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In the Bible you will read a lot about stoning as a means of execution. Stoning is a communal form of execution, it requires all those persons who have been offended to participate. One interesting point is that since it could not be determined whose individual stone caused the death, no one person could bear the guilt for the death.

As I have been reading these passages there has been a lot of rules. One might be overwhelmed trying to follow all of them, but then it came to me, most of these rules will fall into place if you follow two basic principles. Love the Lord your God, and Love your neighbor as yourself.

Scripture Leviticus 24:10-16

“Now the son of an Israelite mother and an Egyptian father went out among the Israelites, and a fight broke out in the camp between him and an Israelite. The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name with a curse; so they brought him to Moses. (His mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri the Danite.) They put him in custody until the will of the LORD should be made clear to them. Then the LORD said to Moses: “Take the blasphemer outside the camp. All those who heard him are to lay their hands on his head, and the entire assembly is to stone him. Say to the Israelites: ‘If anyone curses his God, he will be held responsible; anyone who blasphemes the name of the LORD must be put to death. The entire assembly must stone him. Whether an alien or native-born, when he blasphemes the Name, he must be put to death.”

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We live in a world that is on the move 24/7. If you want or need an answer to something you either get on your internet, cell phone, blackberry, PDA or TV and find the answer NOW. Our world is teaching us not to wait, patience is going out the window. God does not operate like that, He does not know time, He is time.

I was reading the above passages and I found it interesting that instead of Moses taking action (I bet that Moses deep down inside knew the answer of what to do), Moses put the blasphemer in custody until the will of the Lord was made clear. Read that again; until the will of the Lord was made clear. I know that I am always pushing God, I want my answers right now, it is hard for me to wait. But, I am finding that when I do wait for The Lord, it just seems to always work out better.

There was one other point that I found interesting. I know that Moses had a heart for his people. I bet Moses knew what was going to happen to the boy, but was maybe hoping God might not hand down that judgement. When God did hand down His judgement, His commands were carried out.

We need to slow down in life, take time to wait on the Lord when we need an answer to one of lives’ problems. Pray and listen for Him to speak, be open to anything that the Lord’s will tells you. The answer that Christ gives you may not be the answer you are looking for, but it will always be the best one.

Closing Prayer

My Heavenly Father,Thank you Father for the patience You have in me. All the troubles and sins, I am so glad to know You still love me. But Father I want You to know how much I love You and I ask that you help me to be patient, wait on Your word and act obediently. I know God that Your way is ALWAYS the best but sometimes it is so hard to wait.

I love You!! In Your Name I pray, Amen

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In Leviticus 23 you will read a list of sacrifices required throughout the year. These feast and sacrifices mark various stages in the agricultural year, they give both credit and a sacrificial portion back to God. These feasts are:

  • Sabbath
  • Passover
  • The Feast of Unleavened Bread
  • The Feast of Weeks
  • The Feast of Trumpets
  • The Day of Atonement
  • The Feast of Tabernacles

 If past history and future/prophetic events interest you, these feasts that God appointed for Moses and His people are very interesting. They are full of meaning for the past and future events.

Think & Grow

As I was browsing today I opened up a page for our internet browser. On it was a large headline ” James Gandolfini Dies. ” When I read some headlines like that this saddens me.

But then I stopped and thought, that is just one well known person, how many people died today that are lost that are filling up Hades? So I did some researching, and these figures are an estimate, if someone has a more accurate figure, I would love it. Around 150,000 people a day pass away. From those people 87% “Claim” they are Christian, 13% claim no religion. I would guess the 13% figure is much higher, but 13% roughly equates to 20,000 people a day are a loss to Christ / a win to satan. That is too much, one is too many for satan!

There are so many lost and hurting people in our world. Our lives are so much larger than a job, school, or possessions. What are you going to do today to lower satans number? Jesus is not asking you to be “John the Baptist”, just be Jesus with skin. Show your neighbor Christ’s love, the Holy Spirit will do the rest.

Closing Prayer

My Heavenly Father,I am so saddened by these lost lives Father, I can’t imagine how sad you are. God please help me to shine and be there for those that are lost. Help me to help You Father, I can’t do anything without You. Please give me the words to make a difference and the courage to follow through. I love You.

