“[T]he God of peace … by the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus …
The covenant of Christ is eternal because it is the definitive covenant established by his blood. The great plan of God reached its culmination in Christ. No other covenant will replace it. No one will come after him, because he fulfilled the will of God.
Since we live under this eternal covenant, we are freed from all others. We live under the law of grace. We are guided by the New Testament, not the Old. Let us live and proclaim Christ!
#votd #Hebrews #covenant
The Israelites did not enjoy the hygiene and sanitation methods that are used today. Various conditions cause the body to emit unsanitary discharges. Persons afflicted with those conditions were declared to be unclean and commanded to undergo certain procedures after the discharge ended in order to be clean again. God provided those procedures in order to promote health and safety among His people.
Any person or object coming in contact with an unclean person or an object that the unclean person had touched was declared to be unclean. One’s cleansing was determined by the severity of his discharge or whether only contact with uncleanness had been made.
Leprosy was a dreaded skin disease suffered by many. The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron and gave them instructions for identifying and managing active and inactive cases of the disease. Other conditions such as rot, fungus and mildew may have also been referred to as leprosy. Clothing and houses could be infected. Persons or objects with active cases of leprosy were deemed to be unclean.
An unclean person was to be isolated from others to prevent the spread of the disease. Laws were also presented that dealt with the cleansing of individuals whose cases of leprosy had become inactive.
“This is what the Lord says: ‘At the time I decide to show my favor, I will respond to you; in the day of deliverance I will help you; I will protect you and make you a covenant mediator for people, to rebuild the land and to reassign the desolate property.'”
In this Servant passage, the Lord tells him he is the covenant. Jesus is evident here beyond the immediate promise to Israel. God has his time which may not be obvious to man.
God worked through Israel to bring the Christ to the world. At the right time Jesus came and died. We give thanks for God’s wonderful, sovereign plan of salvation.
#votd #Isaiah #prophecy #Messiah
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:12-13 ESV)
ибо нет другого имени под небом, данного человекам, которым надлежало бы нам спастись. Видя смелость Петра и Иоанна и приметив, что они люди некнижные и простые, они удивлялись, между тем узнавали их, что они были с Иисусом; (Деяния 4:12-13 Russian)
Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Father ~ thank you for the certainty of your promises on this new day. Open wide the doors of opportunity for spreading the message of salvation that will set good people free from slavery to sinful lives. Embolden everyone who proclaims the truth that makes us free. Bless all followers of Jesus Christ of Nazareth with joyful and gracious hearts. Stir up the consciouses of those who have grown cold in their service for our Savior. Lead them to repent and become courageous workers in the vineyard of the Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
Cedar Key Church of Christ
Even though no prior description of clean and unclean animals had been recorded, God had made that distinction during the days of Noah. Two of a kind of unclean animals and seven each of clean animals boarded the ark at the time of the flood.
As God continued instructing Moses and Aaron regarding life and conduct, He gave them specific descriptions of each clean and unclean species. There were clean and unclean animals of the land, air and waters included. Eating or even touching an unclean animal caused the person to be unclean. If a carcass or part of a carcass touched a person or object, that person or object became unclean.
God had His reasons for labeling various animals unclean. Whether one understands the purpose of various commands is not important. The important thing is to obey.
Childbirth rendered the mother unclean for a period of time. After the birth of a male child, she would be unclean for seven days. The child was to be circumcised on the eighth day and she would continue in her purification until a total of forty days. A mother of a newborn female child would be unclean for two weeks and then continue in her purification for sixty-six more days. This purification was due to the presence of blood during the birth process.
Following the period of purification, the mother was required to bring to the priest a burnt offering and sin offering—not because she had sinned, but because of the sacredness of birth to the Israelites.
“Then Peter started speaking: ‘I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people, but in every nation the person who fears him and does what is right is welcomed before him.'”
Peter finally began to get the idea of what God desired as he stood before Cornelius and his family. He speaks of Christ, vv. 37-43, but he begins by what God wants from us in order to draw near to him.
Never hesitate to put what God requires of man up front in your message to others. It’s as much a part of the gospel as the death of Christ. Make redemption clear, by sharing God’s part and man’s as well.
#votd #Acts #obedience #fear
This may have been Stan Mitchell’s first article on Forthright Magazine, in 2004: “Comrades in Arms.” It shows his interest in hymnology, missions, heaven, and the servant attitude.
