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Exodus 23-25

by Chuck Smith

Thou shalt not raise a false report: [perjury] to put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. [In other words, conspiracy in perjury.] Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; [You’re not to get into a riotous situation.] neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment: Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause (23:1-3).

Now the poor man, look also at verse nine, or rather at verse fifteen, “Thou shalt keep the feast of the unleavened bread”. Beg your pardon? Verse six in Leviticus, nineteen, fifteen.

Verse six,

Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of the poor in his cause (23:6).

First of all, “You shall not countenance a poor man in his cause.” Then, “You’re not to wrest the judgment of thy poor in the cause.” In other words, the judgment has to be fair. You’re not to countenance him just because he’s poor, nor are you to wrest judgment from him because he is poor. In other words, his condition financially should have nothing to do with the judgment. The judgment has to be a fair judgment. Not giving him an advantage because he is poor, neither are you to give him a disadvantage because he is poor. You’re not to take that into consideration. The judgment is to be fair across the board.

If a man meet your enemy’s ox or his ass going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him again. [Now that’s hard to do.] If you see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and you wouldn’t forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help him (23:4-5).

If you see your neighbor’s donkey, and it’s just sort of collapsed under the burden, and you just walk by, that’s not right. God wants you to be kind towards the animal. You’re to help it even if the neighbor hates you; and you’ve got a big feud going with him, that animal hasn’t got a feud going with you. You should be merciful towards the animal. God wants us to be merciful towards animals.

Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and the righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked. And thou shalt take no gift: [Now these are to the judges, they’re not to take any gift.] for the gift blinds the wise, and perverts the words of the righteous. [So judges weren’t to receive gifts lest they would be influenced by that gift, and would not give true judgment.] Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for you know the heart of a stranger, seeing you were strangers in the land of Egypt. Now six years you shall sow the land, and gather the fruits: But the seventh year [We get the six and one pattern again, and we’ve already talked about the six years of sowing, “the seventh year”,] let the ground rest, let it lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and leave what they leave to the beasts of the field. And in like manner thou shalt deal with the vineyard, and with the oliveyard (23:7-11).

In other words, the seventh year is just for the poor people. Let it just rest, whatever grows up naturally whatever seeds were left in the ground, let it grow, let the poor go out and gather it.

Six days thou shalt do thy work, on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed. And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: [Be careful, keep it carefully.] and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth. Three times thou shalt keep a feast to me in the year (23:12-14).

We have a Thanksgiving feast; they have three feasts. The first one is the feast of unleavened bread. The second one is the feast of Passover which takes place fifty days after the feast of unleavened bread when you are bringing in the first of your winter grains. So it’s the first fruits of the winter grain that is brought in there in June, the wheat, the winter wheat that they have sown. The third feast was equivalent to our Thanksgiving feast and it takes place in the harvest time of the year.

when you have gathered of thy labours out of the field (23:16):

The third feast. It’s equivalent to our Thanksgiving.

So three times a year all of your males shall appear before the Lord God. Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the fat of my sacrifice remain till morning. The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of Jehovah thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk (23:17-19).

Now from this little Scripture the Jews have created the whole interpretation of not eating dairy products with meat products at any meal. Because the law said, “Thou shalt not seethe a kid in its mother’s milk.” So they refuse to eat any meat and dairy products together because of this little Scripture.

Now what is the Scripture actually prohibiting? If you kill a little goat to eat it, you’re not to boil it in its own mother’s milk. That’s what the law has prohibited. But they say that if you eat a shish kabob, and you’re also eating cheese at the same meal, you don’t know but what that cheese was made from the mother’s milk. And that in your stomach the churning and boiling, the meat of the kid is being seethed in its mother’s milk in your stomach.

So they really are very, very religious about this today. You go to Jerusalem and it’s—even those that don’t believe in God, follow the kosher habits of eating. They won’t drink milk at a meal where they have meat nor will—and it’s so sad because they have such delicious rolls and they serve you margarine because you’re having meat to eat. They will not mix any dairy products with meat products at a meal, lest they be guilty of seething a kid in its mother’s milk.

That’s what Jesus was talking about when He said to the Pharisees, “Hey you strain at a gnat, and you swallow a camel”(Matthew 23:24). Now why would they strain at a gnat? Because you’re not to eat anything that hasn’t been thoroughly bled.

