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Today's Reading
February 15

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Pastor’s Note

Again in Leviticus the Lord shows himself to be extremely serious about the holiness of his people. As we read about the resurrection and commission of Christ in Matthew 28, may we not forget the gravity of sin that led to such extreme suffering on the cross, and Christ’s desire to see all his disciples “observe all that he commanded them” (v.19b).

— Pastor Mike

Leviticus 20-21

Punishment for Child Sacrifice

20:1 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Say to the people of Israel, Any one of the people of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. I myself will set my face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given one of his children to Molech, to make my sanctuary unclean and to profane my holy name. And if the people of the land do at all close their eyes to that man when he gives one of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death, then I will set my face against that man and against his clan and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in whoring after Molech.

“If a person turns to mediums and necromancers, whoring after them, I will set my face against that person and will cut him off from among his people. Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. Keep my statutes and do them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you. For anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood is upon him.

Punishments for Sexual Immorality

10 “If a man commits adultery with the wife of [1] his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. 11 If a man lies with his father’s wife, he has uncovered his father’s nakedness; both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. 12 If a man lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall surely be put to death; they have committed perversion; their blood is upon them. 13 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. 14 If a man takes a woman and her mother also, it is depravity; he and they shall be burned with fire, that there may be no depravity among you. 15 If a man lies with an animal, he shall surely be put to death, and you shall kill the animal. 16 If a woman approaches any animal and lies with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.

17 “If a man takes his sister, a daughter of his father or a daughter of his mother, and sees her nakedness, and she sees his nakedness, it is a disgrace, and they shall be cut off in the sight of the children of their people. He has uncovered his sister’s nakedness, and he shall bear his iniquity. 18 If a man lies with a woman during her menstrual period and uncovers her nakedness, he has made naked her fountain, and she has uncovered the fountain of her blood. Both of them shall be cut off from among their people. 19 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister or of your father’s sister, for that is to make naked one’s relative; they shall bear their iniquity. 20 If a man lies with his uncle’s wife, he has uncovered his uncle’s nakedness; they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless. 21 If a man takes his brother’s wife, it is impurity. [2] He has uncovered his brother’s nakedness; they shall be childless.

You Shall Be Holy

22 “You shall therefore keep all my statutes and all my rules and do them, that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out. 23 And you shall not walk in the customs of the nation that I am driving out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I detested them. 24 But I have said to you, ‘You shall inherit their land, and I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey.’ I am the Lord your God, who has separated you from the peoples. 25 You shall therefore separate the clean beast from the unclean, and the unclean bird from the clean. You shall not make yourselves detestable by beast or by bird or by anything with which the ground crawls, which I have set apart for you to hold unclean. 26 You shall be holy to me, for I the Lordam holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.

27 “A man or a woman who is a medium or a necromancer shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones; their blood shall be upon them.”

Holiness and the Priests

21:1 And the Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: No one shall make himself unclean for the dead among his people, except for his closest relatives, his mother, his father, his son, his daughter, his brother, or his virgin sister (who is near to him because she has had no husband; for her he may make himself unclean). He shall not make himself unclean as a husband among his people and so profane himself. They shall not make bald patches on their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuts on their body. They shall be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God. For they offer the Lord‘s food offerings, the bread of their God; therefore they shall be holy. They shall not marry a prostitute or a woman who has been defiled, neither shall they marry a woman divorced from her husband, for the priest is holy to his God. You shall sanctify him, for he offers the bread of your God. He shall be holy to you, for I, the Lord, who sanctify you, am holy. And the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by whoring, profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire.

10 “The priest who is chief among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil is poured and who has been consecrated to wear the garments, shall not let the hair of his head hang loose nor tear his clothes. 11 He shall not go in to any dead bodies nor make himself unclean, even for his father or for his mother. 12 He shall not go out of the sanctuary, lest he profane the sanctuary of his God, for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is on him: I am the Lord13 And he shall take a wife in her virginity. [3]14 A widow, or a divorced woman, or a woman who has been defiled, or a prostitute, these he shall not marry. But he shall take as his wife a virgin [4] of his own people, 15 that he may not profane his offspring among his people, for I am the Lord who sanctifies him.”

