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- Category: Scripture Studies
- Created on 11 April 2014
- Last Updated on 11 April 2014
- Written by Raul Hipe
Over two thousand years since Jesus of Nazareth lived on this earth, Christians have celebrated a meal with bread and wine. This tradition is based on the account of each of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), recorded in the book of Acts, and in First Corinthians. At the very least, this meal reminds every believer of the body and blood of Jesus, but there is much more to contemplate about this simple practice…
The Church of God Sharing Village believe in the partaking of the “bread and wine” as Jesus Christ taught his early disciples and as He had expanded and fulfilled its meaning and symbolism. We have regularly taken up its emblem every first Sabbath of the month. And with the knowledge and the value that it benefited us over the years, we deem it necessary to share to you some of its understanding.
It has not been an easy task of course, as we made this addition as most of us have traditionally kept a rather similar observance annually during Passover. Nor do we want our practice identified with the “Eucharist” as it has evolved among Catholics or the “Communion” of the Protestants or even “Kiddush” of the Jewish. We just felt and believed that this practice has been in existence long before those practices developed—from its simple act of hospitality and thanksgiving to our Creator, acknowledging His provisions and deliverances, to the future redeeming sacrifice of His Son. So we called it, as it has commonly been called, the “bread and wine” in Scriptures.
But why bread and wine?
First, we have this somewhat overlooked but very significant example that Abraham showed as he met a priest named Melchizedek:
“Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: ‘Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth.’” Gen 14:18-19
Notice how the bread and wine were used as a symbolic act in the context of “blessing” from a priest “of God Most High”. The Scripture does not say when Abraham learned this practice but the spontaneity of this incidence showed that it was a regular act or symbol expressed during ancient times as they acknowledged and worshipped their Creator God. Melchizedek, though identified as a “priest,” was a mysterious personage that lent credence to his figurative preeminence, especially when he was identified in the New Testament as:
“’…king of righteousness’, and then also king of Salem, meaning ‘king of peace,’ without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.” Hebrews 7:2-3
Whatever we perceived from this puzzling biographical sketch, his coming forth with bread and wine were very prophetic in itself when we think of its fulfillment and significance today.
Quite almost unnoticed nowadays, but bread and wine were customary accepted offerings in the Temple. Exo. 29:38-45 showed that it is part of the daily “evening and morning sacrifice.” Note that the LORD says that it has to be done whenever “I will meet you to speak with you” (verse 42). So that bread and wine has become a symbol when the LORD would like to meet and speak with his people.
Again, in Exo. 25:23-30, in the instructions to make the table for the Showbread—a stand to which offerings were placed, God commands, “And you shall set the showbread on the table before Me always” (verse 30). The showbread itself is described fully in Lev. 24: 5-9.
Twelve “loaves” representing the twelve tribe of Israel were placed in two rows with six loaves in each row. It was called showbread because it was placed symbolically before the presence or “face” of God. In other words, the showbread was again symbolically used as our link or communication whenever we approach God.
Num. 15: 1-16, with the law of grain and drink offerings, it again showed that a combination of bread and wine was required for most of the sacrifices in the Temple. Fine flour mixed with olive oil as “grain offering” showed that only the best could be used in the offerings and worship of God. Wine was used (verses 7,10) as accompaniment to the burnt offerings of lamb, goat, ram, and bull.
During Feast Days, more particularly the three “Pilgrimage Feasts”, bread and wine also played a central role – the “unleavened” during the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Lev. 23:6), the two “wave loaves” during the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost (Lev. 23:17), and the daily “grain and drink offerings” for seven days, during the Feast of Tabernacles (Deut. 16:13; Num.29:12-38).
The lesson of the manna as the LORD taught the Israelites was also important as it shows these development and understanding. Exodus 16, recorded:
“’…in the morning you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am the LORD your God.’” Verse 11.
Notice how the bread was associated with knowing God. Again in verse 15, we read:
“And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground. So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, ‘What is it?’ For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat. This is the thing which the LORD commanded…” verses 15-16a
Again, observe how the giving of bread juxtaposed with the keeping of the instruction.
