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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 40 · 1 year ago

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Read Your Bible Devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds.

Hello and welcome to read Your Bibledevotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds. We are reading through the Bible in a year. This daily devotional will help keep your heart in mind and God's word.Use your phone to download and listen to Pastor Brad Reynolds Audio podcast. Youcan find a RSS feed link on our website, www dot do berry baptistclarksbridgecom. Hmm, let's Smeil so good. Remember all some time, some weto go by and see grandma and Grandad Reynolds as soon as we walkin the House with snail chocolate by my grandma Reynolds makes the best chocolate piein the world. Even when I was young, when I'd smiled that Iwas a whole grandma made that. I couldn't wait. Have you ever justenjoyed a smail? Maybe it's a Roma from your childhood, maybe it's somethingyour mom made or grandmother made, maybe it's roses, but you just getaround something and you just breathe it in and it just relaxes you, takesyou to almost a haven, a sweet place, a place of just rest. You know, God has a special aroma that he enjoys. It's notjust us. God to has a very special aroma that he enjoys. Weare now starting the book of Leviticus and are Reading for today is Leviticus chaptersone through four. Little Viticus was written...

...around one thus fourteen fifty BC,around that same time period that Genesis and Exodus was written. It was writtenby Moses. It's part of the first five books of the Bible, knownas the Penta Five. The PINTA took Genesis, exodus of itticus, numbersDeuteronomy. We're now in Leviticus. And so Moses wrote Genesis. He tookus through the creation all the way to the time of Joseph, and thenwe moved to job. Job would have occurred sometime around the time of Abraham, two thousand one hundred and twenty, two hundred BC. After we wentto through the book of Job we went back to exodus and four hundred yearslater, after Joseph, were introduced to Moses us. We just made itthrough the end of exodus. Now we're into the book of Leviticus, andLeviticus the first four letters of that book, Levi. Leviticus has to do withthe work of the Levites. It has to do with the sacrificial system. And so a lot of Leviticus has to do with atonement, with sacrifice, and we're introduced to that almost immediately in Leviticus chapters one through four.But it covers this concept of a sacrifice for sin or an atonement. I'mgoing to read out of Leviticus chapter one, versus one through nine. And thenthe Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the ten of meeting, saying, speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, whenany man of you brings an offering to the Lord, you shall bring youroffering of animals from the herd of the flow. If his offering is abird offering from the herd, he shall...

...offering a male without defect. Heshall offering at the doorway of the tent of meeting that he may be acceptedbefore the Lord. He shall lay his hand on the head of the burntoffering that it may be accepted for him to make atonement on here. isby half. He shall flay the young bull before the Lord and Aaron Sons, the priests, shall offer up the blood and sprinkle the blood around onthe altar. That is that the doorway of the ten of meeting. Heshall then skin the burnt offering and cut it into its pieces, and thesons of Aaron, the priests, shall put fire on the altar and arrangewood on the fire. Then Aaron sons the priests, shall arrange the pieces. They add this would over the wood which is on the fire, thatis on the altar. It's entrails, however, and its legs he shallwash with water and the priests shall offer up, in smoke all of iton the altar for a burn offully, an offering by fire of a soothingof Roma to the Lord. What a beautiful picture we have here. Thisoffering, this whole burnt awfully, is to be an offering that is anatonement for a person sin, and that person's to come and lay his handsover it, symbolizing that transference of his sin to this offering, and thenthis offering covers his sin, and this innocent animal who had done nothing wrong, who is now a substitute for the...

