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

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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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Leviticus 18:3 Don’t Do As They Do

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You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices. Leviticus 18:3

Adapting to the actions that people do is something that most people are very good at doing. A person gets around some new people and he very quickly begins to act as they do, regardless of what he originally believed or thought.

Foreigners travel into the USA on a regular basis to begin a new life in America. Over time, a person will still have some of his cultural habits from his original country still in him. While this is still there, he will begin to assimilate into the cultural actions and thoughts of an American. He will begin to do as the people he is living around does.

As the Israelites were in the desert, God told them not to be like the Egyptians, whom they had left, nor to be like those in Canaan, where they are going to. Both the Egyptians and those in Canaan were people who did not follow God. They lived according to their own desires in sin. The Israelites were to be different, to think, speak and act differently than the others in the world.

Believers today are to be the same way. No believer should live as he used to live prior to coming to Jesus. Nor should he act like those around him. Every thought, action and spoken word is to be patterned after those of Jesus. He is to be set apart, holy unto the Lord.

Not every believer is living like this. Many have adapted the ways of the world and brought into the church as though it is a good thing. When looked at, many believers and churches don’t look any different from the world, actively participating in sinful ways and beliefs, while claiming to follow Jesus.

In your own life, you must be careful not to adapt to the ways of the world. You must also turn from your old ways to live for God.

When you look at your own life, who do you look, act and sound like? Are you looking like the world around you? Or are you looking like Jesus, who has saved you from all of your sin, cleansed you and made you whole, set apart to be different?

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus offers you; that you will live your life for God; that you will be set apart, holy unto God; that you will be a shining light of Jesus to this world; and that you will follow God with all of your life. 

Leviticus 8:30 Being Dedicated To God’s Work

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Then Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood from the altar and sprinkled them on Aaron and his garments and on his sons and their garments. So he consecrated Aaron and his garments and his sons and their garments. Leviticus 8:30

Select people get chosen for very specific jobs or positions that are of high esteem or honor to have. In order to get this position or honor, the person must go through some ceremony. In the process of the ceremony, they are set apart for that special position.

One example of this, is the person who becomes a president of an organization or even of the USA. Usually there is some type of ceremony to make it official. They are set apart as an honor.

In some of these ceremonies, there may be special clothing worn, or procedures followed. Each of the procedures represents something towards the dedication being made.

Once Moses had finished having the tabernacle built, he took Aaron and his sons to consecrate them to the office of priests. They and their garments were sprinkled with a mixture of blood and oil from the altar. This caused them to be dedicated to the work of God for the people.

Although today, people no longer use physical blood and oil, believers are still consecrated to the work of God for the people. Every believer has his sins removed by the blood of Jesus upon the cross. He also can have the oil of the Holy Spirit poured upon him to strengthen, guide and seal him to the work of God.

Every believer is to be consecrated to the work of God. This is regardless if they have a titled position, such as pastor, or missionary or no titled position.

Each believer has a work to do for God. God has set up a job for them to do and in order for them to do the job, they must be purified and consecrated to God. They must be set apart for the work of God.

God also has a work for you to do in this world. You also need to be cleansed from sin by the blood of Jesus upon the cross. You also need the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus had sent, to guide and strengthen you to do the work He has for you to do.

Have you allowed yourself dedicated to do the work of God?

I pray today that you will be set apart for the work of God; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus has given; that you will be guided by the Holy Spirit; that you will be purified for God’s work to be done; and that you will do the work God has for you to do.

 

Hebrews 7:26 The Perfect High Priest

 

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Such a high priest truly meets our need–one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Hebrews 7:26

People go to many different people for help. They look for all different types of help in order to help them get through their days here on this earth. Thousands of counselors and psychiatrists are attempting to help people every day around the world. Along with those people, there are thousands of priests and ministers that people go to for help and guidance in their lives.

Some will view these people as the best source of help. They take their words to heart and believe them. While they may have some good advice to give, they will also fall short in the end. They are not perfect.

In the Old Testament the believers had to go before a high priest to atone for their sins or to worship God. In order for the priest to atone for the sins, he had to atone for his own sins first. He was not perfect and was unable to be there for every person himself.

Jesus came later and became the perfect high priest. He did not have to atone for any of His own sins, because He had never sinned. Jesus now sits in heaven at the Father’s right hand, ready to meet the needs of every believer. The foremost need is removal of sins, after that there are many other needs that believers have.

Instead of just running to a man, priest or other, here on this earth for help and guidance in life, the believer must go to Jesus. Men on this earth will be busy or absent, and they have failures. Jesus does not have any failures and is always available.

You will have struggles that you will need help to overcome. You will have needs that you need someone else to help with. While it is good to seek other people to help, your first focus should be to go before your high priest–Jesus. Go to the One who created everything, the One who is perfect, pure and blameless. He will always make the perfect choice for you.

Think about how great it is that you have someone who can help you around the clock and always makes the perfect choice. Jesus will truly meet every need you have, if you go to Him and trust Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your High Priest and Savior; that you will trust Jesus for every need you have; that you will run to God first with all of your needs; and that you will strive to be like Jesus, holy, blameless, and set apart for God.

