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February 9

Pastor’s Note

The religious leaders in Israel are commanded to be extraordinarily careful about the way they approach the Lord. I pray that today you and I will see the holiness of God in a new way. Of course all of these ceremonial laws were made obsolete with the coming of Christ, but the message behind these symbols will remain throughout eternity. There is nothing ordinary about God.

— Pastor Mike

Leviticus 7-9

7:1 “This is the law of the guilt offering. It is most holy. In the place where they kill the burnt offering they shall kill the guilt offering, and its blood shall be thrown against the sides of the altar. And all its fat shall be offered, the fat tail, the fat that covers the entrails, the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the long lobe of the liver that he shall remove with the kidneys. The priest shall burn them on the altar as a food offering to the Lord; it is a guilt offering. Every male among the priests may eat of it. It shall be eaten in a holy place. It is most holy. The guilt offering is just like the sin offering; there is one law for them. The priest who makes atonement with it shall have it. And the priest who offers any man’s burnt offering shall have for himself the skin of the burnt offering that he has offered. And every grain offering baked in the oven and all that is prepared on a pan or a griddle shall belong to the priest who offers it. 10 And every grain offering, mixed with oil or dry, shall be shared equally among all the sons of Aaron.

11 “And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings that one may offer to the Lord12 If he offers it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the thanksgiving sacrifice unleavened loaves mixed with oil, unleavened wafers smeared with oil, and loaves of fine flour well mixed with oil. 13 With the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving he shall bring his offering with loaves of leavened bread. 14 And from it he shall offer one loaf from each offering, as a gift to the Lord. It shall belong to the priest who throws the blood of the peace offerings. 15 And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten on the day of his offering. He shall not leave any of it until the morning. 16 But if the sacrifice of his offering is a vow offering or a freewill offering, it shall be eaten on the day that he offers his sacrifice, and on the next day what remains of it shall be eaten. 17 But what remains of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burned up with fire. 18 If any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offering is eaten on the third day, he who offers it shall not be accepted, neither shall it be credited to him. It is tainted, and he who eats of it shall bear his iniquity.

19 “Flesh that touches any unclean thing shall not be eaten. It shall be burned up with fire. All who are clean may eat flesh, 20 but the person who eats of the flesh of the sacrifice of the Lord‘s peace offerings while an uncleanness is on him, that person shall be cut off from his people. 21 And if anyone touches an unclean thing, whether human uncleanness or an unclean beast or any unclean detestable creature, and then eats some flesh from the sacrifice of the Lord‘s peace offerings, that person shall be cut off from his people.”

22 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, You shall eat no fat, of ox or sheep or goat. 24 The fat of an animal that dies of itself and the fat of one that is torn by beasts may be put to any other use, but on no account shall you eat it. 25 For every person who eats of the fat of an animal of which a food offering may be made to the Lord shall be cut off from his people. 26 Moreover, you shall eat no blood whatever, whether of fowl or of animal, in any of your dwelling places. 27 Whoever eats any blood, that person shall be cut off from his people.”

28 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 29 “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, Whoever offers the sacrifice of his peace offerings to the Lord shall bring his offering to the Lordfrom the sacrifice of his peace offerings. 30 His own hands shall bring the Lord‘s food offerings. He shall bring the fat with the breast, that the breast may be waved as a wave offering before the Lord31 The priest shall burn the fat on the altar, but the breast shall be for Aaron and his sons. 32 And the right thigh you shall give to the priest as a contribution from the sacrifice of your peace offerings. 33 Whoever among the sons of Aaron offers the blood of the peace offerings and the fat shall have the right thigh for a portion. 34 For the breast that is waved and the thigh that is contributed I have taken from the people of Israel, out of the sacrifices of their peace offerings, and have given them to Aaron the priest and to his sons, as a perpetual due from the people of Israel. 35 This is the portion of Aaron and of his sons from the Lord‘s food offerings, from the day they were presented to serve as priests of the Lord36 The Lord commanded this to be given them by the people of Israel, from the day that he anointed them. It is a perpetual due throughout their generations.”

37 This is the law of the burnt offering, of the grain offering, of the sin offering, of the guilt offering, of the ordination offering, and of the peace offering, 38 which the Lordcommanded Moses on Mount Sinai, on the day that he commanded the people of Israel to bring their offerings to the Lord, in the wilderness of Sinai.

Consecration of Aaron and His Sons

8:1 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments and the anointing oil and the bull of the sin offering and the two rams and the basket of unleavened bread. And assemble all the congregation at the entrance of the tent of meeting.” And Moses did as the Lord commanded him, and the congregation was assembled at the entrance of the tent of meeting.