16 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 17 “Speak to Aaron, saying, None of your offspring throughout their generations who has a blemish may approach to offer the bread of his God. 18 For no one who has a blemish shall draw near, a man blind or lame, or one who has a mutilated face or a limb too long, 19 or a man who has an injured foot or an injured hand, 20 or a hunchback or a dwarf or a man with a defect in his sight or an itching disease or scabs or crushed testicles. 21 No man of the offspring of Aaron the priest who has a blemish shall come near to offer the Lord‘s food offerings; since he has a blemish, he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God. 22 He may eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy and of the holy things, 23 but he shall not go through the veil or approach the altar, because he has a blemish, that he may not profane my sanctuaries, for I am the Lord who sanctifies them.” 24 So Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons and to all the people of Israel.

Matthew 28

The Resurrection

28:1 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he [5]lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

The Report of the Guard

11 While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. 12 And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers 13 and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.

The Great Commission

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in [6] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Footnotes

[1] 20:10 Hebrew repeats if a man commits adultery with the wife of
[2] 20:21 Literally menstrual impurity
[3] 21:13 Or a young wife
[4] 21:14 Hebrew young woman
[5] 28:6 Some manuscripts the Lord
[6] 28:19 Or into

  • Sam Funk

    Lev 20:22 I“You shall therefore keep all my statutes and all my rules and do them, that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out.

    When you step back and look at the various inns they were told not to do, besides being against God’s commands, you can categorize them into things that they want to do or think is right. May I always seek and employ God’s commands when my flesh s tempting me to do something wrong.

    Lev 21:5 They shall not make bald patches on their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuts on their body.

    Priests were held to a higher standard.

    Matt 28:2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.

    The earthquake would have likely awakened many people and alarmed many who were getting ready for the day (it was dawn). I imagine the city must have been busy with all that had taken place the last few days.

  • Anne Ventura

    Lev. 20:22-23

    “You shall therefore keep all my statutes and all my rules and do them, that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out. And you shall not walk in the customs of the nation that I am driving out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I detested them.

    May I be a light in this world Lord, living and reflecting the love of your Son.

    Matthew 28:19-20

    Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

    I am thankful Lord that you have given me your Spirit to help guide me through the times it is difficult to present the gospel. Give me someone today that you have prepared.

    • CheriClark

      Yes, may we be willing to share with those who are seeking our Lord.

  • Karen Chien

    OT 26 You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.

    There was quite the perversion and invasion of all kinds of sin back in the days. So the Lord had to lay it all out very specifically in what was not acceptable because people got themselves into such darkness that they were not even awareand their moral compass was skewed. It’s no different today, nothing new under the sun, the same perversions are still prevalent. The news blast daily on the ugliness of the human heart and the depravity of man. God is truly a just God and He will punish those who are following their own wills but God is such a good and loving God in that He provided a way out, a way to be redeemed and saved from the wretchedness and dark fallen world, all through Jesus. Even the most ugly of uglies can be purified by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus.

    ———

    NT 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in [6] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

    The great commission is becoming more and more important as God is maturing, sanctifying and growing be each day. The Christian faith isn’t about being good with God, not doing the bad stuff and then just looking good on the outside. It’s about realizing and understanding the price that has been paid for my salvation through a Christ and then going forth to seek the lost to tell them off the good news and make more disciples, followers of Christ. So thankful our church has Partners as a1:1 discipleship. I’ll be taking through one of my past Navigating Motherhood moms starting today. Will need prayers for this process to have a faithful, available,teachable heart from my partner and wisdom and discernment in how to lead from my part.

    • NonieS

      Praying for you as you begin taking your partner through this great discipleship program.

      • Karen Chien

        Thank you Nonie!

    • CheriClark

      Praying, Karen, as you begin taking your lady through Partners. May God guide every step.

      • Karen Chien

        Thank you Cheri!

    • Amy Smith

      Praying for you both, Karen! Praising God for your ATAPAT attitude!

