chronological day 52 :)

Please read Leviticus 14:33-57, Leviticus 15, Leviticus 16. 

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I don’t have a comment about bodily discharges. However, I am thankful for the atoning power of the Blood of Jesus!

Moses set a great example of obedience for his brother:

“And Aaron did it, just as God commanded Moses” (16:34 MSG)

chronological day 51 :)

Good morning, friend! Please read Leviticus 12, 13, and 14:1-32, and let’s visit!

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God made allowances for everyone, so regardless of their financial status everyone could make the necessary offerings (like “If she can’t afford a lamb, she can bring two doves or two pigeons” 12:8 MSG). He is so kind to us, patient with all. Do you see how He is always making a way for us? 

Sidenote: I find it a little funny that the priest could quarantine someone for up to 14 days, and then decide it was just a harmless rash after all!

chronological day 50 :)

Please read Leviticus chapters 9, 10 and 11 this morning. I keep referencing morning because that’s when I like to get into the Bible, but that doesn’t make it the best time or even the correct time (just the best time for me!).  What’s the best time for you?  Come on back – here’s what I am thinking today:

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In these chapters, holiness is definitely a theme.

“Distinguish between the holy and the common” (10:10 MSG)

 “Make yourselves holy for I am holy” (11:44 MSG)

“you have to distinguish between the unclean and the clean” (11:47 MSG)

Whoever you are, that’ll preach!

chronological day 49 :)

Please read Leviticus 7 and 8, and come on back.  Anything stand out to you today as you read?  I’d love to hear it!

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I like reading names like Moses and Aaron in the midst of all of these laws . It makes it seem a little more personal somehow, like they are friends of ours.

“Moses spoke to Aaron and his sons….. ‘Be sure to do what God requires, lest you die. This is what I have been commanded.’ Aaron and his sons did everything that God had commanded by Moses” (Leviticus 8:35-36 MSG)

I know it sounds extreme to us today to mention death in connection with disobedience… Is it really all that serious?  Friend, it is that serious – God knows so much more than we do, and He loves us so much! Let His love for you motivate obedience from you.

See you tomorrow!

chronological day 48 :)

Please read Leviticus 4, 5 and 6.  How about trying to find some laws that are still good advice for healthy living today?  I know we are now under the Blood of Jesus, but if you have something to look for, maybe we won’t “skim” 🙂 Come on back when you are done reading!

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Here’s a few:

If you sin by not stepping up and offering yourself as a witness to something you’ve heard or seen in cases of wrongdoing, you’ll be held responsible (5:1 MSG)

When you are guilty, immediately confess the sin that you’ve committed (5:5 MSG)

When anyone sins by betraying trust with God by deceiving his neighbor regarding something entrusted to him, or by robbing or cheating or threatening him; or if he has found something lost and lies about it and swears falsely regarding any of these sins that people commonly commit—when he sins and is found guilty, he must return what he stole or extorted, restore what was entrusted to him, return the lost thing he found (6:1 MSG)

So thankful that Jesus made the final and complete sacrifice for our sins!  However, it is not to be taken for granted or taken lightly. We must confess our sins and ask for forgiveness right away! Thank You Jesus for the Blood!

chronological day 47 :)

Please read Numbers 8, Numbers 9:1-14, and Leviticus chapters 1, 2 and 3.  I know that Leviticus and Numbers can seem tedious, but there’s lots here!  Fight the urge to “skim” – let’s get all we can!  Come on back and let’s visit!

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 Moses said, “Give me some time; I’ll find out what God says in your circumstances” (Numbers 9:8 MSG)

Numbers 9:8 says that Moses sought the Lord, to see what He wanted. (In this case, some of the people become unclean before the Passover, and they wanted to find out if they could still bring their offering to the Lord).  In His kindness, the Lord provided instruction so the people could still participate and bring their offering.  I am struck that the people sought out ways to give to the Lord (wouldn’t this have served as a great excuse?).