“Then Moses said, ‘This is the thing which the LORD has commanded: fill an omer with it to be kept for your generations, that they may see the bread which I fed you in the wilderness…” verse 32
Following it up, the author of the letter to the Hebrews listed a golden jar of manna among the contents of the Ark of the Covenant. So this is worth thinking about: Bread has its ‘eternal’ or regular place [not just once every year] in the Holy of Holies.
Did the Israelites understand the significance of all these? Did they know that these somehow looked forward to their Messiah? The Scriptures does not directly say so, not even Christ’s own disciples until He personally taught them.
But what we do know is that bread and wine are basic stuff among Middle Eastern people, and it is undeniable how this has become inextricably linked to their lives and well-being. It has served as expressions to various acts such as giving of offerings or thanksgiving, ratification of a covenant, act of hospitality or friendship, and in purging alliances, etc. Most Jews today continue some shades of these practices and still recite blessings over bread and wine in their services, at their Sabbath meals, on holy days, and other special and intimate gatherings.
It is not surprising, therefore, that when Jesus Christ appeared on the scene, the Jews and the deciples should know what Jesus was referring to when He alluded to all these symbolisms.
So what did Jesus Christ say?
Move forward now to the time when Jesus finally revealed Himself in John 6. You may read the whole of John chapter 6, but it would suffice here to repeat the following verses as focus of this study. Christ declared the following:
“…”Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world…
“Most assuredly I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.
“I am the bread of life…
“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”
“Then Jesus said, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.
“Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
“For my flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
“As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.
“This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.” John 6:32-33,47-48,51,53-58.
- Category: Feasts and Holy Days
- Created on 08 April 2014
- Last Updated on 08 April 2014
- Written by Raul Hipe
Passover season is upon us, brethren. We have barely a week to prepare! Preparations like these are always a good thing so we can reflect on the importance of why we are keeping the Passover feast in contrast to what most people are doing during this period who are oblivious to the season.
Probably, most families are already thinking and preparing for some summer getaway. Maybe an outing at the beach, which is a necessary respite after school, anyway it is also a break.
But why think of Passover firstly? What are some of the necessary preparations we need?
What is the important lesson that we still need to be rehearsing?
With the continuing advance of technology, the internet, social media, and tons of smart gadgets available for ourselves and even as we pamper our children, a stark observation and reality emerge.
For one thing, the idea of “self-promotion” is becoming the in thing among many people and in the most convenient way. Thanks to our favorite social media-- today, there is no denying that we are fast becoming a self-promoting society. The “Me” generations or millennials is almost over and we are seeing the emerging of the “Selfie” pandemic!
Who are the “selfies” and what drives them? And why is it necessary to mention them in connection with Passover?
Sociologists categorize the selfies as young, spoiled, self-centered brats but armed with the latest innovations of technology. They are geeks but it seems the only thing they love to do is expose their egos for all to see. There may be some fun in what they are doing, but the trouble with the selfies is they do not know how to draw the line between being self-confident and becoming a pain in the neck with their social friends “tagged” in their favorite pose.
And for the Guinness, according to the survey, the Philippines, in particular, Makati and Pasig, is touted as the world’s selfie capital. New York landed second, while Cebu posted number 9.
While the impact of these sociological trends among selfies, is still up for debate, too much emphasis on self, personal appearance, beautification, and self indulgence is already disturbing. While these self proclivities are not new in itself, this too much pleasing of the self (self-focused), and the ever growing self-centeredness among many will continue to rob everyone of the most salient and important values. Could this scenario lead people into what Jesus Christ prophetically described when referring to the latter days: “the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:22)?
How can a love grow cold in a “generation of selfies”?
The apostle Paul has the following admonition for young Timothy: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy…” (2 Timothy 3:1)
So observe, and ask yourself: When we are so focused on ourselves and on what pleases us, can we really be able to develop that outgoing love and concern for others?