      • Karen Chien

        Thank you Amy!

  • Beth Metcalf

    “And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Lev. 20:9 Keep my statutes and do them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you. teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matt.28:8,20 (On my knees, taking hold of your feet this morning Lord Jesus in worship of You! Thank you for our sanctification… Help me teach, and obey all your commandments of today, daily. Thank you for being with your heirs always!

    • CheriClark

      Worshiping Him !!

  • Alyssa Cuccia

    Keep my statutes and do them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you
    Leviticus 20:8

    Reading through Leviticus is a good reminder that every sin has punishments. Sin after sin is listed and always with the consequence attached. It is good for us to think often about the consequences of sin; every time we are about to sin we should consider whether it is worth the consequence because God’s Word makes it clear that it never is. There is no sin that is worth displeasing God or bringing Him to have to discipline us if we are His children. I would much rather see Leviticus 20:8 come true because as I keep the commands of God I am going to become more and more sanctified through this obedience. God’s work of sanctification is going to be much easier and quicker if we are quick to avoid sin and to remember that the consequences are real and serious.

    • CheriClark

      Yes – may we view sin as God does.

  • NonieS

    Leviticus 20

    7 Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. 8 Keep my statutes and do them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you.

    We are to be holy and keep Gods commands. He sanctifies us to be holy.

    Matthew 28

    9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

    What a joy that would be, to go to the empty tomb and be told that Jesus had risen, to then see Jesus face to face.

    19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in [6] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

    The great commission! Jesus gave the command to go and make disciples. This was not just for that generation; but to every believer. We must continue to reach and teach around the world. I am so thankful for Compass Bible Church, where we support missionaries, plant churches and have a one on one discipleship program to equip us to reach others for Christ.

    • CheriClark

      Yes – I noticed that the women responded with joy also. May that be us – responding with joy to our Savior.

  • CheriClark

    OT
    Lev 20:22 22 “You shall therefore keep all my statutes and all my rules and do them, that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out

    Then: God is laying out some specific things His people should avoid- sexual immorality and child sacrifices being named specifically. He sums it all up by saying that the Israelites should obey His laws and not act as the people of these lands do. His people are to be holy for He is holy (v26).

    Always: As believers we are to be holy.

    Now: God is serious about us being Holy. Holy means that we are separated or set apart. There is a difference between how we act and how the world acts. Or there should be. Is there? Are we holy? Set apart? Not perfect – we are not in our glorified bodies yet but are we striving to obey Him and to be holy. Are we striving to be a part of the world or are we striving to not be that and to be a holy useful vessel of our Lord’s? May we want to be holy. I know it is hard but I also know God states it and so that means He will help me achieve it. The Holy Spirit in me will be my guide. His Word is my path. And I must purpose to do things His way. Lord, help me to be obedient. Help me to be set apart. Help me to live a life that brings You honor and praise.

    NT
    Matt 28:8-9 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.

    Then: The women have come to the tomb. Jesus is not there. They are told by the angel that Jesus is risen. They react with fear and joy but are heading to tell the others the Good News. They encounter Jesus and fall at His feet and worship Him.

    Always: We are to worship Jesus with joy.

    Now: There is so much the women did that was good. They came early to minster to their Lord. They responded to the news that He is risen with joy. (Fear – I can understand as there was much they still didn’t quite grasp. But we know those answers today on this side of the cross.) So they responded with joy. They meet Jesus and they worship Him. That should be us. We are so blessed. Because Jesus is risen we will not see death. Because He is risen we sin no longer has a hold on us. Because He lives we shall live eternally with Him in a glorified body. So why are we not more joyful? Why do our lives not overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all He has done. I know there are hard times to go through but we know how it all ends. And that should fill us with joy. May we live each day in the reality that we are His and He is ours. May we live each day with a joy that cannot be erased by the circumstances we are going through but rests solely in the person of God. Thank You Lord for all You have done for me. May I worship You always.

  • RyanDamato

    Leviticus 20-
    8 Keep my statutes and do them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you.