...person who sin and has to diein his place, as a sweet aroma to the Lord. Don't Miss WhatGod is teaching us here. Even from the opening pages of of edicus,the whole burnt offering was the primary offering of the sacrificial system for Israel.It was the one on which the sacrificial system was built. And this wholewhole, the entire whole bird offering, unto the Lord, is an offeringfor sin. It is a sacrifice to atone and cover for sin. Itwas necessary so that the person could enjoy a relationship with God, because sinhad broken that relationship and there had to be a substitute to cover that sin. When that substitute covered that sin, then one could have a relationship againwith God. It was offered daily on behalf of Israel. It was anatoney sacrifice and it would atone both for the sins of the individual who offeredit and for the sins of the nation. And such atonement would remove God's righteousindignation against sin, making the sinner innocent and capable of a relationship withGod. I think it's pretty easy to see how this atonement would point tothe cross. How, looking back and through the wisdom of the writer ofHebrews, we are told that no animals...

...could ever atone for sin. Thatmakes sense. Only man could pay for man sin, and so these innocentanimals couldn't atone for man sin, but they were pointed to one who would. And it's interesting that God ends this text on this sacrifice by saying it'sa sweet a Roma to him. There's no question the whole burn offering pointedtowards Jesus Christ, that Jesus would be the sacrifice for my sins, thatmy shins would be laid upon him and that sacrifice he paid would remove God'sanger and remove my sin. And it was a sweet aroma to the father. My small mind still struggles with Isaiah when he would say it pleased thefather to bruise the son. That powerful passage of the suffering servant there,and I still think, how can it please a father, the most lovingbasically love itself what love is. How could it please love the father toBruce is only the God son. It wouldn't please me to bruce my children. And so my mind still struggles wrapping...

...itself around that concept. And yetI know it wasn't the bruising that please the father. It was what thebruising did. It was what was accomplished through the bruising. God is notsome sort of sadistict God. That's pleased by such no, it was whatthe bruising did. What an amazing love that the father would bruise his ownson and that bruising would be pleasing to him because it brought a relationship withyou, it brought a relationship with me. What amazing love. God loved usso much, for God's soul loved the world that he gave His onlybegotten Son that bruising of the Sun. Amazing Love, and it pleased mebecause of what he gained through it, gaining you, gaining me. Andnow we reflect on this Atoma, which was an aroma which pleased God anda Roma that was sweet smelling to the word. God breathes in the sacrifices. Pointing to the sacrifice of his own son and looking to the cross,he sees the relationship that such sacrifice brings with you and I, and asmile comes across his face as he looks...

...to the Cross and he recalls youand he recalls me and he delies and how special we are. The appleof his eye. He smiles, perhaps closing his eye, remembering you.The Cross of Christ is a sweet smelling aroma to our father, because ofyou, because of me, he breathes in that aroma thinking of us.What incredible love. You can rest assured that this day you are special yourlove. You're wanted, so much so that the god of the universe,we would be pleased to give his only begotten side for you to have arelationship with you. You're desired by the only one that matters. And sojust as our father looks to the cross, maybe closes his eyes and breathe inthat sweet aroma thinking about you, and smile comes across his faith,so to today, you close your eyes, won't you take a deep breath andbe swept away into a place of peace, a place of joy,a relationship with life, a relationship with God. Won't you just be sweptaway to the place where your father is,...

...and may such bring you joy,bring you peace, bring you life. What a wonderful, wonderful passage.Well, tomorrow will be in Leviticus, chapter five through seven. I loveLeviticus. I believe it is the most Mute Testament book in the OldTestament. We saw it even today, pointing to the Cross, but welook forward to what we're going to learn tomorrow as we make our way throughthis book. Let me great for us. As we close. Father, wethank you so much, even as our minds to this day have adifficult time grasping how it pleased you to breathe, to bruise your son.But we know it did, because you say so, and we know thereason it pleased use not because you got some sort of joy out of bruisingyour son, but rather it pleased you to bruce him because of what itbrought about, that you so loved me, but you so loved us, thatyou so loved the world. She gave your only biggotten son, whowas a sweet aroma to you as he died on that old rugged cross,and aroma it would bring to mind me, those watching this, all of thechildren you've gained through his blood. Thank you for that and made thatare only you. Breathe, it calls us. Will just breathe in asweet world of a relationship. We prayed this in Jesus name. Amen.Thank you for joining us today.

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