really very good and one we would recommend to all homeschoolers. If you know the Koenig family, like us, they are always together, working to build their own family dynasty as each of their children contributes to their entertaining variety show. From gospel to country, family stories to a patriotic tribute, this show kept us entertained as we smiled, laughed, sang, stomped our feet, and cheered from beginning to end. As we would expect from their family, the show honors God and honors parents, while encouraging the audience to raise their children in the admonition of the Lord. It is truly an outreach as they share the gospel through their family’s history and faith. The theatre has been impeccably restored. It is very comfortable, has a concession stand for snacks, and even a gift shop with godly materials such as The Light and the Glory and Christ Centered Curriculum. Performances begin again the first week of September and continue through the first week of December on Wednesdays through Saturdays at 10 a.m. We encourage you to support this dynamic family and their family business. In the process, your own family will be blessed and strengthened by their inspiring show. www.twiceadopted.org
Silver Dollar City It had been quite some time since we had been to this family park, but it was still as I had remembered—pretty, clean, cozy, friendly, and fun! We would highly recommend this family entertainment park for your family. http://www.silverdollarcity.com/theme-park.aspx
Joseph at the Sight and Sound Theatre Seen by more than 1 million people, this show is stunning with its elaborate sets, live animals and beautiful costumes. The acting is exceptional and very entertaining. The theatre itself is spectacular, but be forewarned that although we know it is difficult to keep all the dialogue and acting true to the exact meaning of scripture, we must let you know that we disagreed with a few scenes that were not accurate—Joseph flaunting his multicolored coat, struggling with temptation over Potiphar’s wife, and struggling with revenge for his brothers. Nowhere in scripture does it even hint of these sins. Joseph represented Christ and thus displayed a sterling reputation above reproach! We also were upset that they presented Jacob as stealing his brother’s inheritance. Jacob absolutely did not steal Esau’s inheritance!
Esau willingly gave his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of pottage (Genesis 25:29-34). This clearly displayed Esau’s utter disregard for God, his father, and his inheritance. In verse 39 of this chapter it says, “Esau despised his birthright.” In Hebrews 12:16 God says, let “there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.” Furthermore we know that Esau’s descendants symbolized the unregenerate and often warred with Jacob’s descendants, from whom Christ came.
Just make certain that you read scripture before and after you go so that your children are able to discern truth from worldly summations. We have heard that The Miracle of Christmas, which plays November 2-December 28is very good. Jonah will begin March 26, 2014 and play through December 31.
Dick’s Five and Dime has been a Branson landmark for over fifty years and one we return to each time we are in Branson. Although most items are marked for more than a nickel or a dime, the merchandise is very reasonably priced. With over 50,000 different items to choose from, this store is a great stop for the entire family. We love all the nostalgic toys, puzzles, games, pictures, and hard to find items like Popsicle molds. This store began in the hearts of owners Dick and Jane Hartley, as they desired to start a family business close to their own family and hometown of Springfield. Read their multigenerational story at http://dicksoldtime5and10.com/about-us/#historywhere they invite their patrons to join them in 2061 to help them celebrate their 100 year anniversary. Pictures of the store can be seen at http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=dicks+five+and+dime&ei=UTF-8&fr=moz35
FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE
Take Charge of Your Health in the Hospital Let me preface my experience by saying that I am not a doctor or a nurse and that I am not advocating that you refuse medication or insist on being released from the hospital earlier than what is safe. Everyone is different, and every medical case requires different consideration. What I am advocating is that you take charge of your health by thinking through your choices, praying, and then making your decisions.
Recently I was admitted to the emergency room and then the hospital after my internist and gastroenterologist insisted that I go. I was running a 106 degree fever with diarrhea and severe abdominal pain. After pushing a 500 pound bale of hay over 40 feet shortly before this episode, they thought I might have ruptured my bowel.
Although the hospital doctors (I had five) shared with me that my medical records from prior hospital visits reported that I refuse medication, it did not stop them from recommending medicine. Naturally they wanted to administer medication to reduce my fever. I politely refused, telling them that it was God’s mechanism for fighting infection, and I preferred letting the fever run its course. If they had known that my normal temperature is 96 degrees and that I was really running a 106 degree fever, they would have been much more persistent than they were.
