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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 50 · 1 year ago

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Read Your Bible Devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds.

Hello and welcome to read Your Bibledevotional 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. Youcan 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 inand notice some of the injured players just standing on the side? They areable to play. However, they get to be at the game and,to a certain extent, enjoy the win as part of the team, thatis, 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 inall the sidelines with the team. So I got to go was an alumnusand to borrow high school football team and staying on the sidelines within the cheerthem home from time to time. Obviously I didn't get to play, butI 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, westill 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 aboutthose who get injured spiritually or those who age in their life. Thereading for the day is number seventh through...

...ten. Cover the offerings of thetemple, setting up the lamps, dedicating the Levites, celebrating the pass over, setting up the Tabern hackle itself and then, of course, leaving sideheaded 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 shallcome to take part in the work at the ten of media at the ageof 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 areto asside the responsibility of the Levites.

The Lord spoke to Moses and thedeads are of Sinai and the first month of the second year after they cameout of Egypt. He said, have the Israelites celebrate the pass over atthe appointed time. Celebrate it at the appointed time, at twilight the FourteenthDay of this month, in accordance with all its rules and regulations. SoMoses told the Israelites to celebrate the pass over and they did so in thedesert of Sinai at twilight on the Fourteenth Day of the first month. TheIsraelites did everything just as the Lord commanded Moses, but some of them couldnot 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 saidto Moses, we become unclean because of the dead body, why should webe 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 oryour 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 todo it on the Fourteenth Day of the second month of twilight. There toeat the lamp together with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. They must not needany of it till morning or break any of its bonds when they celebrate thepast, for they must follow all regulations. Well, passage is really interesting.That has to do with individuals who are not allowed to serve. Theend 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 retiredfrom the privilege and responsibility of setting up the Tabernacle. While I'm beginning ofchapter nine deals with Israelites becoming unclean and thus not able to participate in offeringand offering for the pastle. Moses went to God with this concern and itwas 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 servingas 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 Testamentwill 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 justnot able to do what they want were physically, but they could continue toserve as guards of the tawered apple, thus ensuring its sanctity. What abeautiful picture for those of us who are aging but don't feel there is sucha thing as retirement from the Lord's service. We may not be able to serveas we wants to did physically, but until our deathbed there is alwaysa 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 todraw 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 textis a little more interesting. If there are principles we can draw from ceremonialcleanness to apply to spiritual cleanness, as I have maintained, then there's sucha principle here. The Jews were ceremonially unclean at the time of the paststory, and yet we're still allowed and even encourage to give to God inspite of their uncleanness. Now, if we move that uncleanness to the NewTestament and see it as there, seeing that as staying their life, thenwe draw a principle there. When one is in Sein Unclean, one shouldstill serve God. If a church members and seeing and unreginn it, Istill encourage it Sur Church member to give...

...his or her tie. I stillencourage that church member to show up to church and worship God. I stillencourage that Church member to attend church work days and serve God. Why shoulddisobedience 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 toforgive a person for their harm toward me, or unwilling to go where God sendsme, such should not disqualify me from serving him and being obedient inother areas. The key is not to add more areas of disobedience and seeing, but rather to reduce the ones that we have. Yes, when weare 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 everyonewho's committed to see in has just devastated their life, there's still a placefor 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 fromsin and now they will serve as we once did. We are still apart of God's tea. When we reach an age that we simply can't dowhat we wants did, we are still a part of God's tea. It'san honor to serve God, and when we can serving with our entire beingin the vibrance of our youth, let us enjoy such but it's seeing oldsway on us from time to time.

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

...reading for tomorrow is numbers eleven andtwelve. I hope you're enjoying this as we make our way through the bookof numbers. Let me close us in prayer. Father, we thank youagain for your wonderful word and the principles that are so rich teaching us theimportance of serving you. Many of us have been sidelife from time to timebecause 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 wordcan'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 ustoday.

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