Category: Pastor’s Walk Podcast

Jesus our Jubilee!

Scripture reading for February 9th: Leviticus 24-27

In our culture, Golden anniversaries are special.  When a couple has been together 50 years there is always a celebration!  God also uses the 50th year calling it the year of Jubilee!  On the 50th year, debts were to be forgiven and property that was taken or bought from the original owner was restored and given back.  On this year, no one was to work the land.  The land would be left to rest and whatever grew without any human effort was to  be used for food for the people.  It pictured the reign of Messiah, when He would come and restore the fortunes and possessions of his people and vanquish their enemies.

The Jubilee was the culmination of seven periods of seven years.  After six years, the Israelites were to rest their land for a year.  God promised to provide enough for them in the sixth year to carry them through until the harvest of the eighth year.  After seven cycles, following the 49th year, on the Day of Atonement, the priests were to sound the trumpet and announce the beginning of the Year of Jubilee! (Leviticus 25:8-10) God again would provide a second year for His people without their effort.

But the Israelites never took the Sabbath years every seventh year and they never did have a Year of Jubilee.  They knew about it but failed to do what God asked.  When we fail to obey, God always has his way.  The Israelites went for seventy years of captivity in Babylon so that the land where they had lived and neglected God’s command could have it’s rest! (2nd Chronicles 36:20-21) 

In the New Testament (Luke 4:18-20), Jesus announced His calling and ministry by reading from Isaiah 61:1-2.  The proclamation of the “year of the Lord’s favor” was a reference to “Jubilee”!  Jesus is our Jubilee!  In Him, we have restoration and a return of our stolen property.  God wants us to find our food, fulfillment, and blessing from His grace, not our works!  Jubilee is a picture of Jesus’ provision for every person who trusts in Him by faith!

Why do you think the Israelites never kept those Sabbath years? As you think about Jesus Christ and the ‘jubilee’ or ‘year of His favor’, what are you looking forward to the most?

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds  to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever.  Therefore encourage each other with these words. 1st Thessalonians 4:16-18

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God’s Word and Oath.

Scripture reading for February 23rd: Leviticus 15-18, Psalm 31, Hebrews 6

Hebrews 6: 17-20 “So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of His purpose, He guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”

Often, in this life, our life foundations are shaken by the various trials and events that befall us. Governments come and go, generations pass away, and our lives are fleeting and often filled with trouble. But those who trust in Jesus Christ and His Holy and unchangeable Word have an anchor for their souls. That anchor is attached to God, Himself, in the person of Jesus Christ. He is the Word of God, in human flesh. He is alive from the dead and now has entered into the Holy of Holies in Heaven itself and is our ever-living High Priest. He has spoken God’s Word and sworn by Himself that heaven and earth may pass away but His Word will never pass away! He is able to give us the strong encouragement we need to get us through the trials and uncertainty of this life!

Leviticus 16:32-33 “And the priest who is anointed and consecrated as priest in his father’s place shall make atonement, wearing the holy linen garments. He shall make atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make atonement for the tent of meeting and for the altar, and he shall make atonement for the priests and for all the people of the assembly.”

Prayer: Father God, Thank You for Jesus Christ, Your final Word from heaven and the anchor we need today for our souls in this world of uncertainty. I have strong encouragement and blessed Hope in the One Who holds my times in His hands and will rescue me from all my enemies–including the last enemy, death.

Psalm 31:14-16 “But I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in Your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! Make Your face shine on Your servant; save me in Your steadfast love!”

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Holding fast to Life Eternal

Scripture reading for January 11th: 1st Timothy 6

Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 6:12-16 “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, Who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, Who in His testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He will display at the proper time–He Who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, Who alone has immortality, Who dwells in unapproachable light, Whom no one has ever seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.”