- Category: Meditations
- Created on 06 April 2014
- Last Updated on 06 April 2014
- Written by Ofelia Limpoco-Magat
In the beginning…
beauty, harmony, joy, love, and peace
in a place called paradise.
What a perfect beginning!
When man finally decided
to choose the way of death.
From then on…
There is a continuous struggle…
to quest for the impossible…
man could never approximate…
an iota of what he had…
From the beginning.
Where is paradise?
Where is the beginning?
What an endless quest…?
- Category: News
- Created on 28 March 2014
- Last Updated on 29 March 2014
- Written by Administrator
We have moved! Announcing our new Sabbath assembly place…
We are pleased to share with you our new Sabbath assembly place located at Unit 205, Cityland Dela Rosa Condominium, 7648 Dela Rosa Street, Makati City. Starting January 2014, brethren from Metro Manila and nearby cities/municipalities are invited to join us in our weekly Sabbath worship services starting at 1:00pm every Saturdays.
We are also scheduling a Bible Study for beginners during mornings of each Sabbath and conducting the following services formats in the afternoon:
· Traditional Format (with Sermonette/Scripture Reading and Sermon)
· Song Service (Hymns Singing and Scriptural Readings)
· Q&A Bible Questions
· Interactive Bible Study (Everybody participates)
Come join us in our new and easily accessible location as we openly study God’s word, worship and sing songs of praise, and offers our thanksgiving to the our Great Creator God, the Father of All Mankind by and through His Son Jesus Christ who has given us Life!
- Category: Scripture Studies
- Created on 10 November 2013
- Last Updated on 10 November 2013
- Written by Raul Hipe
This week, my family remembered a very fragile and innocent life that was taken away from our midst. We remembered the life of our baby we named Mattea. If not for her delicate birth, a brain injury that she suffered, she would have been three years old by now, probably walking around, trying to find her place in this life.
Her memory comes to us in a bittersweet way. It was sweet because we were able to hold her, see her, glance at her face for the four months that she was with us (she was born June 1, 2010). It was ‘bitter’ because of the pain of losing her.
From then on, I realize how pain can be such a unifying force of emotion. If music, they say, is the universal language and our feeling of happiness or joy maybe unique or subjective to each of us, pain is the most common of all emotions.
Someone has said,” Man enters the world with a cry and leaves it with a moan”.
Such is the universality of pain and at various times in our lives we felt pain – may it be severe, physical pain or emotional pain. Sickness brings pain. Accident brings pain, cut or wounds, even a broken tooth can be painful, etc. Of course, there is also the issue of mental and spiritual agony, which are often more difficult to bear than physical pain.
Is there some purpose for our pain? Does it serve some good reason?
How can one explain pain or suffering?
One of the most common answers we get from the theologians of today is that “God suffers with us.” However, no matter how valid such reasoning, the idea is inadequate in providing comfort to some real pain. It is like going to a doctor and after saying, “Doc, I am in pain…” and the doctor replies, “Oh, I have many pains, too.”
Still, one of the most puzzling of all man’s troubles is human pain and suffering. It seems very unreasonable. For example, why must the innocent people –even children –suffer in such horrible ways. Why the need to go through pain? And even death?
One of the news headlines this week in the aftermath of the earthquake in Bohol – parents are still looking for their four children in the town near the area of Maribojoc, Bohol. Apparently, those children were just swimming and playing in a creek when the earthquake struck and they were in an instant covered with boulders and mud. They have not been found until now. They are still missing – the rescuers have given up their search.
C.S. Lewis, a British born writer, spiritual thinker and theologian, famous for his children’s books such as Chronicles of Narnia, also wrote a fine book entitled The Problem with Pain. In his book, he cited a common question about pain: “If God were good, He would wish to make His creatures perfectly happy, and if God were almighty, He would be able to do what He wished. But the creatures are not happy, therefore God lacks either goodness, or power, or both.”
Is there an answer to this question?
