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Youth Service in Malang, June 04, 2011 (Saturday Evening)

Mark 16 in the arrangement of Tabernacle is about Shekinah Glory or the light of glory.

Old Testament.
The priest, Aaron, entered the Most Holy Place once a year and brought blood and incense for the reconciliation ministry.

Leviticus 16:1-3,12-14,16
16:1. Now the LORD spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they offered [profane fire] before the LORD, and died;
16:2
and the LORD said to Moses: "Tell Aaron your brother not to come at [just] any time into the Holy [Place] inside the veil, before the mercy seat which [is] on the ark, lest he die; for I will appear in the cloud above the mercy seat.
16:3
"Thus Aaron shall come into the Holy [Place]: with [the blood of] a young bull as a sin offering, and [of] a ram as a burnt offering.
16:12
"Then he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from the altar before the LORD, with his hands full of sweet incense beaten fine, and bring [it] inside the veil.
16:13
"And he shall put the incense on the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of incense may cover the mercy seat that [is] on the Testimony, lest he die.
16:14
"He shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle [it] with his finger on the mercy seat on the east [side]; and before the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times.
16:16
"So he shall make atonement for the Holy [Place], because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions, for all their sins; and so he shall do for the tabernacle of meeting which remains among them in the midst of their uncleanness.

If the seven times sprinkling of blood have happened twice, there would be a light of glory to reconcile all sin of Israelites.

New Testament.
Mark 16:1-5
16:1. Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary [the mother] of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him.
16:2
Very early in the morning, on the first [day] of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.
16:3
And they said among themselves, "Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?"
16:4
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled awayfor it was very large.
16:5
And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.

The women who brought spices refer to the prayer worship.
The women who went to the tomb means the death/misery experience with Jesus, namely sprinkled blood.
Wherever there is incense and sprinkled blood, there will be a light of glory in the form of a young man clothed in a long white shiny robe.

1 Peter 4:12-14
4:12. Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;
4:13
but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
4:14
If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed [are you], for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.

Nowadays, we, all the church of God, are permitted to have the death/misery experience with God.
If we raise the worship prayer to God, we will be able to receive the spirit of glory, the light of glory.

The Light of glory will produce the youth renewal.
This renewal begins with the water baptism (it is already mentioned in Youth Service, May 28th, 2011), now it is continued with the renewal by the spirit of glory.

The practices of the youth renewal are as follows:
  1. The Heart renewal.
    Ecclesiastes 11:9
    11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; Walk in the ways of your heart, And in the sight of your eyes; But know that for all these God will bring you into judgment.

    The youth's hearts are often filled with the flesh desire which cannot be blocked. It is same as carnal desire. So we cannot accept advice from the word of God = being disobedient to God.

    James 1:13-15
    1:13. Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
    1:14
    But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
    1:15
    Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is fullgrown, brings forth death.

    The carnal desire is often more enticing than the true advice from the word of God, but it brings us to temptations.

    The heart renewal by the spirit of glory is a renewal of heart that is full of desire to become heart that is full of God's will, so we can be obedient to God even it is hurt to our flesh.

    Being obedient to God is hurt to our flesh, but we live in the hand of God, so there is a guarantee to make everything beautiful and successful.

  2. The Vision renewal.
    Ecclesiastes 11:9
    11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; Walk in the ways of your heart, And in the sight of your eyes; But know that for all these God will bring you into judgment.

    Genesis 13:10
    13:10. And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan, that it [was] well watered everywhere (before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar.

    Young people often have the carnal vision such as Lot, especially about mate. The carnal vision is like seeing garden of the Lord where actually it is Sodom and Gomorrah.

    If the young people follow the carnal vision, they will enter the Sodom-Gomorrah atmosphere, the atmosphere of impurity and curse.

    This night, let us experience the renewal by the spirit of glory, the carnal vision becomes the spiritual vision.

    Genesis 13:14
    13:14 And the LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: "Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you arenorthward, southward, eastward, and westward; 

    The spiritual vision is the vision of cross (north-south, east-west). It is hurt to flesh, but there is Canaan atmosphere, the Heaven atmosphere. We are blessed by God and we live happily.

  3. The Cloth/Act renewal = a renewal of behavior.
    Mark 14:51
    14:51 Now a certain young man followed Him, having a linen cloth thrown around [his] naked [body]. And the young men laid hold of him,

    Nakedness refers to the flesh act, without love, sinful act up to the peak of sins. 

    The spirit of glory is able to renew the nakedness to become the white shiny robe. The white shiny clothes are the right and holy act from the heart, not pretending to be right and holy. In the end, it becomes the act of love i.e. to love everyone including the enemies; it is the true white shiny clothes, the love of sun.

    Matthew 5:44-45
    5:44 "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 
    5:45
    "that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

    The functions of the love of sun are as follows:
    • To face the world condition that becomes like Sodom-Gomorrah again.
      Genesis 19:22-24
      19:22 "Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive there." Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
      19:23
      The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar.
      19:24.
      Then the LORD rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the LORD out of the heavens.

      That means the love of sun is capable to preserve us in the midst of impossibilities. The love of sun is capable to protect us from all temptations, accidents, distress.

    • To face struggles.
      Genesis 32:24,31
      32:24. Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day.
      32:31
      Just as he crossed over Penuel the sun rose on him, and he limped on his hip.

      That means the love of sun is capable to resolve all problems even the impossible one. The love of sun also provides us a beautiful future and happiness in His time.

    • To change us until we become glorious like Jesus up to become His bride wearing the true white shiny clothes and being lifted up with God at the time of Jesus' second coming.

      Matthew 13:41-43
      13:41 "The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness,
      13:42
      "and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
      13:43
      "Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
God blesses us.