June 23, 2019

CEREMONIAL LAWS 2

‘You shall keep My statutes. You shall not let your livestock breed with another kind. You shall not sow your field with mixed seed. Nor shall a garment of mixed linen and wool come upon you. ‘Whoever lies carnally with a woman who is betrothed to a man as a concubine, and who has not at all been redeemed nor given her freedom, for this there shall be scourging; but they shall not be put to death, because she was not free.  And he shall bring his trespass offering to the Lord, to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, a ram as a trespass offering. The priest shall make atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering before the Lord for his sin which he has committed. And the sin which he has committed shall be forgiven him.  ‘When you come into the land and have planted all kinds of trees for food, then you shall count their fruit as uncircumcised. Three years it shall be as uncircumcised to you. It shall not be eaten.  But in the fourth year, all its fruit shall be holy, a praise to the Lord.  And in the fifth year, you may eat its fruit, that it may yield to you its increase: I am the Lord your God. ‘You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor shall you practice divination or soothsaying.  You shall not shave around the sides of your head, nor shall you disfigure the edges of your beard.  You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord. ‘Do not prostitute your daughter, to cause her to be a harlot, lest the land falls into harlotry, and the land become full of wickedness. ‘You shall keep My Sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary: I am the Lord.  ‘Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.  ‘You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man, and fear your God: I am the Lord.

‘And if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him.  The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. ‘You shall do no injustice in judgment, in the measurement of length, weight, or volume. You shall have honest scales, honest weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. ‘Therefore you shall observe all My statutes and all My judgments, and perform them: I am the Lord.’ ”(Leviticus 19:19-37).

These laws were given to the children of Israel to make them live in their Land in peace and joy. Unfortunately, as we will see later, many of these laws were broken and they suffered for it in a hard way. Let us read into these laws line by line and identify any area where we have fallen short. You might say we are not under the Mosaic Law but under Grace, you are right for saying so. But notwithstanding, many of what we do today conflict with God’s nature. Anything we do that is contrary to God’s principles will meet His judgment. For example in 1 Corinthians 11: 27-32 says ‘Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.  For this reason, many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.  For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.  But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. If we do not examine ourselves thoroughly before partaking in this Lord’s Supper, we are causing more harm to ourselves than good. What do we look for when we examine ourselves? We are supposed to search our hearts may be we have any bitterness against anybody or refused to forgive when asked for this, or maybe we have cheated somebody or treated our neighbor unfairly, or we have been badmouthing our neighbor, or we have stolen or coveted our neighbor’s belongings. If we have done any of these, we are not worthy to partake in the Holy Communion, because we are not holy.  The result of doing this is sickness, weakness, and death. Can we place our hands on all the ills of society and not confidently say that our sins are responsible for all that is befallen us today.? The Lord of the Old Testament is the Lord of the New Testament. The only difference now is that if we can recognize our sins and run to Jesus, the blood that was shed on the Cross of Calvary will cleanse us from all our iniquities, trespasses, and we will be free from condemnation. This is the GRACE we have in this dispensation.

So many times in these instructions, He says “I am the Lord”. That phrase should ring a bell in our ears that we are responsible to a higher authority that is in charge of the whole Universe. He knows ALL we do because He is Omnipresent. The divination and soothsaying (Psychic) and tattoo are very common in the society of today. I believe God is not pleased with these especially the palm reading because they are not godly. Will grace cover this? But if we understand that God is not pleased with this in the Old Testament so also He is not pleased in the time we are now. So children of God should not partake in any of these so that we don’t anger God. May the Lord continue to increase His grace upon us to do what is right so that we can be with Him at the end in Jesus Name, Amen. Stay Blessed.

 

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