“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes and be ready by the third day, because on that day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.” (Exodus19:10-11)
God had called Moses to Him on Mt. Sinai, the purpose was to fully remind and explain to the people of what he had done to Egypt, and how He had carried them to this point, His holy mountain. He said to Moses, ‘If they will obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations, that they would be His prized possession. Therefore, “they were to be consecrated on that day and the next. They were to wash their clothes and be ready on the third day, that their Lord would come down on top of Mt. Sinai.
Just like anyone of importance, we clean our selves, our homes, our clothes, and make ready to meet them. God wanted to know that they were special in His eyes, but He requires of them to keep the covenant they all accepted and agreed to. He was beginning to teach them obedience to the covenant and Himself, that He was proposing, and they were accountable to Him, for the position He was putting them in.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You had selected the Israelites as Your people, Your kingdom of priests and a holy nation. Later, the Gentiles were offered the same covenant and in reality, all the world’s people have been as well. Help us to honor our commitment to You, that we will remain in Your good graces because of our repentance and obedient to Your will. Let others see You in our words and deeds, and come to know You as well. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“The great Light that is God that is never separate from you, for you are composed of billions of particles of that Light!” (Abigail Adeline Austin)
“Take the anointing oil and anoint him by pouring it on his head.” (Exodus29:7)
Anointing is one of the great biblical words used to describe the taking away of sin. God provided the high priest a symbol to wear reminding him of his duty to bear the guilt of the people so God would accept them.
Anointing set aside the priests for sacred duty in God’s places of worship. The symbolic action represented the community’s prayer to God to accept the work of the anointed ones as they represented the community before God.
“The Lord said to Moses: ‘When a person commits a violation and sins unintentionally in regard to any of he Lord’s holy things he is to bring to the Lord as a penalty a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper valor in silver, according to the sanctuary shekel. It is a guilt offering. He must make restitution for what he has failed to do in regard to the holy things, and a fifth of the value to that and give it all to the priest, who will make atonement for him with the ram as a guilt offering, and he will be forgiven. If a person sins and does what is forbidden to any of the Lord’s commands, even though he does not know it, he is guilty and will be held responsible. He is to bring to the priest a ram without defect and of the proper value. In this way the priest will make atonement for him for the wrong he has committed unintentionally, and he will be forgiven. It is a guilt offering; he has been guilty of wrongdoing against the Lord.’” (Leviticus5:14-19)
In essence these two verses represent a teaching lesson for the people, when they sin, even if they didn’t even know it, they are held accountable and there is a prescribed method to attain forgiveness.
There were so many laws, that it was hard to keep up with them all, but someone might witness something that has taken place and told that person it was a sin. The priest would then decide if a sin had taken place and if so, the prescribe procedure for the one who sinned, to obtain forgiveness. So, even then you could not say you didn’t know and get away with anything.
Second Thought of the Day:
“The commander of the Lord’s army replied, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.’ And Joshua did so.” (Joshua5:15)
Joshua had a similar experience to that of Moses. God told him that he was standing on holy ground and should take off his sandals. Persons ought to humble themselves in the presence of God.
Holiness is a line of demarcation between God and ourselves. God’s holiness reminds us of the infinite difference between God and human beings and therefore should remind us that we are to respect and honor God with reverence. W have nothing to fear when we come before Him properly, reverently, respecting His holiness.