Leviticus study

This is an on-going study of Leviticus.  This is the third book of the Old Testament.   After finishing up a several month study.  I felt the prompt to study the saying from Jesus.  I didn’t come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it.  (Matthew 5:17)  The portion of Jesus words is “fulfill it” intrigues me.  I want to understand this statement better.   I’ll be updating or posting more.  Here is my study material besides reading scripture directly.

Chuck Swindoll two part Leviticus sermons

Easy English commentary by Gordon Churchyard

 

I’ve also learned early on a study of Hebrews should compliment a study of Leviticus.  So…I’ll be studying this as well.

Stay tuned!

Steve

Serving where we are called, listening to the spirit and saying NO.

 

Are you serving in the right ministry? Are you burnout? Do you feel guilty?  Having a hard time changing?  People serving in a church or community seek some type of validation or satisfaction for their efforts.   When we are unsure where we belong, we hesitant to commit. 

Ive been serving at my local church in a variety of volunteer positions.  This includes different leadership, some experienced, some it was their first ministry.  Regardless of the assignment, there is uncertainty during transitions.   Im no expert and the longer I serve, the less Ill declare any knowledge of whats the right approach as a lay person.

During last couple of years, Ive primarily did personal studies in the Old Testament, mainly minor prophets.  The perspective and examples given by each of these prophets is amazing and worth studying.   I do my best where Im called.  Sometimes my passion gets the best of me and the spirit needs to slow me down.  

For years, Ive prayed for direction and with my recent change of seasons in life ( all my kids graduated from High School).  My free time increased allowing for flexibility in serving.  The Lord called me to help in Childrens ministry.  Regardless of the call, serving in the ministry or position the Spirit has led you is rewarding.  I dont know how long Ill serve or help where Im called.  When its time to move on, either a different ministry or church, all I ask is God makes it clear. 

Whats the point of serving?  One of the main reasons is gets the focus off ourselves and onto others.   The current book Im serving, Ezekiel was called to the Lords voice to his people during some tough times, Israel had fallen away from following God and Jerusalem was being destroyed for the rebellion.   During this time, God kept Ezekiel quiet for 7 years, (YES 7 YEARS).   As we serve, I draw on scripture for strength and examples.   When seasons of life change and we get a discontent or unsure of our call.  Look at examples in scripture.   There are other examples such as Joseph in Genesis 39, 40.   Paul in Jail and singing (yes singing).   As we hopefully get more wisdom in our older years, we look at examples in scripture to help guide us and have patience, in things we do.  

NOW, to address NO in the title.  We cant be afraid to say no when seeking to serve.   I encourage people to try different things, dont be afraid to fail and move around.   Try different churches, worship styles and find your church home. 

How big are chains when we ask God to break them?

I was praying recently for a few various people, including some of my own asks. I got this incredible picture of a chain that I couldn’t get out of my mind. Have you ever tried to find a picture to describe what you are seeing in your mind. Here is a sample, notice the guy looks very small compared to the chains. I’m sure the chains we have acquired in the spiritual realm are much larger, but you get the idea. The good thing, God can break chains this big or even bigger!

In Luke 4:18, Luke talks about “..Set the captives free..”. Since we are born with a sin nature. We inherently have chains based on that nature. Jesus was in Heaven, came as a baby and became an adult to spread his ministry. Part of this was suffering a criminal’s death and died on the Cross. He provided everyone a way to re-establish a connection or “chain” connected to the father.

Blood covering of protection poster

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Lamentations – hard to read, the truth hurts and value of consequences

Lamentations

http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-commentary/lam-lbw.htm

God has me on a journey to study the Old Testament. I’ve done this as a personal study for a while now. There is usually wisdom found or revealed to me when studying scripture that applies to everyday life. Lamentations was tough, tough read. I’ve been a Christian for a few years, when I read scripture like this, it makes me ponder, pray and evaluate more. The Israelites wandered away from God, there were consequences to their actions. The book covers many hard to read examples, many I don’t understand. If a non-Christian was to ask me, I would have to defer my intelligence is not sufficient to even try to explain.

As I type my thoughts out, God is active in my life. I believe in prayer, it changes things. If nothing more than providing perspective to the problem of the day, we should have perspective and realize there are consequences. Regardless of it’s money, a bad decision or something else, there are consequences, which some of them aren’t pretty. Jeremiah appears to have written this book. There are many accounts of what happened to Israelites during this time. Of the takeaways in this book are as follows:

God is honest in revealing thoughts he wanted to convey. When young, stay quiet and stay focused on God. As a younger person who didn’t follow Christ until later in life, I would struggle with this one. I can’t speak for others, but when a young person is in the season of life of “figuring it out”, they tend to not focus on God for wisdom. I was one such person. Lamentations 3:25-30 for reference.

God allowed the enemies of Jerusalem to act against the Israelites. Even though there was bad bad things happening, God was there even in the darkest times. That is a takeaway for me when one day if I face an impossible situation, seek God first.

Fear God, yes let me say that again, Fear God. There are consequences in life, if you make a stupid decision, God will forgive you, but, yes but there could be consequences. If you spend too much money on a car you can’t afford, you’ll have to work extra hard to pay for it. How does this compare to the examples gives in this book, I won’t speak to that since I’m humble enough to say, I don’t know, ask God to reveal in your heart. My description of a car is my takeaway.

We live in a broken world and men’s hearts if they don’t follow God, things happen. When Jesus restores the Garden of Eden, things will be set right. Until then, we have to hold onto to God with all our might, as I type this out, there are things stirring in my heart the enemy wants to remind me, do you really Love God? Yes, I answer with a loud cry.

When we pray, we need to be authentic, God wants his children to love him. The biggest lesson was in 3:41, “We should raise our hands and pray to God in heaven.” When we do this, do with 100% honesty and be vulnerable. Is it hard? Darn right it’s hard.

This was a tough book to ponder and read. God revealed a few things and many reminders.

Keep Pondering.

Steve