So if you’re jogging along and a gnat gets in your mouth and gets stuck in your throat, you see these guys putting their finger down their throat, and trying to heave, and do everything coughing and carrying on horribly, trying to get that gnat out. Because man, if you eat that gnat that hasn’t been bled thoroughly, you’ve violated the law. There’s no way they’re going to swallow that gnat. You see them really coughing and heaving, and doing this big thing and Jesus said, “Hey you’re straining at a gnat, but you swallow a camel”.

You know, they in other areas just gloss things, change things, misinterpreted things to where they could get by with horrible things, and yet on the little, little issues, oh, did they get so picky on the little insignificant issues. But the major issues of justice, and mercy, and that, you know they just interpreted right around those. So Christ was after them on these things.

Now the Lord is promising when they go into the land that He’s going to,

Send an Angel before them, to keep them in the way, and to bring them into the place which God has prepared (23:20).

I believe that this angel of course is Jesus Christ. The Lord said,

Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. But if thou shall indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto your enemies, an adversary to your adversaries. For my Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in to the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hivites, and Jebusites: and I will cut them off (23:21-23).

You remember when Joshua was going out looking over the city of Jericho, he saw the captain of the Lord’s host, and he said, “Are you for us or against us?” The angel answered, “As the captain of the Lord’s host have I come”(Joshua 5:13-14). The Lord’s host, the angel of the Lord going before them to lead them in. Many Bible scholars accept this as one of the appearances of Christ, Theophony, the appearance of God in the Old Testament, actually in the person of Christ.

Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, [That is of the Hivites, and the Jebusites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites and so forth, “thou shalt not bow down to their gods”,] nor serve them, nor do any of their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images. And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. And there shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in the land: the number of thy days I will fulfil. I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, I will make all thine enemies turn their backs to thee. I will send hornets before thee, I shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee. I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land becomes desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee. By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land (23:24-30).

“So these are the blessings, these are the things I’m going to do for you, predicated upon your serving Me. These are the benefits, the fringe benefits of serving Me. I will do all of these things. I’ll go before you, I’ll drive out the enemy”, and so forth.

Now in this we find the principles of God’s victory and the way He brings forth victory in our lives. For these Jebusites, and Hivites, and so forth, are a type of the giants in our flesh; coming into the promised land is coming into the life of the Spirit, and the victory of the Spirit. The overcoming life, coming out of the wilderness, out of the yo-yo Christian experience, where you’re up and down, and up and down, into a beautiful, victorious overcoming life in Christ Jesus. A life of victory, a life after the Spirit, not after the flesh.

These enemies that were in the land represent those aspects of our flesh, where it so often has defeated us and conquered us. But God is promising victory over anger, over anxiety, over fears, over temper, over any area of the flesh where you are in bondage to your own flesh. God is promising you the victory, but it comes one area at a time. “Little by little, I won’t drive them out in one year.” God doesn’t just give you instant perfection. But we’re growing in grace and in knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So the processes of God’s victory are reiterated for us here. “Until we inherit the land.”

I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even to the sea of the Philistines, [which would be the Mediterranean.] and the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee. Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods (23:31-32).

Now in a little while as we move on we’re going to find that they violated this commandment, and they made a covenant with the Gideonites, and we’ll deal with the problems that came with the disobedience of this command.

They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you (23:33).

And it was.


Chapter 24

And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the Lord, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off. And Moses alone shall come near to the Lord: but thou shalt not come near; neither shall the people go up with him. And Moses came up and told the people all the words of the Lord, and the judgments: and all of the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the Lord hath said we will do (24:1-3).

Words are sure cheap. Here Moses lays upon them all these judgments. They said, “Oh, everything the Lord says, we will do. Oh God, everything I have belongs to You.” Words are sure cheap, aren’t they? Too bad, because it isn’t what I say that really counts, it’s what I do.

Moses wrote all the words of the Lord, he rose up early in the morning, he built an altar under the hill with twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. And he sent the young men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the Lord. Moses took half of the blood, put it in basins; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. And he took the book of the covenant, and read it in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the Lord hath said we will do, and be obedient. And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words (24:4-8).

So this experience of sprinkling the people with the blood from these sacrifices and so forth, the blood covenant is referred to in the book of Hebrews. As we were going through the book of Hebrews we dealt with all of the things under the law, sanctified with the blood, for without the shedding of blood was nothing sanctified. How the new covenant that we have in Christ, of course, was also sanctified through the blood of Christ. The better covenant. This was the old covenant that was disannulled. This is the old covenant that didn’t work. Why? Because the old covenant was predicated upon the people doing these things. It was predicated upon the people’s faithfulness, the people weren’t faithful.

