Saturday, October 7, 2023

October 7, 2023

I had a girl's day with my daughter, sister-in-law, and niece yesterday. It was fun to peruse a vintage market to prepare for the holidays. After that, we went to the farmer's market to get squash since I can't keep my plants alive long enough to produce an abundance. That wasn't all; I canned some pineapple from the market last night, and two jars didn't seal. It was very disappointing because they are not shelf stable if they don't seal. There may have been a blemish on the jar or lid that I overlooked. In any case, those two jars would not serve us well to keep in the cupboard, so we will eat them immediately. 

According to the Law of Moses, anyone with a blemish or a disability was excluded from serving as a priest. It seems very harsh because God is the one who created us, and some are disabled from birth. However, God is pure and holy, so anyone coming near him must be perfect. I'm unsure how he found anyone to serve him back in that day because we are all imperfect. This portion of scripture in Leviticus reminds us of how unworthy we are without Jesus. Hidden within Jesus, we can approach the throne of God and serve him without fear. We are shelf-stable and unblemished, like my pineapple jars that sealed properly. 

No man that hath a blemish of the seed of Aaron the priest shall come nigh to offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire: he hath a blemish; he shall not come nigh to offer the bread of his God. Leviticus 21:21

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16

Friday, October 6, 2023

October 6, 2023

The issue of children disappearing and never being seen again has become common, especially for children coming across the border without a parent. Only God knows what has happened to them. Our government may close its eyes and allow the perpetrators to go unpunished, but God won't. His word is clear that those who sacrifice children for ungodly pleasures or Molech/Baal should be dealt with by the severe punishment of death. If the people don't handle the situation, or they protect them, God himself will kill them! He doesn't mince words here. 

And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not: Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people. Leviticus 20:4-5

Unnatural sexual sin is not okay. No matter how much you dismiss or accept it as normal, God doesn't. Like any other sin, it can be forgiven because of God's grace. When Jesus heals us from our ungodliness, he tells us to go and sin no more. Is there propitiation for your sin if you keep doing it? Does the Old Testament punishment come into play at that point? I don't know, but I wouldn't want to test God on this issue. But then again, anyone who would try God by continuing their sin should be concerned about their salvation. It all goes back to setting ourselves apart for God's purpose and being holy because He is holy. Sinful behavior separates us from God and puts us against Him. That's a dangerous place to be, especially being the Old Testament punishment for sexual sin is death. 

And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from otherpeople, that ye should be mine. Leviticus 20:26

Thursday, October 5, 2023

October 5, 2023

Once Moses had taught Aaron and his sons the expectation of God upon their lives and their duties to him, he had to teach the rest of the congregation of Israel what God expected of them. Yes, he had given them the Ten Commandments, but Moses realized that the law must be repeated to concrete them in their minds; this is something you will find throughout scripture; if you read it straight through, you will notice that he restates himself often and gives us many chances to firm up his precepts in our minds. However, the most essential part of what they learned, and we need to take it seriously, is how to reverence God and love him more than anything. Because he is holy, as his children, we represent him, so he expects us to be holy. We must show the world that although we live in it, we are separated from it because Jesus has parted us out as holy. Our lives should reflect him to encourage others to join God’s kingdom. And, as often as you can, share your testimony so others know how good God is and how wonderful our Savior is for drawing us out of the filthy world and setting us apart as a holy people. 

But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 1 Peter 1:15-16

Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy. Leviticus 19:2

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

October 4, 2023

Unbelief will be an atrocity when that unbeliever takes their last breath, especially when they see the truth about who God is and realize there is no turning back and no longer any redemption like they had while they still lived. The most horrifying things seen on earth are no comparison to what an unbeliever will face in hell, and yet, while living, they continue in their despicable ways because they don’t believe God is the only god. And here, we in the United States, a country founded on the principles of Christianity, allowing those who proclaim the falsehood that any couple-match is acceptable love to overtake and sully our land with their abomination. Though that is not the only abomination in the eyes of God, it says a lot about who we have become in the short 200-plus years as a nation. Our only hope at this point is an intervention of God himself. We’ve gone too far down the path of destruction. The Church has been complacent in not calling out and stopping the continuation of such sin; how will God deal with us? 

