Sunday, August 30, 2020

A BURNT OFFERING

Today’s Reading: Exodus 29

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A male Ibex ascends En Gedi in Israel. The Dead Sea and the country of Jordan are in the distance.

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Key Verse: Exodus 29:18

And you shall burn the whole ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the Lord; it is a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the Lord.

 

This seems like a strange ugly scene in the middle of the ceremony and pageantry of the ordination of the High Priest and his fellow priests. Suddenly there is blood and death in the Tabernacle. Aaron and his sons are compelled to stand in their new beautiful robes and to participate in killing a ram. As they lay their hands on the animal, it is slaughtered, its blood drained and sprinkled around. God ordered this ugly scene to remind us of the ugliness and seriousness of sin. Our sin results in death. The ram’s death is a picture of God’s mercy. An animal was dying in the place of Aaron and his sons. Of course, no animal is worth the value of a human being. Ultimately, only a human being could die for another human. Jesus, fully Human and fully Divine, accomplished this in His death.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I recognize the horror of my sin which caused the terrible consequences of the death of Your Son, Jesus. I’m so very, very sorry, Lord. May I be sorry enough to quit my sin. The enormity of Christ’s personal sacrifice for me is overwhelming to me. I give You my life according to the grace You’ve given me to do so. I pray these mercies through Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

As a boy I travelled with my Dad from time to time in his visitation of the farming community which he served as minister. On one occasion we happened upon the slaughter of a steer. The bellowing, the struggling, the blood, the sight of its agony, the smell of death are scenes graphically imprinted on my mind. Sometimes, even now, when I’m enjoying one of Norma-Jean’s delicious roast beef dinners, that experience comes to my mind. An animal died to provide for me. The enjoyment of the superb taste, including potatoes, gravy, peas, carrots and butternut squash, soon turns the ugly memory to appreciation for such a gift. When I partake in the communion meal at church, I bring to mind John 6:52-59. In particular, verse 54 is startling. “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” This is true, and I decided years ago to believe.

Yours, grieving over my sin and at the same time celebrating God’s amazing grace!

David

23 thoughts on “Sunday, August 30, 2020

  1. Thank you Lord for being our foundation, our salvation, our revelation, our everything. We praise You with glory on this day and are ever thankful to worship you outside with song and praise. This is the day the Lord hath made. We shall be glad and rejoice in it. Amen. His blessings upon you, fellow saints in the Lord. Held you in prayer, early this morning.

    “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements–surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Job 38:4-7 ESV

    This song is for Marilyn, from yesterday.
    Take Time to Be Holy – Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Let this run on into other wonderful hymns) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmj6DAeeL3k

    • Hi Beverly Kay this is Marilyn thank you for posting the YouTube song of. Take time to be holy thank you so much it came to mind yesterday when I was reading on our reading of holiness and it’s a song that I grew up with like many many old hymns of of the church they’re timeless precious classics that we can sing over and over and over and they never lose their preciousness they are the backbone of my Christian Life and I have some of them for years and I will sing them and we will sing them into eternity so thank you so much

  2. Thank you Lord for being our foundation, our salvation, our revelation, our everything. We praise You with glory on this day and are thankful to worship you outside with song and praise. This is the day the Lord hath made. We shall rejoice and be glad in it. Amen. His blessings upon you, fellow saints in the Lord. Held you in prayer, early this morning.

    “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements–surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Job 38:4-7 ESV

    This song is for Marilyn, from yesterday.
    Take Time to Be Holy – Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Let this run on into other wonderful hymns) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmj6DAeeL3k

  3. Beautiful music, Beverlee (posted twice)! I pray that you are feeling better. Have a blessed Sunday everyone. Thank You Jesus.

  4. I rec’d this update from friends in ND, please continue to pray for him.

    “yesterday (Friday) when Mike finally responded to Dr and his family it happened to be Alice, his Moms 83 birthday, talk about a miracle that is what they are taking it as!!”

    Praise the Lord.

  5. Thank You, Father, for caring for all Your people. Help each one to abide in You and in Your Word. In Jesus’s most precious name, amen

  6. How wonderful that this young man became responsive on his mother’s birthday. What a wonderful God we serve! I will continue to pray for him and his family.
    May God bring good out of this situation, as only He can do!
    God bless each and every blogger.

  7. It must have been a gory site all that killing and bloodshed: but then What Jesus suffered wasn’t too easy to witness, and He did it all for you and me.

    THANK YOU JESUS!!!!

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