“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.’” (Exodus 19:10-11)
God was calling the people to His mountain for a specific purpose. He had Moses tell them to recall that He had delivered them from Egypt, and that He told the Israelites that He would once again reaffirm the covenant with them. He had promised that if Israel would be faithful and obedient, He would bless and use them as a kingdom of priests to the world. The Israelites had agree then, that they
The Israelites had agree then, that they would go and wash their bodies, they would clean their clothes, and prepare themselves for this affirmation. It goes deeper than this, beloved. Cleaning ourselves and our clothes is only a part of what we are to do. We should also prepare ourselves for worship. Going into the church, in whatever we worship in is only a part of our preparation. We are also to prepare our minds and our spirit on the inside of us. You don’t go into the worship space for visitation, you can do that afterwards. First and foremost, we are to prepare our minds to both praise God and then prepare our minds for the Scriptures we are to hear for the purpose of hearing and understanding. It is also a way to show mutual respect for our God that we do all this without grumbling.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we seek Your help in our preparations for worship, as much as we do to go and witness to others of our relationship with You. We are to reveal to others of our seriousness towards both worship, praise, and stewardship, but how we offer to God all of this and more, with the happiness of a child who has been given a new gift and wants to share it with others. It is in Jesus’ name that we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“You can give without loving, but you cannot love with giving!”
“The Lord said to Moses: ‘When a person commits a violation and sins unintentionally in regard to any of the 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 value to 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, add 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 in 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 as a guilt offering a ram from the flock, one without defect and of he proper value, in this way the priest will make atonement for him 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.’” (Leviticus 5:14-19)
The guilt offering was used as an example of the nature of sin. It is “against the Lord.” Like the sin offering, the guilt offering required the shedding of blood (Verse 7:2).
“Take the anointing oil and anoint him by pouring it on his head.” (Exodus 29:7)
Anointing is set aside for sacred duty in God’s place 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.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“The commander of the Lord’s army replied, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where are standing is holy.’ And Joshua did so.” (Joshua 5:15)
God presented Himself in Joshua’s path as a messenger who, on being recognized was worshiped by Joshua. The sacred encounter paralleled Moses’ encounter and call in Exodus, Chapter 3 and reaffirmed God’s choice of Joshua.
The revealing messenger was referred to as a man, yet led the heavenly armies and brought Joshua to his knees.