As a general understanding, pain and suffering is often a result of man’s own sin. We can find that from the beginning of man’s history. When sin entered, what came along with it was pain and sorrow.
"To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.” Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it, All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field." Genesis 3:16-18 (NKJV, all throughout)
The context here is that when Adam and Eve sinned, pain ensued such as childbearing, and the “sorrows and toil” in life –these are the resulting effects or consequences of man’s wrong choices.
There are other physical evidences of pain as a result of man’s own sin. For instance, when a person abuses his/her body, by drinking alcohol, smoking, taking in drugs and other addictive substances, these will inevitably cause sickness to his/her body – bringing upon himself/herself pain and suffering that will even lead to death. Because of wrong choices and sinful behavior, a person suffers – these include the murderers, the corrupt, the liars and the cheats. In the long run, they will suffer the consequences of their actions.
This is what we call the freedom of man’s choice and will. God determined in His infinite wisdom that man must live according to his own choices. The decisions that man makes for this freedom also included the possibility of choosing evil, as well as good. Thus when man chooses “good and life”, it has real significance.
On the other hand, when we say that the consequence of our sin is suffering, this explanation is incomplete. While it explains much suffering, it does not explain ALL sufferings. How can we answer those pain inflicted on the innocent, for example? Pain and death caused by accidents or natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons?
In the 13th chapter of Luke, Jesus faced this question:
"There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”Luke 13:1-5
In other words, Jesus was saying that catastrophes sometimes happened to some people not because they were more sinners than the rest. But accidents may it natural or man-made “terror” can happen anytime and in any place, therefore the necessity to consider oneself. Consider our life and the choices we are making and ultimately our standing before God because in the end, this is what matters before God.
In the gospel of John, this same subject is raised by Jesus for a lesson:
Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. John 9:1-4
So instead of just sulking in a corner, so to speak, we turn to God for His works of reparation, redemption, healings and restoration. These are the continuing works of God and messianic works of Jesus Christ until all is completed in His Kingdom.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”Luke 4:18-19
That's the gospel of the Kingdom—receiving healing and deliverance from every pain is one of its focal message.
- Category: Feasts and Holy Days
- Created on 30 October 2013
- Last Updated on 10 November 2013
- Written by Raul Hipe
Feast 2013 Message
The Feast of Tabernacles has been very dear to us for the past years. It has been uniquely dear to us in fact, in the Church of God tradition. Somehow we have a different way of looking at it, even unique from the Jewish’ “way of thinking”, from which the Feast has developed. The Jews or Israel see this Feast from their national and historical perspective but we look at the Feast of Tabernacles in its future or prophetic significance.
The Feast can evoke different memories and stories. Some good and maybe a few not so good. Somehow our unique experiences during the Feast help us view it in a very special and transforming way. We, in the Church of God, are a testament to its spiritual usefulness or benefits. How the feast moved us, how the Feast shaped us – our families and friends.
Personally speaking, while my family always enjoys the Feast in full rejoicing for the past sixteen years, and longer than that when my wife and I were still singles, you will agree with me that the Feast is not just a “vacation” to enjoy. Looking back, I came to realize that it is really hard work. Notice how everyone of us here is involved not just in the preparation stage, but in every activity and program.
Most of us, I think, are already knowledgeable and have become “experts” in a special way in almost all aspects of the Feast. In planning, preparation, packing, travel –we have our unique responsibilities –hall set-up, flowers, tables, food preparation, the technical crew, the music ensemble, the program and activities to share. That ‘s how our very life has revolved around the Feast! Our yearlong journey in life is shaped by the Feast.
It is a way of coming up to the Feast “not empty handed”. It is an opportunity for all of us to share the fruits of our physical and spiritual harvest. Hence, we grow from the physical to the spiritual aspect of the Feast. Everyone from our children to adults –has his/her own offerings to share and contribute.
But going back to the basics of it, what really is the Feast all about? What does the Feast of Tabernacles have to do with us individually?