ACT scan and two ultrasounds discovered nothing but gallstones. They suggested surgery to remove the gallbladder. I declined their offer, as I did not want it removed unless my life was in danger.
My primary care physician told me later that many people live with gallstones without ever having any trouble from them. Furthermore, removing a gallbladder to alleviate pain does not guarantee that the pain will cease.
Two doctors suggested a urinary tract infection and ordered an antibiotic. I refused this as well based on the lack of conclusive evidence of an infection. Not only had the urine analysis come back negative, but also there was no inflammation or pain. I understood that they were covering themselves, but I did not want to take an antibiotic needlessly. I am thankful that we have antibiotics, and I would take them if my life was in jeopardy, but not unless that was the case.
The hospital also wanted me to stay a third day. I asked what further testing they intended. They said that they just wanted to observe me. Knowing that they cannot keep patients against their will, I politely insisted on my release, as I could just as easily be miserable at home.
It turned out that I had Campylobacter, the most common cause of food poisoning. For your information: Campylobacteriosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria of the genus Campylobacter. Most people who become ill with campylobacteriosis get diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever within two to five days after exposure to the organism. The diarrhea may be bloody and can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. The illness typically lasts about one week. Some infected persons do not have any symptoms. In persons with compromised immune systems, Campylobacteroccasionally spreads to the bloodstream and causes a serious life-threatening infection.
Campylobacteriosis usually occurs in single, sporadic cases, but it can also occur in outbreaks, when two or more people become ill from the same source. Most cases of campylobacteriosis are associated with eating raw or undercooked poultry meat or from cross-contamination of other foods by these items. Outbreaks of Campylobacterhave most often been associated with unpasteurized dairy products, contaminated water, poultry, and produce. Animals can also be infected, and some people get infected from contact with the stool of an ill dog or cat. The organism is not usually spread from one person to another. http://www.cdc.gov/nczved/divisions/dfbmd/diseases/campylobacter/
Ancient Paths/Beyond Organic The following is an article from one of our CHEF Conference vendors, Renee Yeo with Beyond Organic http://ancientpaths.mybeyondorganic.com/default.aspx If you met Renee at the conference you will remember her beautiful, sweet, vibrant face, her warm personality, and passionate desire to help others achieve optimum health. I asked her if she would write articles for our newsletter. This is the first in a series of articles on health.
Health – what is it, really?
Health has turned into a “buzzword.” As Christians our thoughts and actions must always come under the Lordship of our Savior. This is not something with which anyone would argue. However, when it comes to health, I have noticed that there are many voices that say completely different things and take people on completely different journeys. Some of the roads lead to healing, sadly, more often than I care to admit, some of these voices lead people down the road to continued degenerative and acute diseases.
Have we accepted this “Normal”?
As a homeschooling mentor, I was talking to a young mother of 6. She seemed a bit discouraged, and naturally I was hoping to encourage her to really embrace the beauty of homeschooling. What she said to me went on to occupy my thoughts long after our conversation ended. She said that she would love homeschooling if she ever got a chance to do it. Just when one child gets better, another gets sick, then when all the kids are finally better, either my husband or I get sick! And, the ball starts rolling again as soon as they all get well enough to be around anyone. She said, “I have just come to accept that every winter, we will be in the house, sick for years to come.” Sadly, this is a common thought in most of the circles that I run in. But, does it have to be this way? Have we accepted as normal, what is anything but normal! Have we accepted a philosophy of health that is not found in Scripture? 3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers.”
True health must be defined by Scripture
As Christians we are called to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” I Cor. 10:5
This is easier said than done. Henry Van Til said, “Culture is religion externalized.” We know that our food choices are dictated by our culture and shaped by geography, people groups and traditions. In her book, Health for Godly Generations, Renee DeGroot states:
“All food practices, including harvest, preparation, nutrition and consumption are associated with the working outward of a people’s religion. Whether a tribe worships the sun and soil, the harvest itself or the God who gave it, this obeisance is a religious activity. Whether a tribe revels excessively in food and drink or consumes it in a disciplined moderation, meals are a cultural and religious activity. A distinctively Christian and reformed view of culture will likewise affect our food preparation and diet choices.”
