Leviticus 21:11-12 Don’t Play In The Dirt

Boy with mud

He must not enter a place where there is a dead body. He must not make himself unclean, even for his father or mother, nor leave the sanctuary of his God or desecrate it, because he has been dedicated by the anointing oil of his God. I am the LORD. Leviticus 21:11-12

Little boys are known for wanting to play around in the dirt. They like to drive their toy trucks through the dirt, racing them. They like to run around playing games in a field of dirt, playing football or some other sport.

As children get older, they usually turn away from the dirt. They learn that it is not good to get so dirty.

However, people do not completely leave the dirt. As adults, they change the type of dirt that they play in. Instead of physical dirt on the ground, they play with the dirty things of the world, porn, slander, immoral sex, drugs, gossip, cheating, lying, and anything else sinful.

God had set the Levites aside to be His priests in the tabernacle. One of the things that changed for them was they were not to touch a dead person or make themselves unclean in any way, for any reason. They were anointed as holy and dedicated to God. They could not make themselves dirty even for their parents.

Believers have been made clean, set apart as holy unto God. Once they are set apart unto God, they are no longer to go back and make themselves dirty, dirty with the things of this world.

Some believers attempt to keep their foot still in the world. They want to continue to play in the dirt and filth of the sin of this world. Yet, they are to be a shining, clean light before God and this world of what Jesus has done for them.

There may be things that you are tempted to go back and play in. Things that are dirty and filthy to God. Do not allow yourself to get dirty after being cleaned by the blood of Jesus. Turn away from all sin.

When Jesus cleansed you from sin, He set you apart as holy and righteous unto God to minister in His sanctuary.

Seek God’s guidance to keep yourself clean from all sin. Follow God’s path for your life in order to stay out of the dirt of this life.

I pray today that you will know the cleansing salvation of Jesus; that you will be holy in Jesus before God and this world; that God will strengthen you to stay out of the dirt of sin; and that you will be a clean light of Jesus to this world. 

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Ezekiel 9:6 Slaughter Begins In The Church

“Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, the mothers and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple. Ezekiel 9:6

God was calling for judgment upon Jerusalem because of the sins of the people. A group of men were set to fulfill the judgment upon the people. Before they began, they went through and marked people who were grieving over the sins that the people were committing. Those people were not to be touched. The beginning point for the judgment was in the sanctuary and then they were to go out from there into all the city killing everyone without the mark.

People are very quick to place judgment upon those who do not follow God in any way. Those in the church like to quickly point out to non-believers that they are heading to hell because of their sins.

Although people like to cast this type of judgment, God looks at things differently. His harshest judgment is focused on those who claim to be believers. Jesus saved His harshest words for the leaders of the temple. Those who did not claim to know God, He showed love and compassion, because they knew who they were.

Just as with Ezekiel, there are many who go to church and claim to be a believer in Jesus, but do not live the life. Those who do not go to church are just living life the only way they know how to live. Those who go to church, have heard how to live their lives for God. There is no reason not to be living for God, yet many do not.

Although God is being patient right now and is holding off judgment of the people, there will come a day when judgment will come. It will start in the church, with those who claim to know Him.

You have to take a look at your own life and see how you are living for God. Are you striving to follow the commands God has given?

Are you living up to what you know God’s Word says?

Or are you living your life in your own way, going against God’s Word?

God is watching and there will come a day of judgment. Live for God and be ready for that day.

I pray today that you will know how God wants you to live; that God will strengthen you to live for Him; that God will see no reason to judge you harshly; and that you will be His witness on this earth.

Numbers 18:5 Responsible For God’s Sanctuary

“You are to be responsible for the care of the sanctuary and the altar, so that my wrath will not fall on the Israelites again.” Numbers 18:5

The Levites were set apart to care for the sanctuary and altar. They were the only ones who could go before God to offer up the required sacrifices. During the Old Testament times, God would not just anyone to stand before Him. This was a great responsibility for the Levites, because what they did would be to prevent God destroying the rest of the Israelites.

When Jesus had died on the cross the veil that separated the people from God was ripped in two. The way was opened up for people to come directly before God. No longer does a person have to go to a Levite or some other priest in order to get to God.

Believers today are called priests. This makes you responsible for the sanctuary and the altar.

The apostle Paul also calls all believers “the temple of God”. The temple is the new testament sanctuary. It is where people meet with God. It is where God lives in a person.

Too often many people neglect this sanctuary. They stop praying and worshipping God. They allow sin to come in and defile it. They let the altar to fall in disrepair. They forget to offer the sacrifices of praise to God. They do not intercede for others.

Since you are a priest and you are also the temple, you are responsible for that sanctuary. Taking care of the sanctuary means keeping it clean and holy, ensuring the right sacrifices are offered at the right times, standing before God, ministering to God, and interceding for others.

You must care for God’s sanctuary. Jesus has called you to be a light and a witness in this world. Allow God to clean up your sanctuary and maintain it correctly.

Daily take a broom and sweep out the dust in your sanctuary. Keep the oil of the Holy Spirit burning in the lampstand of your sanctuary. Be responsible for His sanctuary in you.

In this way, you may prevent God’s wrath from coming down upon those around you. You will be a witness of God’s love and salvation He provides to every person.

I pray today that you will allow your life to be a sanctuary for God to dwell in; that you will allow God to cleanse your life from all sin; that you will intercede to God for others; and that you will offer the sacrifices of prayer and praise to God.

Exodus 25:8-9 God’s Design

“Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.” Exodus 25:8-9

After the Israelites had received some commands from God as to how to live their lives, He now gives instructions on building a sanctuary for Him to dwell in. Starting in the next verse and going through several chapters, God gives extreme detail as to how to build the sanctuary. The people are to build it to the exact pattern that God is going to give them.

When people read the Bible cover to cover, many will try to read through this section very quickly. It is just like reading a how-to manual on something that you may not really be interested in knowing. Yet, this section contains a great wealth of information for the believer. It reveals who God is and His plan of salvation for the people.

The Israelites were to build it exactly like God laid out the plans. This was because God wanted to be honored in staying in that place. It was not be just some little thrown together lean-to shelter. It was to be a place for a king–God Himself.

Today God does not have people build a physical sanctuary. He now has that sanctuary built-in the hearts and lives of people themselves. God now dwells in the hearts of people.

When you give your life over to Jesus and have accepted His death and resurrection for you, God starts to build a new sanctuary in you. You are now a new creation, a new sanctuary for Him.

God still has some extreme details as to how this new sanctuary is to be built. It is to be built with love, mercy, forgiveness, helping, serving, prayer, worship, truth, and many other characteristics of Jesus. Throughout the New Testament are many guidelines on how to live your life. These are the details of how this new sanctuary is built.

Are you following God’s pattern for your life?

Are you becoming the sanctuary that God can dwell in with great honor and pride?

Or are you just throwing together some simple, cheap lean-to that has no honor in it?

I pray today that you will see God’s design for your life; that you will allow God to build you into the sanctuary He wants you to be; that you will be a sanctuary that brings God honor and glory; and that you will live your life in a way that God will want to dwell in you.

To learn more about the tabernacle and some of the possible meanings behind the articles and the design in it, please see my post on a book a review about it: A Dwelling Place For God