Paul ends his letter to Timothy where it began in the first chapter. He encouraged Timothy to hold fast to eternal life by living by faith. He encouraged him to live a holy life in expectation of Jesus’ promised return and ended with worship of the King of kings and Lord of lords! Honor and eternal dominion are found in Him alone! He dwells in unapproachable light and is without beginning or end! What a blessed Lord we serve!

Leviticus 11:44 “For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy for I am holy.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God, crucified for my sins, buried in a tomb, raised on the third day to eternal glory at God’s right hand. I praise and worship You as King and Lord! Give me grace to hold fast to eternal Life and enjoy eternal pleasure with You!

Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

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Anointed to Serve!

Scripture reading for February 5th:  Exodus 38-40, Leviticus 1, Matthew 26

Key Scriptures: Matthew 26:6-11  “Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to Him with a jar of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at table.  And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?  For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.”  But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman?  For she has done a beautiful thing to Me.””

Jesus was preparing for His last few days on earth before offering Himself as the sacrifice for the sins of mankind.  A woman came up to Him with a jar of expensive ointment and anointed his head.  This was a special act of love that Jesus said would be remembered everywhere the Gospel was preached.  With this anointing, Jesus was set apart for His mission as our High Priest and the final blood sacrifice.  This is prefigured in the Old Testament in Exodus.

Exodus 40:12-13  “Then you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance of the tent of meeting and shall wash them with water and put on Aaron the holy garments.  And you shall anoint Him and consecrate Him, that he may serve Me as priest.”  

Prayer:  Holy Father, thank You for anointing Your Son as my High Priest, set apart for Your service in giving His life blood for us.  Anoint me afresh today with the Holy Spirit that I might serve You.  Amen.

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Sin that makes the earth vomit!

Scripture Reading for February 8th: Leviticus 18-20

God talks about sex and all it’s perverted variations in these chapters of Leviticus.  He tells His people that they are not to have sexual relations like the nation of Egypt where they were enslaved.  God’s people are to live differently from the world.  God’s laws about sexual conduct are designed to bring about a holy people who have children who will be blessed by God with His presence and power through a relationship with Him.

Honor is important in sexual relations.  Incest dishonors your father or mother and you if you initiate it.  God also states that it is wickedness.  (Leviticus 18:17)  Sex with another man’s wife (adultery) defiles you! (Leviticus 18:20) Sex with the same sex, homosexuality or lesbianism, is “detestable” to God.  (Leviticus 18:22) Sex with an animal (bestiality) is perverted! (Leviticus 18:23)

When you commit any of these sins, God says that you defile the land where you live.  God states that this defilement causes that land to “vomit” out people who do these sins!  (Leviticus 18:24-28)  In fact, this is why God has destroyed all of the great civilizations up to this point in history!  This makes me afraid for the land we live in today.  When will our land begin to “puke” out those who are committing sins of incest, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, and bestiality?   We may appear to get by but the consequences of sin always find us out. (Numbers 32:23)

God’s people are to be markedly different!  They are to be holy because God is holy. (Leviticus 19:2)  This holiness is to be walked out in love and respect for God’s laws and in our conduct towards others. Jesus said that if we love him, we will keep his commandments!  (John 15:10) The other laws of Leviticus 19-20 give details about our conduct that could be summarized as “love your neighbor as yourself”. (Leviticus 19:34)  The two great commandments taught by Jesus are: “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind” and “Love your neighbor as yourself!” (Matthew 22:37-39)   We find their basis here in the book of Leviticus among the laws for sexual purity for the nation of Israel!

Please pray for our nation!  If God judged Sodom and Gomorrah, He will surely judge us!  The earth may be ready to vomit! “And if you defile the land,(with these sexual sins) it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.” Leviticus 18:28

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Pastor’s Walk Podcast: Leviticus Summary Part 2

In this podcast Pastor John continues his summary of the book of Leviticus.

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Pastor’s Walk Podcast: Leviticus Summary Part 1

In this podcast Pastor John begins his summary of the book of Leviticus.

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