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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 42 · 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 feedling on our website, www dot do berry baptist clarksbridgecom. Sometimes I think that Christians in America and even in Europe Horn, unwittingly, perhaps, unknowingly perhaps, but I think we're guilty of Christian hoarded. Let me explain. I don't mean hoarding in the way that we see it on television. I'm talking about hoarding trash.

A lot of times you watch things on TV and you see hoarders and they've got trash it where. I'm not talking about that. When I'm making about hoarding, I'm talking more about like a child who gets all of the candy at Halloween and a hoarder more than they can ever possibly eat but they don't share. That's that's what I'm speaking about. I think Christians a lot of times or things that are more precious than even candy to a child. I think Christians Hoard Christless items. Let me ask you. What would you pay for eternal peace? What would you pay for eternal love? What would you pay for eternal life? Chriceless, priceless items? And sadly you and...

I are tempted to hoard eternal life to ourselves, even though there's planning to share with the whole world. We're still tempted devoted here in Leviticus. We're in Leviticus chapters eight through ten. That's our reading for the day. But here, long before Jesus came to Earth, God was teaching his children to share him with others. I'm going to read out of Leviticus Chapter Nine, verses twenty two and twenty three, but then also want to read in Leviticus Chapter Ten, Verses Sixteen through twenty two. Totally different passages, but as we look at them through this concept of sharing God and knowing God, perhaps...

...will connect them. Leviticus nine, verses twenty two and twenty three. Then Aaron lifted his hands toward the people and blessed them, and, having sacrificed the sin offering, the burnt offering and the fellowship offering, he stepped down. Moses and Aaron then went into the tin of meeting and when they came out they blessed the people and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. Now, chapter ten, Verse Sixteen. When Moses inquired about the goat of the sin offering and found that it had been burned up, he was angry with Eliazar and Ithamar, Aaron's remaining sons, and asked, why didn't you eat the sin offering in the sanctuary area? It is most hot holy. It was given to you to take away the guilt of the community by making atonement for them before the Lord. Since its blood was not taken into the holy place. You should have eaten the goat in the sanctuary and...

...as I commanded. Erin replied to Moses. To Day they sacrifice their sin offering in their barn, burnt offering before the Lord, but such things as this have happened to me. Would the Lord have been pleased if I had eaten the Sin Offering to day? When Moses heard this, he was satisfied. Levinnicus. Chapter Nine, we see Moses and Erin meeting with God privately in this tent of meeting, and they're so overwhelmed with God and his presence that as they come out, they just want to share those blessings with others, and so they meet with God, he blesses them, they come out and they share it with the people. What a beautiful examp of what we...

...should do with God. We meet with him and he touches US and blesses us, and it should cause us to want to share that with others, share eternal love, eternal life, eternal peace with others. But why is such sharing of God so important? Obviously, if we don't share God with others, they'll miss out on an opportunity for heaven, for eternity. But it's even more than that. It's not only that they'll miss out on life eternal in the future, it's that they miss out on life eternal now. There's a lot of people around us that we think would reject God if we ever shared it. And yet they're miserable, they're hurt it when someone in their family dies. They have no hope, they just have pain. And...

...we share a god not jest for Life in the future, but for life now. That's exactly what Aaron was saying in the next chapter. In fact, in chapter ten we see an incredibly sad day in the life of Israel, a day when the high priest Erin whilst two of his sons at the beginning of chapter ten because they disrespected and didn't believe in God. And yet they were his sons. He Lost Two children on this day. Nevertheless, he was expected to perform his duties and he did perform his duties. He offered the sacrifices. However, he simply could not eat a meal which the...

...high priest was expected to share with God, because he was frustrated at God. He had lost two of his sons and he knew God was the reason he lost them. Ultimately, they were the reason. It was their disrespect of God, but God carried out that punishment that their sin deserved and he knew it. And even though he knew God was right, he was frustrated with God. God had struck his sons. While he knew God was good, he was still frustrated, and so he couldn't bring himself to eat a fellowship meal with God at the moment. And, as a text makes clear, through Moses's understanding, so too was God's understanding. God doesn't excuse behavior,...

...but God understands human weakness and human behavior here and explains to Moses. If he had eaten, he would have done so with a heart which wasn't right. Yet and Moses accepted such, as God except such. In fact, it appears from the text this was the right thing to do. What to be honest with God about our frustrations. That's the right thing to do. God. I know you're good, I know my sons did wrong, but I'm just frustrated at it right now, at you in some ways,...

...but more at the entire situation. I'm just frustrated. That type of honesty is good. To be honest with God about our frustrations, because God understands our weaknesses and our fealties. He'd ever excuses them. You didn't hear me say God excuses our weaknesses and frailties? No, he does it. But he was tempted. Jesus himself was tempted in like manner as us. Yet with out SAE it, we're tempted. Jesus was tempted just like us. We see it. He never did, but he was tempted in like manner. That's why we share God with others, because God understands our frustrations, even when our frustrations at times are aimed at him. Even when we are...

...frustrated with God that he would allow tragedies in our lives, he does an excuse such but he understands our frailty. He never excuses doubt, but he understands our weaknesses and ultimately, it is he who helps us through these trials. Ultimately, even with Erin, it was God who helped him through that tribe. Our frustrations with God ultimately lead to a greater understanding of God and his goodness, which in turn brings healing. Hear me, as we learned in job, it is sin to ever accuse God of being unjust or of...

...being wrong, or of saying, God, you shouldn't have done that, that's she it. Nevertheless, when something bad happens in our lives, when we lose a child, when something occurs, and we're just like God, why did you let that happen, and there's almost a bitterness that starts to creep into our lives and we're upset at God for letting it happen. He understands our frailties, he understands our human weaknesses and he's the one that meets us there and brings us through that trial so that when it's over we're closer...

...to him than we ever were before. We share God, not with people just for the life to come, but can you imagine going through the loss of a child without God? Many of you watching it, going through the laws of a child with God, and you've been frustrated and you've even said to God. God kind of frustrated at you that you let this happen. His tender arms reach out to you. He doesn't bring his finger out and point at you. Instead, he sees your weakness and frailty and he reaches down and he comforts you, even as Aaron would eventually be comforted, and Aaron was just expressing a human frailty, and God would take that and bring...

...air and around, just as he does you and I. That's why we share a God. It's not just for eternal life to come. It's to help people in their life now. It's to help him make it through the trials that they're experiencing now. Let's not hoard eternal peace, eternal joy, eternal life, eternal love, especially when there's plenty to share with all of creation. Let's share it with others, even today, because they need it, not just for heaven. They need it for what they're going through this day. Hope you're enjoying this. Tomorrow will be in lebticus, chapters eleventh through thirty, but let me pray for you before we go. Father, thank you so much for Jesus, for dying on the Cross and providing life...

...eternal. Lord, I ask you to forgive me when I don't share him like I should. Thank you for the reminder to day from your word to share Jesus, not just so some one can go to heaven. Obviously that's the biggest part of the picture, to get away from Hell and go to heaven forever and ever. But Lord, some people needing today because of what they're going through in this life. Some people are going through a hell in this life, the difficult time, a tragedy in this life, and I have the anxious. Help me, the SHARY, help us all to Shary. We pray this in your name. Again, thank you for joining and...

...joining us and I'll see you again tomorrow.

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