This is the theme that I would like to share with you in this Feast message.
Fortunately, no nation or denomination or church, or individual throughout history can claim that they “own” the Feast, that they have the sole right to the Feast. This is not the Feast of Jews/Israel only – we say it is the “Lord’s Feast”!
Very early in the morning yesterday, I was asked by Teacher’s Camp’s personnel-“Sir, were you with the same people in the… (pointing his finger to a place or venue), I answered, “Yes, we are brethren, we are at one with them in proclaiming God’s Feast”.
So what will you say? What does the Feast of Tabernacles have to do with you?
The apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans has this personal admonition to all of us to think for the Feast:
“I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
We are God’s living sacrifice, we have our own way of proclaiming God’s will – as God transforms us, and as we conform to His will.
That is why our service, our little sacrifices here, has its way of molding us into His way of life.
Whatever talent God has given you, your skill, your service, it is yours alone to offer and to share. It is your “reasonable service” as the apostle Paul puts it.
And the Feast is that occasion where we can put these things to work! But not only that, Paul says, it should be ”holy and acceptable to God”, Can we think of any other place, occasion, celebration where God “accepts” us or receives us?
Not on man’s holidays as they saw fit – it must have to be on God’s holy days – His feast days or holy days-
“You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, when you have gathered from your threshing floor and from your winepress. And you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant and the Levite, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow, who are within your gates. Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to the Lord your God in the place which the Lord chooses, because the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you surely rejoice.” Deuteronomy 16:13-15
So God accepts us or receives us on His ordained Feast and in places where His name abides.
Here the Lord accepts us and here His blessings are bestowed. That’s why it is sad that I can still hear of somebody’s plan of “not attending”(?).
The Feast of Tabernacles is a reminder for us all – that our life here is a pilgrimage. Just as the tabernacle or “booth” reminded us of life’s transitory nature, we are not to set our minds on the physical.
That’s why the idea of “holiness” or setting apart – from the cares of this world is paramount in keeping the Feast. Apostle Paul has this reminder about our life’s pilgrimage:
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:2-4,7,12-17
This is the holiness that we must be putting on- the need for patience, the need to exercise our being humble, meek, and kind to the brethren in the presence of the most awesome God.
The Feast of Tabernacles reminds us that we are not “of this world” – that we are preparing and looking for God’s kingdom where righteousness and peace dwells. With this knowledge, the materialistic in us must be changed. Always thinking for the material things has a way of dissuading us to focus on the spiritual truths. It turns our minds back to the worries and cares of this world. That’s why if our life’s focus is on the material things, we won’t be able to experience the true meaning and benefits of rejoicing . Hence, this is a paradox of our rejoicing – if we are attached to the material, we won’t be experiencing joy! (“you shall have nothing but joy” -Deut. 16:15)
- Category: Scriptures With Songs
- Created on 04 August 2013
- Last Updated on 04 August 2013
- Written by Vivian Hipe
Scriptures with Songs: Lessons God's Creatures –THE ANIMALS
HYMN 1: Praise You the Lord, p.40
HYMN 2: Great God Who Made the Universe, p. 13
HYMN 3: We Sing the Mighty Power of God p. 3
The Bible shows a vital interest in every aspect of God’s creation. It looks upon the creatures in terms of how mankind relates to it rather than in terms of its physical structure or nature. For example, in Genesis 1:14, it states that God created the heavenly lights for signs and seasons and for days and years. It does not state how God was able to combine all chemical/material components to create what we now call stars. Also, in Genesis 1:29, it states that God created the herbs and fruit bearing trees for food of both man and beast.
In Genesis 1:25, it was stated that His creation was “good”, translated from the Hebrew word “tov” which means that vital and important lessons can drawn from them. God is the Creator of all things and He is also concerned with His creation. Not even a lowly sparrow falls to the ground without God’s eyes on it (Matt 10:29).
