Tuesday, February 20, 2018

To serve for His glory




February 20

Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 3 – 4

Verse of the Day: Numbers 4:2 – 3 – “Take the sum of the sons of Kohath from among the sons of Levi, by their families, by their fathers' houses, from thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all that enter upon the service, to do the work in the tent of meeting.”

To serve. To do the work. These two chapters we are reading today give us a picture that every member of the people of God had a role to play in the nation of Israel.

That means that you and I should look closely at ourselves. God does not save and include in His family anyone who is to just sit, soak, and sour. We each have a part in the kingdom (physical and spiritual) to fulfill. It may be as a leader, or it may be as a servant. It may be “on-stage” or in the background. We may be called to preach or we may be called to pray. No one is exempt from service with God. Today, evaluate yourself – are you sitting, soaking, and souring, or are you going, growing, and glowing for Him

Prayer: Father show me my role and help me fulfill it for Your glory. Amen.







Monday, February 19, 2018

A Tragic Pilgimage




February 19

Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 1 – 2

Verse of the Day: Numbers 2:34 – “Thus did the children of Israel; according to all that Jehovah commanded Moses, so they encamped by their standards, and so they set forward, every one by their families, according to their fathers' houses.”

The Promised Land. The goal and desire of all those on this journey from bondage to freedom in God. If they spoke of it once, they spoke of it a million times. Great desire flooded their hearts and minds. Yet, the book of Numbers paints a tragic picture. It begins at Mount Sinai and ends in the wilderness.

At the end of chapter 2 we see the people starting out on the right foot, and then they rebel and God is forced to judge them. From the middle of this book to its conclusion they spend 40 years in wandering and waiting. They are in “time out” while God chastens and prepares them for the blessing He has promised. As we read this book, look for application to us today.

Prayer: Father, open my heart to hear Your voice to me from this record. Amen.







Sunday, February 18, 2018

Open, Unrestrained, Transparent (OUT)




February 18

Daily Bible Reading: Leviticus 26 – 27

Verse of the Day: Leviticus 26:46 – “These are the statutes and ordinances and laws, which Jehovah made between him and the children of Israel in mount Sinai by Moses.”

When our girls were little we all shared (mostly at the same time) our day around the dinner table. Once in a while one would be unusually quiet – it was then I would know that something had happened during the day. They were miserable and felt left out because they were afraid they would accidentally talk about their disobedience.

We often go through our days feeling separated from God because we have allowed unconfessed sin to build up – and we slack in our praying and spending time with Him. God has a way to restore this fellowship. Confess all known sin. Confess right away, without delay. Keep short accounts with God (see 1 John 1:9).

Prayer: Forgiving and Gracious Father, I come to you now – open, unrestrained, and transparent – I confess my sin and separation. Restore the joy of my salvation. Amen.












Saturday, February 17, 2018

Revenge?




February 17

Daily Bible Reading: Leviticus 24 – 25

Verse of the Day: Leviticus 24:20 – “Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be rendered unto him.”

This is first of two passages that set out the law on punishment in the Old Testament.

Many misuse this passage as a justification for revenge. That is not what God is speaking of in these places. God is never justifying revenge in the Old Testament or the New Testament. In this passage and in Deuteronomy 19:21, God is putting a restriction upon what kind of punishment that can be meted out. The punishment must fit the crime, and not be greater than the breaking of the law. That is the meaning of “eye for eye, tooth for tooth.”

God does establish the use of chastisement as a means of holding up the law. He never seeks revenge. And I for one am happy that He doesn’t. And so – neither should we. 

Prayer: Father, as one who has felt your Hand of chastisement for my sins, I am thankful for forgiveness and restoration – never revenge. Amen.







Friday, February 16, 2018

Christ our Feasts





February 16


Daily Bible Reading: Leviticus 22 – 23

Verse of the Day: Leviticus 23:2 – “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, The set feasts of Jehovah, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my set feasts.”

In this chapter we find seven feasts which all are fulfilled in Christ. The first four have been fulfilled and the last three will be fulfilled at His second coming.

The Passover (our redemption at the Cross), Feast of Unleavened Bread (our justification and sanctification at the Cross), Feast of Firstfruits (Christ’s Resurrection), and Pentecost (the giving of the Holy Spirit) are fulfilled.

The latter three are the Feast of Trumpets (the Rapture), Day of Atonement (after the Tribulation’s seven years), and Feast of Tabernacles (the Millennium). All seven include a Sabbath reminding us of our rest in Christ.

Today, take time to consider the great gifts that we have in our relationship with Jesus.

Prayer: Holy Giver of Gifts, may we be truly thankful for what we have received from Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen.







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