So, how can we take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ? If our diet choices are a reflection of our inward belief, then how do we make sure it lines up with scripture?
Discover God’s Plan for Health
In his book Live Beyond Organic,Jordan Rubin shares his very personal health journey and shares how at 19 years old, he wasn’t expected to live. After seeking treatment through “traditional” medicine and in alternative/natural medicine, and even visits to clinics in Mexico and Germany, there were no answers. His health continued to spiral out of control. There was nothing left to do except pray. And pray he did. His prayer was answered by a phone call from a gentleman who said, “If you come see me, I will teach you how to eat and live by following the eating plan found in the Bible, and I promise you in three months, you’ll be working out on the beach in San Diego.” For those of you who know Jordan Rubin, you know the end of that story. God used his tragedy to turn “beauty from ashes” and not only healed Jordan Rubin, but gave him an incredible platform of being one of the world’s leading health experts.
What about you?
There should be only one resource that forms our health philosophy: the Bible. Sadly, as Christians, our health philosophy has been shaped by the culture around us. We are not the “peculiar” people that God called us out to be. Christians should be the healthiest people in culture! In a sick and dying world, that would be a powerful testimony unto itself. Friend and Wellness Physician *Dr. David Jockers said it best: “My passion as a doctor is to share with people the gospel of health.” Just like Jesus first fed the multitude before He shared the gospel, we too have an opportunity to show God’s powerful truth to a hurting world. But first, it has to start with you and your family. – Renee Yeo, Antioch, IL
*Dr. David Jockers is an author and contributor to Natural News. Look for his new book Supercharge Your Braincoming out this fall. You can find his articles and subscribe to his newsletter at www.drjockers.comand “like” him on Facebook: Dr. Jockers.
Renee Yeo is wife to Ron and homeschool mother of 3 (ages 17, 15 and 12). Her family is passionate about rebuilding the Christian family. As Biblical Health advocates, their family business, “Ancient Paths” represents a return to God’s principles in every area of life: health, healing, home and family. Their oldest daughter Kelcie has a recipe blog: www.kelcieskreations.blogspot.comand is a health coach. For health consultations, questions or comments, contact
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JON’S SERMON EXODUS 12, PART TWO
II.Exodus 12:5-7 “Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight. Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.”
A. To understand the significance of the Passover, let us reflect on prior scriptures that point to God’s requirement of the shedding of blood for the atonement of sin, the covenant God made with Abraham, the offering of Isaac, and the providence of God in “providing for Himself the lamb,” which pointed to God’s providence in providing His Son for Himself as the final sacrifice for our sins. Even from the very beginning, God taught His people the only means of forgiveness for their sins and reconciliation from their estrangement from God was through the shedding of innocent blood, thus pointing their eyes toward the coming of their Messiah who would once and for all atone for their sins by the cleansing power of His blood.
1. Genesis 3:21 “The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.”
2. Genesis 4:4 “Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions and the LORD had regard for Abel and for his offering.”
a. The Bible had not been written at the time of Abel, so how did he know to offer the firstlings of his flock to God? We are told that God instructed Adam in the Garden, which Adam then passed on to his sons—the same pattern God continually reiterated throughout His Word.
b. When Joseph rebuffed Potiphar’s wife’s advances with “How could I do this great evil and sin against God?” how did he know it was a sin against God when the Pentateuch had not been written? From Seth to Noah from Noah to Jacob, from Jacob to Moses to David, there is a specific godly lineage of men who knew God’s commands because their fathers had passed on God’s instruction to them—all of them.
c. Joseph’s brothers knew it was a sin to sell or kill their brother because their father Jacob had taught them God’s commands. The brothers admitted this truth when first confronted by Joseph in Genesis 42:21,22 when they said, “We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us. And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required.” Again, Genesis 9:6 had not been written: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man.”
d. Since my mother’s requirements changed from time to time when I was growing up, I thought God and His requirements were subject to change, as well. Yet as we have seen over and over in these lessons, although men are subject to change, God’s law never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
e. Fathers, we have the benefit of the written Word. Let us use it to instruct our children so that they know the Word of God that they will not sin against Him.
