Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Today’s Reading: Leviticus 7

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion on the right-hand side).


To celebrate 50 years of God's faithfulness, Crossroads brought the life-sized Teen Missions replica of the Tabernacle of Moses and set it up in the back parking lot for the summer of 2012. In the foreground is our version of "Tent of Meeting," where the message of the reality behind the symbolism of the Tabernacle was explained to visitors.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, click HERE.

Key Verse: Leviticus 7:12

If he offers it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer, with the sacrifice of thanksgiving, unleavened cakes mixed with oil, unleavened wafers anointed with oil, or cakes of blended flour mixed with oil.


The sacrificial system was complex. It taught about the holiness of God, the sinfulness of the human family, and the need for sacrificial death in order to reconcile the perfect holiness of God and His forgiveness of sin. The system also made provision for joyful worship such as this thanksgiving offering and feast. Each offering had to include oil, the symbol of the Spirit of God. Let us welcome the Spirit to our celebrations.

Last week we read Luke 24. We considered the reasons why thousands of Jerusalem’s Jews, including many Priests, believed in Jesus’ resurrection (click here to review that day’s blog). Recently I came across an amazing fact according to official Jewish records from that time. The sacrifices for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, were not accepted by God from A.D. 30 until the destruction of the Temple by the Romans in A.D. 70. Check it out here. Jesus’ death and resurrection would have been at Passover A.D. 30, as He was born in 4 B.C, according to the best calculations.


Holy Spirit, please fill me for this new day so that I may bring with joy my offerings of thanksgiving. May I have the grace to celebrate well. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!


The other day just after this blog was posted at 6 a.m., I noticed that the sky was twinkling brightly with many stars. As our “day star” (the Sun) rose in the east, the stars were less and less visible to my eyes. I decided to read 2 Peter. There I found in 1:19 these words, “We have the prophetic Word made more sure, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the Day Star [original King James Version] rises in your hearts.” I began to sing a song we sometimes sing in church. “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.” The Lord Jesus, our Day Star, shines so brightly that all the lesser lights become invisible. They are still there, but we see Jesus only. To complete my thanksgiving offering, I went into Google and found Michael W. Smith worshipping Jesus with this song (click here to view). Join Michael and me in singing this powerful chorus.

Yours for celebrating our Lord and Saviour,



22 thoughts on “Wednesday, October 1, 2014

  1. So true, how we gravitate toward what we focus on. Life can be rough when we neglect to bask and take in, His Light and Glory. May His peace, strength and wisdom be yours and mine, this day. Amen.

  2. Thank you Pastor David for that beautiful rendition of Turn your eyes upon Jesus. It brought tears to my eyes . Bless The Lord oh my soul and all that is within me, Bless His Holy Name. Have a Blessed day to all of you bloggers.

  3. David: Thank you so much for including that chorus today.
    I love the older choruses, but we don’t sing them as often as we used to.
    If The Lord moves you to include a chorus, please do so.I truly enjoy this devotional to start my day, thank you.

  4. Im thankful for the blood of Jesus and my family and marvelous health and healing my daughters Deborah of M S and healing Miranda of cervical cancer and healing Ronda of cervical cancer and for All good things Thank You Jesus

  5. Lovely way to begin our study by singing along in the chorus”turn your eyes upon Jesus”.

    May His bright light shine in all of us each day.

  6. Thank you for your explanations of Leviticus. I’d be lost without them.
    Watched a Skype interview on Fox News with the Vicar of Baghdad. Please pray for the Christians in Iraq and any other group that won’t agree to the demands of evil souls.
    Ebola has come to North America. Please pray that this infliction be erradicated.
    God bless us and keep us all safe from evil and harm.
    I love Joshua 1:9

  7. “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”
    Michael W. Smith

    Turn your eyes upon Jesus
    Look full, in his wonderfull face
    And the things of earth will grow strangly dim
    In the light of his glory and grace

    Thank you, David!! How beautiful!! Blessings fellow saints. Thank you for your continued prayers for my back, love, strength and support.

  8. Could you please explain why the sacrifices were not accepted after 30AD? The link provided did not explain that. Thank you and God Bless!

  9. Thank-you, David for the lovely prayer and chorus, so apt for today as it is the 48th wedding anniversary for my DH Stan and me. God bless you!

  10. It’s always good to have a project on the go!! It fires you up!! Even planning for a trip is good!! I hope you’re not going to do all the work!!!

    God Bless!!

    Nancy xoxoxo

  11. Thank you for those who prayed for me. The Lord provided someone who helped me. I was so thankful to God! The “silver lining” for the virus attacking children was the fact that in British Columbia there was a teacher’s strike and school started almost a month later…the virus has less strength now …..Praise and thank God……I wonder why they don’t stop all traffic in from Africia regarding Ebola…..pray that it be erradicated! The case was discovered September 24, yes, please pray 24-7 over this disease. May God bless each and everyone on this website. AMEN

    • Healing Atmosphere is a CD by a very talented musician (annointed) with restful music and healing scripture verses. Lorne Matthews is the artist & may be found on line. He has quite a few ministering CDs. I hope you can access one.

  12. I had previously heard about the fact that the Atonement offering was no longer accepted by the Lord and was intrigued to hear another account. The link I clicked brought me to the Jewish new year but not the Day of Atonement. Did I connect to the wrong item?

  13. Thank you David, I joined with you and Michael Smith in singing “Turn your eyes upon Jesus” and was truly blessed. Thank you!

    Of course, no more sacrificing of animals would be needed after the FINAL AND ULTIMATE SACRIFICE OF “THE LAMB”, Who shed His blood once for all! THANK YOU JESUS, YOU DID ALL!!!

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