So God has established in Christ a new covenant that is predicated now upon the faithfulness of God to do what He said He would do. Now because the new covenant is predicated upon God’s faithfulness, the new covenant will stand. It cannot fail because God will not fail. So I thank God for the new covenant relationship that I have with God through Jesus Christ, a covenant that cannot fail. I’m sure that God’s going to do all that He has said He would do through Christ. Now it’s not predicated upon my doing, but my believing in God, and in that work of Jesus Christ. I don’t have to send twenty-five bucks.

Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in clearness (24:9-10).

So they saw God, they saw the glassy sea before the throne of God. John describes it, “the sea of glass, crystal before the throne of God”(Revelation 4:6).

Now you say, “Wait a minute. What do you mean they saw God?” Because in the gospel of John, John declares, “No man hath seen God at any time, but the only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, He hath manifested Him”(John 1:18). What does it mean then, “They saw God”? I don’t know, but I have to compare Scripture with Scripture, and the fact that we read “no man hath seen God at any time but the only begotten Son which is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” The Scripture also declares that you cannot see God and live.

I must assume that when it declares, “and they saw the God of Israel and this crystal sea”, that they saw Him perhaps in a vision form, as Isaiah and as Ezekiel, and as others saw God, in a vision form, but did not actually see God Himself, which is impossible for man to do. “No man has seen God at any time.”

They went up and they saw God,

And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: and they saw God, and did eat and drink. [That is, a fellowship with God.] And the Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me in the mount, and be there; and I will give to thee the tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that you may teach them. And so Moses rose up, and his minister [or his servant] Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God. And he said unto the elders, Tarry ye here for us, [or wait for us] until we come again to you: and behold, Aaron and Hur are with you: and if any man have any matters to do, let him come unto them. And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount. And the glory of the Lord abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud. And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel. And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and he got him up into the mount: and Moses was up in the mount for forty days and for forty nights (24:11-18).

While he was there God gave to him the details for the building of the tabernacle where God would come to meet the people of Israel, the meeting place for God to meet the people. God gave him exact and specific dimensions and all for the tabernacle and for the things that were to be in the tabernacle.


Chapter 25

Now it is interesting as God gives to him the design, He starts not with the tabernacle itself but with the furnishings within the tabernacle. So in chapter twenty-five, we begin with the materials that were, the things that were made that were to be used in the tabernacle.

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: every man that giveth it willingly with his heart shall take my offering. And this is the offering which you shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, goats’ [hair], And rams’ skins dyed red, badger’s skins, and acacia wood, Oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil, and for a sweet incense, Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and the breastplate. And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it (25:1-9).

So the people were to make an offering, but what was the requirement? They were to bring it willingly. What does the New Testament say about our giving? That, “It should be every man as he has purposed in his own heart, so let him give, for the Lord loves a hilarious giver”(2 Corinthians 9:7). The giving is never to be by constraint, never to be by pressure, never to be by deceitful letters. Man, that upset me. Why? Because God never wants to hear you gripe over what you’ve given to Him. That’s the last thing God wants is to hear you gripe over what you’ve given.

Now if someone’s pressuring you to give, and you’re giving not from your heart, but because someone’s really laying the pressure on you, you’re apt then to later regret what you’ve pledged or what you’ve given. When you get the little notice, “Your pledge is due. We haven’t heard from you in a month or so, and your pledge, and the church is depending upon getting your pledge”, and you think, “Oh, I got to write a check. Ooh.” You’re angry with it; man, that upsets God.

He said, “Keep it, I don’t want it.” He doesn’t want you to grudge what you’ve given to Him. That’s horrible to give unto God grudgingly, or to give unto God out of constraint. He’d rather you keep it. If you can’t give hilariously, then don’t give. Because if you’re going to gripe about it, He’s just going to erase the amount anyhow and you’ll never get rewarded for it. God isn’t going to take into account the grudging money or the griping money that you’ve given to Him. So if you can’t do it hilariously, forget it. Better not to give at all. You’d be much better off not to give at all then to give and later gripe about it.

Some guy the other day, he wrote me a letter and he said he was here and he was upset because of the fact that he went out to have a smoke. And the ushers wouldn’t let him back in at the end of the sermon where he wanted to come down and sit with his girl again down on the front row. So he was really upset because they wouldn’t let him back in and all.

