Monday, September 29, 2014

THE BLOOD

Today’s Reading: Leviticus 3-4

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion on the right-hand side).

 

Rev. Rick Hiebert, playing the role the High Priest, is applying the blood of the sacrifice to the horns of the Brazen Altar. This was part of the Tabernacle of Moses, which was erected in the back parking lot of the Crossroads Centre in Burlington, Ontario, during the summers of 1997 and 2012.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, click HERE.

Key Verse: Leviticus 4:17-18a

Then the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle it seven times before the Lord, in front of the veil. And he shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar which is before the Lord, which is in the tabernacle of meeting…

 

The first three chapters of this book explain the intricacies of the “sweet savour” offerings. Six times we read “a sweet aroma to the Lord.” In chapter four, “sacrifices for sin” are introduced. Again we read, “the priest shall burn it on the altar for a sweet aroma to the Lord.” When words are repeated over and over, we recognize that the subject is of great importance to the Lord. Why was it “sweet”? The love that God has for His human family is the very reason He created us in the first place. Here is a most graphic picture of the suffering of Christ on the altar of the Cross. Jesus took His own blood to the altar, which is before the throne of God in Heaven, and presented it as the ultimate and final “sweet aroma to the Lord.” The sacrifice of Christ and the shedding of His blood, even though painful to God in the extreme, was the only way for God’s love to be consummated. It is hard to understand from a human perspective. The book of Hebrews deals with this in detail. Read Hebrews 7:25-27 and 9:18-28.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, the offering of Your precious blood on the altar in Heaven is truly sweet to God and to me too. Only by this means could Your love for me and my love for You be complete. Please give me the grace to never take my cleansing in Your blood for granted, but rather to cherish intensely what You’ve done for me. Amen!!! (1 John 1:7-9)

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

As I start the Leviticus blogs, I remember why, back in the 70’s, I switched from a one year through the Bible reading program to two years. For many years before that, I could not help but notice that the majority of people were dropping out of the program somewhere in Leviticus. It was simply too much for most people. My Dad had always read three chapters on weekdays and five on Sundays. This enabled him to read it all in one year. I did the same, but when I changed to the two-year program, at least 70% of those who started with me completed reading the entire Bible. I could tell by the way people ordered the printed materials for the next quarter. Of course, now with the internet, I’m expecting that at least 70% to 90% of you who start with me will read consistently. Perhaps I’m too optimistic, but know that I pray fervently for all who read with me. I’ve designed this service so that a person can start at any point, going back and forth between the Hebrew (Old Testament) Scriptures and the Greek (New Testament) Scriptures, and complete the reading in two years. So the team at Crossroads and I began releasing the entire two-year program all over again, beginning in Matthew, this past June 3rd, 2014!!!

Yours for the most thorough understanding of God’s Word possible for all who don’t have the opportunity to attend Bible College or a Seminary, and even for those who have attended such institutions who desire to receive the increase in faith that comes only from continuing in the Word daily,

David

18 thoughts on “Monday, September 29, 2014

  1. David I’m still with you after two + years but I must say I do get bogged down in Leviticus! Praise God for your faithfulness.

  2. Back from an amazing history learning experience in Italy…

    Greetings blog friends. Your prayers and God’s blessing were felt and experienced enjoyably each day.

    I truly appreciate the Holy Spirit-filled gift from God that flows through your message with each daily Bible reading David Mainse. Thank you for your continuing ministry…

    Have a blessed Spirit-filled day everyone.

  3. So very often I find, in the reading of the scriptures, (and from your comments) things that I did not see before. I started with you in the begining and I look forward to the future readings. Thank you all involved, David M, Ann, Ron, Reynold, bloggers, and others who may be involved. (& Norma-Jean who lets you have the time). I pray your students will know what an opportunity they have for good teaching. God’s very abundant blessings to all.

  4. Thank you David for your words daily and leading us on this journey through the Bible again. I look forward to it each morning.

    Thank you and God bless you.
    Ken

  5. Praise God for your healing Pastor David, that you are able to continue to help our faith increase, by sending our daily fresh bread. I also have been with you since the very beginning and each time I am amazed to learn or see something I did not see before. The details in Leviticus are amazing and may I ask the question ” how do the Jewish people today atone for their sins, if they have not accepted Jesus as Lord?”

    Blessings everyone and welcome back David L.

  6. Vivienne and I were with you and many others in Brockville when you shared your vision for this blog before you drove to Burlington to have breakfast with then CEO Don Simmonds, to get his permission to proceed.
    I have been with you in this blog from its inception and truly admire your commitment to sharing your wisdom and interesting stories with us.
    I feel blessed and learn something new each day and I periodically post a comment when the spirit leads me.
    Shalom,
    Graham.
    2012 Holy Land Yellow Bus.

  7. Completely understandable why people dropped out in Leviticus. I want to know the whole bible though regardless of all the squimish parts. The most squimish being the crucifiction of Jesus. I hope to gain understanding from reading our wonderful bible. You have a tough row to hoe Rev. DM and thanks so much for your perserverance and dedication.
    Blessings on you and fellow bloggers.

  8. Levititus David is not as easy for me I will continue, and try my best.
    Thank you Lord that you sent Jesus down to earth to take away my sins
    I don’t know if I could handle doing what the priest as well as others did
    to animals now.
    in Jesus name
    Amen

  9. Morning David and fellow saints, I find the more times around we go with the Old Testament readings, the more interesting it gets from a concordance point of view. I have spent the last hour reading Matthew Henry’s commentary and it is fascinating–gives so much more depth and understanding; helps to see things through God’s eyes and reasoning. Easy to access. In Leviticus on the right side, click on the blue ‘Study This’ bar; underneath provides list of commentaries. Excellent teaching!

  10. Thanks Pastor David for including the extra scriptures that support and clarify what Jesus Christ has done for us.
    Thank you Jesus for Your Precious Saving Cleansing Blood!!!
    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!

  11. I also find new things each time a read Scripture and it is hard to go through Leviticus…..BUT it reminds me of what Jesus suffered……pray for me please I need to clean some gutters and get help to paint a frame over kitchen window…I have to work on a ladder and I pray for safety…I continue to pray for increase to income so I can hire someone to get some help…..I pray for good health for all and for comfort to those who are lonely and feeling somewhat sad….blessings

  12. May the Lord keep you safe on that ladder Sah and give you wisdom as to how to go about the task. May He provide for your needs, both in finances and in good (possibly volunteer) help. Good weather here and hope you have the same.

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