Leviticus 4:1-2 Unintentional Sins

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The LORD said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘When anyone sins unintentionally and does what  is forbidden in any of the LORD’s commands–‘ Leviticus 4:1-2

One common phrase for many people with young children is asking if what they did was done on purpose or not. The child had done something wrong, such as hitting another sibling, and parents always asked if it was done on purpose or not. Did the child want to hit, or did he hit by accident in the moment?

This question is often asked to determine how the situation is handled. If it was on purpose, the punishment will be more severe and focused differently. If it was an accident, the focus will not be so much on punishment, but upon correction and redirection.

The same type of question is often asked of adults in situations of crimes or injuries caused. There is less mercy for the one who does something wrong on purpose, than the person who did it on accident.

As God is giving Moses the directions of what sacrifices are required and how to do them, one thing He points out is that these are done when someone does something unintentionally. God does not expect His people, His followers to purposely sin against Him.

Every believer needs to be focusing his life in a way that when he does sin, and he will, it was done by accident, not on purpose. No believer should be able to be accused of purposely sinning against God.

When a believer truly knows God, he will never want to sin against God. God’s love and mercy in his life will be so great that he will keep a reign on his life to keep from sinning against God. Sinning will happen, but not with a purposeful intention as the world does.

God has provided a sacrifice for every person who has sinned–Jesus Christ. Any time you sin by accident, you have the ability to seek forgiveness from God through the blood of Jesus. This is showing God’s great love and mercy on you.

In light of that great love and mercy, keep your life focused on following Jesus. Do not allow yourself to be caught up in purposefully sinning against God. Do not give God a reason to have to punish you or correct you.

Keep your eyes on God to keep from sinning on purpose.

I pray today that you will know God’s love and mercy for you; that you will love God with all of your life; that you will seek to turn from all sin against God; and that you will never be guilty of intentional sin against God.

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Zechariah 1:3 Return To The Lord

Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 1:3

Israel had been in captivity for 70 years. The Israelites were starting to ask how long God would be angry with them and keep them in captivity. God tells them to return to Him and He will return to them. He had been angry with them, but was ready to forgive and move forward, if they were willing.

For many different reasons, there have been people who have chosen to walk away from God. They choose to no longer go to church or serve God at all. Some will continue to go to church, but do not really serve God or even have any type of relationship with Him anymore.

For a lot of these people, who have chosen to walk away from God, they feel as though they can no longer return to Him. They may feel as though God has rejected them for all eternity and that there is no longer any hope left. People feel as though they have committed the greatest sin and can no longer be forgiven.

As much as a person may feel like this, it is not true. Prior to ever serving God, a person was in the same position, rejecting God and living in sin. If God can accept a person then, He will accept the person when he returns again. God is a loving and merciful God. He is ready to forgive and save.

God will not force Himself upon someone, but wants the person to want to have a relationship with Him. He gently calls each person to have that relationship. If the person draws near to God, God will quickly draw near to him.

You may be a spot where you have allowed yourself to walk away from God. You may or may not be in church, but you no longer have a close relationship with God. You may feel as though you are now rejected by God and cannot return.

These are thoughts from the devil, reject them. Draw near to God. Return to Him and seek His forgiveness for the wrongs done and seek to worship and serve Him. He is there waiting for you to return. His love for you knows no end.

Will you return?

I pray today that you will return to God; that you will worship and serve God with your life; that you will have a close relationship with God; and that you will continually draw near to God. 

Psalm 140:6 A Humble Cry For Mercy

I say to the LORD, “You are my God.” Hear, LORD, my cry for mercy. Psalm 140:6

It is common for people to cry out to God when in need. When a person is going through a very difficult time, he will call out to God for help and mercy in the situation. Others will intercede for him also, asking God to help meet that need.

In the process of praying for assistance from God, many will begin to list the reasons why God should help. In this list, many will bring up all the good deeds that has been done. They are listed as though God should help a person because of what he has done in the past.

When a person is praying like this, either for himself or for someone else, the prayer becomes about self and not about God and what He wants. No person actually deserves God’s help in any situation. In fact, every person deserves the worst possible punishment for all eternity.

Only because Jesus died and paid for the price for all sin, does any person have any right to ask God for anything. It is because God is God that a person has a right to cry out for mercy.

When David was crying out for mercy to God, he did not list anything that he had done. All he did was ask for God’s mercy in dealing with his enemies. He knew God as His God and that God was the one in control and could deliver him. No one else could help him, and he did not deserve the help. Any mercy given by God was a blessing, not an earned right.

As you go to God in prayer for your own personal needs, or the needs of others, allow God to be the one in control. Seek His mercy to meet that need. Do not try to earn the right for Him to help you.

God loves you and had Jesus pay the price for you sins. In paying that price, you are also given the right to have His mercy given to you. It is only because of Jesus, that you can have God’s mercy. Jesus provided abundant mercy in just forgiving your sins, He will continue to pour out that mercy in your life.

