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Reading 1 - Lev 8:12
"He [Moses] poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron's head
and anointed him to consecrate him" (Lev 8:12).
Three anointings in the Old Testament are typical of the Lord
Jesus Christ in his three capacities, or offices, in the New Testament:
Moses anointed Aaron as a priest in Lev 8:12, typical of Christ in his role
as the great High Priest.
Elijah anointed Elisha as prophet in 1Ki 19:16,
typical of Christ as the greatest of the prophets.
Samuel anointed David as
king in 1Sa 16:1, typical of Christ as the son of David, and future king upon
Reading 2 - Psa 107:8
"Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and
his wonderful deeds for men" (Psa 107:8).
"If we complained less, and praised more, we should be
happier, and God would be more glorified. Let us daily praise God for common
mercies -- common as we frequently call them, and yet so priceless, that when
deprived of them we are ready to perish. Let us bless God for the eyes with
which we behold the sun, for the health and strength to walk abroad, for the
bread we eat, for the raiment we wear. Let us praise Him that we are not cast
out among the hopeless, or confined amongst the guilty; let us thank Him for
liberty, for friends, for family associations and comforts; let us praise Him,
in fact, for everything which we receive from His bounteous hand, for we deserve
little, and yet are most plenteously endowed. But, beloved, the sweetest and the
loudest note in our songs of praise should be of redeeming love. God's redeeming
acts towards His chosen are for ever the favourite themes of their praise. If we
know what redemption means, let us not withhold our sonnets of thanksgiving"
Reading 3 - 1Co 16:1
"Now about the collection for God's people..." (1Co
"Speak to us, Lord, till, shamed by Thy great
Our hands unclasp to set our treasures free;
Our wills, our love, our dear ones, our possessions
All gladly yielded, gracious Lord, to Thee."