Thursday, February 28, 2008

Pictures of Grace

Lev. 23:28 And you shall not do any work on that very day, for it is a Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the LORD your God.

Mark 9:31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.

Psa. 44:3 for not by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm save them, but your right hand and your arm, and the light of your face, for you delighted in them.

Psa. 44:6 For not in my bow do I trust, nor can my sword save me.
Psa. 44:7 But you have saved us from our foes and have put to shame those who hate us.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Chosen, and Called as HIs Possession for a Purpose

“You shall be holy to me, for I the LORD am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.” (Lev 20:26 ESV)

“who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (Titus 2:14; 1Pet 2:9 ESV)

There is much more in these verses than I will be able to bring out in the short time that I have this morning. But it is wonderful to realize that God set His love upon us. He purchased us, and separated us for His own purpose. He made us His own possession.

Our response? We should be holy, zeoulous of good works, proclaiming the excellencies of Him you call us out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Some interesting verses on Health and Healin

““Speak to the people of Israel, saying, These are the living things that you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth. Whatever parts the hoof and is cloven-footed and chews the cud, among the animals, you may eat. Nevertheless, among those that chew the cud or part the hoof, you shall not eat these: The camel, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you.” (Lev 11:2-4 ESV)

“And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.” (Mark 5:25-26 ESV)

Mark 5:34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

Psa. 38:3 ¶ There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Sanctification and Glorification of God

“Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the LORD has said, ‘Among those who are near me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.’ ” And Aaron held his peace.” (Lev 10:3 ESV)

The context of this verse is the offering of strange fire by Aaron's two sons, Nadab and Abihu, and their death by the consuming fire of the LORD. It is interesting to me that God said that he would be sanctified among those that are near to him, and glorified before all people. Those who are near to God, must always remember that God is quite different, and set apart as Holy. The one who is our Father, is the Holy Majestic God of the universe. It seems that Nadab and Abihu lost sight of the holiness of God, and thought that they could just offer to Him what ever they wanted to, instead of offering to Him only what He had commanded them to offer. They thought that they could do worship "their way" and it cost them their lives.

By their very death God was glorified before all of the people. It is also interesting to see that Aaron never said a word about the death of his sons. I cannot imagine the Lord taking my two sons, and not being able to say one one word about it. It seems that he knew in his heart, that they had stepped over the line and their death was just.

“As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.” (Mark 5:18-20 ESV)

How precious it has always been to me, that this man begged Jesus that he might be with him! This is truly the mark of a regenerated person. They desire to be with the Lord Jesus Christ. It is wonderful to realize that we can be with the LORD, spiritually. “and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matt 28:20 KJVS). “for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Heb 13:5 KJVS)

But one day, praise the Lord, we will be with him in a much more profound way; “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:2-3 KJVS)

Just like this man though, at this time we have been left here to tell our friends what great things that the Lord has done for us, and how he has had mercy upon us, so that God will be glorified in their eyes.

Monday, February 18, 2008

“*The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “If anyone sins and commits a breach of faith against the LORD by deceiving his neighbor in a matter of deposit or security, or through robbery, or if he has oppressed his neighbor or has found something lost and lied about it, swearing falsely—in any of all the things that people do and sin thereby— if he has sinned and has realized his guilt and will restore what he took by robbery or what he got by oppression or the deposit that was committed to him or the lost thing that he found or anything about which he has sworn falsely, he shall restore it in full and shall add a fifth to it, and give it to him to whom it belongs on the day he realizes his guilt. And he shall bring to the priest as his compensation to the LORDa ram without blemish out of the flock, or its equivalent for a guilt offering. And the priest shall make atonement for him before the LORD, and he shall be forgiven for any of the things that one may do and thereby become guilty.”” (Lev 6:1-7 ESV)

Some observations about this passage:
  1. God speaks to man. “The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,” (Lev 6:1 ESV). That is a wonderful thing to realize. If God were silent to us and never spoke to us, we would be in grave danger. I am so thankful that the Lord speaks to us through His Word, By His Spirit on the inside, and through fellow believers.
  2. God speaks to men about the practical areas of their lives in terms we can understand.
    ““If anyone sins and commits a breach of faith against the LORD by deceiving his neighbor in a matter of deposit or security, or through robbery, or if he has oppressed his neighbor... This is very practical instruction. This gets right down into where we live. It is not difficult to understand. We need not be confused about how to apply it.
  3. A sin against our neighbor is a breach of faith against the Lord. There is no such thing as sinning against our neighbor without sinning against the Lord. Sin is the transgression of the Law, and God has given us commandments as to how we are to relate to other people. When we break those commandments we are sinning against both the Lord, and others.
  4. Repentance includes dealing with the sin before our neighbor, and before the LORD. We must not only make things right with the LORD, but also with our neighbor.
  5. Repentance includes restoring the loss, with 20% interest.
  6. God has made a way for us to get right when we have sinned! Praise HIS NAME!