Prayer Service in Malang, May 31, 2011 (Tuesday Evening)
To coincide with fasting prayer
-- About Brazen Laver --
30:17-21 refers to the command to make brazen
Exodus 38:8 refers to the
Tabernacle teaching is practical,
can immediately be put into practice in our
30:17. Then the LORD
spoke to Moses, saying:
30:18. "You shall also make a laver
of bronze, with its base also of bronze, for washing. You shall put
it between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar. And you shall put
water in it,
30:19. "for Aaron and his sons shall wash their
hands and their feet in water from it.
30:20. "When they go
into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to
minister, to burn an offering made by fire to the LORD, they shall
wash with water, lest they die.
30:21. "So they shall wash
their hands and their feet, lest they die. And it shall be a statute
forever to them -- to him and his descendants throughout their
Laver made of bronze.
Bronze = God's punishment.
In the book of Deuteronomy
was mentioned that one who was obedient,
will be blessed, but to one who wasn't
obedient, the sky
would become bronze.
laver refers to the renewal.
for receiving new spiritual life, we first have to experience
punishment of flesh life
Like wearing new cloth, the old one must be
38:8. He made the
laver of bronze and its base of bronze, from the bronze mirrors of
the serving women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle of
The laver of bronze was made from bronze
mirrors of the serving women.
In positive meaning,
woman refers to Church of God.
But, in negative meaning, woman is
the image of flesh.
is a tool to beautify
ourselves/flesh. In spiritual meaning it is to
fertilize the desire/lust of flesh.
At the time of Israel,
mirror was made of bronze which was
polished until it became shiny.
must be destroyed to be created as laver of
It means: for receiving new life, we must destroy
our old life (lust of flesh, act, flesh/sin
of bronze is process of destruction/tearing of flesh to be built
into useful tool.
To become useful servant of
God (especially for the building of the body of Christ), flesh
with all its lust must be destroyed.
There should be no longer
term: "Just Serve"!
Examples of flesh that must
be destroyed are as follows:
The Brazen Laver and the Altar of Burnt
Offerings are written in the same chapter, that is in Exodus
- Lazy and wicked flesh.
Matthew 25:26, 30
"But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked
and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not
sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.
'And cast the unprofitable servant into the
outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
lazy and wicked in ministering, he/she will only enter dark
future until outer darkness.
Lazy and wicked life
is useless, just damages the body
own life becomes damaged
and perished (dark future until outer darkness/perdition).
- Lazy = unfaithful.
It is more
useful a faithful worker (although his/her ministry
is not seen by other people,
example: mopping church, etc) than
unfaithful shepherd who is lazy in
Do not be fooled!
If we follow
unfaithful/lazy shepherd (useless at all), we'll become useless
It doesn't matter with big or small church, the most
important is faithfulness.
Faithfulness covers all our
Perhaps, we have weakness in ministry
(preacher, choir, ministry of music,
etc), but faithfulness can cover all our weakness.
one will be useless if s/he is unfaithful
although the ministry seems great, even
it will damage the body of Christ.
- Wicked = quarrelsome.
2:23. But avoid foolish and ignorant
disputes, knowing that they generate strife.
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all,
able to teach, patient,
2:25. in humility correcting those who
are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so
that they may know the truth,
lazy, one will be wicked surely, and like looking
Why is one
- Because of having
self-truth. It means one is already guilty
but s/he does not want to confess even claims to be true and
If we are guilty, we must confess.
Afterward, we are forgiven and do not sin anymore.
- Because of
to obey the leader.
highest leader is God (Word of God).
do not obey the Word, we
surely is quarrelsome
always/criticizes the Word.
obey the Word, there
will be no quarrel whatever the Word is.
world, we also have a leader.
If the leader is
already true, just obey! Otherwise we
will be quarrelsome.
If we find
something not true, let us advise
There is a leader in household.
must obey the parents.
are true, just obey!
may be false, but it can be discussed well according to the
truth of the Word.
If we punish/tear
our lazy and wicked flesh, we become FAITHFUL and GOOD
servant of God= useful servant of God glorifying
The result is we experience
heavenly bliss until enter the Kingdom of Heaven. There is beautiful
future and happiness until we
truly enter the Kingdom of
25:21. "His lord said to him, 'Well done, good
and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few
things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy
of your lord.'
- Unclean flesh.
II Timothy 2:22
Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love,
peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
of the lust of flesh which
is unclean (especially youth)!
is fornication, sexual sin with different manifold, sexual
deviations, including the frequently changing boyfriend/girlfriend,
until marrying after divorce, etc.
Unclean flesh must be torn
that we can become useful servant
Example: Hophni and Phinehas (youth).
ministry was important, but with unclean flesh, they made House of
God become "Ichabod" (the Ark of Covenant had been captured by
Ichabod = losing the glory
of God, that there's only God's punishment.
All of us must
be responsible (shepherd, elders, full-timer
servants of God, all ministers)!
in the House of God and our household!
In household, there
should be no lazy, wicked and unclean flesh!
Eli's household which was punished!
Because both of them speak
about the tearing of flesh.
Worship is also the
process of the tearing of flesh.
in spiritual meaning, water baptism (brazen laver) is also a
part of worship.