He said, “I put two dollars in the offering and then they wouldn’t let me out.” So I sent him a couple bucks and I said, “Sorry about that”. It’s not about the fact they wouldn’t let him in; I was sorry that he had such a bad attitude. I told him the story for the attitude that he had, the fact that he was so upset, didn’t want the two bucks, God surely doesn’t need it. If he’s upset because he gave it, man, better to give it back. If you’ve given money here and you’re upset about what you’ve given, maybe I said something to upset you and you’re griping, that’s all right. Come to me, and we’ll get your money back. We don’t want any griping money for God’s kingdom. God doesn’t want it and we don’t. It’s a horrible thing to give to God and then gripe about what you’ve given.

I hate people who say, “Well, I’ll be glad to come over and help you.” Then they gripe the whole time. Or they offer to give you something and then you go to take them up on it, and they start griping about it. Man, if you don’t mean it, don’t offer it. I can’t stand to have someone give me something and then later gripe about the fact that they gave it. Whenever I find that out, I return it just as quickly as I can. I don’t want it, and God doesn’t want it. God loves a hilarious giver. Oh, how God rejoices when you give. “Thank you Lord for the opportunity. “Wee. Take this Lord. It’s all Yours.” Giving hilariously, oh God rejoices in that, God blesses that. If you can’t give that way, then don’t do it.

Now first of all He tells him about the ark that is to be in the Holy of holies, the center place of the tabernacle. The place where they’re going to meet God.

Now notice God says to, “make it after the pattern that I give to you according to all that I show you. Be careful that you make it after the pattern.” Why? Because the tabernacle is a little model, it’s a model of heaven. If you want to know what heaven looks like and get an idea of heaven, you can look at the tabernacle because it is a model of the heavenly thing. So God had them build a little model on earth of what heaven, the throne of God looks like so that the people will have an idea of what God’s throne is like and the place of meeting God. So this is a little model. That’s why, “be careful you make it exactly like you were told.”

That’s why they were to carve the cherubim, because there are cherubim there above the throne of God in heaven. There is the mercy seat before the throne of God.

Now the first thing they were to make was the ark of the covenant. It was to be made with acacia wood and overlaid with gold. It was to be forty-five inches long, and twenty-seven inches wide, and twenty-seven inches tall, sort of a box. Now the lid on the box was called the mercy seat.

First of all, though, this little box called the ark of the covenant, and within the box they were to place the two tables of stone upon which God etched the Ten Commandments. They were to place a jar of manna by which God sustained them in the wilderness, and they were to place Aaron’s rod, the sign of the priesthood being through Aaron, the rod that budded. Those were the three articles that were to go inside of this little box.

The lid on the box was called the mercy seat. It also was to be made of acacia wood and overlaid with gold. Then carved on either end of the mercy seat were to be these cherubim carved of solid gold, and facing each other with outstretched wings and so forth. There the cherubims on the lid of the box, which is the ark of the covenant; and thus, you have a picture of the mercy seat in heaven and the cherubim who are about the throne of God worshiping the Lord. You can read Ezekiel chapter one, Ezekiel chapter ten, and John, or the book of Revelation actually, written by John, chapter four to see the heavenly scene of which this earthly tabernacle is just a model of the heavenly scene.

So these were the only furnishings to be in the holy of Holies, a fifteen-foot cubicle that was within this tent that they were to make. Verse twenty-three, the second furniture that they were to make, the second bit of furniture was a table for the shewbread.

Now this table was to be thirty six inches long and eighteen inches wide, and twenty seven inches tall with a little crown gold ornamentation around the top of the table. It again was to be made with acacia wood, and overlaid with gold (25:23-24).

This table was to be a part of the furniture in the outer room. Now as you came into the tent you had first of all, a room that was fifteen by thirty, which was called the holy place. It was separated with a curtain from this fifteen-foot cubicle which was the holy of Holies. No one was allowed in the holy of Holies, except the high priest, and that just one day a year.

Now this little table that they were to make, actually the little box they were to make, they were to put gold rings on each corner, and then they were to take these sticks and overlay them with gold, and run them through the rings. So that whenever they would move and have to carry this ark, that the fellows would not touch it, but they would pick up the sticks and carry the sticks. It would be carried between four men who were carrying these gold overlaid sticks that ran through these four gold rings that were on the corners of the ark of the covenant.

Now the same with this table of shewbread. They were also to put the gold rings on it, so that the fellows and the staves, the sticks that were overlaid with gold stayed through these rings. So that whenever they carried it, they’d just pick up the sticks and wouldn’t actually touch the table.

