Cut Off (Leviticus 17)

            “…he shall be cut off from the people.”

            A little girl and her grandfather went one day to the park to fly a kite.  It was a sunny day and a gentle breeze was flowing from the south; an ideal situation for flying kites indeed!

            Her beautiful kite flew higher than all the other ones, and she was enjoying every minute until…

            “Look Grandpa; the line is stuck in the tree!” Screamed the girl, as she watched how the line was severed and the colorful kite disappeared forever into the blue sky.

            God promised the same end to those who dared mock him with incorrect or incomplete sacrifices:  They would be cut off from the people; in other words they would die for their sins.

            Believe it or not, there are Christians who mock God and his vicarious sacrifice.  We sometimes get involved in this foolish game, where we “play” the role of disobedient believers who attempt to ridicule the Lord.

            This is a dangerous game to play for two reasons:  We cannot mock God, and he can cut us off.  Cut us off? Certainly! Even though we have eternal (spiritual) life in Christ, God can cut our physical existence if we are useless or immoral.

            The Bible admonishes us not to be like children anymore who, as the cordless kite, are “tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine.” (Ephesians 4:14).  Let us then, remain connected to God so that we become useful Christians who minister, not mock, the Holy and Sovereign God.

             A.  G.

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