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Resting in Jesus for Holiness!

Scripture reading for February 20th:  Leviticus 8-11, Psalm 110, Hebrews 4

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 4:11-13  “Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.  For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

Nothing is hidden from our Lord, visible or invisible.  There is no place where we can hide or nothing that will cover up any sin or disobedience to God’s eternal Word.  The Word of God is alive and active.  It is able to search out the hidden places of our hearts and inner man.  Our only hope of holiness is to confess sin and repent, resting our hope on the Word of God that speaks mercy through Jesus and His shed blood.

Faith Confession and prayer:  I rest in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and God’s Word promising forgiveness and cleansing to all who come to Jesus.  Lord, help me to preach the whole Word of God to each person and congregation that they might rest in Jesus.

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

Psalm 110:3  “Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of Your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of Your youth will be Yours.”  

 

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Don’t put on a show!

Scripture reading for January 31st:  Exodus 28-30,  Matthew 23

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 23:1-5  “Then Jesus said to the crowds and to His disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but no the works they do.  For they preach, but do not practice.  They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their fingers.  They do all their deeds to be seen by others.”  

Jesus was preparing to return to heaven and was giving His final instructions.  He warned the disciples about imitating the current religious leaders of the day.  Their example was not one to follow in that they preached one thing and did another.  They also performed religious works to be seen by others, not focusing on pleasing God.  We must walk in obedience to please our Father!

Exodus 28:1-2 “Then bring near to you Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the people of Israel, to serve Me as priests–Aaron and Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.  And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty.” 

Prayer:  Lord, Help me to wear the holy garment of Your righteousness in all that I do.  May I please you and not perform for men.  Amen

 

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The Holy Garments

Scripture reading for January 29th: Exodus 28-31

One of the main duties of a priest is to represent men before God.  A priest must care for people and their needs and be able to help them connect with God.  Without help, we as humans are in a difficult position with our Creator.  We are born in sin and darkness, caring only about ourselves.  Our sins separate us from God and we have no way in ourselves to approach God.  (Isaiah 59:2)  But a priest who understands and knows God and is trained and equipped to contact God for us can bridge the gap!  God provided such a Priest in Jesus Christ!

The Levitical priesthood was to have special clothes made of fine linen.  These clothes were designed to give them dignity and honor before God and man.  (Exodus 28:2)  They must be properly dressed and their clothes were designed to help them with their work.  The first piece of clothing was the ephod made of gold, blue, purple and scarlet yarn.  This ephod was to be made by a skilled craftsman and fashioned to fit the priests.  Two black onyx stones engraved with the names of the twelve sons of Israel were to be fastened on the shoulder pieces of the ephod.  Aaron, the high priest, was to bear these as a memorial before the Lord. (Exodus 28: 12)

In addition to the ephod, a breastpiece was also part of the clothing.  This breastpiece was to be made like the ephod of the same kind of colored yarn.  It was to have twelve precious stones mounted on it in four rows of three stones each.  These stones each represented one of the sons of Israel and their offspring.  The priest was to bear these stones on his chest, symbolically carrying them on his heart before the Lord.  (Exodus 28:29)

Jesus Christ is now our High Priest.  He knows how we feel and represents our needs before God, His Father.  (Hebrews 4:14-16)  He carried our black sins on His shoulders to the altar of the cross. He carries each person as a precious jewel on his heart before the Father.   He is now dressed in robes of perfect righteousness because of perfect obedience.  He enables all who trust in Him to become priests as well!  He dresses us in His holy garments!  We become the righteousness of God in Him! (2nd Corinthians 5:21)

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