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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 40 · 2 years ago

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Read Your Bible Devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds.

Hello and welcome to read Your Bible devotional 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. You can find a RSS feed link on our website, www dot do berry baptist clarksbridgecom. Hmm, let's Smeil so good. Remember all some time, some we to go by and see grandma and Grandad Reynolds as soon as we walk in the House with snail chocolate by my grandma Reynolds makes the best chocolate pie in the world. Even when I was young, when I'd smiled that I was a whole grandma made that. I couldn't wait. Have you ever just enjoyed a smail? Maybe it's a Roma from your childhood, maybe it's something your mom made or grandmother made, maybe it's roses, but you just get around something and you just breathe it in and it just relaxes you, takes you to almost a haven, a sweet place, a place of just rest. You know, God has a special aroma that he enjoys. It's not just us. God to has a very special aroma that he enjoys. We are now starting the book of Leviticus and are Reading for today is Leviticus chapters one 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 written by Moses. It's part of the first five books of the Bible, known as the Penta Five. The PINTA took Genesis, exodus of itticus, numbers Deuteronomy. We're now in Leviticus. And so Moses wrote Genesis. He took us through the creation all the way to the time of Joseph, and then we moved to job. Job would have occurred sometime around the time of Abraham, two thousand one hundred and twenty, two hundred BC. After we went to through the book of Job we went back to exodus and four hundred years later, after Joseph, were introduced to Moses us. We just made it through the end of exodus. Now we're into the book of Leviticus, and Leviticus the first four letters of that book, Levi. Leviticus has to do with the 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'm going to read out of Leviticus chapter one, versus one through nine. And then the Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the ten of meeting, saying, speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, when any man of you brings an offering to the Lord, you shall bring your offering of animals from the herd of the flow. If his offering is a bird offering from the herd, he shall...

...offering a male without defect. He shall offering at the doorway of the tent of meeting that he may be accepted before the Lord. He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering that it may be accepted for him to make atonement on here. is by 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 on the altar. That is that the doorway of the ten of meeting. He shall then skin the burnt offering and cut it into its pieces, and the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. Then Aaron sons the priests, shall arrange the pieces. They add this would over the wood which is on the fire, that is on the altar. It's entrails, however, and its legs he shall wash with water and the priests shall offer up, in smoke all of it on the altar for a burn offully, an offering by fire of a soothing of Roma to the Lord. What a beautiful picture we have here. This offering, this whole burnt awfully, is to be an offering that is an atonement for a person sin, and that person's to come and lay his hands over it, symbolizing that transference of his sin to this offering, and then this 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 die in his place, as a sweet aroma to the Lord. Don't Miss What God 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 whole whole, the entire whole bird offering, unto the Lord, is an offering for sin. It is a sacrifice to atone and cover for sin. It was necessary so that the person could enjoy a relationship with God, because sin had 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 again with God. It was offered daily on behalf of Israel. It was an atoney sacrifice and it would atone both for the sins of the individual who offered it and for the sins of the nation. And such atonement would remove God's righteous indignation against sin, making the sinner innocent and capable of a relationship with God. I think it's pretty easy to see how this atonement would point to the cross. How, looking back and through the wisdom of the writer of Hebrews, we are told that no animals...

...could ever atone for sin. That makes sense. Only man could pay for man sin, and so these innocent animals 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's a sweet a Roma to him. There's no question the whole burn offering pointed towards Jesus Christ, that Jesus would be the sacrifice for my sins, that my shins would be laid upon him and that sacrifice he paid would remove God's anger 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 the father to bruise the son. That powerful passage of the suffering servant there, and I still think, how can it please a father, the most loving basically love itself what love is. How could it please love the father to Bruce 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 yet I know it wasn't the bruising that please the father. It was what the bruising did. It was what was accomplished through the bruising. God is not some sort of sadistict God. That's pleased by such no, it was what the bruising did. What an amazing love that the father would bruise his own son and that bruising would be pleasing to him because it brought a relationship with you, it brought a relationship with me. What amazing love. God loved us so much, for God's soul loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that bruising of the Sun. Amazing Love, and it pleased me because of what he gained through it, gaining you, gaining me. And now we reflect on this Atoma, which was an aroma which pleased God and a 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 a smile comes across his face as he looks...

...to the Cross and he recalls you and he recalls me and he delies and how special we are. The apple of his eye. He smiles, perhaps closing his eye, remembering you. The Cross of Christ is a sweet smelling aroma to our father, because of you, because of me, he breathes in that aroma thinking of us. What incredible love. You can rest assured that this day you are special your love. 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 a relationship with you. You're desired by the only one that matters. And so just as our father looks to the cross, maybe closes his eyes and breathe in that 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 and be swept away into a place of peace, a place of joy, a relationship with life, a relationship with God. Won't you just be swept away 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 love Leviticus. I believe it is the most Mute Testament book in the Old Testament. We saw it even today, pointing to the Cross, but we look forward to what we're going to learn tomorrow as we make our way through this book. Let me great for us. As we close. Father, we thank you so much, even as our minds to this day have a difficult time grasping how it pleased you to breathe, to bruise your son. But we know it did, because you say so, and we know the reason it pleased use not because you got some sort of joy out of bruising your son, but rather it pleased you to bruce him because of what it brought about, that you so loved me, but you so loved us, that you so loved the world. She gave your only biggotten son, who was 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 the children you've gained through his blood. Thank you for that and made that are only you. Breathe, it calls us. Will just breathe in a sweet world of a relationship. We prayed this in Jesus name. Amen. Thank you for joining us today.

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