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The Priestly Blessing

Check out what Numbers 6:22-27 says, “22Then the Lord said to Moses, 23Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing: 24 May the Lord bless you and protect you. 25 May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.26 May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace. 27 Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in my name, I myself will bless them.'” This is called the “priestly blessing” that was charged by God Himself to Aaron and his sons spoken through Moses. This is such an encouraging portion of Scripture, especially verse 27 where it says “…I (God) myself will bless them.” What is more encouraging is that we do not need a priest (in the Old Testament sense) anymore to bestow us this blessing or to bless others with those words. 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” (New Living Translation) When we accept Jesus as our LORD and Saviour, we are “spiritually transformed” and ushered in to the royal priesthood. A priest is someone who mediates between God...

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The Blessings of Youth

I was young once. Heck, I’m still young based on the Bible’s standards. A lot of times what is really young is just our  minds, but our bodies reflect our true age or probably older. Ecclesiastes 11:9-10 says, “Young people, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything that you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God everything that you do. So refuse to worry, and keep your body healthy. But remember that youth , with a whole life before you, is meaningless.” The Teacher, Solomon, gives a solemn advice to young people to watch against the utter pursuit of pleasure as everyone will give an account to God. According the the Matthew Henry Commentary, Solomon is not angry at young people who pursue pleasure. But he is giving this advice coming from someone who has been at that stage of youthful life where all one can think about is how to attain pleasure–and live to regret about it. Think about it. Today’s youth is either overly distracted (texting or computers) or extremely isolated (Facebooking). Solomon is telling the youth to experience youthfulness but being careful as to what activity they should indulge in. What they need to be involved with should be highly pleasing to God. Even how we treat our body is given...

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God Wants Us to Set Aside for the Poor

At least that is my interpretation of Leviticus 23:22 where God says, “When you harvest the crops of your land, do not harvest the grain along the edges of your fields, and do not pick up what the harvesters drop. Leave it for the poor and the foreigners living among you. I am the LORD your God.” God looks out for the poor. Even in the many Mosaic laws and commandments, He did not forget the welfare of the poor, even the foreigners living in the land. The verse even ends with “I am the LORD your God.” I think this means its important for God enough for Him to put a sort of signature on this command. Remember Ruth from, yes, the book of Ruth? In chapter 2, Ruth goes out to gather grain behind the harvesters. As it happened, this was the field of Boaz, who in the book, will come out as Ruth’s redeemer. And we know what happened in the end. Ruth became the ancestor of Jesus. Ruth was able to glean from Boaz’ fields because of this provision for the poor people. If it were not for this command, Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi would’ve starved. God takes care of and provide for His people. Does this verse have any meaning for us today? My personal opinion is that we should consider this principle....

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Obedience to the Law

The Bible is often referred to as our instruction manual while we are here on earth. And true enough, there are so many, commands, laws, decrees that you can find in the many books of the Bible. And that is aside from all the traditions that we accumulate all the time. For example: How to give an offering The 10 commandments Sexual sins What food to eat As I read  in Leviticus, these laws were given because they are the practices of the people currently living in the promised land and He detests it.   Leviticus 18:27-30, “these detestable activities are practiced by the people of the land where I am taking you, and this is how the land has become defiled. 28 So do not defile the land and give it a reason to vomit you out, as it will vomit out the people who live there now. 29 Whoever commits any of these detestable sins will be cut off from the community of Israel. 30 So obey my instructions, and do not defile yourselves by committing any of these detestable practices that were committed by the people who lived in the land before you. I am the Lord your God.” And we often think of these as restrictions and limitations to what we want to do. To a certain extent, they are. But if you will think...

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We Were Made for Worship

While reading the latter chapters of the Book of Exodus, I saw first-hand God’s efforts to reach out to Israel. God designed the tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, the altars, the lampstand, even the bowls and the forks. For what purpose? So that He can be with His beloved Israel. Sure, God said in previous chapters that He did not want to go with Israel on the journey through the wilderness because He might disintegrate them with their mumblings, grumblings and complaints. But Moses prevailed upon God. God loves Israel so much and longs for their worship. Fast forward a few thousand years and God makes the ultimate display of love for mankind, sending His Son, Jesus to die for our sins. We read in the Gospels how Jesus did His very best to reconcile man to God. Jesus did what the Father had Him do even of it meant giving His life. God loves us so much that He gave His one and only Son, Jesus, that whoever will believe in Jesus will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16. God is doing all He can so that we may be reconciled with Him, to Him who we did such grief when the first man Adam disobeyed when he ate the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. We were the ones who disobeyed but...

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