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Exodus

REPOST FROM FEB 17, 2007

The offerings as supplying the needs of man:
Burnt - Love (acceptance by God)
Grain - Joy (responding to God's acceptance)
Peace - tranquility of Heart (the peace of God)

Now God deals with sin and the need to confess and be restored.

It is true all five of these things are represented at the Cross - but notice the order God puts them in. God puts the Israelites in a place where they fulfill the needs of "Love, Joy, and Peace". Those being filled - God is saying 'Now let's talk about what it is that is separating us.'

I think this is a wonderful lesson in evangelism. Too many times Christians attack the sin issue first when talking to an unbeliver. It is true that God wants to deal with sin, and man can not solve his problems with God until he solves the problem of sin - BUT that is not where God starts here in Leviticus. God starts with the need for being loved, need for joy, and the need for peace of heart.

My process of coming to Christ took several months, and the young fellow that answered some questions for me kept harping on "hell". It turned me off to asking him questions, but I continued to read the Gospel of John. Once I prayed for the truth to be revealed - the blinders were off and I saw the incredible Love of God - and his acceptance of me as I was - a sinner. That is what caused me to make the decison to accept and receive Christ. I was drawn by the Love of God (and my need for that Love) - and the forgiveness and transformation followed.
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SIN OFFERING
Male animal - if priest, community, or leader - symbolizing leadership.
Female animal - for the individual - a follower.

Unwitting - not acts of deliberate evil - but the acts commited by our very (sinful) nature. the acts that take us by surprise - that we thought we would never do. I think God is trying to point out here that man by nature is sinful?????

The blood is sprinkled and poured in various places in the tabernacle. God is aware of it - the sinner(s) see it and knows that this blood has covered his sin, and his conscience can be at rest. (That is an important need of man).

For the (sins of the) priest and community - the hide and flesh are taken away and burnt outside the camp. [I wonder if this is true of all the sin offerings or just these two.] The symbolism: fat - richness of life - inner life is pleasing to the Lord. But the body (flesh) is not. Just as in Christians - the inner spirit is different from the flesh.
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GUILT OFFERING
Now that man's needs for God are filled and sin is forgiven - man can deal with man.

Some trespasses could not be dealt with by an offering - some called for death. God can forgive, but man sometimes cannot deal with the stress on the fabric of society. I think this was God's way of relieving the tension when the sins were crimes against humanity - to preserve this society in its early stages. At this time, a way of limiting evil in the Jewish society.

But for those transgressions against fellow man that were not capital offenses - an offering and RESTITUTION were to be made. Filling the need for man to be at peace with man.

So often in the secular world this is done backwards. Committees are organized, governments make laws, and they try to figure out ways to legislate morality. God says - this is in the wrong order. The place to start is in your relationship with Him.

"That is why when Jesus summarized the Ten Commandments, he said, first, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength," {cf, Matt 22:37 KJV}. And then, second, "Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself," {Matt 22:39 KJV}. You see, it is the first which provides the power to carry out the second. If you reverse the order you lose that." - Ray Stedman

Mark 2:17

REPOST FROM FEB 17, 2007

"On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."NIV

Rom3:10
"As it is written:
"There is no one righteous, not even one;" NIV

Jesus seems to be saying - that it is not those who "think" they are righteous - but those that admit they are sick (repentant sinners) who I have come to heal.

If one thinks he has no need for God - there is nothing to say to them. It is only when they acknowledge their problems, repent and seek the Lord - that He steps in.
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Mark 2:19
"Jesus answered, "How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them."

There was only one day of fasting prescribed by the Law - Yom Kippur. But the Pharisees had added many more days - this was such a day. Serious, solemn, and ritualistic. Jesus is saying - 'you have it wrong. This is not time to act like you are at a funeral. I am here. It is time to rejoice, be happy and feast.'

I am now looking at the new patch and new wine a little differently as the new expressions of joy and happiness alluded to above. The new vital relationship with God expressed through Christ cannot be fit into or contained in the old ways (tradition). It must have its own structure - more flexible and giving to the expanding joy of one in Christ. Tradition should never be alowed to destroy that relationship.
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Mark 2:27
"Then he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath." NIV

"Jesus says, 'No, human need takes precedence over rules.' Rules are orderly ways to meet needs. That is what they are for. And they are perfectly right in that way. But when a rule actually ends up opposing the meeting of the need, then the rule has to go. Our Lord is the first to make that clear." - Ray Stedman

Mark 3:5a

REPOST FROM FEB 17, 2007

"He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man," NIV

Christ was not angry at their looking for reasons to accuse Him, nor for plots to kill Him.

