Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Leviticus 16

Serving God is not base on our own term but in His term, as God said to Moses  that Aaron "cannot come at just anytime into the Holy Place." God requires high standard in all of His ministries. Jesus came to help us meet those requirements, for without Him we can do nothing, and everything will be unacceptable to God. We need that blood of the Lamb, and the 'scapegoat' that will cover and cleanse our sins… Reading: Lev. 16. God bless and Happy New Year. 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Leviticus 15

The law of uncleanness reminds God's people that He sees all things, even those which escape the notice of men. The gospel spoke about unclean lips, unclean tongue, carnal mind and attitude that defile the people of God. We have the reason to be thankful to Christ for by His blood we have been justified for our sinful ways, and His grace brought us to our daily sanctification. Christ brought our uncleanness to His righteousness… Reading: Lev. 15, God bless. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Leviticus 13

The plague of leprosy was an uncleanness, and said to be common among the Hebrew people during and after their stay in Egypt. In some accounts, it was inflicted by God to rebellious people like Miriam, Gehazi, and Uzziah. It is a figure of moral pollutions of people's sin, the leprosy of soul, defiling to the conscience. When Jesus cleansed the ten lepers in Samaria (Luke 17), it shows that only Him can cleanse and cure the problem of sins… Reading: Lev. 13, God bless. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Leviticus 12

God's requirements for animal sacrifice when the days of woman's purifications were fulfilled shall be lamb, and young pigeon or a turtle dove (v6). When Joseph and Mary offered the sacrifices, they brought "a pair of turtledoves and two young pigeons" (Luke 2:24). Did Joseph and Mary not offer a lamb because they could not afford it, or because of some other reason? Whatever the reason, the important is the attitude of the heart… Reading: Lev. 12, God bless. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Leviticus 11

The people were taught to make distinctions between the clean and unclean animals because many of these forbidden animals were not only hazardous to our physical body, but also objects of superstition and idolatry to the pagan environment. The Lord has redeemed and called His people to be holy and be separated from unholy companions and intimate connections. We must come out from the worldly ways of the unbelievers… Reading: Lev. 11, Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Leviticus 10

While the people were worshipping the Lord, Nadab and Abihu went to the tabernacle to burn incense that is contrary to what God had instructed. Suddenly fire blazed and burned them up, and they died in the very act of their sin. Though Aaron's heart was filled with shock, yet he revered it with silent submission. Lesson: When God corrects us, we have to accept the consequence, and confess, "It is the Lord, let Him do what is right"... Reading: Lev. 10, God bless. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Leviticus 9

These sacrifices teach the priests to do the best services they could for God. They need to separate the meat from fat, entrails, and blood, and eat only what are instructed by God. All of these are shadows of Christ's finished work at the cross. The equivalent in Christians faith is understanding and obedience to Christ's words. At the end, God consumed the burnt offerings on the altar, which is the symbol of our acceptance into the kingdom on God… Reading: Lev. 9, God bless.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Leviticus 8

Moses consecrated Aaron and his sons by the washing with water, to signify that they ought to purify themselves from all sinful characters, ever after, to keep themselves pure. Similarly, Christ washes the people who believe in His name from their sins by His word. Through His own blood He makes them priests to the living God. The anointing oil represents the Holy Spirit sent to us in order to fulfill God's plan in this world… Reading: Leviticus 8, God bless. 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Leviticus 7

Trespass or guilt offering is an expression of repentance for sin, &  it was more proper to fast than feast. The peace-offerings indicates thanksgiving with God, a celebration and gratitude for the forgiveness of sins. Blood was forbidden to eat because the Lord had appointed it for atonement. The priest should eat the offerings, a privilege only to the few. We are priests of Christ when we believe and "eat" the Lamb sacrifice at the cross… Reading: Lev. 7, God bless.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Leviticus 6

Frauds are accompanied with lies, often with false oaths. If the offender wanted the forgiveness of God, he must make restitution,  and seek forgiveness by faith. The priest must take care of the fire at the altar by keeping it up continually. It reminds our affections, love & devotion to God be without ceasing. All rules for sacrifices set forth the polluting nature of sins, thus remove the guilt from us and transferred to the sacrifice… Reading: Lev. 6, God bless. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Leviticus 5

Sins here are, concealing the truth, touching unclean thing, and careless swearing. Men must first ask God's forgiveness through offerings, then expect that services for Him will be accepted. God shows that sins in this world are so numerous, we are so prone to evil, that we need to fear God, pray always, that we may be kept from sin. True Christian daily pleads guilty before God, and seeks forgiveness through Christ's blood… Reading: Lev. 5, God bless. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Leviticus 4

Unintentional sins had to be atoned for by sacrifice. They were sins forbidden in the Lord’s commands of which the priest, whole community, leader or member of the community were not aware of these. They also included sinful actions that a person didn’t mean to do or actions that were not sinful, but brought the person into a sinful state. They were guilty, but could be forgiven with the proper sacrifice. Thanks be to Christ for His sacrifice… Reading: Lev. 4, God bless. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Leviticus 3