I Peter 3:20-21
formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited
in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a
few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.
is also an antitype which now saves us--baptism (not the removal
of the filth of the flesh, but the answer
of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus
In water baptism, we request good conscience to
Why did sons of God live in wickedness,
uncleanness at Noah's time?
their conscience tends to be evil. They
lived in mixed marriage, marrying after
Actually, human's conscience tends
to be wicked and unclean.
But, through water baptism, we
request good conscience= conscience which is
OBEDIENT AND LOVES
If we disobey the Word=
against God= do not love God, even sing "i love God", it
is just a hypocrisy.
Peter (John 21).
The practices of obedient good
conscience are as follows:
- Being shepherded to 'one'
true teaching Word (Jesus, true Vine) and persevering
in 3 main services.
Peter three times= perseverance in 3 main services
- General service.
- Bible study service and holy
- Prayer service.
Lazy, wicked, unclean person is
not possible to persevere in 3 main
But, if we have devout conscience, and love God, we
surely can sacrifice anything that we can persevere
in 3 main services.
We must be shepherded to 'one' true
The term 'one' does not
refer to 'one church' or 'one' person (pastor), but one true
teaching Word can
In the science of this world, slight
difference is still wrong. If it
is maintained, one will never pass any
exam in his/her life.
heavenly things, the Word of God is
surer than exact science!
Slight difference indicates us that the righteous will never meet
the false. It is like we walk on rail which deviates slightly that
we will never meet the right way if we continue walking on the
Confessing the slight
difference, do not blame
Good conscience is proven by perseverance in
shepherding, firmly not listening to
- Being grieved
when accepting the Word.
21:17. He said to him the third time, "Simon,
son of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved
because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?"
And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I
love You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep.
is the importance of the shepherding Word
that is faithfully repeated.
example: when economy is good,
maybe we are sad when the
Word shows our
On the contrary, if the
shepherding Word is repeated, when economy is
getting worse, our heart can be sad
when the Word shows
The highest point is the
preaching of the Word in the ministry of death.
human's heart is hard, all men
become gentle in facing
When Peter listened Jesus'
question for the third time, he
was grieved and remembered that he had
is sign of good conscience, obeying and
loving God (servant's heart).
Do not check others, even check
Children, check yourselves!
Do not check your parents!
ourselves until we
realize that there is "unfinished thing" in our lives.
us, there must be unfinished thing. If everything has
been finished, God surely has lifted us.
This is the
usefulness of the
repeated Word, until we can realize that
there is unfinished thing.
If you find
sin, confess to God and others. If we are forgiven, do not
shepherded well and do not hear "strange voice"!
of parent/teacher/shepherd becomes sick
when there is right thing but the son/daughter
does not obey, but listens
and follows others/strange voice (bad
Listening strange voice=
hurting God's heart, like Peter
who denied Jesus.
Life who listens
'strange voice' shows that his/her
conscience is bad, and surely there are
lots of unfinished thing in his/her life.
the conscience is good, one
must be shepherded to one true teaching Word (will not hear
strange voice), but persevering in
grieved to have self-check.
- Stretching out hand to
assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself
and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch
out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you
where you do not wish."
At beginning, Peter had
bad conscience as follows:
- Peter stretched
out his hand to pull Jesus aside when He would
go to Jerusalem and be crucified.
felt great, but actually he was selfish=
- Peter stretched out his hand with
sword to Malchus and cut off his ear.
God helped Peter to get good conscience until he
was able to strecth out his hand to Jesus.
first, Peter was afraid to die, but later, Peter could
stretch out his hand to Jesus
because he was willing to die.
out hand to Jesus means as follows:
willing to sacrifice
anything to God.
Do not calculate with
God, while God has already blessed us a lot!
We often are
able to sacrifice for our own interest, but we
calculate too much for ministry.
obedient with all
- Fully surrendering
to God, worshiping God.
out our hand to God and God also stretches
out His hand to us= we live in the Hand of God, The Chief
God always pays attention, cares and
struggles with us to finish unfinished things.
proof is Jesus had said "It is
finished" before He
surrendered His life on the cross,.
- Mark 1:19
1:19. When He had gone a little
farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his
brother, who also were in the boat mending their
Net refers to profession (work, school)
and ministry (for servant of God).
Mending the nets= the
Hand of God fixes everything in our job, school, future,
Although we have
already tried everything, all
unfinished things will not be finished yet if we have not stretched
our hand to God.
Through fasting prayer, do not be hard!
- Acts 9:34
9:34. And Peter said to him, "Aeneas,
Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed."
Then he arose immediately.
Make the bed=
the Hand of God is
able to fix all problems
about marriage and children.
all unfinished things (problems) in
marriage and children!
Aeneas means being
praiseworthy or esteemed.
are many praiseworthy, esteemed, and richest people, but
their marriage and children are not good.
we just try with our own effort, especially with the way outside
the Word, everything will never be finished
until the end of the world.
the Word we can stretch out our hand to
God and God is able to finish
Hand of God also fixes
all our sins= God purifies and changes us until we
are perfect like Him to become
God's bride who has already
been ready, being lifted up to
glorious clouds for joining with Him forever.
hard and spontaneous life, but is still
able to be helped by the repeated Word.
the water baptism and the
repeated shepherding Word, there is a chance to get good
God blesses us.