3. Hebrews 11:4 “By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous…”
a. Why was Abel’s sacrifice better than Cain’s sacrifice? It was not because the vegetables were rotten. Indeed we must look carefully at this lesson, for man often offers God that which he thinks is acceptable rather than looking to God’s Word to see what God commands. Cain offered that which he wanted to give rather than listening to his father’s instruction on what God required—a substitutionary atonement that foreshadowed Christ—the only acceptable offering to atone for sin. Cain refused to submit and act according to the Lord’s instruction.
1. See, faith comes from hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17) and obeying the Word of God.
a. John 14:15,24 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.… He who does not love Me does not keep My words…”
2. Referring to lawless men, Jude 11 reads: “They have gone the way of Cain.”
3. Cain thought his judgment better than God’s. All deviant systems of worship rise up from the sin of presumption.
a. 1 John 3:12 “Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.”
b. So let us pray with David in Psalm 19:13: “Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.”
4. Genesis 8:20,21 “Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. The LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, ‘I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.’”
a. When reading about the Israelites, do you separate yourself from their sinful ways, thinking that you would never act in such a pernicious way? Have you thought of them as absolutely stupid when they desired to go back to Egypt after God had miraculously delivered them? Candy and I certainly possessed those thoughts in earlier years. But now we know that we were included in God’s summation of mankind when He said, “The intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth.”
b. If God’s Word is true that man’s heart is evil, how does God know that Abraham will keep the covenant? Was it because of Abraham? Let us see in this next verse.
5. Genesis 17:1-11 “Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before Me, and be blameless. I will establish My covenant between Me and you, and I will multiply you exceedingly…As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you will be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come forth from you. I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.’ God said further to Abraham, ‘Now as for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: every male among you shall be circumcised. And you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and you.’”
a. Was it due to Abraham’s goodness that he was able to keep the covenant? Hebrews 6:18 says, “It was impossible for God to lie,” and in Numbers 23:19, “God is not man, that he should lie…” So did Abraham keep the covenant on his own volition? If we go back to Genesis 15 when God made the covenant with Abraham, we see that only God walked between the sacrifice, for Abraham was sound asleep. This clearly showed us that God alone would take the responsibility to keep and fulfill all the conditions of the covenant. Apart from God’s Holy Spirit, “There is no one righteous not one,” not even you or me. So lest we deceive ourselves to think we are better than we are, let us remember Ephesians 2:8-10 that “by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” And in 2 Chronicles 6:14, “O LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts.”
b. Again, God is the just and the justifier (Romans 3:26).
6. Genesis 22:2,6-8,13,14 “He said, ‘Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you’…Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son, and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, ‘My father!’ And he said, ‘Here I am, my son.’ And he said, ‘Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?’ Abraham said, ‘God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’ So the two of them walked on together…Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. Abraham called the name of that place The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day, ‘In the mount of the LORD it will be provided.’”
a. Mark carefully the words, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering.” This most assuredly points to Christ! God provides for the only sacrifice truly acceptable for taking away all unrighteousness.
7. Exodus 24:8 “So Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, and said, ‘Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.’”
8. Leviticus 17:11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.”
B. Atonement means “agreement; reconciliation, after enmity…Expiation; satisfaction… made by giving an equivalent for an injury, or by doing or suffering that which is received in satisfaction for an offense or injury…In theology, the expiation of sin made by the obedience and personal sufferings of Christ.”
1. Isaiah 53:5,10 “But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed…. But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering...”
2. Romans 3:24-26 “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God had set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”
3. 1 Corinthians 5:7 “…For Christ our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”
4. 1 John 1:7 “…the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
C. So when Moses tells the people that they are to take an unblemished lamb, he is pointing them to their Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ, in whom there was no sin. So just as the lamb was to be chosen from the flock for its flawlessness, so, too, Christ was chosen because He was sinless. And only a sinless sacrifice, a perfect sacrifice, could satisfy a holy, sinless God. Christ kept the law perfectly and thus glorified His Father.