The Matthew Henry Commentary says this: “Lay the ear of faith to the gates of the bottomless pit, and hear the doleful shrieks and outcries of damned sinners, whom earth has spued out and hell has swallowed, that find themselves undone, for ever undone, by sin; and tremble lest this be your portion at last. God's threatenings and judgments should frighten us from sin.”

There is a list of sexual abominations in Leviticus 18, and some are repeated in the New Testament, which shows that even though we are under the new covenant, these things are still abominable to God. 

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Leviticus 18:22

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

October 3, 2023

We don’t realize how important some things are to God—for instance, blood, which is the life of any creature, according to scripture. The Israelites are fresh out of Egypt in Leviticus 17 and had picked up some bad habits of worshipping creatures rather than God, so he had to manage them by requiring that they only sacrifice animals, sheep, goats, and ox, at the door of the tabernacle. It was a big deal to kill an animal; it was against the law to treat it as if it weren’t important. After killing something, if you didn’t follow the procedure for cleansing, you would be cut off from your people, which means you die. While in Egypt, they probably followed what the Egyptians did, set up alters anywhere, and worshipped “devils,” which in the Strongs translates to “he goats.” It makes sense why Baphomet looks like a goat and children are sacrificed to him, even today. No matter how you explain it, there is only one God; anything or anyone else worshipped is the devil. God had to clarify that only he is to be worshipped, and blood is essential. The only reason we have eternal life is because Jesus poured out his blood for us on the cross; he covers our sins. Only His blood and sacrifice can give us eternal life. God’s requirement for the Israelites was a shadow of what we have in Jesus. He fulfilled that portion of the law, and no other sacrifice is required. 

And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations. Leviticus 17:7

Monday, October 2, 2023

October 2, 2023

I’m not going to lie; I wanted to skip Leviticus 15 because I thought it was gross and that no good could come from it, but I was wrong. During a church service, the pastor mentioned the woman with the issue of blood, which brought to my attention the New Testament comparison, which makes covering Leviticus 15 much more effortless. I’m always floored when the Holy Spirit throws the truth in my face. Now you can understand why I shied away from commenting on it, especially since it mentions issues with men and women! 

In biblical times, if a man or woman had trouble with bodily fluids, they were considered unclean; everything they touched, slept on, or sat on was considered unclean and must stay outside camp. Once healed, they must make an offering to cover their sin. It was quite a ritual of washing their body, clothing, and anything else their body touched. Understanding this law clarifies the story of the woman who had fought for twelve years to become healed of her bleeding. I bet she was tired of not being accepted in society and living outside the city. She shouldn’t have been near Jesus that day or around the other people. With all the crowd surrounding Jesus, imagine how many people touched her and are now considered unclean. She was desperate and knew her only chance to become healed was to touch Jesus’s garment, not making him unclean, but only the tiny part of his hem. Thank goodness for a loving Savior; he called her out, but only to show the crowd how strong her faith was. 

We are so fortunate that we do not have to follow the law of Moses with all the ritual cleansing and sacrifices and that we are part of the new covenant that only requires that we have faith and trust in Jesus. Not only that, but I’m grateful for how loving Jesus treats us, especially when we take advantage of him by sullying his garments every time we sin. Every word I read in Leviticus makes me more grateful for our Savior. 

Thus shall ye separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness; that they die not in their uncleanness, when they defile my tabernacle that is among them. Leviticus 15:31

And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. Luke 8:48

Sunday, October 1, 2023

October 1, 2023

Over the last month, I’ve spent some time preparing the ground and planting seeds in the garden. I expect to harvest some vegetables by December, but others, like lettuce and greens, will be ready in a few weeks because you only harvest the outer leaves. Here in Florida, we are fortunate to harvest fresh produce year-round.

I’m not sure what tomorrow will bring; none of us do, but worldly events are escalating to the point where I need to prepare for the collapse of the supply chain and learn to provide food and medication in case of a disaster. I’ve begun canning food so it’s shelf stable in case the electrical grid is destroyed. This probably seems crazy to some, but if nothing happens, I have quick and easy heat and eat food for our meals. Jesus warned us of the impending dangers. 

The enemy has placed his people in high office, and they are currently running our country and other countries into the ground and creating chaos around the world. Get your head out of the sand and start praying and preparing. What is more crucial is that your family and friends know Jesus. Warn them, but remember that it’s up to them; loving Jesus is personal and cannot be forced. 

What’s happening now is biblical!

And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. Matthew 24:7-10