The peace offerings is men's humble acceptance that they are indeed sinners and need God's forgiveness. The sacrifices were offered by way of supplication, to restore friendship between God and men. The law said that neither fat nor blood should be eaten, for they belong to God and used for atonement. Christ is God's peace offering reconciling the world to God, not ours. He is the Prince of peace in our eternity with God… Reading: Lev. 3, God bless. 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Leviticus 2

The grain offering of fine flour with oil and frankincense typified the body of Christ, as being the Bread of life to our souls. All grain offerings should be unleavened, because leaven or yeast is the symbol of sins. Salt is required in all offerings, a symbol of God's grace to men, but good works of men towards another. Christian faith is the salt of the earth, that's why whatever was done for God must be the best of its kind… Reading: Lev. 2, God bless. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Leviticus 1

The offering of sacrifices was an ordinance of God, from the fall of man unto the coming of Christ. The burning body of animal represents men's miseries because of sins. Jesus' body at the cross had redeemed us, bearing our sins. The sacrifice is a free will offering, so as our salvation, a free choice. As they put their hands on the head of the animals, we are also putting our faith to Jesus who is able to give us eternity in heaven… Reading: Lev. 1, God bless.  

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Exodus 40

From Exodus 12 to 40, it's a year journey; from the institution of Passover to erection of Tabernacle (40:17).  The cloud covered the tabernacle even in the clearest day, a token of God's presence to be seen day and night by all Israelites, that they might never again question, Is the Lord among us? While the cloud rested on the tabernacle, the people rested; when the cloud taken up, they would go onward and followed it… Reading: Exo. 40, God bless. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Exodus 39

The priests' garments were rich and magnificent. God commanded the artists to make these garments "as the Lord commanded Moses" (vv1, 7, 21, 26, 31, 33, 43), seven times, perfect number to the Lord. This the shadow of good things to come, but the substance is Christ, and the grace of the gospel. Christ is our High Priest, taking the work of our redemption. He put on the clothes of service and presented to the Father… Reading: Exo. 39, God bless. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Exodus 38

In all generations there have been people, men and women more devoted to God, more constant in their commitment, and more willing to part even with lawful things, for God's sake, than others. The tabernacle of worship is movable and changeable, and in due time to be taken down. Yet, the solidity and purity of the materials used that represents the truthfulness of God is the very foundation of Judeo-Christian faith… Reading: Exo. 38, God bless. 

  

Monday, December 9, 2013

Exodus 37

The furnitures and materials of the tabernacle were representations of spiritual act of service to God.  Example: incense represented the prayers of the saints, lamp is word of God, oil is Holy Spirit, etc. These commands are repetition of Exodus 25, to make sure that God's instructions are being followed by Bezaleel. Similarly, we must always seek God's word so that our ministries and services  are acceptable to God… Reading: Exo. 37, God bless. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Exodus 36

The readiness and zeal with which these builders set about their work, the excellence of their works,  and the faithfulness with which they objected to receive more contributions, are worthy of our imitation. Thus should we serve God specially the leaders in all things according to the law of God. We have to abhor personal motive and secret desire. Our goal is for the glory of God… Reading: Exodus 36, God bless. 

  

Friday, December 6, 2013

Exodus 35

The tabernacle was to be dedicated to the honor of God, and used in his service. Only with the willing heart can bring offerings. Without the willingness, costly offerings would be abhorred; with it, the smallest will be accepted. Those whom God called to His service were filled with His Spirit to do and accomplish the works. Then they were to teach others also about the manner of work and the rules that God requires… Reading: Exo. 35, God bless. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Exodus 34

The Lord Jesus is merciful, ready to forgive the sinner, and to relieve the needy. Gracious, kind and ready to bestow undeserved benefits. Long-suffering, slow to anger, giving time for repentance, only punishing when it is needful. He is abundant in goodness and truth, even sinners receive the riches of his blessings, though they abuse them. His promises are faithful, keeping mercy for thousands. Praise be to God… Reading: Exo. 34, God bless. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Exodus 33

The Israelites were stiff-necked people, so God decided not to be with them to conquer the land of Canaan, lest He consumed them along the way. But Moses pleaded with God saying, "If Your presence does not go with us, do not bring us up there" (v15). We should be thankful to Jesus for His grace and compassion, and sending His spirit in us so we can conquer our enemies and live victoriously amidst the hostile world… Reading: Exo. 33, God bless 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Exodus 32

While Moses was in the mount, receiving the law from God, the people made the golden calf to offer sacrifices. So God wanted to blot them all out from the face of the earth, but Moses pleads with God for mercy, and willing to perish for the sake of his people. "Whoever has sinned against Me. I will blot him out of My book" (v33). From this passage, we can see that no carnal heart can endure the holy and righteous way of God… Reading: Exo. 32, God bless. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Exodus 31

The Israelites were slaves working all types of artistries in Egypt, but not enough to please God's perfect taste. So God filled some of them with His Spirit in all manner of workmanship to prepare for tabernacle and vessels. It means our own knowledge is insufficient, we need God's Spirit in order to serve Him. Sabbath is the sign of covenant between God and Israelites, so they need to keep it forever. New heart is the sign of the Christians... Reading: Exo. 31, God bless.