1. Leviticus 22:18-22,32-33 “Speak to Aaron and to his sons and to all the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘Any man of the house of Israel or of the aliens in Israel who presents his offering, whether it is of their votive or any of their free will offerings, which they present to the LORD for a burnt offering—for you to be accepted—it must be a male without defect from the cattle, the sheep or the goats. Whatever has a defect, you shall not offer, for it will not be accepted for you. When a man offers a sacrifice of peace offerings to the LORD to fulfill a special vow or for a free will offering, of the herd or of the flock, it must be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no defect in it. Those that are blind or fractured or maimed or having a running sore or eczema or scabs, you shall not offer to the LORD, nor make of them an offering by fire on the altar to the LORD…. You shall not profane My holy name, but I will be sanctified among the sons of Israel; I am the LORD who sanctifies you, who brought you out from the land of Egypt to be your God; I am the LORD.’”
a. Do we give our merciful Father our best, or do we give him what is left over, that which we really don’t need or want?
2. Malachi 1:8-14 “‘But when you present the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you present the lame and sick, is it not evil? Why not offer it to your governor? Would he be pleased with you? Or would he receive you kindly?’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘But now will you not entreat God’s favor, that He may be gracious to us? With such an offering on your part, will He receive any of you kindly?’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘Oh that there were one among you who would shut the gates, that you might not uselessly kindle fire on My altar! I am not pleased with you,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘nor will I accept an offering from you. For from the rising of the sun even to its setting, My name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense is going to be offered to My name, and a grain offering that is pure; for My name will be great among the nations,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘But you are profaning it, in that you say, “The table of the Lord is defiled, and as for its fruit, its food is to be despised.” You also say, “My, how tiresome it is!” and you disdainfully sniff at it,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘and you bring what was taken by robbery and what is lame or sick; so you bring the offering! Should I receive that from your hand?’ says the LORD. ‘But cursed be the swindler who has a male in his flock and vows it, but sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord, for I am a great king,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘and My name is feared among the nations.’”
3. Hebrews 7:26 “For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens.”
4. 1 Peter 1:17-19 “If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.”
5. 1 Peter 2:21-24 “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.”
6. Hebrews 9:26 “…He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”
7. Matthew 3:16,17 “After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.’”
8. Matthew 17:1-5 “Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, ‘This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him.’”
9. 1 John 2:2 “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins…”
10. Ephesians 5:2 “Walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”
D. Furthermore, just as the lamb was to be singled out for shedding its blood for deliverance, so, too, Christ was singled out to shed His blood for the redemption of God’s people. Not in the course of time, after man sinned, but before the foundation of the world. Therefore, the Covenant of Grace, which was established before the foundation of the world between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, efficaciously delivered the saints of old prior to Christ’s manifestation upon the earth. For men have always been saved by grace.
1. Revelation 13:8 “All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.”
2. John 17:9,12,25 “I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours…. While I was with them, I was keeping them in your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled…. O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that you sent Me.”
3. Ephesians 1:3-14 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to us the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to this purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. In him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”
a. Amplified: “May blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm! Even as (in His love) He chose us (actually picked us out for Himself as His own) in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love. For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will (because it pleased Him and was His kind intent)—(So that we might be) to the praise and the commendation of His glorious grace (favor and mercy), which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor, which He lavished upon us in every kind of wisdom and understanding (practical insight and prudence)…”
4. 2 Timothy 1:9 “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” In NAS it says from all eternity!
5. 1 Corinthians 2:7-10 “But we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; but just as it is written, ‘Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.’”
6. 1 Peter 1:18-20 “Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you.”
7. Acts 2:23 “This Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.”
8. Luke 22:22 “For indeed, the Son of Man is going as it has been determined; but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!”
9. So that Job could confidently state in 19:25 “For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.”
a. Do you know that your Redeemer liveth? Is He real to you? Does His Spirit reside in your heart?
E. What we are going through in Exodus is a foreshadowing of what Christ did on the cross. It is hard for us to realize that time and space belong to us; it does not belong to God. God is not limited by time or space, for He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We cannot understand that, but we can believe it, for God’s Word says it. God is beyond time. He is infinite; He is eternal!
1. Psalm 90:2 “Before the mountains were born or You gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.”
2. Psalm 102:12,27 “But You, O LORD, abide forever, and Your name to all generations… But You are the same, and Your years will not come to an end.”
