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The Bells – Christmas Transcript

The Bells
The only bells in the bible were the ones worn by the High Priest around the hem of his robe.
They made the ‘sound’ of the High Priest as he moved.
“Put a gold bell and a pomegranate, then a gold bell and a pomegranate, all the way around the bottom of this clothing. Aaron will wear it when…
…he serves Me. The sound of the bells will be heard when he goes in the holy place and when he comes out so that he will not die.”
Ex. 28:34, 35 (NLV)
The High Priest went into a room (behind a veil) called the Holy of Holies where he offered the blood of the lamb as a sacrifice for the sins of the people.
…retrieve his dead body without entering the Holy of Holies themselves.
These 72 bells were the sound of the priest. Evidence of his existence behind the veil.
Only Moses & Aaron spoke for God until God told Moses to set aside 70 elders to also be His voices (His bells). Then there were 72 bells for God.
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Summon before me seventy of the leaders of Israel; bring them to the Tabernacle, to stand there with you. I will come down and talk with you there, and I will take of the Spirit which is on you and will put it upon them also; they shall bear the burden of the people along with you, so that you will not have the task alone.”
Num. 11:16, 17 (TLB)
Jesus also sent out 72 ringing bells to proclaim His good news.
“After this the Lord appointed 72 others. He sent them out two by two ahead of him. They went to every town and place where he was about to go.”
Lk. 10:1 (NIRV)
The bible number 72 represents the group who speaks for God. Today it is His Church. Jesus is in Heaven and we are around His hem, representing Him on Earth (remember the woman who touched His hem and was healed). We are the audible evidence of Him for a world that can’t see him. We are the sound of God.
We are the hem bells that tell the world that our High Priest, Jesus has made a perfect sacrifice, accepted by the Father and He is still alive!
We are the hem bells that tell the world that our High Priest is still busy on our behalf. Let every move the priest makes be announced & sung about by His bells.
We are the hem bells that sing of “Peace on Earth, Good Will toward Men” through the sacrifice of Jesus.
We are the bells of Christmas Day!
Each joyful bell was to be flanked by a fruitful, seed-filled pomegranate on either side.
Fruitful, Joyful, Fruitful, Joyful, Fruitful, Joyful
The hem bells are joyful & fruitful:
“The fruit of those who are right with God is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.”
Pv. 11:30 (TLB)
“Shout for joy to the Lord, everyone on earth. Burst into joyful songs and make music.”
Ps. 98:4 (GW)
In the abundance of fruit we have the most joy!
“We, however, are citizens of heaven, and we eagerly wait for our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, to come from heaven.”
Phil. 3:20 (GNT)
We are part of our High Priest, our Head in Heaven. We are attached to the hem of His garment, but we are near enough to Earth for the world to hear our song & message.
We are the sound of God on Earth.
Poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wanted to tune out the bells, to muffle his hearing, to darken their meaning.
The past two years had brought him great sorrow:
Two years prior, he had sustained serious burns attempting to put out a fire on the dress of his beloved wife, Frances . Sadly, she died.
And now he is caring for his dear boy who has come home after being badly injured in the Civil war.
In the distance he hears the cheerful tolling of Christmas bells and so begins the inner struggle that ultimately ends his pain with the birth of new faith… he pens this new poem:
Next Slide – Song:
I Heard the Bells (Burl Ives)
Song: I Heard the Bells (Ives)Next Slide – Song:
I Heard the Bells (Casting Crowns)
Song: I Heard the Bells (Casting Crowns)
In his heart, Longfellow heard the message of the Christmas bells:
1) Jesus is not dead.
2) He is still working on our behalf.
3) Believers will have fruitfulness & joy.
Peace on Earth
Good Will to Men

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