Pastor's Meditations

God’s Glory (Leviticus 9)

            “...so that the glory of the Lord may appear to you.”

            There is a wonderful reassuring promise from God: We will see His glory when we do his will and worship Him.  This should be our expectation when we engage in public or private worship; otherwise, worship becomes a futile and meaningless exercise.

            To worship, is to give ourselves totally unto the Lord.  Just as Aaron and his descendants were consecrated to God, our souls must be completely devoted to prayer, praise and spiritual (not transcendental) meditation.

            A godly expectation must accompany our adoration.  If we are offering our praise and worship to a great and BIG God, then we should expect to see His glory.  How will we be able to detect a manifestation of God’s eternal glory?

            God will show forth His glory in the midst of the praise of His people.  He will touch our hearts in such a way, that we will know that His glory is present.  How is it possible then, that  some see His glory and even cry, while others remain “untouched” and empty? The answer lies on the intensity and depth of our worship.  Only those who honor the Lord with all their hearts, minds, strength and power, and “chase” after God will be able to see His glory.

            God’s glory is also visible, when we can observe lives transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.  His glory can be manifested through us for all to see, as we lead godly lives.  Unfortunately, many will never see God’s glory.  They refuse to believe, and only those who do, shall be able to see God (John 11:40).  To see the stars, we must look up to heaven; but to see God’s glory, we need to look up to Jesus in faith and true worship.

            A. G.

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God’s Authority (Leviticus 8)

            “This is what the Lord has commanded to be done.”

            God has supreme and undisputed authority over the universe.  His commands are followed without question by angels and by every other creature, except for many humans.  Even his children sometimes dare to disobey Him!

            What happened to the days when preachers would proclaim the Gospel with power and authority? Nobody says, “Thus says the Lord” anymore or as Moses said in this chapter: “This is what the Lord has commanded to be done.”

            We are living now in a permissive society in which little children demand answers from their parents and scream “NO!” when they are told to perform any task.  Secular Psychology is partly responsible for the demise of parental authority.  They “teach” us to listen and respect our children (which is biblical anyway), and not to spank them (which is not biblical), for this is child abuse.

            Do psychologists and psychiatrists know more than God about child rearing?  Certainly not! The Bible instructs us to love and discipline our children.  If there is rebellion, we are commanded to use the rod to bring back some sense into our child.

            There is a time for talking and listening to our children.  There is also a time to answer authoritatively when they demand an explanation:  “You’ll do it because I am your father (or mother) and you have to obey.”

            Does this sound too harsh? Perhaps we have accustomed ourselves not to obey and follow directions from anyone including God.  God commanded Moses to consecrate Aaron and his sons to be priests, and he obeyed.  Are you submitted to God’s authority?

            A. G.

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Fire of God (Leviticus 6)

                                                               

            “…while the fire on the altar shall be kept burning.”

            Fire is a wonderful and amazing thing.  It can be negative and deadly because it burns and destroys.  Fire is one of the most distinctive features of hell, and has burned or killed countless individuals.

            On the other hand, fire can be very positive, even beneficial.  People have used fire through the ages to cook, to illuminate their homes and as a great source of heat.  Fire was also used in the altar of the tabernacle to burn the sacrifices to the Lord.

            Furthermore there is a special “fire” that burns brightly in the heart of dedicated believers. This is what happened to the two disciples at Emmaus as they spent time with Jesus and listened to his words (Luke 24:32).  Unfortunately not all Christians know about this fire, and many do not even want to know it or experience it. Perhaps they are aware or afraid of the “dangerous” consequences of being on fire for God.

            This is the unique fire of revival that the Holy Spirit brings to open and willing hearts.   This fire prompts us to live by faith; to endure our tribulations; and most importantly, to share the Gospel.

            This is the same kind of fire that Moses saw on the mountain (Exodus 3:2).  Its flames blaze in our hearts, but it does not consume us.  This fire inflames our soul with a passion to love God, our brethren and the lost world.

            Finally this fire must burn continually in our hearts forever.  To accomplish this vital objective, we must feed this fire daily with “logs” of Bible study and with sacrifices of prayer and praise.

            A. G.

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Prince of Peace (Leviticus 7)

                                                                   

            “…sacrifice of offering of well being.”

            When Christ died on the cross, he fulfilled in his death, the law of the sacrifice of the offering of well being or peace.  He presented himself before God in the altar of Calvary, as a perfect sacrifice: He was offered as “unleavened bread,” that is as a sinless and blameless man.

            On the other hand Jesus also presented himself as leavened bread, as required by the same law.  This typifies that even though Jesus was completely perfect, God placed upon him the enormous burden of all the sins of the world.  How would we explain this apparent dichotomy?

            This is a great mystery.  Jesus was, is, and forever will be perfect and void of sin.  He was the Son of man and the Son of God.  Christ was all-God and all-man at the same time.  As God, he was (and is) glorious, eternal and omnipotent.  As man he was perfect in all his ways and submitted to the will of the Father.

            At the cross of Calvary, Jesus died as the sacrifice for our eternal well being.  He paid the full penalty of our sins and made peace between God and humanity.  Now he offers this everlasting peace to those who dare believe in Him.

            Do you believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior?

            No, Jesus never sinned, nor did he become a sinner at Calvary.  He suffered on the cross the “hell” that we deserve.  He overcame sin and death, and his name is the “Prince of Peace.”

            Jesus is the real Prince that came to rescue us and set us free forever!

            A. G.

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Heavy Load (Leviticus 5)

            “...you are subject to punishment.”

            There was a man who was walking down the road with an enormous burden upon his back.  A luxurious chariot that was passing by stopped, and the owner, moved by compassion, invited the man to sit with him.

            The man thanked him and sat next to him, but apparently forgot to take his load off.  The amazed owner asked him: “Why don’t you drop your burden on the floor?

            This strange event is repeated in the lives of many children of God.  We come to Jesus with repentance and he saves us, but we still carry many of our burdens.

            It was Jesus the one who said:

            “Come to me, all of you that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).  Jesus came to save us from the wages, and from the weight of sin.

            Sometimes we find ourselves carrying an extremely heavy burden.  Our souls cringe under the weight of “secret” sins, and the accumulation of problems and unmet needs.

            The Israelites were under punishment until they would be able to offer a sacrifice for their sin.  Until that time arrived, they had to carry their burden of guilt.  What an awful condition in which to live!

            What a blessing we have in Jesus!  He can take our burdens, forgive our sins and solve our problems.  He nailed our sins on the cross forever and his hands are free to carry your heavy load.  Give all your burdens to Jesus!

            A. G.

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