3. Isaiah 40:28 “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.”
4. 1 Timothy 1:17 “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
5. Exodus 3:14 “I AM WHO I AM.”
6. Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
7. Jude 1:25 “To the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”
8. 2 Corinthians 1:20 “For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.”
F. We might question why God would create us if He knew that we could not keep the law and thus be condemned to hell. God created us, and the world, for His glory, yet by learning of Israel’s unfaithfulness, we understand the magnificent mercy and loving-kindness towards our sinful natures and the magnanimity of His provision for our salvation.
1. 1 Corinthians 1:20 “Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?”
2. Romans 9:22-24 “What if God, desiring to show His wrath and to make known His power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of His glory for vessels of mercy, which He has prepared beforehand for glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.”
3. Isaiah 43:1-7 “But now, thus says the Lord, your creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I have given Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in your place. Since you are precious in My sight, since you are honored and I love you, I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life. Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, “Give them up!” and to the south, “Do not hold them back.” Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters for the ends of the earth, everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed even whom I have made.’”
G. Now let us look at God’s provision for His people, whom He redeemed from their slavery to Satan and sin. From the beginning, God created man in His image to fill the earth with His glory. He redeems us, He purifies us, He makes us zealous for good deeds which “He prepared beforehand that we should walk in them,” so that He may be glorified.
1. Genesis 12:1-2 “Now the Lord said to Abram: ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house, to the land that I will show you. And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great.”
2. Titus 2:14 “[Christ] gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for Himself a people of His own who are zealous for good deeds.”
3. Ephesians 2:9,10 (Amplified) “Not because of works (not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands), lest any man should boast. (It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.) For we are God’s (own) handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, (born anew) that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us (taking paths which He prepared ahead of time), that we should walk in them (living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live).”
4. 1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
5. 1 Peter 2:12 “Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the things in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
6. Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine among men that they may see your good deeds and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
7. 1 Peter 4:10,11 “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
H. Ultimately, God saves us for His namesake.
1. Isaiah 48:9-11 “For My name’s sake I defer my anger, for the sake of My praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you but not like silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For My own sake, for My own sake I do it, for how should My name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.”
2. Ezekiel 36:21-32 “‘But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations where they went. Therefore, say to the house of Israel, “Thus says the Lord God, ‘It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went. And I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord,’ declares the Lord God, ‘when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight. For I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness, and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. And you will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your God. Moreover, I will save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and I will not bring a famine on you. And I will multiply the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field, that you may not receive again the disgrace of famine among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and your abominations. I am not doing this for your sake,’ declares the Lord God, ‘Let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded of your ways, O house of Israel!’”‘”
a. My wife and I discuss the fact that as we have grown in Christ, we see more sin in ourselves. It is not that we are becoming more sinful, but that God continues to reveal more of our sin to us. In other words, the closer we get to the throne of Christ, the more Holy Light is shed upon our hearts, making it ever more clear the depth of our depravity and the need for His grace and mercy.
I. Again, let us realize that the Covenant of grace for God’s people existed prior to the Law, as the scriptures demonstrated, before the creation of the world. Indeed this is our only hope, for none can keep the law. Salvation, then, has always come through faith in the blood of Jesus Christ, rather than through the blood of animals. They just foreshadowed Christ, thus the Law never invalidated the Covenant of Grace, but served as our tutor to point us to Christ.
1. Galatians 3:17,24 “What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise… Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.”
2. Hebrews 9 “Now even the first covenant had regulations of divine worship and the earthly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the sacred bread; this is called the holy place. Behind the second veil there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies, having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant; and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat; but of these things we cannot now speak in detail. Now when these things have been so prepared, the priests are continually entering the outer tabernacle performing the divine worship, but into the second, only the high priest enters once a year, not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance. The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the outer tabernacle is still standing, which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience, since they relate only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation. But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it. For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives. Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood. For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, ‘This is the blood of the covenant which God commanded you.’ And in the same way he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood. And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; nor was it that He would offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood that is not his own. Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.”