And one day, as the song says, we will see our comrades again.
This email was forwarded by Jamie Sutter, about a missing young man from a Christian family.
Prayer Request: David Z. Bass left for Arkansas to work last Saturday morning about 7:30. He called us about 11 a.m. from Miss., and said that all was well. He did not arrive at his destination and we have not been able to reach him. We have a filed a missing persons report and and an interstate BOLO has been issued. Below is a picture of his burgundy 1991 Chevy S-10. His tag is Alabama 58 A5S17 If you have any information please contact us (205) 901-4703., David Bass
David Z, 18 is one of David and Kathy Bass’s 10 children. David serves as elder and preaches for the Lay Lake church of Christ in Columbiana, TN.
God had given specific instructions to Aaron’s sons, the priests for presiding over the various burnt offerings. On one occasion, Nadab and Abihu offered strange or profane fire on the altar. It is not known what made their fire different, but it is known that God was not pleased with the fire. Instead of accepting their sacrifice, He sent fire from heaven and “devoured” them. God demands true worship from His people today.
Aaron’s other sons, Eleazar and Ithamar were given more responsibilities following the death of their other brothers. They and their father were also given further instructions. Among those, was the prohibition of consuming strong drink when they went into the tabernacle.
Aaron was not permitted to publicly grieve for his sons, lest the people consider his grief as condoning his sons’ sin. In his private grief, he burned the sin offering instead of eating it. Upon hearing his reasoning, Moses was satisfied with his answer and accepted his feelings.
Friend Stan Mitchell passed away this morning. This was his day to publish on FMag, and we had one article to go up of his. One more for next week also. Then his column goes quiet.
Lee Parish will be filling in on Tuesdays through the end of April. Beyond that, we’ll see.
Family note: DD and her fiancé had started premarital counseling with Stan. They were going to ask him to perform the wedding ceremony.
#departures #writing #FMag
WHERE GOD PUT BAPTISM
Pursuant to last week’s essay on “God’s Gracious Plan Of Salvation” I am writing this week about the place of baptism in that wonderful plan. It is the step in the process of being saved from sin that is the most controversial, even to the point of being denied as necessary.
Many diverse views exist in the religious world about baptism: 1) Its action/“mode” (whether sprinkling, pouring, or immersion), 2) Who it is for (babies, little children, or penitent believers), 3) Its purpose (to “join” a church, because one is already saved from sin, or in order to be saved from sin). Please consider very thoughtfully the following biblical points about the divine purpose of baptism in God’s gracious plan of salvation. Read and study each verse very carefully and prayerfully. (Note: I have used the New King James Version of the Scriptures, but any good English version will show where God put baptism in His plan of salvation, and you will need a lot of “expert help” and jumping through many hoops and loops to misunderstand what the Bible says on this subject). Continue reading
After receiving the instructions for the various offerings, final preparations for the worship of God were complete. Moses brought Aaron and his sons before the congregation of Israel and prepared them for their consecration/inauguration to their positions of ministry.
Aaron being the high priest was the first to be cleansed and clothed in his priestly garments. Moses then prepared Aaron’s sons, the priests for their consecration. These ceremonies were followed by the offering of the sin, burnt and wave offering that God had commanded. The new high priest and priests were to remain inside the tabernacle for seven (a number signifying completeness) days to finalize their consecration.
On the eighth day, Aaron and his sons began their work. Aaron was required to offer sin and burnt offerings for his own purification before offering for others. Following that, he was to preside over the offerings for the people. It is significant that Christ, the sinless One is our High Priest today.
God showed His approval by sending out fire that, “Consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar.”
After having given commandments for the burnt, grain, peace, sin and trespass offerings, God concluded His instructions to Moses regarding their performance. Some parts were to be burned on the altar; some were to be burned outside the camp; some were to be eaten by Aaron and his sons as their portion and some parts such as fat and blood were strictly forbidden to be eaten.
“Now go, write it down on a tablet in their presence, inscribe it on a scroll, so that it might be preserved for a future time as an enduring witness.”
The Lord commanded that Israel’s refusal to listen to him, as they sought ought Egypt to protect them, be written down to serve as a witness against their rebellion. The scripture served to condemn them.
God gives us his word in order to save us. That is his desire. He reveals in the Bible and especially in the New Testament his plan of redemption. But those who refuse it will be judged, Hb 4.12-13.
#votd #Isaiah #Scripture