Leviticus 20:2 Sacrificing Children

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Say to the Israelites: Any Israelite or any foreigner residing in Israel who sacrifices any of his children to Molek is to be put to death. The members of the community are to stone him. Leviticus 20:2

One of the commands that God gives the Israelites is to not sacrifice any children to Molek. It was a common practice to burn the child to get the favor of the false god, Molek. Neither the Israelite, nor the foreigner living in the land was allowed to do this detestable practice.

Since that time, the majority of the world is willing to accept that physically sacrificing children is not an acceptable practice, at least in word. Many nations have rules against sacrificing a child. Yet, the majority of the world does sacrifice children on a daily basis.

The first thing most believers think of when talking about sacrificing children is with abortion. In America, this had become an acceptable thing to the point, that today abortion is accepted for any reason at all, right up to the point of actual birth. This practice has even crept into the church as acceptable.

However, there is another also another method of sacrificing children that occurs daily in many homes, even Christian homes. It is the sacrifice of time spent with a child. For the same reasons that many children are aborted, many are left alone in the search for money, position, fame, or more. Children are left to be raised by the school, nannies, day cares baby sitters, or older siblings, rather than by the parent.

This is a type of sacrifice people make in order to make money or survive in life. Abortions are done out of fear and to survive in life, to make money, have fun. Not spending time with children is also sacrificing their lives for the same reasons.

God is a God of relationships of love. Love is spending time with others. If one is aborted or ignored, then there is no love and there is a sacrifice.

If you have children, NOW is the time to tell them that you love them. NOW is the time to take the time to spend time with them. Prove that you do love them, by spending time with them. Prove that you love by allowing your child to have life.

God is a God of life, not death. Are you allowing your child to have life?

I pray today that you will know the love God has for all people of all ages; that you will not sacrifice children or others for selfish reasons; that you will trust God to help you make the time for others; and that you will trust God to provide for your needs.

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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.

John 19:30 No More Need

Model airplane

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:20

Jesus was accused of blasphemy against God and was sentenced to die on the cross. After extreme abuse, He was nailed to the cross. At the moment He died, Jesus said, “It is finished,” and He gave up His Spirit and died.

People are known for starting many different projects in and around the house and property. In order to finish the project, one must completely do everything that is needed to be done. If any part is left undone, it is not finished.

Often people will start a project, then skip some of the steps in order to try to get it done faster. One project that is known for people to try and skip the steps or change the order is in putting a model airplane together. As they work on it, they miss one or two steps. When they believe they are finished, there is something missing and it does not work.

When Jesus was on the earth, He made sure that every step of the project that His Father had given him was completed correctly. The project He had been given to do was to seek and save those who are lost.

In order for a person to be saved from his sins, a perfect living sacrifice had to be offered. Jesus was and is that perfect sacrifice.

When He gave up His life on the cross, He said that it is finished. With that, there is no more need to work for salvation. The price had been paid. The project was over and completed.

Too often, believers try to add to the requirements to be saved. They add different things that a person must do to be saved. Yet, Jesus paid the price and it was complete. All a person must do is repent of sins and accept what Jesus did.

You must be willing to trust in Jesus and His sacrifice for you for your salvation. Do not try to earn it, it can no longer be earned. Jesus said that His work was done, the price was paid, it is finished and no more is needed.

Believe in Jesus and now live for Him. Tell everyone what Jesus has done for them. Bring everyone to Jesus. No more is needed.

I pray today that you will know the work Jesus did for you; that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust in His death for you; and that you will live for Jesus all the days of your life.