The literal translation (and I think the correct one) is:
"And having looked round upon them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their heart," YLT

Christ was angered over the condition of their heart(s). "grieved" in Gk is "sullupeo" and only used here in NT. From Greek literature it is the type of "grief" one sees at a funeral when one throws himself on the casket sobbing out of control.

Christ was grieving over them as if they were dying (due to their stubborn hearts), and they are:
"the wages of sin is death".

The "anger" is the same as used for the "wrath" of God. Because these men had stubborn (hard) hearts - they rejected Jesus as the Son of God. When you reject the Son, you reject the Father.

1John2:23
"No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also." NIV

John 3:36
"Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him." NIV

This was the momentary anger (or wrath) that Jesus' eyes expressed. It must have been chilling!
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Why was Christ Greived to such an extreme extant?

I mentioned this last year, and I still ponder it at times. Jesus is in his early thirties. Not twenty years ago, some of these same men may have been sitting around him at the temple delighting in the child (twelve year old) who could discuss the Scripture with such insight.

It must have been a glad time as it went on for three days. Any comraderie or good will from that meeting, is now long gone. It must have deeply saddened Christ.


Psalm 36

Sorry for the reposts and the heavy lifting from a sermon on this Psalm. Have to get to Church, and I am involved with a Sunday School middle School (boys/teens) overnight campout tonight. No real time to post today, and will not be back until tomorrow night.

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4 Even on his bed he plots evil;
he commits himself to a sinful course
and does not reject what is wrong.

"First, the wicked individual being described here is not wicked because circumstances out side his control forced him to be so or determined that be should act wickedly. This is someone who has chosen to be as he is, not someone who has, say, chemical imbalances in his brain that cause him to do things that be hates and can't stop....Secondly, the focus of these verses is not on wicked deeds; it is on the wicked heart." - Steve Zeisler
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7 How priceless is your unfailing love!
Both high and low among men
find [b] refuge in the shadow of your wings.

8 They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.

9 For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.

Verse 9 sound like a pointing to Christ?????

"For David, the contrast in this psalm is between the wicked man and the Lord himself. He praises the Lord for his characteristics -- loving kindness, faithfulness, righteousness, and justice. He is those things, and they are immense. David also sees the benefits that have accrued to God's children, and they're wonderful to understand and to experience. Now, finally, in verse 10 we come to the petition that ends the psalm. What will David ask for, having made these observations about the wicked man, God himself, and the people of God? Well, it's interesting to me that he does not pray that the wicked man be cast down. He does not pray for the overthrow of the evil individual, He merely observes (v.12) that it takes place. "See how the evildoers lie fallen -- thrown down, not able to rise!" He doesn't ask God to do that. He knows it's inevitable that the righteous God who rules this universe will oppose the wicked man and bring him down. The rebel who will not repent will be thrown to the ground." - Steve Zeisler

http://www.pbc.org/files/messages/7220/4240.html


In Mike's commentary today he says that he recently learned that "the laying on of hands on the sin offering symbolically transferred guilt to the offering." Interesting!

In these modern times we live in, there can also be a laying on of hands (touching) on someones shoulder or head symbolically as a blessing of them. Sometimes I am moved to do that to someone, especially to children. When I was about 10 years old, my father took me on a trip to visit historic Philadelphia. We were staying at the Ben Franklin Hotel -- A man got onto the elevator with us. As we were riding, the man briefly put his hand on the top of my head and closed his eyes. I didn't know what was happening, but after we reached our floor and departed, my father told me that man was Billy Graham and that he had blessed me. That experience was very meaningful to me and has influenced my faith and behavior even to this day. A simple blessing by touch can be a profound gesture.

God Bless You All

In today's reading I noticed Mark 3:6 -- "At once the Pharisees went away and met with the supporters of Herod to discuss plans for killing Jesus."
My reaction to this was --Wow, that sure was quick! It seems like Jesus has just really begun his ministry on earth and they already want to kill Him.

I took two big things away from the Leviticus reading today:

In 5:4, the implication that we should avoid oaths, even good ones, presumably because they distract from the first and foremost oath we should take in our hearts: to pin our hopes and deepest loyalty on God alone.

And in 6:12-13, the (now symbolic) notion that the sacrificial fire must never go out. What a burden that must have been when it was not symbolic but an actual fire that had to be stoked 24/7. I'm so thankful that, with Jesus, we have an intercessor who has sacrificed for us and the assurance that our God never slumbers nor sleeps.

Still catchin' up...

SPREAD THE WORD OF GOD. THE WORLD IS CHANGING AND JESUS IS COMING SOON, WE NEED TO PREACH! :D so that people who dont know God, get to know the best of the world. God isnt just our God, but he is Father, our saviour and many more things. I wish the whole world could see that..

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