Now this table was to have twelve loaves of bread upon it always, and once a week they would change the loaves of bread. These twelve loaves of bread represented actually the twelve tribes of Israel. There when you would, when the priest would enter this little outer room called the holy place, fifteen by thirty, on his right-hand side there would be this little gold overlaid table, thirty-six inches long, eighteen inches wide, twenty-seven inches high, with the twelve loaves of bread upon it. So he gives the whole thing that we’ve explained to you.

Then on his left-hand side as he would enter in, there was this golden candlestick made of pure gold,

and it was of beaten work, and it had the center shaft, the coming off of it six branches (25:31),

Now this is somewhat similar to this, except this thing’s brass and it is no doubt not as thick as the one that is made of pure gold, but the idea. However, instead of candles in the cups, these cups, and they were carved more fancy than this, the cups themselves were to be carved like an almond, an overlaid kind of a thing in the shape of an almond. These cups were filled with oil and a wick in them. This candlestick was to be kept burning continually.

So one of the jobs of the priests was daily to fill these cups with oil, to make sure that the candlestick remained burning constantly. It was the light in this tent. It formed the light within the tent, but it really was a symbol of God’s desire for the nation Israel to be the light of the world.

So as the priest would enter into the tent, on his right-hand side this table with twelve loaves of bread, golden table. On his left-hand side this candlestick, with these seven golden cups filled with oil and so forth, representing the fact that God intended Israel to be the light of the world.

Now you may ask, “As long as it’s a symbol of the tabernacle and Israel to be the light of the world, why do we have it in our church? Why don’t we have crosses or something here instead of the candleholder?” Well, the reason why we have a candleholder here in the church is that the candleholder in the New Testament became a symbol for the presence of Christ within His church.

In Revelation chapter one, “John turned to see the voice and spake with Him, and being turned he saw Christ walking in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, holding the seven stars in His right hand. And the Lord spoke unto John and said, interpreting for him the vision, He said, “The seven candlesticks are the seven churches, Christ walking in the midst of the churches” (Revelation 1:20). So it is a beautiful symbol of the presence of Christ in the midst of His church, the living Christ.

Though we are grateful and thankful and glory in the cross of Jesus Christ, and thank God for it, we do not serve a dead Lord. We serve a risen Savior who is alive and walking in the midst of His church. We don’t like to think of Him as dead, hanging on a cross. We like to think of Him as alive and present with us walking here in our midst in the church, ready to minister, and to meet whatever needs you might have when you came to church tonight. The risen Lord is here to minister to you and to help you through this week.

So it symbolizes the presence of the risen Christ within His church. This is why we have this particular symbol in our church, because it means so much to us. I’ve been asked many times, “Why a menorah in a church?” and that is the reason why. So again in verse forty, the Lord said,

Look that thou make them after the pattern, which was shewed thee (25:40)

So again the emphasis, “Make it just like you saw it because it has to be an exact thing if it’s going to be a model of the heavenly.” In Hebrews we are told that, “The earthly tabernacle was indeed a pattern of heavenly things.” So we know a little bit what the throne of God is going to look like as we look at the earthly tabernacle and the things that were in it.

We may move a little faster through the remaining part of Exodus, as we will attempt to more or less just give you an overview now rather than thoroughly going into these things, trying to give you a word picture and an overview of these things. It gets a little tedious and a little redundant because it first of all says, “Make it like this”, and then He turns around in the next few chapters, “and they made it like this”, and they repeat the same thing, only saying “they made it like that”, and it gets a little redundant. So rather than getting bogged down, we’ll probably move a little more rapidly and just give you a word picture overview so that you can perhaps sort of picture it in your own mind, as you think of the tabernacle.

You can get a picture of this tent with the two rooms, the first one thirty by fifteen, the golden table of shewbread on the right hand side, the candlestick on the left-hand side, and then the altar in the front of the curtain. Behind the curtain the fifteen-foot cubicle with this gold overlaid box with a lid, which is called the mercy seat. With the two carved cherubim on the top where only the high priest would go on the one day in a year, Yom Kippur to make atonement for the nation for their sins once a year. So we’ll move along a little more rapidly as we finish off the book of Exodus, and pausing only at those places that we feel are significant to us as Christians. Shall we stand? Now may the Lord be with you, and may the Lord watch over you and keep you in His love, and in His grace. May the Lord cause you to abound in every good work for Jesus Christ. May the Lord grant to you new dimensions of relationship with Him that you might become more keenly aware of His presence with you, and His power to help you. May God bless you, may you have just a fruitful, blessed week walking with Jesus Christ.

Chuck Smith

Pastor Chuck Smith began his ministry at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, in 1965, with just twenty-five people.