Esther 3:8 No Toleration

Then Haman said to King Xerxes, “There is a certain people dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces among the peoples of your kingdom who keep themselves separate. Their customs are different from those of all other people, and they do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the kings best interest to tolerate them.” Esther 3:8

King Xerxes had chosen to raise Haman up into a higher position of honor among the royal officials. It was ruled that all the other officials must bow down in honor of Haman, when in his presence. Mordecai, an Israelite, refused to bow down to Haman, making him very angry. Haman then went to the king about a group of people who were defiant and refusing to follow his rules. He wanted a way to destroy those people, even though it was only one person who appeared to be defiant with him.

Standing up for something different from the normal flow of things makes a person defiant and a type of rebel. Most people do not like someone who stands out differently than themselves. As a whole most want everyone to live in conformity to everyone else. They want unity among everyone. There is no tolerance for those who live a different life.

Believers stand out as different. Every believer is a stranger in this world. They are to live by a different set of rules. These rules are those of God. The rules are made to love and honor God first, and then love every person. Any thing less than this is not acceptable to a believer.

The world does not like that type of living. Those in the world want to be honored first over God or anyone else. When they are not honored, the world will find ways to make the Christian look bad and defiant, refusing to be obedient. This has been seen in America with rules against speaking against various sinful lifestyles.

You have to be willing to stand for God first and foremost in your life. Live the life God is calling you to live. You are different. You are to be defiant against living in sin. You are to be a rebel against doing things against God. As the world is not tolerant of believers, you must not be tolerant with sin in your life.

What are you tolerant of today?

I pray today that God will strengthen you to live for Him; that you will not fear the world’s rules; that you will be separate to God alone; and that the world will see you as a believer in Jesus.

Numbers 8:14 Set Apart For God

“In this way you are to set the Levites apart from the other Israelites, and the Levites will be mine.” Numbers 8:14

God had set up a series of sacrifices and ceremonies to be done that would cleanse the Levites. This was to prepare them for the work He wanted them to do in the tabernacle. Once all the sacrifices were done, they were set apart from all the other Israelites. They were to belong to God and God alone. Their whole purpose was to serve God in the tabernacle. They were God’s priests for the people.

In the Old Testament it was people who had to do the work to set others apart for God. There was a variety of sacrifices offered that would cleanse a person. The person had to be cleansed from sin in order to approach God. Anyone who went into the tabernacle was approaching God.

Jesus became the sacrifice to cleanse people. His blood was shed in order to remove all the sin. The difference is that Jesus is not just coming to saving one line of people, but to save everyone. Any person who believes in what Jesus said and did, and repents of his sins will be saved. Every person who is saved is now a priest before God.

As a priest you have the ability to go before God. You have been cleansed and set apart. Not every person in the world will be set apart. You are bought by God and are now His.

What does this mean for you?

It means that you are God’s and God’s alone. You are here to do whatever God wants you to do. You are in service to God. You are to be different in the way you live and act. You are to no longer live like the rest of the world.

Think about the great honor this is. Many people think it is a great honor to serve some famous person. Here you are in service of the creator of the world. You are in service to the one who owns it all.

Are you set apart for God today?

Are you serving God today?

I pray today that God will reveal His plans for you; that you will be set apart for God; that you will live to serve God; and that God will guide and strengthen you by His Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 12:14 Live In Peace

“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14

All around our country and the world you will hear people talking about wanting everyone to live in peace. Very few people really want war and fighting. In our country everyone talks about everyone having to live in peace and harmony with each other. It is pushed so much that a person cannot disagree with anyone or else you are not at peace and in harmony.

In this verse, however, it is seen that not only to live in peace but also to be holy. For one to be holy means one is separate or set apart. Being set apart means there are differences. Jesus was the most holy person that ever lived, yet there was not peace between Him and the leaders of the temples. His holiness separated Him from them. Often it is seen in many churches the desire to be at peace with everyone so much that everything is permissible. Sinful lifestyles are accepted in the church just to be at peace with everyone. This is not shown in this verse.

You are to strive to be at peace with everyone, but not at the price of forsaking holiness. If your holiness is compromised to gain peace, you may have gained peace with the world, but have lost peace with God. If you do not live a life of holiness, you will not see God. Who is more important to be at peace with: God or the world? The world’s peace is temporary and conditional. God’s peace is permanent and only on one condition–belief in Jesus.

Today strive to be at peace with all people, but not at the price of your holiness and relation with God. Be holy in everything you do and flee all sin. Sometimes the world will be at peace with you, other times they will fight you because of your holiness and walk with God. Following Jesus will bring about division, because He demands full allegiance to Him and Him alone. God does not share His throne nor His honor. The world wants to be loyal to everyone as needed. If it is in your means to be at peace with someone, then make that peace. Do not give the world a bad reason to be at war with you.

I pray that today God will strengthen you to be holy as He is holy; that God will reveal ways to bring about peace with other people; that God will strengthen you to not compromise your walk with Him; that God will give you the words and actions to say and do that will only bring Him honor and glory; and that God will help you see Him as He is.