Leviticus 6:29 Because God Said

Leviticus 6:29 (KJV)
All the males among the priests shall eat thereof: it is most holy.

The phrase, “it is most holy” is oft repeated in these chapters of Leviticus[1]. It occurred to me in this reading to ask, “Why?”

  • There is nothing intrinsic in the thing to make it holy
  • The very same thing, in a different setting is just a thing.
  • There is no ubiquitous law of nature that confirms it is holy
  • The only people to have thought this holy is Israel
  • There is no external evidence to prove it to be holy
  • It would have looked the same in any setting

The only thing that makes the thing most holy is that God said it was most holy.

As our world progresses people are becoming bolder in trying those norms that have been held as holy:

  • The sanctity of marriage
  • That marriage is between a man and woman
  • That it is God who made us male and female
  • Etc

Why are these so?

  • Some past Cultures have not practiced them
  • Those who believed them have not perfectly obeyed them
  • More and more modern civilizations challenge them.

What makes these things holy? Just one thing, and it is all that is necessary; they are holy because God said.

[1] Three times in chapter six, nine times in the book of Leviticus.

 

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Romans 1:3-4 The Gospel Hangs On This

Romans 1:3-4 (KJV)
Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

The whole gospel hangs on this. So does the ministry of Paul. So does our very salvation. Jesus Christ is declared to be the Son of God. It is given that He is the seed of David. His right to the position He claimed is not disputed in that realm. The question is His Sonship.

Notice the forcefulness of the declaration. Paul is adamant. He has proven His Sonship “according to the spirit of holiness” and “by the resurrection from the dead.”

The one is an internal assurance
The Holy Spirit confirms in our hearts it truthfulness.

The other is an external proof
Jesus Christ died and, three days later, resurrected from the dead. That is not religious talk. It is not a spiritualization of the truth. It is historically accurate. It is factual. It was witnessed by both believers and non-believers. It was verified repeatedly over a forty-day span. It was confirmed by more that four hundred at one time.

This Bible is true because the resurrection is true. Salvation is true for all who believe and call upon His name.

 

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Acts 28:16 Are You Prepared?

Acts 28:16 (KJV)
And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.

The word escaped is found twice before the word delivered.

  • Paul escaped the shipwreck
  • Paul escaped the snake
  • Paul escaped the rain, the cold and the barbarous people
  • Paul escaped the privations of imprisonment

But he was still a prisoner. He may have kept his own hired house but there was always a soldier with him and there would be a day that he would be delivered to the executioner.

God is gracious to us in this life. He over rules in much that the devil, the world and the flesh attempt against us. Many times we have our way and sometimes we could almost forget that we are strangers and pilgrims, in a way, prisoners on this planet. One day we will be delivered to the executioner. It might be illness, accident or old age. It could be a tragedy or an act of violence, but however it comes-it will come.

Are you prepared?

 

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Leviticus 5:1 Snitch

Leviticus 5:1 (KJV)
And if a soul sin, and hear the voice of swearing, and is a witness, whether he hath seen or known of it; if he do not utter it, then he shall bear his iniquity.

Here is a dramatic demonstration of the powerful effects of the sin nature. It is almost a universal principle that we are not to be “snitches”. One could almost say that, even in polite society, the three things that are intolerable are:

  • The liar
  • The thief and
  • The snitch

It makes sense, I suppose, among those in the realm of crime, to hold this in such esteem. What makes less sense, if you do not understand the sin nature, is that it would be valued among the “better classes” too. Truth is, the better classes are no better. They possess the very same sin nature as the criminal element. They have merely (and thankfully) been trained to subdue it, to restrain it, to limit it to less violent and brutal outbursts. They still possess it but they don’t want others to know it; hence, the value of those who won’t tell.

But God’s Word is clear. If you have seen a sin committed, even if you have not personally seen it but you have knowledge of it, to not speak up makes you complicit to it.

Of course there are warnings in the Bible concerning the sin of gossip. The difference between the sin of gossip and the responsibility to tell what you know is this:

  • You tell those who have authority to address the situation you have knowledge of
  • You tell only those who have authority to address the situation you have knowledge of
  • You tell those who have authority to address the situation you have knowledge of in order resolve the situation and not out of personal vendetta.

 

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Leviticus 4:23 Sinning In Ignorance

Leviticus 4:23 (KJV)
Or if his sin, wherein he hath sinned, come to his knowledge; he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a male without blemish:

There is such a thing as sinning in ignorance.

  • Sometimes we do not know a thing is not scriptural
  • Sometimes we act without realizing the consequences of those actions
  • Sometimes we hurt someone without knowing they could be hurt

That we did not know we had sinned does not excuse the sin. Sin is sin. Right is right. Wrong is wrong.

When we become aware that we have sinned:

  • It is revealed through our devotion or
  • We are confronted with it by another or
  • The preaching brings us under conviction

When we become aware, as soon as we become aware, that is the time to make it right.