And Moses said to the congregation, “This is the thing that the Lord has commanded to be done.” And Moses brought Aaron and his sons and washed them with water. And he put the coat on him and tied the sash around his waist and clothed him with the robe and put the ephod on him and tied the skillfully woven band of the ephod around him, binding it to him with the band. [1] And he placed the breastpiece on him, and in the breastpiece he put the Urim and the Thummim. And he set the turban on his head, and on the turban, in front, he set the golden plate, the holy crown, as the Lordcommanded Moses.

10 Then Moses took the anointing oil and anointed the tabernacle and all that was in it, and consecrated them. 11 And he sprinkled some of it on the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all its utensils and the basin and its stand, to consecrate them. 12 And he poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron’s head and anointed him to consecrate him. 13 And Moses brought Aaron’s sons and clothed them with coats and tied sashes around their waists and bound caps on them, as the Lord commanded Moses.

14 Then he brought the bull of the sin offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the bull of the sin offering. 15 And he [2] killed it, and Moses took the blood, and with his finger put it on the horns of the altar around it and purified the altar and poured out the blood at the base of the altar and consecrated it to make atonement for it. 16 And he took all the fat that was on the entrails and the long lobe of the liver and the two kidneys with their fat, and Moses burned them on the altar. 17 But the bull and its skin and its flesh and its dung he burned up with fire outside the camp, as the Lordcommanded Moses.

18 Then he presented the ram of the burnt offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram. 19 And he killed it, and Moses threw the blood against the sides of the altar. 20 He cut the ram into pieces, and Moses burned the head and the pieces and the fat. 21 He washed the entrails and the legs with water, and Moses burned the whole ram on the altar. It was a burnt offering with a pleasing aroma, a food offering for the Lord, as the Lord commanded Moses.

22 Then he presented the other ram, the ram of ordination, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram. 23 And he killed it, and Moses took some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron’s right ear and on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot. 24 Then he presented Aaron’s sons, and Moses put some of the blood on the lobes of their right ears and on the thumbs of their right hands and on the big toes of their right feet. And Moses threw the blood against the sides of the altar. 25 Then he took the fat and the fat tail and all the fat that was on the entrails and the long lobe of the liver and the two kidneys with their fat and the right thigh, 26 and out of the basket of unleavened bread that was before the Lord he took one unleavened loaf and one loaf of bread with oil and one wafer and placed them on the pieces of fat and on the right thigh. 27 And he put all these in the hands of Aaron and in the hands of his sons and waved them as a wave offering before the Lord28 Then Moses took them from their hands and burned them on the altar with the burnt offering. This was an ordination offering with a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the Lord29 And Moses took the breast and waved it for a wave offering before the Lord. It was Moses’ portion of the ram of ordination, as the Lord commanded Moses.

30 Then Moses took some of the anointing oil and of the blood that was on the altar and sprinkled it on Aaron and his garments, and also on his sons and his sons’ garments. So he consecrated Aaron and his garments, and his sons and his sons’ garments with him.

31 And Moses said to Aaron and his sons, “Boil the flesh at the entrance of the tent of meeting, and there eat it and the bread that is in the basket of ordination offerings, as I commanded, saying, ‘Aaron and his sons shall eat it.’ 32 And what remains of the flesh and the bread you shall burn up with fire. 33 And you shall not go outside the entrance of the tent of meeting for seven days, until the days of your ordination are completed, for it will take seven days to ordain you. 34 As has been done today, the Lord has commanded to be done to make atonement for you. 35 At the entrance of the tent of meeting you shall remain day and night for seven days, performing what the Lord has charged, so that you do not die, for so I have been commanded.” 36 And Aaron and his sons did all the things that the Lord commanded by Moses.

The Lord Accepts Aaron’s Offering

9:1 On the eighth day Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel, and he said to Aaron, “Take for yourself a bull calf for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering, both without blemish, and offer them before the LordAnd say to the people of Israel, ‘Take a male goat for a sin offering, and a calf and a lamb, both a year old without blemish, for a burnt offering, and an ox and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before the Lord, and a grain offering mixed with oil, for today the Lord will appear to you.’” And they brought what Moses commanded in front of the tent of meeting, and all the congregation drew near and stood before the LordAnd Moses said, “This is the thing that the Lord commanded you to do, that the glory of the Lordmay appear to you.” Then Moses said to Aaron, “Draw near to the altar and offer your sin offering and your burnt offering and make atonement for yourself and for the people, and bring the offering of the people and make atonement for them, as the Lord has commanded.”