So, in today’s Hymn Singing and Scriptural Reading Service, we will focus on God’s creatures that populate the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The animals. Scientists form theories about animals based on their physical characteristics and draw conclusion to justify yet a popular theory, the evolution. On the other hand, the Bible reveals the unique role of animals in relation to man.
Our first set of Bible readers will elucidate certain facts about these creatures-
BIBLE READER No. 1 will read the creation account and the privilege and responsibility God gave to man concerning the animals
BIBLE READER No. 2 will read the account about Noah and the directive given by God in anticipation of the flood that will kill both wicked man and beast. Notice that in this account, God is not only mindful about Noah’s family but also His creatures.
BIBLE READER NO. 3 will read the account of how God used some of the animals to plague and strip off the pride of Egypt.
FACILITATOR: Thank you to our first set of bible readers. Let us now rise brethren and sing responsive thanksgiving hymns.
HYMN 4: Some Trust in Chariots,
HYMN 5: When Israel Out of Egypt Went, p 92
FACILITATOR : Thank you brethren, Please be seated. As mentioned in God’s command to Adam, man should subdue and have dominion over animals. God also determined right from the very start how to utilize animals. Our next 3 bible readers will read Scriptures that show the fundamental use of animals
BIBLE READER NO. 4 will read the accounts of Abel, Noah and Abraham as they sent sweet smelling aroma to God through the sacrifice of animals. He will also read God’s statutes through Moses regarding offerings.
BIBLE READER NO. 5 will read the statutes of God about animals as food for man.
BIBLE READER NO. 6 will read other uses of animals – for clothing, as beasts of burden and as a means of transportation, etc.
FACILITATOR : Thank you bible readers. Please all rise brethren as we sing the following hymns as we praise God:
HYMN 6: Like the Deer, p. 184
HYMN 7: On Eagle’s Wings, p 84
Thank you brethren. Please be seated. And now, let us direct our attention to specific animals that God used in order for man to learn some spiritual lessons. These animals have certain characteristics that God would like His people to have. The Bible is generous in giving us the details on how these animals paraded their enviable character.
The first animal we will study is the Eagle. Eagles are included among the birds mentioned in the Bible (Lev. 11:13),not suitable for food, but they were admired as majestic birds. The golden eagle, which was common in the land of Israel, is really dark brown with sprinkles of gold, has a 26-meter (8-feet) wingspread. It nests in high places that are inaccessible (Jer. 49:16). There, in a nest which the eagle makes larger each year, the eagle hatches two eggs. Usually only one eaglet survives to adulthood. An eagle has KEEN EYESIGHT. He can spot his prey while soaring hundreds of feet in the air. Like a lightning bolt, he drops to seize it, killing it quickly with his powerful claws. Then he swoops back to his nest to rip the meat apart and share it with his young. BIBLE READER NO. 7 will read a passage about the eagle having a very keen eyesight or vision. She/He will also be reading verses about the importance of having a vision of God’s plan.
- Category: Scriptures With Songs
- Created on 14 May 2013
- Last Updated on 14 May 2013
- Written by Vivian Hipe
Mga Hiwaga sa Biblia
SONG SERVICE SCRIPT – MARCH 9, 2013
Magandang umaga ng Sabbath mga kapatid. Maraming salamat sa ating Sharing Village ensemble sa kanilang prelude na nagbukas sa atin sa presensya ng ating Panginoong Diyos. Tayo’y magsitayo at sa ating pagsisimula ng gawain at pagpupuri sa Panginoong Diyos, ating tawagin si Ginoong ____________ para tayo ay pamunuan sa ating panimulang panalangin.
Maraming salamat G.________, manatili tayong nakatayo at buksan ang ating hymnal sa
HYMN 1 – pahina 32 –ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD AND KING
HYMN 2 – pahina 165 – GOD OF THE AGES
HYMN 3 –pahina 71 - GATHER US IN
Maraming salamat mga kapatid, kayo’y mangagsiupo.