3. Hebrews 10:1-25 “For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins? But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, ‘Sacrifice and offering You have not desired, but a body You have prepared for Me; in whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have taken no pleasure. Then I said, “Behold, I have come (in the scroll of the book it is written of Me) to do Your will, O God.”‘ After saying above, ‘Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have not desired, nor have You taken pleasure in them’ (which are offered according to the Law), then He said, ‘Behold, I have come to do Your will.’ He takes away the first in order to establish the second. By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying, ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws upon their heart, and on their mind I will write them,’ He then says, ‘And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.’ Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin. Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
4. Matthew 26:28 “For this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.”
5. Psalm 32:1,2 “How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit!”
6. Revelation 1:5,6 “…Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood—and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
J. Tony Warren writes: “Christ’s sacrifice was not limited by time, and this truth is very important to the faithful. Time (thus timekeepers, the Sun, Moon, and stars) was created for man, not for God. He is infinite! So though time must unfold for man, God, being omniscient and omnipresent, sees these things as completed. He is outside of time! Those who are under the blood of Christ, He predestinated it, willed it, and saw it accomplished from the foundation of the world. But though God saw it done, the redemption still had to occur in the fullness of time ‘for the Elect’ who live in time. This is why we have the language of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the World. It is portraying the timelessness of Christ’s Sacrifice, to make possible ‘the Eternal election of Grace.’” (from The Mountain Retreat: “What Does It Mean, The Lamb Slain from the Foundation of the World?” http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/faq/slainfounda.html)
K. Interestingly, just as the lamb was chosen four days prior to it being slain, Christ was singled out by John the Baptist around four years prior to His crucifixion.
1. John 1:29 “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’”
L. A year old was to signify that Christ was in the prime of His life when His blood was shed for the transgressors.
1. Isaiah 53:8,12 “By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people was He stricken... Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and He will divide the spoils with the strong, because He poured out His life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
M. Before we go any further, let us reread Exodus 12:1-5 together and make a note of when God tells Moses to tell the congregation that they are to take a lamb, the lamb, and finally your lamb.
1. Exodus 12:1-5 “Now the LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, ‘This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel saying, “On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a lamb for each household. Now if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his neighbor nearest to his house are to take one according to the number of persons in them; according to what each man should eat, you are to divide the lamb. Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old.”‘”
N. Now let me read to you a precious commentarybyA. W. Pink from Gleanings in Exodus, page 89. He writes: “In verse 3 it is ‘a lamb’; in verse 4 ‘the lamb’; in verse 5 ‘your lamb.’ This order is most instructive, corresponding to the enlarged apprehension of faith. While in our unregenerate state, Christ appeared to us as nothing more than a Lamb; we saw in Him no beauty that we should desire Him. But when the Holy Spirit awakened us from the sleep of death, when He made us see our sinful and lost condition, and turned our gaze toward Christ, then we behold Him as the Lamb. We perceived His uniqueness, His unrivaled perfections. We learned that ‘neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other Name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved’ (Acts 4:12). Finally, when God in His sovereign grace gave us faith whereby to receive Christ as our own personal Savior, then could He be said to be your Lamb, our Lamb. Each elect and believing sinner can say with the apostle Paul, ‘Who loved me and gave Himself for me’ (Galatians 2:20).”
1. Acts 4:12 “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
2. Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
O. As we reflect upon these scriptures, let us realize the richness of His mercy. So what is our purpose? To glorify God! For He is the one who redeemed us for His glory. God sets us apart, and it is He in whom we are to glory. God redeems us to purify for Himself a people. God prepares the deeds; we are to walk in them. Let your light shine that you may give glory to your Father in heaven. God supplies the strength that He may be glorified. God saves us for His namesake for the sake of His praise. He has concern for His Holy Name. He cleanses us. He gives us a new heart. He causes us to walk in His statutes. Then we will remember our evil ways and loathe ourselves for our iniquities.
Let us, then, examine our hearts to see where we are before God—the waywardness of our hearts and the sinfulness of ourselves—so we realize that it is God who works in us, and He is the One who is to be manifested in and through His Word. And in this understanding of God’s holiness and awesome power, we may truly grasp His immense love for us, knowing that while we were yet sinners, He died for us.
1. Romans 5:8-11 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”