Meditation for 08/19/2019
“Keep my commands and follow them. I am the Lord. Do not profane my holy name. I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the Lord, who makes you holy and who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 22:31-33)
The conclusion of chapters 21 & 22 reminds religious leaders of their special responsibilities before god. Any misconduct on their part brings dishonor on God’s name and leads God’s people it ignore His holiness. Religious leaders serve only because God has set them apart to obey Him in all aspects of life.
The Book of Leviticus offers these four (4) theological teachings: 10 The grace of god, 2) The importance of preparation for meeting God, 3) The presence of God, 4) The necessity of righteous living.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, sometimes we forget just how holy You are, please forgive us; sometimes we think that preparation to meet You is unimportant, please forgive us; sometimes in Your Presence, we take You for granted, please forgive us; sometimes we forget the urgency to live our lives in a righteous manner, please forgive us. Abba, we are fallible, though we strive to live our lives in honor of You. Help us when we fall off of the pathway that leads us to You, and guide us gently back onto the path, for we desire to love and honor You as our God. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“You must feel conviction, before you can feel conversion.”
“Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for good—no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.” (Philemon 1:15-17)
Business relationships often categorize and separate people. Christian love joins all people in the Christian family. Paul did not comment on the rightness or wrongness of he institution of slavery, instead he provided a basis for overcoming the social barriers of business relationships and ultimately of doing away with slavery. To treat another person as a brother makes owning a person as a slave impossible. I pray this is clear to you all.
Christian Ethics, Social Relationships: (Deuteronomy 15:5-6)
Only Christ’s blood can cleanse from sin and provide salvation. Through the Spirit’s sanctifying work, we can purify ourselves by obeying the truth of the gospel. Obedience should show itself in loving our brothers and sisters from a pure heart. Such pure works demonstrate Christ has cleansed and saved us. Jews expected religious acts or ceremonies to cleanse them. Such rites have no effect, only loving actions. Christian purity is rooted through the truth of our faith in Jesus Christ. It expresses itself in love for others, not through words; rather through how we treat others.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.” (1st John20:9-11)
Beloved, we all know who operates in the darkness, Satan. He loves to lie to us in an effort to have us join him in the darkness. He is the Great Deceiver, for he will say anything to make us move away from God and into his world of evil and darkness.
Consistent hatred of others is not the trait of a disciple of Jesus Christ! Christians are to love, as this is the prime characteristic of Jesus and we as His followers are to exhibit the same love for others that He does. We should all desire to walk in Jesus’ footsteps, and to see others as He does. In this way, we will treat and act with others as Jesus does and when they see us, they see the true face of Christ, working through us.