Unauthorized person: Numbers 1.51

“Whenever the tabernacle is to move, the Levites must take it down, and whenever the tabernacle is to be reassembled, the Levites must set it up. Any unauthorized person who approaches it must be killed.”

Numbers 1.51

God gives definite responsibilities to specific people. He has always done this. The Levites, and they alone, were tasked with taking down and setting up the tabernacle in the wilderness.

Did others have the ability to do what the Levites were supposed to do? Absolutely! But they were not authorized to do it. The same principle applies today for elders, men in worship, support of widows, etc.

#votd #Numbers #responsibility

Your words supported those who stumbled: Job 4.3-4

“Look, you have instructed many; you have strengthened feeble hands. Your words have supported those who stumbled, and you have strengthened the knees that gave way.”

Job 4.3-4

Eliphaz recognized how much Job had helped others. He made wise use of his tongue. He knew the power of words. He encouraged, taught, corrected, and guided.

The world says words don’t matter. But God created the world with words. The Son became the Word. God’s word has power, and so do our words. How have you used your words lately?

#votd #Job #words

Naked: Genesis 3.11

“And the Lord God said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?’”

Genesis 3.11

Nakedness is shameful because man is sinful. Disobedience ruins his relationship with God. Sin brings shame and distance and many consequences unforeseen when the temptation is offered.

Only when we understand the consequences of our sin can we see the error of our ways. What consequences have you suffered? How and when have you been able to avoid temptation?

#votd #Genesis #disobedience

Two for a penny: Matthew 10.29

“Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.”

Matthew 10.29

Jesus guarantees that his messengers are not forgotten by the Father when they encounter resistance to the Good News. They need not question whether God has forgotten them.

The argument is from the lesser to the greater. God knows what happens to his creatures. So he will care for his most important creation: his children. Do you believe this as you share the Gospel?

#votd #Matthew #will-of-God

Hindrance to the weak

“But be careful that this liberty of yours does not become a hindrance to the weak.”

1 Corinthians 8.9

The Corinthians were arrogant and independent. They insisted on exercising their freedom, to the detriment of their brethren. Paul pulls them back to examine their impact on the weak.

How does my use of freedom affect others? Are my actions making others stronger or weaker in faith? Am I aware of how others interpret my words and actions?

#votd #1-Corinthians #freedom

They did not really belong to us: 1 John 2.19

“They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us, because if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But they went out from us to demonstrate that all of them do not belong to us.”

1 John 2.19

John refers to false teachers. They denied that Jesus came in the flesh. Separation in teaching must result in separation in fellowship.

The church must be vigilant against false teaching. We must be aware that some will depart from the faith. We must not be disturbed when some leave us. This is as it must be.

#votd #1-John #false-teaching

I was glad: Psalm 122.1

“I was glad because they said to me, ‘We will go to the Lord’s temple.’”

Psalm 122.1

The writer knew the value of being in God’s presence together with the people of God. To be inside, v. 2, where God has built his abode, v. 3, to pray and praise together, vv. 4-9, is a great joy.

God is in the midst of his family, the church. We gather together to praise God and pray for one another. Does this give me joy? Do I assemble with high hopes?

#votd #Psalms #church #joy

If your brother sins: Matthew 18.15

“If your brother sins, go and show him his fault when the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have regained your brother.”

Matthew 18.15

Jesus shows how to deal with sin in the church. It is the direct approach. Love does not mean overlooking a brother’s errors. The goal is restoration and salvation.

Don’t talk about other people’s sins to third parties. This is gossip. We sin by doing it. Don’t be a coward. Don’t contribute to division. Love others enough to correct them.

#votd #Matthew #sin #correction

Grace with all: Revelation 22.21

“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all.”

Revelation 22.21

With these words end the book of Revelation and the New Testament. It is a note of grace, a focus on Christ, a prayer that everyone be included in the hope of salvation.

Is my life a demonstration of God’s grace? Does everything revolve around the Lord Jesus? Do my prayers and actions seek to extend his grace to all?

#votd #Revelation #conclusion

Experts at evil: Micah 7.3

“They are experts at doing evil; government officials and judges take bribes, prominent men announce what they wish and then they plan it out.”

Micah 7.3

The prophet laments the sins of God’s people. He finds no good fruit among them, vv. 1-2. Those who should be examples of good are experts at evil.

The Lord’s church must learn the hard lessons of Israel. Shall we mix evil with good? Let us remove all the leaven from among us.

#votd #Micah #evil

The far greater value of knowing Christ: Philippians 3.8

“More than that, I now regard all things as liabilities compared to the far greater value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things – indeed, I regard them as dung! – that I may gain Christ,”

Philippians 3.8

The things we valued before Christ become liabilities, often, impediments to the greater worth of having a relationship with Jesus. Though we may possess still some things, we have lost all for him. He is too precious to lose over things of this world.

What things did I value before Christ? Are there things that still hold an appeal to me? What am I doing now to gain him?

#votd #Philippians #knowing-Christ

Build up the church: 1 Corinthians 14.4

“The one who speaks in a tongue builds himself up, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.”

1 Corinthians 14.4

In context Paul addresses the use of the gift of speaking in tongues without an interpreter. His statement is a criticism of selfish use of miraculous gifts. The goal is edification of all. That is the key word of the chapter.

Pentecostals take this phrase out of context as permission for their practice, which has nothing in common with the miraculous gift of the first century. How sad to turn it on its head!

#votd #1-Corinthians #edification

If anyone wants: Like 9.23

“Then he said to them all, ‘If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.'”

Luke 9.23

Jesus was born in order to die for man’s redemption. If the cross was central to his experience, it is no less so for his followers. This applies to everyone (“all”).

Three things are necessary: say no to self, die to self and to sin, and do it daily. Only then can one follow him. If God is good all the time, we must do this all the time as well. Are you willing?

#votd #Luke #discipleship

Do not panic: Isaiah 52.12

“Yet do not depart quickly
or leave in a panic.
For the Lord goes before you;
the God of Israel is your rear guard.”

Isaiah 52.12

The prophet foresees the time when exiles will return to Jerusalem. They will not hurry out from the nations as Israel left Egypt. Their departure will be confident and orderly.

Does the Lord surround and protect your life? Is there anything that causes you to panic? How does his presence and protection drive away fear?

#votd #Isaiah #panic #protection

The result is eternal life: Romans 6.22

“But now that you have been freed from sin and have become God’s slaves, the benefit you reap is sanctification, and the result is eternal life.”

Romans 6.22 ISV

Freedom from sin comes through obedience, vv. 17-18. Servitude to God means receiving a life wholly given over to him. The outcome is no temporary benefit but eternal life.

How many of your prayers concern things of this life? How many of your efforts seek earthly benefits? In what ways does your sanctified life manifest itself? Do you glory in being God’s servant?

#votd #Romans #eternal-life