Leviticus 18:22

Leviticus 18:22

Forbidding Tattoos? Chapter 19 of Leviticus starts off with several guidelines or laws, including the commandments that state how one should refrain from worshiping false idols and prophets, respect their parents and obey the Sabbath. Disobeying these laws meant that a person was going against the word of God. If a person did not follow these rules, they were to be cut off from the community. There were also laws on how to properly harvest one’s crops. God said that there should be a portion of the crops given to those who are poor and hungry. The rich and powerful should not have special privileges that give them advantages over everyone else. The people of Israel were instructed by God to respect their elders, respect the house of the Lord, and to refrain from turning to mediums. God also said to show respect to nonbelievers as well as believers. This was aimed at the Israelites that were living in Egypt at the time. The chapter ends with a summary and a reiteration that all of the Lord’s commands and rules should be followed. Those who chose to disobey would suffer the consequences. The guideline that I personally disobeyed without knowing is Leviticus 19:28, Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. I have a few tattoo’s which I now need to ask forgiveness for betraying the Lord without knowing. So do you have tattoos? How do you feel about this scripture? Do you feel that like other guidelines laid out in this chapter this verse...
Guilt Offerings

Guilt Offerings

Leviticus 5 – Guilt Offerings The Lord spoke to Moses, saying If a person commits a trespass, and sins unintentionally in regard to the holy things of the Lord, then he shall bring to the Lord as his trespass offering a ram without blemish from the flocks, with your valuation in shekels of silver according to the shekel of the sanctuary, as a trespass offering. And he shall make restitution for the harm that he has done in regard to the holy thing, and shall add one-fifth to it and give it to the priest. So the priest shall make atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering, and it shall be forgiven him. So if a person sins, and commits any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the Lord, even if he or she does not know it, he or she is guilty and shall bear the iniquity. My question to you today is how often do we see a sin happen or a trespass and do nothing? Well with the guilt being passed to you for not doing anything how does this weigh on your shoulders? It is NOT enough to merely not tell lies. God requires His people to make the truth known, so even if one merely knew about a lie, they were responsible to make the truth known. So take some time today and make the truth known....
Golden Calf

Golden Calf

Exodus 32: The Golden Calf People urged and pleaded Aaron to make gods to follow. Since they were accustomed to having visual representations of gods, this was the natural but sinful result of their thinking. Aaron took their gold, which they had brought from Egypt, and melted it to make a golden idol. The idol he crafted for them was a calf. He than told them the golden calf was the god who delivered them from Egypt. The people offered sacrifices and then engaged in rituals to thank the new “idol”. Even though there are reasonable explanations for why Aaron and the people began to worship the golden calf, those explanations do not excuse the sin. God certainly held the people accountable for their corruption and was ready to destroy them for their sin. An idol is anything that replaces the one, true God. So let me ask you who and what do you idolize? Do you think you should...
Biblical Commandments

Biblical Commandments

Exodus 24 The God who cannot be seen, is seen, not only by Moses, but by the priests and also by seventy of the elders of Israel. A cloud covered the mount six days; a token of God’s special presence there. Moses accessed into the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights. He was given the commandments written in stone. These laws enforced by God were given to Moses to be taught. God’s covenants and commands are for our own good, the more we think of them, and the more plainly and fully they are utilized in our lives, the more reason we may see to comply with them. Just to remind you of the 10 Commandments from Exodus 20 they are: You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make idols. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet. How often do you think of these commandments? Do you live your life by utilizing them? How has living your life by these laws changed your outlook on life? Have a great Tuesday!...
Exodus 16: Grumbling

Exodus 16: Grumbling

Exodus 16: Don’t grumble! Grumbling is a sin! Many people like to grumble about the circumstances. No matter what your problem is, you should not grumble but stay calm. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is patience. Even at the beginning of the chapter when the people are grumbling about being hungry God provides for his people. Bread in the morning and quail by twilight. On the Sabbath there was no bread, and they rested. We should cast all our anxieties onto God because he cares for our needs. We should not worry about our future but surrender all our worries to God and let him guide us. If you follow God’s leading, you will be able to walk in his wonderful plan. Take this with a grain of salt, because praying and believing will only get you so far if you are scared to take action. What does that tell us about our current situation? Are you a grumbler or a walk-by-faith and look to God type? Do you remain patience and take a day of rest once a week, or do you work 7 days a week? Do you take action or live in...
Gen 27:41 Jacob & Esau

Gen 27:41 Jacob & Esau

Unforgiveness Definition: A Grudge Against Someone Who Has Offended You. In Gen 27:41 of the Bible, Esau had all the excuses in the world to hold a grudge against his brother. Jacob had offended him greatly by taking his father’s blessing. Esau could not forgive nor have love for his brother. Have you ever been offended or hurt by someones actions against you or a loved one? How did you overcome the feelings of unforgiveness and hatred? The power of forgiveness is one of the greatest skills we must learn. Life is to short to hold grudges, we need to forgive, release and bless those people who have betrayed us. What are your thoughts? Hairy Arms, Happy Meals &...
The Paradox of Life – Genesis 32

The Paradox of Life – Genesis 32

The Paradox of Life – Genesis 32 What would you say is the greatest victory in the world? Do you think of some military victory with some famous general, a political victory or sporting achievement such as the Super Bowl? Maybe you are thinking in terms of a financial success or of an emotional breakthrough?Everyone enjoys a great victory because everyone wants to be a winner in some way. But very few people want it badly enough to endure the discipline and struggle that is required to truly be considered victorious. In Genesis 32, Jacob experiences the greatest victory of his life. But it occurs in an unlikely circumstance. This story creates the realization that in order to truly win you must lose. Who won the fight that night? God. Who lost? Jacob. But do you know who really won….Jacob! When we wrestle with God, we always lose, it is a given fact. But when we lose to God, we ultimately WIN! That’s the paradox of life. Until we are “broken” by God, we can never be greatly used by God. God brings us again and again to breaking points. Why? Because God can’t really use a self-reliant man. But a broken heart, he will not and cannot despise because when you are broken by Him, you’ll be ready to listen and ready to obey Him! So my question for you is are your broken today? Have you been broken in the past?...
Genesis 19 Pillars of Salt

Genesis 19 Pillars of Salt

Lot’s Wife Turned to Salt! In Genesis 19, we are going to be scorched for the insanity of sin! In this chapter, we learn about the depravity of man, the judgment of God, and the failure of believers. Sin is like getting a tan. It may look and feel great today, but tomorrow it can bring consequences. Many of us are trying to maintain dual citizenship in the world that we live in and in the heaven were we hope to gain access too. So my question for you today; is since sin causes insanity, deception, and destroys our chances of gaining access to heaven why do we constantly SIN? When God delivers us from a situation why do we feel like it is okay to look back at the situation similar to Lot’s wife? She was turned to salt for betraying God’s directions, what makes you or I any different? I would love to have your opinion on this topic...

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