So Aaron drew near to the altar and killed the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself. And the sons of Aaron presented the blood to him, and he dipped his finger in the blood and put it on the horns of the altar and poured out the blood at the base of the altar. 10 But the fat and the kidneys and the long lobe of the liver from the sin offering he burned on the altar, as the Lord commanded Moses. 11 The flesh and the skin he burned up with fire outside the camp.

12 Then he killed the burnt offering, and Aaron’s sons handed him the blood, and he threw it against the sides of the altar. 13 And they handed the burnt offering to him, piece by piece, and the head, and he burned them on the altar. 14 And he washed the entrails and the legs and burned them with the burnt offering on the altar.

15 Then he presented the people’s offering and took the goat of the sin offering that was for the people and killed it and offered it as a sin offering, like the first one. 16 And he presented the burnt offering and offered it according to the rule. 17 And he presented the grain offering, took a handful of it, and burned it on the altar, besides the burnt offering of the morning.

18 Then he killed the ox and the ram, the sacrifice of peace offerings for the people. And Aaron’s sons handed him the blood, and he threw it against the sides of the altar. 19 But the fat pieces of the ox and of the ram, the fat tail and that which covers the entrails and the kidneys and the long lobe of the liver— 20 they put the fat pieces on the breasts, and he burned the fat pieces on the altar, 21 but the breasts and the right thigh Aaron waved for a wave offering before the Lord, as Moses commanded.

22 Then Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them, and he came down from offering the sin offering and the burnt offering and the peace offerings. 23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting, and when they came out they blessed the people, and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. 24 And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the pieces of fat on the altar, and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.

Matthew 25:31-46

The Final Judgment

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, [3] you did it to me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Footnotes

[1] 8:7 Hebrew with it
[2] 8:15 Probably Aaron or his representative; possibly Moses; also verses 16-23
[3] 25:40 Or brothers and sisters

  • CheriClark

    OT
    Lev 7:1 :1 “This is the law of the guilt offering. It is most holy

    Then: God is beginning to give Moses instructions on how the offerings were to be done.

    Always: We must always remember that Jesus is HOLY.

    Now: This struck me this morning as I began to read the passage. The offering was holy. I could not but think of the sacrifice that had been done for me. Jesus. He is Holy. He is God. The enormity of the fact that a Holy Jesus would take on my sins so that He could suffer the wrath that I deserved. How awesome is that! That just drives me to my knees in praise and gratitude. And that should be by constant thought. May I live with that realization. May I live with a heart that is so full of gratitude and love that it overflows to His children and His church. May I do that today!

    NT
    Matt 25:40 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

    Then: Jesus is illustrating the final judgement when there will be a separation between the sheep and the goats.

    Always: We as believers are to have transformed lives.

    Now: If we are His sheep, we are transformed. If we have transformed lives we have transformed hearts. Because of His love we show love to others. Jesus calls these the least. Jesus makes it very clear that when you serve others you serve Him. We are to serve one another. We are to provide for one another’s needs. Do we? Have we? Do we have resources and time that can be used for the benefit of another? Are we willing to give up some of our wants to help another out? May we be known as a church that loves one another. May we serve one another.

    This past few days I have been recipient of much love being showered on me. I am overwhelmed by the goodness and sweetness of the ladies I serve with in Navigating Motherhood as they have worked to provide me with some times of rest and recuperation. It has been glorious. I am so grateful to know that I belong to a body that cares for one another so well. Thank you my dear sisters.

    • Anne Ventura

      So Sweet NAVO is loving on you Cheri!! Love You.

  • kirk

    NT
    45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

    God by the power of your Spirit help me to be more and more Christ like with everything I think say and do, that I would be ready to be used by you to come along side those you want me too, that I would be ready to speak about you to anyone when you want me to, and I would pray consistently (and put into action practically) for my leaders, brothers and the lost you have placed in my life

    Thank You Jesus
    Maranatha

    • CheriClark

      Yes, Lord, me also!

  • Anne Ventura

    Lev. 9:23

    23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting, and when they came out they blessed the people, and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people.

    Heb. 9:19-26

    For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.” 21 And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship. 22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
    23 Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

    Amazing Love, Amazing Grace Saved Me.

    Matthew 25:39-40

    39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

    The kindness of others to provide when in need brings joy to the giver as well. We are to especially help our brothers & sisters in Christ, Acts 20:35c it is more blessed “to give than receive.” May I strive to help others who need even the essentials.

    • CheriClark

      Yes- may we be known as the church that loves one another.