It strikes me this morning that Moses never allowed his relationship with God to become “common” – it was never “we always did it this way” or “we’ll just decide what to do”. Every detail was brought to the Lord, every motive and every action. I want to keep my relationship with the Lord fresh and growing – and a big part of that is not taking Him for granted and not allowing my spiritual disciplines to become rote routines.

chronological day 46 :)

Please read Numbers 7 (before you get too excited, it’s a pretty long chapter, LOL!).  Come on back and let’s talk.  I’d love to hear what stood out to you in today’s reading!   

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God is all about details and specifics – He desires intimacy with us today. Let’s not use grace as an excuse to become spiritually “lazy” – Father, help me get busy about details in my own life and relationships!

“When Moses entered the Tent of Meeting to speak with God, he heard the Voice speaking to him from between the two angel-cherubim above the Atonement-Cover on the Chest of The Testimony. He spoke with him” (Numbers 7:89 MSG)

What a gift!

chronological day 45 :)

This morning, please read Exodus 39:32-43, Exodus 40, and Numbers 9:15-23.  Lots going on!  Let’s visit!

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“Moses did everything God commanded. He did it all” (40:16 MSG)

Do you see a theme developing?  Moses is obedient! Moses did it ALL, and completed the work – even to arranging the furniture.  Sometimes we get weary at the end of a project and we lose steam on “little details”, but Moses finished strong – that’s an example!  

Of course, it isn’t time to stop – the cloud and fire come on the day the Dwelling was set up:

“Moses finished the work. The Cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the Glory of God filled The Dwelling. Moses couldn’t enter the Tent of Meeting because the Cloud was upon it, and the Glory of God filled The Dwelling.

Whenever the Cloud lifted from The Dwelling, the People of Israel set out on their travels, but if the Cloud did not lift, they wouldn’t set out until it did lift. The Cloud of God was over The Dwelling during the day and the fire was in it at night, visible to all the Israelites in all their travels” (Numbers 9:15-16 MSG)

One job finishes, another begins. We have to keep moving forward with the Lord!

chronological day 44 :)

Please read Exodus 37, 38, and 39:1-31. 

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“The people of Israel did what God had commanded Moses. They did it all” (39:32 MSG)

Obedience, obeying EVERYTHING God commands is so important – let’s not leave anything undone!  I was talking with a friend not too long ago, about a crossroads decision.  To me, either option sounded positive, but wisely my friend was still overing the decision in prayer.  He said something that I remembered: “I don’ t have room for anything except obedience”. Amen!  It’s vital that we do what God God commands us!

“The Israelites completed all the work, just as God had commanded. Moses saw that they had done all the work and done it exactly as God had commanded. Moses blessed them” (39:42-43 MSG)

There will always be a blessing in obedience.

 

chronological day 43 :)

Please read Exodus 35- and Exodus 36. Come on back and let’s visit – what is the Lord speaking to you today from His word?

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Moses begins work on the Tabernacle – this is a big project, and it’s all hands on deck!

“Gather from among you an offering for God” (35:5 MSG)

Everyone has a gift to bring – just like in our own lives.  We have a responsibility to give what we can to support furthering the kingdom of God within our sphere of influence. Look at what happened shortly after Moses’ command that they all participate:

All the artisans who were at work making everything involved in constructing the Sanctuary came, one after another, to Moses, saying, “The people are bringing more than enough for doing this work that God has commanded us to do!”

So Moses sent out orders through the camp: “Men! Women! No more offerings for the building of the Sanctuary!

The people were ordered to stop bringing offerings! There was plenty of material for all the work to be done. Enough and more than enough.” (36:4-7 MSG)

Can you imagine being told not to give anymore because so much had come in toward the building of the sanctuary? How encouraging that must have been!  Of course, that would happen if we all did what we could, wouldn’t it?

p.s. Say a quick prayer for your church and pastor this morning, for enough and more than enough!