 

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Leviticus 1:1 What Moses Most Enjoyed

Leviticus 1:1 (KJV)
And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,

The book of Exodus ends with the construction of the Tabernacle and with Moses speaking to God from within it. Leviticus is, at least in part, what God said to Moses while there. Adam Clarke suggests that the whole of Leviticus was delivered in an eight-day period of time. John Gill adds that Moses may have written some portions of the book at some other period and then added to the book due to their containing the same theme; the practice of the Levitical priesthood.

I imagine Moses, his face aglow with the glory of God. He has entered the tabernacle, now occupied by God. Instructions concerning the particular nature of the ministry of the priests were being given, each of them in some way representative of Jesus Christ. Moses was alive with the blessing of God in learning these precepts.

Interestingly, Leviticus is vastly considered the least favorite of the books of the Bible. It reveals our lack of relationship with God that we don’t enjoy that thing Moses most enjoyed.

 

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Exodus 40:4 We Must Come to God His Way

Exodus 40:4 (KJV)
And thou shalt bring in the table, and set in order the things that are to be set in order upon it; and thou shalt bring in the candlestick, and light the lamps thereof.

God is a God of order.

We live in such a casual world today. People want freedom:

  • Freedom from work
  • Freedom from expectation
  • Freedom from social pressures
  • Freedom from morality
  • Freedom from cultural acceptance

In short, they want freedom from God. They want God to accept them as are. They want the idea of God to go away. They want to be a god unto themselves.

Truth is, it just isn’t the way it is. God is. To the clearheaded mind, every evidence demonstrates that. And God is a God of order and design.

We, who would come to God, must come according to His design.

 

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Acts 25:27 Unreasonable

Acts 25:27 (KJV)
For it seemeth to me unreasonable to send a prisoner, and not withal to signify the crimes laid against him.

Little this world does against Christianity is reasonable.

  • It was not reasonable for Felix to keep Paul bound
  • It was not reasonable for the Jews to conspire to kill him
  • It was not reasonable that Festus offered Him only these choices
  • It was not reasonable to continue holding him though Festus and Agrippa agreed he should have been let go.

The world, like the ancient Romans, likes to present itself as sophisticated, fair and given to sound law. These are merely facades. They bear no substance behind the walls. The world, like whited sepulchers, appears clean and sanitary. The truth is, it is filled with corruption. The best of men break the very laws they are sworn to uphold, often justifying themselves that they had to break the law to keep the law.

Christianity has done nothing worthy of the hatred it bears today. There have been errors, of course. But most Christian history is perverted. The evil that has been done in the name of Christianity has been done at the hands of those who never were true Christians.

The reasonable thing would be to let every man worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience and willingly hear out the preaching of the Word to try it’s truthfulness.

Little this world does against Christianity is reasonable.

 

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Exodus 36:5-7 Enough and Too Much

Exodus 36:5-7 (KJV)
And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the LORD commanded to make.
And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing.
For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.

Once the people had seen Moses’s countenance, having met with God, and heard his vision for the tabernacle, they were only too willing to be involved. They gave and they worked. Soon enough these people, far from a perfect crowd by the way, had given:

  • More than enough,
  • Sufficient and
  • Too much

This passage is often used to motivate Christian giving; “If only everyone would do what they can, God’s work could have more than enough now too.” The implication is that the reason pastors, or other spiritual leaders, cannot tell the people to stop giving is because they haven’t all done what they could.

Perhaps there is another reason.

In the case of the tabernacle, Moses had specific instructions what he was building. His was not a five, ten and twenty year plan[1]. He was to build the tabernacle and the furniture to go inside it. That was it. They knew when they had more than enough because they had a fixed project in view.

Perhaps the reason some ministries never seem to have enough is because they have no finished product in view. They dream of bigger, better and more. Having such dreams, they are never content to tell their congregations that they have given enough.

I am of the opinion that if the congregation will tithe faithfully, the preacher ought to accept that as enough.

[1] The Tabernacle was used, as it was originally built, for hundreds of years.

 

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Exodus 35:5 The Farmer’s Faith

Exodus 35:5 (KJV)
Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and brass,

I once knew a man who had pastored a church in a Midwestern farming community. This man was a believer in the black and white nature of the Bible. If the Bible says it, we are to obey it without question or hesitation.  I agree by the way.

In this man’s case, his trouble came during harvest season. The Bible taught the Jews that they were to take the Sabbath off, even during harvest. This preacher just could not abide a farmer who would harvest on Sundays. He had church members, even leading ones, who harvested seven days a week for the two or three weeks it takes to get crops in. Either the farmer was going to get right or the preacher was going to be gone. The preacher left, never, to my knowledge, to pastor again.

How is it possible to reconcile the inerrant and black and white nature of God’s Word with patiently ministering to those we see as disobeying the Bible?

Of course there are some things that we would have to stand upon and take whatever are the consequences of our stand. But in many cases we can reconcile the two by looking for the willing heart. Ours is not to force our faith on others but to teach and preach the Bible to them. As they become more exposed to the Word of God, it will have the effect of changing their hearts

  • I can’t force a farmer to forsake his fields on Sundays but
  • I can teach Him God’s Word and pray he comes to trust God for the harvest while he worships God on Sunday[1]

[1] This principle may be applied to any number of other circumstances.

 

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