  • Paul Kuntzman

    OT

    Leviticus 9:24
    24 And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the pieces of fat on the altar, and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.

    Lord, May I see your fire today and every day, and respond in a way that is pleasing to you. 

    NT

    Matthew 25:40
    40 And the King will answer them, Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

    Matthew 25:45
    45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’

    Jesus is pretty clear here that when we are to serve and love others, it is not exclusive to believers. As Christians, we should see all embrace our Church family, love them, and serve them. For the non-believers, we must see them as Christ sees them, as lost souls in need of salvation. We should love them, and serve them with a mission to share the truth of the gospel as our great commission commands. Lord, may I begin this day with the mindset that everyone I see as a person wandering in the wilderness, may I be willing to seize the opportunities you provide me to share the truth of the gospel in both words and actions. 

    • CheriClark

      Yes!

  • Alyssa Cuccia

    “Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” Matthew 25:32

    What stood out to me in this verse was the fact that on this day “all the nations” will be gathered before the Lord to be judged. Every single person in the world will stand before God, regardless of color, race, or religion and will be counted as either a child of God or a child of wrath. This should 1) be an reminder for us to make sure that we are associated with those in the family of God and 2) a reminder to pray often for the nations of the world. It is so easy to get caught up in our own “world” that only extends a few miles around us, but God is concerned with “all the nations” of the world and desires all people to be saved. Is this our same desire? Do we think to pray for those people around the world who have far less access to the Bible or the truths of the gospel? May we pray fervently for these people today, knowing that they too will one day stand before God and give an account.

    • CheriClark

      a good reminder.

  • Beth Metcalf

    And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matt. 25:40 (You are most Holy Lord, we are not worthy to praise your name; but we do, due to the vital blessings you have given us all! Thank you Jesus for coming, and paying for all sin. We love you, because you first loved us! How can we not love others as you loved us!)

    • CheriClark

      Yes- how can we not?

  • CrisFrancisco

    Daily Bible Reading for February 9, 2016

    OT

    This is the portion of Aaron and of his sons from the Lord’s food offerings, from the day they were presented to serve as priests of the Lord. The Lord commanded this to be given them by the people of Israel, from the day that he anointed them. It is a perpetual due throughout their generations.” (Leviticus 7:35-36, ESV)
    This was God’s way of providing for the priesthood giving them food through the offerings from the people.

    Nowadays, we need to be faithful to give generously from what has entrusted to us. This is the way that God can work through us to provide for the church and to fuel different ministries in the local community and throughout the world.

    NT

    And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:40, ESV)
    Jesus says that when we serve our brothers and sisters in Christ, we are serving the King. There will be a reward for that. By this, others may know that we are Christ’s disciples, when we show love to one another.

    Lord Jesus, help me to search for ways to serve your people the way that you served us and gave yourself for us. May your Spirit make me sensitive and available to those opportunities.

    • CheriClark

      Amen!

  • Sam Funk

    Lev 7:37 This is the law of the burnt offering, of the grain offering, of the sin offering, of the guilt offering, of the ordination offering, and of the peace offering,

    Offerings had specific purposes and methods of preparation as commanded by God. They all required a sacrifice; for animals, their life, blood, flesh and fat, for others the effort of baking or boiling or pressing oil or grinding and sifting flour. In all cases the people bringing the offering were publicly acknowledging their sin, asking for God’s forgiveness by giving up something that had value to them.

    Lev 8:5 And Moses said to the congregation, “This is the thing that the Lord has commanded to be done.”

    Moses was careful to tell the people that what he was doing and what he commanded others to do was God’s will and not something he made up.

    Lev 9:24 And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the pieces of fat on the altar, and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.

    After seeing the ceremony of offering conducted by Aaron and then to see the glory of the Lord, the people must have feared for their lives in the presence of God’s awesome power.

    Matt 25:40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

    God is always watching and listening to how we treat each other. Not all who are poor and homeless are bad and not all who are broke and sick are innocent either. God knows who is truly needy. Lord teach us to be compassionate yet discerning toward who we help.

  • Olivia

    OT:
    Aaron and his sons are moving into the most demanding job in the Israelite camp; if they do one thing incorrectly, God has the ability to kill them. These ceremonies were supposed to remedy sin issues within the Israelite camp, but they only did so temporarily. This section reminds us that Christ’s death and resurrection had to be offered up once for those who would believe, and not repeatedly (thankfully!) to atone for sins. Christ’s blood and life was worthy to be sacrificed once!

    NT:
    Remember that the MOST important thing anyone could ever know about themselves is if they are right with God. It’s not about having the best education, relationship, job, etc, but about having a right relationship with God, repenting for sins and turning in faith to Him!