In Your Name, Amen

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In Leviticus 19:27, the significance of trimming the hair for men has symbolic value as a sign of manhood or virility.Cutting one’s body was a cultist practice, this was done to attract a god’s attention, or to ward off the spirits of the dead. In Leviticus 20:2-5 you will read about “Children of Molech  this was the practice of sacrificing children to Molech (Idol worship).

I would encourage you to read Leviticus 20. It is a short chapter that has a lot of solid values.As I was reading this chapter, most of the punishment for these sins were death. I couldn’t help but to be thankful, I thought that if we were living back then, most of us would have been killed, myself included. Thank you Jesus!I know that this passage is the Old Testament, but it has wonderful core values!

 Leviticus 19:9-10

“When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God.”

 Thought for the Day

Before Christ did some heavy work on my heart; if I passed a person on the street asking for money, or drive by the guy on that same street corner every morning, I would think to myself, Get a job you have legs, or If I did give that person money, I figured they would just use it for booze or cigarettes”. But, then God started to do some work in my heart, and those thoughts and excuses of why I did not help those people, left, and love and compassion started taking over.

In the verses above God told Moses to tell His people to do this, so that HIS poor and needy were taken care of. When you pass by a person that is poor and needy what is your reaction? Do you have my older state of mind? Maybe you pass by and say to yourself, “I’ll pray for that person”. I always try to think, how would Jesus handle this? I try to be Jesus in skin. Then, I think of the verse in Hebrews 13:2 where it says that some strangers I met, may have been angels.

We need to be Jesus here on earth. I do not know where your heart is, but I would encourage you not to look away, start with a smile, eye contact, or a hello. I know that by doing so, you will find yourself far more blessed that that person ever will be.

 Closing Prayer

My Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the grace and mercy you so lovingly give me everyday. Thank you for the angels you put on earth with us, I pray Father that I can be a good example for those around me including and mostly my family. Please help me to grow more, love more and be more like You. Father I continue to pray for those in the war. I pray for the families that are hurting and scared. I pray for the children that are over there fighting for our country, please protect them. I love You!

In Your Name I pray, Amen

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Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Heb 13:2

 

As I have been reading these passages of Scripture, God takes sin and uncleanness very seriously. So serious that if you came in contact with sin, you were now unclean and had to become clean again. The Old Testament has wonderful morals, we all need a little more Old Testament in our lives. 

 

Leviticus 18:1- 5

 

“The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘I am the LORD your God. You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices. You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the LORD your God. Keep my decrees and laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them. I am the LORD.” 

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We have a wonderful 13 year old son. He has a great spirit, but, can be a little hardheaded at times. We make rules for him, not because we like to see him being punished or make his life difficult, but because we love him. We know that if we allow him to make a lot of wrong decisions, it could effect his future life. When he disobeys it effects our relationship with him, we do not change, but he pulls away from us and God’s teaching.

 

The same is true for what God was trying to do. We all are human, you will never get rid of your human desires, but, we need to learn how to control them. We need to stay close to the Lord and keep our noses in His word, so His rules will become more than rules, it will become a way of life because life is God and God is holy.

 

In chapter 18 God sets some simple rules for sexual relations. We are all sexual creatures and have sexual needs and desires, and when used in the way God intended it is a beautiful gift. But, when abused it leads to sadness, broken families, disease, murder, guilt…. the list goes on and on. What God gives us as a gift, satan tries and does destroy. I would take time to read this chapter and live it. These verses apply to everyone, my 13 year old son, to the married man or women, live these passages, do not let satan destroy God’s gift.

 

 Closing Prayer

 

My Heavenly Father,

 

There are so many gifts that you give everyday, for that I thank You from the bottom of my heart. I pray Father that You will teach me how to use Your gifts and not abuse them. Help me Father to be strong against the enemy and WIN!

 

In Your Name I pray, Amen

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Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family.

The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion’s guest room.

Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement. As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it.

When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied, “Things aren’t always what they seem.”

The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife.

After sharing what little food they had the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night’s rest.

When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field.

The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel how could you have let this happen?

The first man had everything, yet you helped him, she accused. The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die.

“Things aren’t always what they seem,” the older angel replied. “When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall.

Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn’t find it.”

“Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead. Things aren’t always what they seem.”

