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Leviticus 22:17-23:44

Twice in today’s reading God opens up His ordinances and the blessings that come along with following His commands, to those who are not his people, "Give Aaron and his sons and all the Israelites these instructions, which apply to those who are Israelites by birth as well as to the foreigners living among you.” (22:18) In the 22nd verse of chapter 23 foreigners are included with the poor as benefactors of the grain deliberately left in the field. God has always allowed for those who were not His people to benefit from the “crumbs” from those who were and are His people as we read Saturday in the Gospel reading (Mark 7:28) What a mighty God we serve!!

What I really like about today’s reading is that it shows how our God is a God who loves parties. He want’s His people to not only reverence and obey Him He wants them to have a good time in doing it. There are lots of “feasts” and sacred assemblies, food and more food. God wants us to celebrate Him and who we are in Him. So Christian, please don’t walk around with a long face, shout Hallelujah from time to time because we serve a God that enjoys our enjoyment of all the things He has done for us.

Grace and peace,

OT - God brought Israelites out of slavery, listed some rules, and they said “Yes Lord”. Now they are to obey - not always knowing “why”. Do we as believing Christians do the same? It is tough and we probably falter as much or more as the Israelites ended up doing as told in the Bible.

NT - Been thinking: Jesus has now told them twice about impending death and resurrection. Disciples did not get it - maybe because Jewish faith believed in resurrection of bodies at the end of days. Coming back after three days was strange idea to those guys.

40% of Americans do not believe in hell - 20% of Christian subgroups do not believe in hell. Everyone likes the idea of heaven, but some not so much hell.

Girl in pageant was asked position on same sex marriage. She replied, ‘I am a Christian and a follower of Jesus Christ - he said: “one man, one woman, United as one, for one lifetime.’ When people have an issue with that -it is not with me, their issue is with Jesus Christ..

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