  • NonieS

    Leveticus 9:1

    24 And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the pieces of fat on the altar, and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.

    God accepted Aaron’s offering, and fire came out from the Lord. I can only imagine how the people were in awe and fear, when this happened. We may not see fire, but our God is still the awesome God He was to His people in the old testament. We serve a mighty God, may I honor Him in all I do.

    Matthew 25

    37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, [3] you did it to me.’

    We must be about doing good and caring for others, because when we do, we are doing it to the Lord. Maranatha!

  • RyanDamato

    Matthew 25-

    32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.




    The final judgement is a serious and final judgement that will decide the fate of all people for eternity. Jesus is very clear that all people will be set before him and will be made aware of how they served the King or rejected him. Love for all people the way Christ loved is certainly magnified here and as he continues with his theme of reward and destruction, he puts a lot of emphasis on the foolishness and wickedness and finality of those who don’t obey his commands.
    Starting with the 10 virgins in the first part of the chapter, we see half of the ladies who didn’t take the grooms time-line seriously, they were looking for immediate pleasures. After that, Jesus shows the problem of status quo in the talents. He shows that 1 of the 3 people who received talents from God was selfish with his talent and scared to lose it causing him to be disciplined as a useless servant. Now we have all people being judged based on how they loved which shows how serious they took their relationship with Christ.
The bottom line that Jesus is relaying to people here is that we need to realize our place in God’s economy. If we’re serious about our fear of God and we’re looking forward to the eternal Kingdom, we’ll think through the seriousness of his expectations of us here and now. We need to be think on a bigger scale. It’s not immediate joy/pleasure that we seek (although our joy in the faithful promises can fulfill that state of being). It’s not just the “having the talent” but rather using it with the intent of saving lives and multiplying the Kingdom. It’s not by just knowing the Christlike lifestyle, it’s fulfilling it with the intention of true love. In other words, we’ve agreed to a full time 24/7 change in the way we see life and until that is evident, we should be fearful of this eternal separation. We should strive to be sheep by loving and serving others for the sake of the Kingdom just as Christ did. 

    With a busy family life, work life and church life, I can easily find myself buried and burdened over doing things for others. I can find all kinds of excuses but Jesus clearly expects me to think as he thought and to act as he acted. I need to put aside my agenda for his just as he exchanges his resume for mine. If I don’t take this serious, then the love that I say is in me, isn’t in me at all.

  • Stephanie Schwartz

    Leviticus 8:22, “Moses took some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron’s right ear and on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot.”

    It’s interesting to see Moses put the blood on the ear, thumb and toe of Aaron (and his sons). I think this either demonstrates their entire being as devoted to the Lord, or more specifically, as priests they must LISTEN to God’s voice, DO as God commands, and WALK in an upright manner. May I not try to compartmentalize my life, but instead make sure my ear, thumb and toe are all dedicated to God and his service.

  • Mark Richards

    OT
    Leviticus 9:24 And fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the pieces of fat on the altar, and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.

    The Israelites immediate response to the manifestation of God’s glory was to fall on their faces. This reminds me of the sheer majesty and holiness of God; our response when we see Him face to face will only be one of complete humility and nothingness. God is more holy than we could ever comprehend, and we are much more sinful than we know. Thus, our response to His glory will be greatly magnified, because the chasm between Creator and creation will seem infinitely larger.

    NT
    Matthew 25:40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

    The defining characteristic of the sheep is their self-sacrificial love for other people. I have been thinking about this a lot lately, that I must continually focus on how I can love others and focus on them more than I focus on myself. To be sure, our love for others does not save us, but it is one of the foremost fruits of our salvation. I want to work hard at loving other people practically and effectively, including (and especially) non-Christians who need to hear the good news of the gospel.

  • Lisa

    Matt 25:Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

    Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God! I pray I would be aware of the needs around me and meet them pleasing the Father.

  • Austin Jones

    Matt 25

    45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.

    The focus here is on serving others and obeying Christ humbly. Christ points out that there will be people who are not granted access to His kingdom because they did not serve the lowly on earth. This reminded me of how much Jesus served His disciples when He washed their feet and continually showed them the scriptures. Our attitude as Christians is not one of pride, ownership, or ego. Rather, we are to recognize that we are sinners that deserve the wrath of God and only by God’s grace are we granted grace and mercy. As a result, we should serve others to display the love that God showed us. By doing so we will bring God the glory and show others the love of Christ as well.

  • Joey Sather

    I read it and it was good!