Sometimes that is exactly what happens when things don’t turn out the way they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is always to your advantage. You just might not know it until some time late…

Some people come into our lives and quickly go..

Some people become friends and stay awhile…

leaving beautiful footprints on our hearts…

and we are never quite the same because we have made a good friend!!

Yesterday is history.

Tomorrow a mystery.

Today is a gift.

That’s why it’s called the present!

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Insight Into the Scriptures – Leviticus 11-13

In verse 13:45, when the person let his hair go unmanaged, torn clothing and face covered, these were the characteristics of a person in mourning.

Scripture 11:44-45

“I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves about on the ground. I am the LORD who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.”

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Why do you serve Christ? Why do you choose to do the right thing vs. doing the wrong thing? Just stop for a moment, do not read on, and give an answer in your head.

When I was younger in my faith, I chose the right thing because it told me to do so in the Bible. You read the 10 commandments and you try very hard to follow those. But then as I grew in my faith the “Rules” still mattered, but my motivation changed to doing the right thing because He is Holy, I strive to be like Him more and more each day. I serve Him and do what is right because He is my God and King.

If the answer that you gave in the beginning was because it says so, maybe you need to push your relationship to the next level. Focus on Jesus and getting to know Him as the King He is, and then all the “Rules” will just come natural.

Closing Prayer

My Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the fellowship and time You allow me to have. I pray Father that You help me to be closer to You, to get to know You better. I long to be closer to You, but I am so human sometimes, I forget…to seek You. And for that I am sorry. Father I pray for those that do not even have the knowledge of Your existence. I pray that they will hear the truth and come to know how great and loving You are.

In Your Name I pray, Amen

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Insight Into the Scriptures Leviticus 7-8
When making sacrifices, the fat part they are speaking about in the Bible is the layer of fat around the internal organs, it could be easily peeled off and is inedible.The ephod was the most important of Aaron’s priestly garments. It was either a linen robe covering the upper body or a frontal piece attached to the shoulders and sashed to the waist.
Aaron and his sons could not leave the entrance to the Tent of Meetings for seven days. This was to protect them from any uncleanness that they might encounter by leaving.

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Today, I thought that I would share with you something that just recently happened to me. My wife and I run a little business and God was blessing our work. We were becoming busier and busier. As this was happening, guess what I started to do? My “Jesus time” started to become less and less, I kept putting priority on my work (Which He actually was blessing) and spending less and less time with Jesus. Finally, after a couple of weeks I was feeling very disconnected with Christ, and I was wondering why?

Right away, I made time for Jesus whether I felt that I had it or not. There were some days that I did not think everything was going to get done, but it did. And, actually our little business continued to be blessed by God. One interesting point was that as soon as I started to make time for Him again, my feeling of being close to Him did not improve right away, it took maybe a week or so.

Jesus has to take priority in your life. It is not easy to do with “Life” coming at you every day and sometimes every hour. It is something that you are going to have to work on. If you start your day and tell yourself that I will spend time with Jesus later on in the day, chances are it will never happen, plus you have the enemy that will throw anything in your path to distract you. Make an appointment for Jesus, just as you would any other person, and stick to it. If you are on a wonderful routine, fight hard to never let anything come in between that time, Jesus will honor your commitment!

Closing Prayer
My Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the awesome time I have everyday to spend with. To breath in every breath and think of You, is so wonderful and forfilling. I pray Father that I can keep my appointment with You everyday. Help me to stop and remember how good it feels to spend that one on one time with You. Father I ray for all of those who are lost and seeking. I pray I hear the right words from You and know the moments that You are giving me. I love You!!
In Your Name I pray, Amen

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I found it very interesting, when they stole something, they would pay that person back the value of the item took, plus 1/5 interest. What a neat concept.

When I started reading the Bible seriously, I always thought that the Old Testament was boring and dry. But, since that time the Old Testament has really come alive for me. This is the way God started it His relationship with man. There are a lot of neat principles that would be useful in today’s age.

 Leviticus 5:5-6

“When anyone is guilty in any of these ways, he must confess in what way he has sinned and, as a penalty for the sin he has committed, he must bring to the LORD a female lamb or goat from the flock as a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for him for his sin.”