I pray today that you will know the mercy God has for you; that you will not try to earn rights with God; that God will be your God; and that you will see God meeting all of your needs in His way and time.

Psalm 5:7 In His House

But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple. Psalm 5:7

David could see all of his enemies around him. He knew that they did not follow God and asked God to destroy them because of their wickedness. David recognized that it was only by God’s great love that he had the ability to enter His temple, God’s house.

There are two places mentioned in the Bible where God makes it His home or place of dwelling. The physical one is the temple or church building. The other is in the heart’s of believers. As David wrote this passage, he was talking about the physical temple, where God dwelt. It was symbolic of meeting with God directly.

Entering the house of God was not something that David took lightly. It was considered a holy place, only for those who are holy. He also knew that he did not deserve to be allowed to enter it.

Many people go to church, just because they are supposed to do it. They see going to church as just another thing to check off on their “being good” list in life. Seldom is it recognized as a place to meet God in as a group.

As a believer, any place that you meet God can be considered His house. It is not just the church building. Regardless of where it is at, it must be seen as a privilege granted only by the great love and grace of God.

God does not have to allow anyone into His place. By all rights, you and everyone else should be killed by God, because of sin.

Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, God provided a way into His house. Never forget the price that was paid in order for  you to enter God’s house.

Do not take entering His house lightly. Enter with reverence to God. Worship God as you enter His house. Serve God with everything in you as you enter His house.

God will make His dwelling place, house, anywhere He is welcomed. Are you allowing God to make His house in your life?

Do you know the great love and mercy God had on you in order for you to enter His house?

Give God praise and honor today.

I pray today that you will know God’s love and mercy on you; that you will know the presence of God in your life; and that you will worship God all the days of your life.

1 Chronicles 17:16 Who Are You?

Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: “Who am I, LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?” 1 Chronicles 17:16

David had decided that he would build a temple for God. God told him that it was great that he wanted to do that, but he would not be the one to build the temple. God did promise David that He would make his name and family line great for generations to come. David was amazed and wondered who he or his family was that God had even brought him as far as He had already done.

Society often determines how great a person is by what they have or what they have done, regardless of character. It can often be seen where a person of “high” standing, such as a mayor, governor, or congressman, does something wrong. The first thing the person says, is asking the question if the police know who he is. They often feel that because of their position they cannot, or should not, get into trouble. They expect special treatment because of who they are.

Even though David was made king of Israel, he realized that he really was a nobody. He gave God all the credit for his position, for what he had, and all of his accomplishments. With doing that, he could not understand why God would do all those things for him.

As a believer in Jesus, you are in the same position as David. In and of yourself, you are  nobody. There is nothing that you can do without the power of God at work in your life. You did not create anything, heal anyone, or live a truly righteous life. In yourself, you are nothing.

Despite this, God in His great love and mercy, has made you into someone great. He has made you His child. He has promised you a home for eternity. He has promised you life for eternity. He is giving you an inheritance that is beyond anything that anyone on this earth can provide.

How far has God brought you in your life?

What things has God brought you through?

Think about what God has done for you and given you. When you realize what God has done, and who you really are, in yourself, you will stand amazed as David did. You will want to ask God the same question as David, who am I?

It really has nothing to do with you, but everything to do with God’s great love and mercy on you. Give God praise for what He has done and is doing in your life.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will realize how far God has brought you; that you will know that you cannot do anything without God; and that you will know God’s great love and mercy.

Revelation 6:16 The Wrath Of God

“They called to the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!'” Revelation 6:16

In John’s vision he saw a time in the future where the scroll was opened up by Jesus, the only One who could open it. As the scroll was opened up there was great disaster and destruction done to the earth and everyone on it. The scroll was the wrath of Jesus being poured out upon the earth.

For the last 2,000 years, at least at this point in time, Jesus has been patient with mankind. He has reached out in love and mercy to draw all people to Him. Yet, many have rejected Him. Others have claimed to follow Him, but did not. Others have cursed His name.

Jesus had died an extremely painful death on the cross for every person and yet many do not want to follow Him. His anger against people who are like that will be great.

Think about the times when someone has done wrong to you. How angry do you get? If you are like most people, it is very angry. You want vengeance for the wrong done. you want the person punished.

God is no different. There will come a time when God will punish every person for the wrongs done to Him. In all the wrongs done to you, none is so great as what has been done wrong to Jesus. He gave His life for you and every person. What more could He have given.

In the future when God’s wrath will be poured out, all mankind would rather die than be in the way of that wrath. It will be a time that is unparalleled in history. Nothing will ever have been like it.

To avoid the great wrath of Jesus, you must be willing to follow Him with all of your life. Accept what Jesus has done for you and given you.

Along with that, pass that information on to every person you meet. Do you really want to see others go through His wrath? That is the whole of the gospel message. Jesus does not want to punish but to save, but if He has to, He will punish.

You do not want to go through His wrath.

I pray today that you will serve Jesus with all of your life; that you will accept what Jesus has done for you; that you will tell others of what Jesus has done for them; and that God will show His love and mercy on you.