    Two very common pagan rituals/practices were invading the minds of the Israelites. God’s chosen people needed to be reminded that He is the only one worth worshipping, not Molech or any other pagan god. The Lord is the one that saves and sanctifies and he expects his people to recognize God’s statutes and do them.
    It’s important to constantly look to God’s word for guidance. When we read what he’s written, we need to act on it. Forgetting that he is the God that sanctifies will lead us to entertaining practices and rituals that are accepted and promoted in our culture.
    While it’s easy to read through this section and agree to refrain from sacrificing my children or seeking “mediums” and other forms of psychics, I need to evaluate the other culturally accepted practices that show idolatry in my life. God was serious about the punishment of his people partaking in the practices of pagans and I need to see how tempting that is even in my own life. I want to make sure that my heart is always focused on worshipping the eternal God rather than the temporal deceiver.

    Matthew 28-
    20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

    The OT and NT passages are identical in that God is commanding his people to obey his word. The OT is working through the list of very detailed cultural differences and God expects his people to be holy, or set apart from the way the rest of the God-less society is living. God expects obedience. The NT shows Jesus speaking to his 11 and giving them very important commands of teaching everybody to obey the words of God.
    As we become disciples in the faith, we are to also be teaching others about obedience. Whether it’s already professing believers or people we are reaching for the first time, we need to get into the importance of teaching them God’s commands and the necessity of obeying the commands.
    One of the things that the DBR has done for me is that it has helped me to touch on God’s commands every year. I’m able to be refreshed with the context of his word and the reason for his commands and it becomes easier for me to recognize why he’s called me to do or not do certain things. I pray that he continues to give me clarity on his word and that I wouldn’t just read it, I would do it.

    • CheriClark

      Yes – Lord, help me to do all that You command.

  • Rose White

    26 You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.

    Praying for all who call Jesus Lord and Savior to fight the good fight, remain steadfast and work diligently for the Gospel until Jesus returns.

    This from 2 Tim 3…

    12 Yes, and all whose purpose is to be living in the knowledge of God in Christ Jesus, will be cruelly attacked. 
    13 Evil and false men will become worse and worse, using deceit and themselves overcome by deceit. 
    14 But see that you keep to the teaching you have been given and the things of which you are certain, conscious of who has been your teacher; 

    • CheriClark

      Yes, Lord, help us to be steadfast and to endure until the end.

  • CrisFrancisco

    Daily Bible Reading for February 15, 2017

    OT

    7 Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. 8 Keep my statutes and do them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you. (‭Leviticus‬ ‭20‬:‭7-8‬ ESV)
    Instead of staying in our sin, God calls us to consecrate ourselves and be holy for he is holy. This is ultimately for our good and for his glory. Our relationship with the Lord will set us apart and sanctify us.

    NT

    “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭28:18-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬ http://bible.com/59/mat.28.18-20.esv
    Our Lord, Master, and God (Jesus Christ) has commanded us to go and make disciples of all nations, to baptize them in the name of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), and teach them to obey his commandments.

    The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. May we obey the great commission that God has called us people to carry out. We don’t need to travel across the world. We can engage the people that we interact with from day today and share with them the life-giving and saving news that can only be found in Christ.

    • CheriClark

      May we have hearts that long to share Jesus with all we come into contact with.

  • Joey Sather

    I read it and it was good!

  • Tracy Libby

    Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”💙

  • Chiara Hawley

    The hard hearts of the chief priests are astonishing! They KNOW Jesus has risen and they even had guards over the tomb who can’t explain it. Instead of realizing this was indeed GOD, they try to cover up the information with lies. I praise God for softening my heart and even giving me the ability to submit to Him and repent of my sinful ways.

    • CheriClark

      Yes!

  • Stephanie Schwartz

    Matthew 28:17
    And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.

    How incredible to think that even after seeing the resurrected Christ, some doubted! Oh Lord, only you can help us overcome our bizarre struggles with doubt and unbelief. How foolish we must seem before you!

    • CheriClark

      Oh Lord help me to believe in any areas that I fall short.

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