 Thought for the Day

Sin is ugly. There are no two ways around it, just plain ugly. I would hope that sin is something that you are ashamed of, something that you would not be proud of. It usually is hurtful to other people and for the most part looked down upon by a lot of people. Add all those things together and no wonder people keep sin locked up inside themselves.

But, that is just where satan wants you to keep it, and to keep you! Trapped inside, feeling ashamed, ugly, and discouraged. I know that all sin is equal, but in my past I have done some things that I am terribly ashamed of. For the longest time, that sin controlled my life, it kept me down, I felt trapped by it and the choices I had made, satan was winning. Finally, I found my peace in Christ, and one of the BIGGEST things that helped me, was to admit it, not only to Christ, but to other believers. It was amazing how freeing it was, it was like a weight was lifted off of me, and satan had nothing on me anymore.

Life in Christ is a life free of chains and bonds, it is a life of freedom. Christ paid for your freedom, you need to take what is rightfully yours. if satan has you bound by past sin, break those chains today, live your life in Christ!

 Closing Prayer

Dear God,

I am so glad that You are on my side, or is it that I am on your side! I know that I am a sinner Father, but I know that sin will eat away at me and satan would love that. Father I pray that everyday You will help me to focus on you, see my sin and tell someone I trust. Father I pray that you will release satan’s strong hold on me and help me be free and closer to You. Thank you for always loving me, always forgiving me and having grace and mercy on me.

I love You!

In Your Name I pray,

Amen

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There is freedom in Jesus.

There is freedom in Jesus.

This would be a example for when you feel like you are the only one in the world that is standing up for what ig good and right…. kinda of how Job must have felt..

You know the turmoil that is going on in my heart, mind and soul right now. My friends are casting me away because of my beliefs. They say that I need to be silent when it comes to speaking my mind these subjects like abortion. Well, who is going to stand for the unborn? They cannot speak for themselves!

Lord, You say it is wrong and I am standing with You on this. Lord, where are the men and women of faith? I am so distraught! I need core Christian friendships! I want to have those close bonds like Naomi and Ruth did, or like David and Jonathon did. I feel so alone, like Job did as his “friends” berated and accused him of being a sinner over and over again! Lord, please bring me some real friendships that will last into Glory! I am so thankful for Your Son’s precious blood that was shed for me! I love You! Amen

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Insight Into the Scriptures

The book of Leviticus was written by Moses around 1445 – 1444B.C. The setting takes place at the foot of Mount Sinai, it is a handbook for the priests and Levites teaching them their duties in worship, and how to live as a holy people.

Today we start with the book of Leviticus. While it may seem out dated and the rituals strange, always keep looking toward Christ and how these things that God was teaching Moses and His people relate to Jesus.Leviticus is also a book on how to live holy to God. Holiness is mentioned more times in this book than any other book in the Bible.

 Leviticus 1:3

“If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he is to offer a male without defect. He must present it at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting so that it will be acceptable to the LORD. He is to lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him. He is to slaughter the young bull before the LORD, and then Aaron’s sons the priests shall bring the blood and sprinkle it against the altar on all sides at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.”

 Thought for the Day

Try and put yourself in the person’s place that was going to sacrifice a bull. First off you have to take one your best bulls from your flock. One that is the strongest, without defects, this is not be easy because this is your livelihood and it is your best, so it is a loss that you will feel.

Second, YOU have to place your hand on the bulls head, take responsibility for it’s death, and slaughter your bull. Maybe while raising this bull you have become attached to it and it’s personality. I know that it was a different time back then, but I know that I would have a hard time slaughtering and cutting up any kind of animal.

What God was trying to teach His people, is that sin had consequences, something had to pay the price for the sin of the person. Something had to die for that persons sin. Well, times have changed and we do not have to sacrifice animals anymore, Jesus took that place and suffered much more than any of those animals did. Today, I would thank Jesus for loving us so much to make that incredible sacrifice once and for all.

 Closing Prayer

Dear Jesus,

Father I could never know what You went through on that cross, but I thank You from the bottom of my heart and I pray that I can each day make You proud. I pray Father that You would lead me to be more like You and less like me. I pray Father for those suffering heartache, pain and brokenness. I pray that You will bless them and give them peace and comfort. I love You and thank You for the sacrifice You made so that I can be with You.

In Your Name I pray, Amen

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