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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 50 · 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 berry baptist Clark's Bridgecom. You ever been a football game or basketball games ording of the in and notice some of the injured players just standing on the side? They are able to play. However, they get to be at the game and, to a certain extent, enjoy the win as part of the team, that is, if their team wins. But that's true of alumni as well. When I'll playing college football on the weekends...

...that we didn't have away games, my high school coach said, Brad, you're welcome to come and stay in all the sidelines with the team. So I got to go was an alumnus and to borrow high school football team and staying on the sidelines within the cheer them home from time to time. Obviously I didn't get to play, but I got to be with them to encourage them and while we're ineligible. Nevertheless, that encouragement could help, whether through keeping stamps or encouraging them, we still played a role. Such a concept with relation to physical sporting events, is true in the spiritual realm as well. In fact, numbers teaches something about those who get injured spiritually or those who age in their life. The reading for the day is number seventh through...

...ten. Cover the offerings of the temple, setting up the lamps, dedicating the Levites, celebrating the pass over, setting up the Tabern hackle itself and then, of course, leaving side headed towards the promised land. But I'm going to read out of numbers eight, Verse Twenty Three Through Nine, verse twelve. The Lord said Moses, this applies to the Levites. Me and twenty five years old or more shall come to take part in the work at the ten of media at the age of fifty, they must retire from their regular service and work no longer. They may assist their brothers and performing their duties at the ten of meeting, but they themselves must do no work. This end. Is How you are to asside the responsibility of the Levites.

The Lord spoke to Moses and the deads are of Sinai and the first month of the second year after they came out of Egypt. He said, have the Israelites celebrate the pass over at the appointed time. Celebrate it at the appointed time, at twilight the Fourteenth Day of this month, in accordance with all its rules and regulations. So Moses told the Israelites to celebrate the pass over and they did so in the desert of Sinai at twilight on the Fourteenth Day of the first month. The Israelites did everything just as the Lord commanded Moses, but some of them could not celebrate the Passover because they were ceremonially unclean on account of a dead body. So they came to Moses and there in that same day, and said to Moses, we become unclean because of the dead body, why should we be kept from presenting the Lord's offering with...

...the other Israelites at the appointed tide? Moses answered the waiting until I find out what the Lord commands concerned. Then the Lord said, Moses, tell the Israelites when any of you or your descendants are unclean because of a dead body or a way on in journey, they are still to celebrate the Lord's pass over, but they are to do it on the Fourteenth Day of the second month of twilight. There to eat the lamp together with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. They must not need any of it till morning or break any of its bonds when they celebrate the past, for they must follow all regulations. Well, passage is really interesting. That has to do with individuals who are not allowed to serve. The end of chapter eight deals with Levites and their age of retirement from temple dudes. Once a levite reach the age of...

...fifty, that individual was considered retired from the privilege and responsibility of setting up the Tabernacle. While I'm beginning of chapter nine deals with Israelites becoming unclean and thus not able to participate in offering and offering for the pastle. Moses went to God with this concern and it was granted for Unclean Jews to steal participate in offerings to God at the pastle. This text gives us insight to God's response to those who are not serving as they wants to do, either because of age, they've gotten older, or because of uncleanness, if you will, through the winds of the New Testament will turn the that, through seeing seeing, has crept into their honor. With regard to the Levites, it's...

...important note that they never retired. They may have retired from actively setting up the Tabern apple as they were just not able to do what they want were physically, but they could continue to serve as guards of the tawered apple, thus ensuring its sanctity. What a beautiful picture for those of us who are aging but don't feel there is such a thing as retirement from the Lord's service. We may not be able to serve as we wants to did physically, but until our deathbed there is always a place to serve the Lord. It's an honors serve and God shows us, even here in numbers, his desire. Even when we reach the age to draw a retirement, there is still service for God's children to do, and it's always an honor and privilege to...

...serve our God. The second text is a little more interesting. If there are principles we can draw from ceremonial cleanness to apply to spiritual cleanness, as I have maintained, then there's such a principle here. The Jews were ceremonially unclean at the time of the past story, and yet we're still allowed and even encourage to give to God in spite of their uncleanness. Now, if we move that uncleanness to the New Testament and see it as there, seeing that as staying their life, then we draw a principle there. When one is in Sein Unclean, one should still serve God. If a church members and seeing and unreginn it, I still encourage it Sur Church member to give...

...his or her tie. I still encourage that church member to show up to church and worship God. I still encourage that Church member to attend church work days and serve God. Why should disobedience in one area lead to disobedience in other areas? We all see him. We know that just because I am currently unwilling to witness or unwilling to forgive a person for their harm toward me, or unwilling to go where God sends me, such should not disqualify me from serving him and being obedient in other areas. The key is not to add more areas of disobedience and seeing, but rather to reduce the ones that we have. Yes, when we are a sideled from what we have done...

...and serving God in the past. There's still a place for us. Everyone who's aged to a certain expen everyone who's committed to see in has just devastated their life, there's still a place for you. Doesn't matter if you're aid, doesn't matter what you've done and sin, they're still a place. When we are injured as a result from sin and now they will serve as we once did. We are still a part of God's tea. When we reach an age that we simply can't do what we wants did, we are still a part of God's tea. It's an honor to serve God, and when we can serving with our entire being in the vibrance of our youth, let us enjoy such but it's seeing old sway on us from time to time.

Let us still serve and obey in areas that we can, because it's an honor. And when we reach the point we can't physically do what we once did, nevertheless we shall continue to serve because it is an honor. I've always maintained that some of the greatest work of God as been done by senior saints, those who reached the age of seventy, eighty, ninety years old. They can't do what they wants to do. Their prayers literally move the hand of Heaven to do great things here on. Learn it's an honor to serve God and from the moment we get saved for all eternity, we should always serve you. Even in this life, as we age, we should serve you. What a privilege, what a great God. Well, they're...

...reading for tomorrow is numbers eleven and twelve. I hope you're enjoying this as we make our way through the book of numbers. Let me close us in prayer. Father, we thank you again for your wonderful word and the principles that are so rich teaching us the importance of serving you. Many of us have been sidelife from time to time because of seeing. Nevertheless, there's always areas for us to serve you, and nothing ever disqualifies us from serving you. Many of us are aging and word can't do what we used to do. Nevertheless, we could still serve you. You're a great God and it's an odorn privilege to serve you. Help US do some today, Jesus. Amen, thank you for joining us today.

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