Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Welcome to Day 38 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Leviticus 1, 2 and 3 outline the various Levitical offerings. Ok… let me see if I have all this straight… The five Levitical offerings were: Burnt offering. Grain offering. Peace offering. Sin offering. Trespass offering.
NOTE: I found a great chart/outline for each of these offerings by John MacArthur. Click HERE for further study. (A pdf you can download.)
Beyond all the detail for each offering and how specific each was, I noted that there is both “intentional” and “unintentional” sin…
Being a leader, this jumped out at me… “When a leader sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the commands of the LORD his God, when he realizes his guilt 23 and the sin he has committed becomes known, he must bring as his offering a male goat without defect.24 He is to lay his hand on the goat’s head and slaughter it at the place where the burnt offering is slaughtered before the LORD. It is a sin offering. 25 Then the priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and pour out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar. 26 He shall burn all the fat on the altar as he burned the fat of the fellowship offering. In this way the priest will make atonement for the leader’s sin, and he will be forgiven.”
Acts 14, Paul and Barnabas traveling from city to city proclaiming the Gospel (Good News.) The common reaction is people believe, then others stir up trouble against them. They left for safety sake, then returned at a later date to continue their work.
I love that God enabled them to perform signs and wonders to back up his word. People were so excited that they began to make sacrifices to them! They had to nip that in the bud! “No, no! We are only men like you!”
Even today, our human reaction is to put people on a pedestal… those whose names have become well known, they have written books or songs, are in the spotlight… and while we may not go as far as offering sacrifices (we know better) the tendency is to idolize them… I’ve been around enough of these guys to know they consider themselves just men. That God’s grace is upon them to do whatever work they are called to do.
Beware when you begin to believe your own press…
The common denominator between today’s readings? All have sinned (whether intentionally or UNintentionally…) And, all Christians will experience some sort of persecution. It just goes with the territory.
We all need to deal with sin (intentional or unintentional) in our lives… Recognize, confess, repent. Need to keep my role in proper perspective. Simply be faithful in what God has called me to, and not get hung up on people’s opinion of me (good or bad.) Just walk it out.
I once heard someone say, “Praise and criticism are like chewing gum. Chew on it and spit it out.” Good advice.
I certainly get more than my share of strokes. One has to become good at simply saying “Thank you” and keeping things in proper perspective… and give God the glory/credit when someone goes overboard.
Lord help me to keep a level head. To know who I am and more importantly… who you are. Thank you for what you are doing in my life… in our church… and in our city. I’m so thankful to be called to serve you. Thank you Lord, that you are both the offering and the priest… And so am I… called to live my life as a sacrifice, and called “a kingdom and priests!” You are the Great High Priest, my advocate… the mediator between God and man!