Sunday, September 30, 2012

HOLY

Suggested Reading: Leviticus 5-6

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Once a year the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies to worship and stand in God's presence.

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Key Verse: Leviticus 6:25

Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, “This is the law of the sin offering: In the place where the burnt offering is killed, the sin offering shall be killed before the Lord. It is most holy…”

Moses and Aaron, his brother, were descendants of Levi, the third son of Jacob and Leah. They were known as Levites. God chose this tribe to provide the priests who were to represent the people before God. This third book, Leviticus, is filled with details of sacrifices, priestly duties, rituals and elaborate symbols. It is sometimes perceived as the most tedious book, but when we see its place in the divine plan, Leviticus can become an exciting book. Here, for the first time, we see a detailed account of God’s prescription for sin: a sacrificial system using blood to cover sin. Here are pictures of the life, work and person of our great High Priest, Jesus Christ (Heb. 8:1). All seven offerings were made by Jesus, the most holy Son of God. Meditate on Jesus, the final Sacrifice for sin (Heb. 10:10). We no longer bring sacrifices, but rather present our bodies “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is our reasonable service” (Rom. 12:1).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, You bore the sin of all. You were sinless, though enduring the wrath of God against sin. You were the Father’s delight. Though You were deprived of the light of Your Father’s countenance, You are “the Light of the world.” By Your Teacher, the Holy Spirit, I’ve discovered a great mystery accurately pictured in the offerings for sin. I pray for continued illumination of the “Truth” as I read Leviticus. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS (plus a few more):

I was 9 years old. Teased by other boys as the minister’s son, I stole an apple from the crate in front Mr. Kincaid’s grocery store to prove I was not a sissy. I destroyed the evidence, threw away the core, and returned home. The moment I entered our home, Mother looked intently at me and said, “What’s wrong David?” I was discovered. I started to cry. Mother led me into my bedroom to kneel beside my bed and pray. In that position I had no alternative but to pour out my confession to the Lord. When we got up and sat on the bed, Mother said, “God has forgiven your sin,” and then I heard the dreaded words I knew were coming, “You must make restitution for the wrong you did to Mr. Kincaid. Take 10 cents out of your own money (this was September of 1945), go back to the store, give Mr. Kincaid the money and ask his forgiveness.” This was too much for me. I pleaded with Mother, and she agreed that I could write a letter asking forgiveness, and enclose the dime, giving it to the grocer. Actually, I slipped the letter under a big box of cornflakes that sat on the counter. Within an hour, our phone at home rang and Mr. Kincaid said, “David, that was the bravest thing that you have done and I forgive you. Thanks for the dime to pay for the apple. Please come and see me.” He ended up giving me my first job, delivering groceries. He said, “I need someone I can trust to bring the money back from the customer.” Mother died when I was 12. Someday, I’ll check with her for her side of the story. She may have been reading Leviticus 5:16 about restitution.

Yours for the assurance of forgiveness of sin,

David

9 thoughts on “Sunday, September 30, 2012

  1. Sin is pernicious. Sin reaches out into the depths on one’s soul not only affecting the sinner but at the same time touching others wth the results. That is why sin is so bad, a product of our separation from God. But thanks be to God who has established a bridge from sin unto Himself through Jesus Christ. He is the only atoneing sacrifice acceptable to God. Jesus sacrificed His life for us, He took upon our sin. He loves us that much.

  2. David, I’m from MB and yesterday we visited the Crossroads center and had a tour of the Tabernacle. We were in Niagara on the Lake and decided to take a drive down before heading home. Beautiful facility and the people were very hospitable. Thankyou for bringing to LIFE what we find in Leviticus. You are in my prayers.

  3. Hurtful and harmful behaviour (sin) is forgiven once acknowledged and confessed through the redemption of Christ’s sacrifice. We therefore have atonement (“at-one-ment”) with Christ. However, one must try and understand the cause of this behaviour, as there is a tendency to repeat these actions again. To repent (turn away) from destructive behaviour, is a process by which we uncover any denial and take full responsibility. In this process, we learn to forgive others and forgive ourselves, as we have been forgiven.

  4. Good day, everyone. I have a story of my own to share. Towards the Mid-1960’s, I was about 14 and was sort of a follower, easily influenced by others. A friend ( some friend! ) and I shoplifted some sports Items from a department store in Edmonton, Alberta. We didn’t make it and were apprehended by store security. Police were not called, my mother was. As my father had passed away, my mother notified the Catholic college I attended ( college St-Jean ) and the next day, one of the priests there took me into his office and had me drop my britches and lean over his desk and proceeded to Whoop me with a thick strap. I received my earthly punishment and restitution was not an issue as the store had recovered the items. Unfortunately I didn’t learn my lesson and there were some subsequent occurrences. I never got caught again and restitution did not occur. Was I forgiven by God? Today, I abhor any kind of dishonesty. You might say that my conscience is far more convincing than it was then! God knows I regret those times but, of course, one cannot go back. One can only do what is right today. Today is the first day of the rest of our lives. Today, I know I have been forgiven. Like Jesus has said: Go and sin no more! Thank you, Jesus. Amen

  5. We come into the world ( Guilty ) and life gets in the way ( The World )
    Thank you David & George for sharing…we all have our stories too tell of the past.. i like to say ( Before Jesus & With Jesus ) Thank you Lord for the Transformation….
    Thank you Jesus for a New day …everyday…to start again…
    these chapters made new in my spirit …with your leading David….
    Sept 1945 eh….good month & Year…. (^_^) sending Hugs & Prayers ….

  6. He that knew no sin was made sin for us (that’s a sin offering). We have pardon and power against sin! Romans 8:3 awesome! Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33. There is absolutely no need to steal when given all things freely. Romans 8:32. What a precious and priceless gift! Our God is an awesome God! His faithful Love abides forever!

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