Anyone who touches something unclean–whether human uncleanness or an unclean animal or any unclean creature taht moves along the ground–and then eats any of the meat of the fellowship offering belonging to the Lord must be cut off from their people. Leviticus 7:21
Most people believe in being clean when they eat something. They do not want to bring any germs onto their food to go into their body.
In order to prevent these germs, most will wash their hands prior to eating anything. This does a good job at removing physical dirt that is on the outside of their body.
God told the people that if anyone touches anything unclean and then eats of the fellowship offering, that person must be cut off from the people.
Physical sacrifices are no longer required by God to have fellowship with Him and each other. However, there are sacrifices of praise and worship in fellowship with God and others that are to be done on a regular basis.
Just as the Israelites were to touch no unclean thing, believers are also to not touch anything unclean. This uncleanness now extends to more than just unclean animals, but also to anything that is sin, both physical and non-physical.
During the week many believers allow sin into their lives and do not repent of those sins. Then they get together with other believers on the weekends to worship God and fellowship with each other, with no repentance of sin. As they get together, they are dirty with sin in their lives.
Prior to getting together to worship God, every believer should take time to repent of any and all sins in his life. God is faithful and will forgive the person and make him clean before the Lord, allowing the fellowship to occur in holiness and righteousness.
You will have times that you will step into sin, making your life dirty on the inside. Do not allow that dirt to remain there, keeping you away from God and others, but repent of those sins and allow God to forgive you and clean you up.
Open the doors of fellowship with God and other believers by fleeing sin and repenting of any and all sins in your life. God wants to meet with you and talk with you, so do not touch anything unclean physically or spiritually.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will flee all sin your life; that you will repent of any sins before God; and that you will know true fellowship with God and others in holiness and righteousness.
If you offer an animal from the flock as a fellowship offering to the Lord, you are to offer a male or female without defect. Leviticus 3:6
During times of war, there is often one side that will offer something for peace to regain fellowship between the warring parties. These are often peace treaties to stop the war.
Once the war is stopped, often one will send some type of offering to the other in gratefulness for the accomplished peace. This occurs on national levels as well as with individuals between neighbors, friends and even family members.
God told the people that if they were to bring an animal for a fellowship or peace offering to Him, it was to be a male or female without defect.
While a person does not believe in Jesus and follow God, there is a war going on. At the moment he chooses to repent of his sins and believe in Jesus, there begins a fellowship or time of peace between him and God.
Although physical animal sacrifices have been done away with when Jesus died upon the cross, the believer can offer a sacrifice of fellowship to God. Being grateful for what Jesus did for him in bringing him into fellowship with God, he can offer himself as a peace offering to God.
The work that Jesus did on the cross has made the believer pure and holy without defect. Giving of his entire life, mind, body and soul, to the work of God is an offering of fellowship to the Father. It is found in spending time talking and listening to the Father, in doing the work that He has him do, in living as He commands, and in building His kingdom here on this earth.
This is the minimum fellowship offering that a believer can give to God for what He has done.
Jesus has brought about peace and fellowship between you and the Father. There is nothing greater than that fellowship that you could ever receive or desire. Let God know about your joy and gratefulness in what Jesus did by offering yourself as a fellowship offering up to Him.
Allow your sinful self to die on the altar and live to do His work. Break the fellowship with the world of sin and death and spend time in fellowship with God for eternity. Let God give you true life with Him.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will have full fellowship with God; that you will know the peace with God you have in Jesus; that you will offer your life as a fellowship offering up to God; and that you will allow Jesus to make you pure and holy as He is.
If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 1 John 1:6
Crimes are usually performed in the darkness, because when it is dark, no one can really see what is occurring. Many people get scared to walk down a lonely, dark alley at night, not knowing what may be out there to get them.
This type of thinking is common for most people around the world. Yet, the majority of those same people are walking in a spiritual darkness, even in broad daylight.
John states that if a person claims to have fellowship with God, but walks in the darkness, that person is a liar.
It is very easy for a person to claim to be a believer in Jesus and go to church, but still be in the dark. Holding onto sinful habits causes one to stay in and walk in the darkness. In reality he is lying about having fellowship with God.
Throughout the church there are many who claim to have fellowship with God but are lying about it. They purposefully commit sins against God. Some live in adultery, some tell lies, some gossip, some live an alternate sinful sexual lifestyle, some idolize false gods, and the list goes on of the sins.
God is light, He is holy, He is pure, He is without sin and cannot be around any darkness or sin. Only when a person is cleansed of sin and is walking as Jesus walked can God be with him and he walks in the light.
It is living in the forgiveness and grace of Jesus, striving to be holy as God is holy that one walks in truth and in the light. True fellowship with God will cause one to flee all sin and walk in God’s light of holiness and truth.
As you walk through this life each day, you must determine if you will walk in the dark or in the light. Your acceptance or rejection of sin will determine if you are in the dark or in the light.
If you have chosen to believe in and follow Jesus, He has forgiven you of all your sin. Do not allow yourself to go back into any of those sins or any other sin.
Walk in the light of God, not the darkness of sin and this world.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will have true fellowship with God; that you will walk in God’s light; that God will strengthen you to leave the darkness of sin behind you; and that you will live in God’s truth.