MYSTERY, MISTERYO, HIWAGA, LIHIM O SIKRETO – mga kataga o salita na kapag ginagamit sa ating pangkasalukuyan pananalita ay nangangahulugan ng mga natatagong mga bagay o kaalaman.
Marami sa atin ay nakahiligan nang magbasa ng mga tinatawag na mystery books na kung saan ang may-akda ay pilit na itinatago ang tunay na pangyayari sa buong aklat at sa dulo lamang inihahayag ang tunay na pakahulugan.
Subalit ang Bibliya, ang ating banal na aklat ay hindi isang “mystery book”.
Sa tuwing mababanggit sa Banal na Kasulatang ang salitang “mystery”, misteryo o hiwaga, kaakibat nito ang mga salitang, “inilalahad, “ibinubunyag”, “ipinapaintindi”, o sa wikang Ingles, “revealed”, “manifested”, “comprehend”, “understand”.
Sa katunayan, ang salitang Griyego, musterion, na pinagmulan ng salitang mystery ay may kahulugang – “upang ipaalam ang kahulugan ng mga espesyal na sikreto”.
Ang mga tao, dahil sa kanilang mga kasalanan at sariling limitasyong pisikal ay nananatiling mangmang sa kung ano ang plano ng Diyos kapag sila ay hinayaan sa kanilang mga sariling interpretasyon at kaparaanan.
Ang Panginoong Diyos na mahabagin ay sinasagot ang kakulangang ito sa pamamagitan ng paglalahad ng kanyang plano.
Kaya naman, ang plano ng Diyos ay inilalahad, ang tawag sa Bibliya ng mga ito ay “mystery”, “misteryo” o “hiwaga”.
Sa araw na ito ng Sabbath, ating pag aaralan ang mga misteryo na inilahad ng Panginoong Diyos sa kanyang Banal na Kasulatan.
Ang ating unang grupo o batch ng mga tagabasa ay maglalahad ng unang tatlong misteryo ng Diyos.
1.UNANG TAGABASA (Reader 1) – ay magbabasa ng mga piling talata tungkol sa MISTERYO NG BANAL NA KASULATAN
2.PANGALAWANG TAGABASA (Reader 2) –ay magbabasa naman ng tungkol sa MISTERYO NG PANANAMPALATAYA
3. PANGATLONG TAGABASA (Reader 3) – ay magbabasa ng mga talatang tungkol sa MISTERYO NG MABUTING BALITA
Salamat sa unang grupo ng mga tagabasa.
Sa pamamagitan ng ating pananampalataya,dito natin mauunawaan na sa halip na itinatago,binubuksan sa atin ng ating Panginoong Diyos ang katotohanan ng kanyang ebanghelyo at kautusan.
Tayo’s magsitayo at ating pagtibayin ang pagpapasalamat at pagpupuri sa Kanya sa pamamagitan ng pag awit. Buksan natin ang ating hymnal sa
HYMN 4- pahina 86 – FEAR NOT REJOICE AND BE GLAD
HYMN 5- pahina 186 – THE LAW OF GOD
Salamat mga kapatid. Kayo’y magsiupo at pagtuunan natin ng pansin ang misteryo ng Diyos. Ano nga ba ang gustong ipahiwatig ng Panginoong Diyos tungkol sa Kanya? Ano ang papel na ginagampanan ng Diyos Ama at ni Jesu-Cristo? Ang lahat ng ito ay inihahayag sa mga piling talata na babasahin ng ating mga sumusunod na tagabasa:
4. PANG-APAT NA TAGABASA (Reader 4) –ay magbabasa naman ng mga talatang nagpapahayag ng MISTERYO NG PAGKAMAKADIYOS. Paano napapakita ang kahulugan ng karakter na ito ng Diyos
5. IKALIMANG TAGABASA (Reader 5) – ay magbabasa ng mga piling talata na naghahayag ng MISTERYO NI CRISTO
6. IKA-ANIM NA TAGABASA (Reader 6) – ay magbabasa ng mga talata tungkol sa MISTERYO NG PAGKADIYOS NI CRISTO
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