• http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-ark-covenant-image22529602After centuries of searching, the ARK HAS BEEN FOUND! Noah’s Ark? Nope. The long lost Ark of The Covenant? Not that either. What ark then? The Ark of the New Covenant!

    In the movie, “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark,” there was a dramatic scene toward the end of the movie when the bad guys found and opened the ark of the covenant. Since they were illicitly handling the ark, they were punished by death (and the special effects depicting their destruction were not for the faint of heart.)

    To the children of Israel in the old covenant, the ark, an elaborate box constructed as directed by God through Moses, was the place that God chose to manifest His Presence. Inside the ark were three items of special significance: Aaron’s rod that budded, the tablets of the law and a pot of manna.

    As wondrous, sacred and precious as the Ark of the Covenant was, it was just a shadow of the heavenly realty that Jesus’s incarnation, life as a man yielded to His Father, death, resurrection and ascension attained for the children of faith. Some are still searching for the missing ark but there is a far greater Ark that exists today: The Ark of the New Covenant, the children of God through faith in Jesus, the Body of Christ! He is the Life of the Body. It’s the great mystery that has been revealed by the Spirit and the Word of God. Christ in us the hope of glory!

    We are the ark of the new covenant
    The Presence of the Mighty God abides in us
    We have been made holy by the Blood of the Lamb
    We are the Living Temple of the Great I Am

    We live, yet not us for it is Jesus Who abides
    And we’re called to show His glory to the nations
    A living temple walking in His Spirit and His Life
    We give ourselves to God in blissful consecration
    We are His Holy Nation

    Jesus is our manna, He’s our daily Bread
    Aaron’s rod bears fruit and blossoms in our praises
    Oh the glory of the law of love now written in our hearts
    Not a temple made with hands, we are a new creation
    Proclaiming His salvation

    We are the ark of the new covenant
    The Presence of the Mighty God abides in us
    We have been made holy by the Blood of the Lamb
    We are the Living Temple of the Great I Am
    (David Baroni, George Searcy)

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  • The Brooding

    The Brooding

    “…and darkness was upon the face of the deep and the Spirit of God brooded over the darkness” (paraphrase Genesis 1:2)

    In the beginning of creation God started with Himself and… nothing. Some translations say darkness was upon the face of the deep. Some say that the earth was without form and void, barren, chaos.

    …and the Spirit of God hovered, moved, brooded over the barrenness…

    nothingness…

    chaos…

    emptiness.

    Then God said, “Let there be light and there was light.”

    In the story of creation in the book of Genesis, the book of beginnings, there is a wonderful picture of God Who is a community in Himself. The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit have always existed in a perfect relationship of love, intimacy, harmony and humility. See the wondrous cooperation of the Trinity in the first 3 verses of Genesis:

    The Spirit of God was brooding over the darkness, waiting…

    Waiting for The Father to speak. To send His Word, The Son.

    So the Father sends the Son to the Spirit who applies the Word to the darkness and the darkness gives way to the Light. Chaos gives way to Divine Order. Barrenness gives way to the fruitfulness of the Creator.

    Isaiah 54 says, “Rejoice O barren, you who have not had children. Sing for joy, for more shall be the children of the barren than those of the married wife.” This speaks to our refusal to trust in our own sufficiency and our dependence on God who creates out of nothing.

    He gives beauty for ashes, gets glory from dust
    Makes a garment of praise from the armor of rust
    Turns bondage to dancing, through weakness makes strong
    Turns the wail of the mourner to the victory song

    IMG_2817(from “Glorify the Lord” David Baroni)

    I have good news for you. If there are barren places in your life, if you feel afraid or maybe you feel numb, or there are situations filled with chaos or darkness, the Spirit of God is brooding (like a mother hen over her eggs) over that darkness. God has sent His Word to you and will even give you the grace of faith to respond like Mary did “Lord, Let it be done to me according to Your Word.”

    Light arises in the darkness and the desert will blossom as a rose, for Your Maker is your husband.

    Do you feel The Brooding?

    (This article is from David’s New Book: “Dreams, Kings, and Unseen Things”)