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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 46 · 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 feedlink on our website, www dot do bery baptist clarksbridgecom. Most of us have heard the saying one bad apple ruins the whole bunch. Even though we've heard that say one bad apples falls the whole bunch. The origin of that saying really isn't known, but it appears to come from observation that when one bad apple is a...

...with a group of apples that it's falls, the whole bunch of the apples near a rotten apple begin robbing. This actually has its basis insides. When an apple begins rotting in amits gases and other apples near to roddy apple can absorb those gases and thus they begin rotting as well. However, the idiom one bad apples fools the whole bunch has more to do with using a natural phenomenon. An apple spoiling a group of apples to identify a truth in human relationships, namely that bad company can corrupt good morals, a lesson that Moses would deliver to the Israelites. Are Reading today is Viticus, Chapter Twenty through...

...twenty two, and psalt ninety five. And again salt ninety five was a warning not to rebel, as in the days of the Wilderness. But wileticus twenty through twenty two, Moses deals with the consequences of sin, he deals with guidelines for priests and he deals with unappropriate or inappropriate sacrifices. But the reading that I'm going to look at today is lyticus twenty two, verses seven through twelve. And they shall not, I'm going to get in verse twelve, verse seven. Excuse me. They shall not take a woman who is profane by ARLTRY. This is talking about the priest. With priest, they shall not take a woman who is profaned by Harttry. Nor shall they take a woman divorce from her husband, for he is holy to his God. You shall consecrate him. Speaking of the priest, therefore, for he offers...

...the food of your God, he shall be holy to you, for I, the Lord who sanctifies you, am home, also the daughter of any priest. If she profanes herself by heartry, she profanes her father, she shall be burned with fire. The priest who is the highest among his brothers, on whose head the annointing hole has been bored and who has been consecrated to where the garments shall not uncover his head, nor tear his clothes, nor shall he approach any dead person, nor defile himself, even for his father or his mother, if they should die. Nor shall we go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God, for the concept...

...creation of the anointing whole of his God is on him. I am the Lord. Reading today is already mentioned, as a lot of general principles, reeping and sowing, honoring parents, being our brother's keepers. However, it contains a warning, couched in prescriptions to priests. Some of the prescriptions in the law seem idealistic, that's it's the ideal rather than something that one could actually live up to, such as the case today. For those of us with failures in our past. We read this passage today and perhaps we feel a little unworthy. Why could never be a priest? But why were priests not to marry Hartoms or those who have been divorced? Why were they not to defile themselves by being near the corps of even their recently departed parents?...

Why were their daughters given a death eldy if they committed harletry? Why were these laws so stringent? To be sure, it's not because God is of good. He's a good God. Further, whatever one thinks of these laws, the Israelites knew the consequences before they committed them. Just a warning there. You may think, well, God should have said that. I would never say God should and said that God is God. We don't question God. But if even if you think, well, that's a little bit harsh, that's a little bit they knew the consequences. God said, don't do this. Here the consequences if you do. There's elect of FAMIS. Do not touch. You obviously should know the consequences if you touch. And so...

...there is some truth that God gives them the consequences even before him. But as to why God said this, the text isn't clear, but the principles elsewhere in God's word or are clear. The priests were God's, they belonged to God, they were he is God. Was To be chosen above everyone and everything. They belonged to him. Further the priesthood necessarily needed to be pure, since the priests were intended to represent God and his character to the world. Purity was essential, for God is pure. Further God knows, as he says very clearly and First Corinthians fifteen thirty three, that bad company...

...corrupts good morals. These prescriptions apparently were intended to keep priet from compromising even in the slightest. Don't compromise even a little bit, for such a slope would inevitably become a slippery slope. Therefore, they were not to compromise their ceremonial purity for their daughters, their parents, or even with whom one that they had fallen in love with. Relationships with those who compromise tempt us to compromise. It's much easier to pull someone down then the pull Solona. When I was a youth pastor, I would illustrate that to my youth. Quite often I would find one of the biggest, strongest young men in the youth...

...group, one of those boys that played football. If I could find a Lineman in my youth group, I'd use them and I stick him up on a chair and I'd say listen, I'm going to get this young lady, and I'd get a small little ladies got will fast in them, but just as small, small little lady, a cheerleader or something of that nature, and I'd say to him, I want you to pull her up, and I'd say to her I want you to pull him down. Oh, I remember those times like they were used today. And I'd see that big Muskuto Guy. He reached down to grab her, she had slapped his hand away and grab another arm and jerking down and he'd be down like that and the youth loved it and theyd laugh and and then I'd used it. I'd say you see how much easier it is to pull someone down then the lift of...

Loup. But so true. It's a biblical principle, something that God was teaching and it was a lesson that I always hope the youth never forged. Be careful about your relationships, be careful about your friendships, because you may think I want to be a friend of that person so I can pull them up, but in reality they will end up pulling you down. A lesson today from Leviticus, a lesson that we represent God to the world and, as such, we must guard our purity. The lesson reminding us that our purity is most quickly in danger when we choose friends whose character is compromising. Teach this to your children, teach this to your grandchildren. If you've got...

...a young teenager, play this video for them. Let them see this lesson today. Let them hear the truth that bad company corrupts good morals and they need to protect the friends they choose. The choices they make as teenagers will be closely aligned with the friends and relationships they choose, and those choices will affect the rest of their lives. I want to pray in just a minute with you, but I want to pray especially for our teenagers. Want to pray for their protection in their dating and their relationships and their friendships, because one bad apple really does full a whole bunch. Both science and Leviticus agreed to this truth. Our Reading For tomorrow is Leviticus Twenty three through twenty seven,...

...but before we go today, let's pray for our teenagers. Father, we come to you right now and we think of when we were young, when we were teenagers, and so many poor choices we may, and Lord, we can testify that a lot of those poor choices we're a result of poor choices and friends and relationships. And Lord, we know that truth. We've seen it in our lives. We've seen it in the lives of others. When we pray in Jesus name for our precious young people in our churches, your children who are teenagers and soon becoming teenagers, we pray in Jesus name that we might encourage them to make right choices when it comes to friends...

...and relationships, father, that you might protect them. To do we lift them up into your hands. We know that's the safest place. Jesus name, we thank you for joining us today and I'll see you back tomorrow.

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