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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 47 · 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. Every day is a holiday, but a holiday isn't every day. You say. Well, pastor, you've lost it now. What in the world are you talking about? I'm glad you asked. Actually, as I think about the time of this devotion, I want to talk about the word holiday. The word holiday has its origin...

...in the old English holy day, and so, if we could rephrase this, every day is a holy day, but a holy day is not every day. Again, we still need to clarify exactly what I'm talking about. The English Word Holy or holiday actually as its origins, and Christians desiring certain rest days to celebrate God's word. Thus, holidays or holy days were Christians who would send certain days aside to celebrate God's or something that God commands. In the Old Testament. Paul makes it clear that every day is a holy day to the Lord, to enjoy his presence, to enjoy his rest.

But nevertheless, Leviticus emphasizes the importance of Special Holy Days, special holidays where we take off from our labors for the soul purse of enjoying rest and celebration for God and what he has done. Thus, Paul is correct. Every day is a holiday or a holiday, but Moses is correct as well. A holiday or holy day is not every day. Hence the tide. So we celebrate the birth and resurrection of Jesus Every Day, you and I, by our time reading its word, by prayer, by our focus on him...

...daily, we are celebrating his birth, that Jesus came to Earth and his resurrection, and that's be done every day. Every day a holiday, holy day. Unto the Lord. However, eastern Christmas tend to lose their significance if we didn't have days all from work to specifically rest and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, to specifically rest and celebrate that reservation of Jesus Christ. God intends book, He intends every day to be a holy day, but he also intends us to take special holy days off for rest and celebration. By the way, just aside, hope, I've always found it interesting that people today, not not most, but a lot of people today, don't...

...want to say Mary Christmas, they want to say happy holiday. That's okay. Don't get offended. Next time someone says happy holiday to you, say Happy Holy Day to you too, the because that's what they're saying. They don't even realize they're saying happy holy day, but it is what our reading today was Leviticus Chapter Twenty three through twenty seven, but I want to read Leviticus Twenty six, eleventh through thirteen, and they don't want to go back to twenty three and be read verses one through seven. And in chapters twenty three through twenty seven deal primarily with the appointed holidays, and the Chapter Twenty six he speaks about the blessings of obedience and the curses of disobedience, but he's been dealing with the special appointed holidays for Israel. And Thus Leviticus Chapter...

Twenty six, eleven rough thirteen. I will put my dwelling plates among you. Thou will not abhore you, I will walk among you and be your God and you will be my people. I am the Lord, your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians. I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high. Going back to Chapter Twenty three, verses one through seven, the Lord said to Moses, speak to the Israelites and say to them, these are my appointed festivals, the appoint at festivals of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies. Their six days when you may work, but the Sabbath is the Sabbath Day of rest, a day of Sacred Assembly. You're not to do any word. Wherever you live,...

...it is a Sabbath to the Lord. These are the Lord's appointed festivals, the sacred assemblies, where you are to proclaim that their appointed times. The Lord's Pastor begins at twilight on the fourteen day of the first month. On the fifteen day of that month, the Lord's festival of unleaven bread begins. For seven days, you must eat bread made without yeast on the first day, hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. Bob, God prescribe certain holidays for the Jewish calendar, and these holidays were to be observed. Holy Days were to be observed annually. These days quite, the Sabbath being part of it, the Sabbath being holy days. They will be days of rest, days of celebration. Specifically, they were. They were to...

...be days where God's children could rest from their labors and be strengthened by God himself. And even this reading we see at least four principles through our reading to day. First of all, God, through salvation, removed our burdens and is strengthened us. That it is twenty, six, eleven through thirteen. He removed their burdens from Egypt and strengthened them. Thus, through our salvation in Christ, God has removed our burdens and strengthen us. That's something to celebrate, to praise God about, to have special days set aside to rest and celebrate that God has removed our burden of sin and he strengthened us. Its One PRINCEP NOM two. God intends for his children to have days...

...where they are reminded of what they have and he what do we have? In rest and strength. God gives us rest from our burdens and he strengthens us, and so we're to have well that's a truth that we recognize every day. God commanded in leavinicus for them to have very special days set aside where they did rest and celebrate the truth that God had given them rest and strength. Number three, God allows freedom for his children to observe such rest for their enjoyment. Many of the offerings that were associated with these holy days in Leviticus, twenty four, twenty three and twenty five, many of these...

...offerings were free will offerings. In other words, you didn't have to give them. He gave them if you wanted to. There's that freedom that God gives us to celebrate and worship. They were not compulsory. God gave them freedom to freely willfully give as they desired. Such is our freedom, even to this day, to celebrate God daily and on special days. There have been times when someone in my family was sick, or we go home for Christmas and we have a family get together, but it's not on December twenty field, it's on a separate day because different families are doing different things on December twenty five, and so with my family here we do it maybe December sixteen and here we do it maybe December eighteen. Such is the freedom God...

...gives us, and when we meet with our families, we are celebrating what Christ did at his birth. Nevertheless, we have that freedom to celebrate God as we see filled. We have the choice of what to give him in that celebration. Offerings are different from the tide. The tide is God's, it belongs to him ten percent. That's God. But offerings there above and beyond the tithe and their free wheel. We give them simply because he is worthy. That's a freedom that we have as his children, just as they had these free will offerings in the Old Testament. Number four, these days, these holidays, these special days set aside for rest and strength, these...

...days for rest and celebrations are intended for our faith to increase. A day of rest each week is intended for our faith to increase. A lot of us need that day. A lot of us have had difficult weeks and we need a day when we come back and our faith is increased with God again. We trust God even more because of that day. It's what God intended, and thereby we enjoy rest because our faith is increased and through that we're strengthened for the upcoming week. Thus, that special day weekly in those special holidays were we abstained from work and rest. Those days were intended to give...

...us rest and to strengthen us as we rest and celebrate what God has done. Well, as I think about that, I think I'll enjoy my holy day today as I look forward to the next holy day of rest. I hope you will to what wonderful truths we're seeing here and the book of Leviticus. Well, we finish the book of Leviticus today. Tomorrow we're going to be in numbers. I'm so excited about numbers. So we've been through genesis, Joe, exodus, Leviticus. Now we're moving in numbers. Now Leviticus has to do, as you know, with the law, the giving of the law, the most New Testament Book of the Old Testament. Numbers is going to pick up where exodus wept off. So we have genesis and then...

Joe exers picked up. We're genesis weft off as for US chronologically, and now numbers is going to pick up where exodus left off and it's going to take us to the end of Moses has leadership in the beginning of Joshua's leadership before they enter into the promised land. Well, before we go, I don't want to have a word of prayer. We let's pray, father. We thank you again for your word and how timely and how beautiful it is. The thank you for the teaching today. Lord, let today be a holy day, unto you. And then, father, we look forward to the next holiday, the next Sunday, the next day all for work, to day of rest, to day of celebration, and even the other holidays you've given us to honor your birth and Christmas and your resurrection at East.

We look forward to these very special days where we celebrate what you feel. Father, we pray that today would be that holy day, but then we would also enjoy the rest you give us, a loss of specials. We pray all this in Jesus name. Amen. Thank you for joining us again today.

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