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Chiseling Our Own Masterpiece - A Disaster!

Leviticus 6:1-2,5-6,12,18,30 The LORD said to Moses: “If anyone sins and is unfaithful to the LORD by deceiving a neighbor about something entrusted to them or left in their care or about something stolen, or if they cheat their neighbor... or whatever it was they swore falsely about. They must make restitution in full, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the owner on the day they present their guilt offering. And as a penalty they must bring to the priest, that is, to the LORD, their guilt offering, a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value... The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it... Any male descendant of Aaron may eat it. For all generations to come it is his perpetual share of the food offerings presented to the LORD. Whatever touches them will become holy’”... But any sin offering whose blood is brought into the tent of meeting to make atonement in the Holy Place must not be eaten; it must be burned up.

God certainly had serious hangups about sin and ensured He communicated His disgust of sin and the sinner and also provided a means for His people, the Israelites to make peace with Him.

The number of sacrifices, the types and the purposes ensured there was enough for the priests themselves and that the Lord's tabernacle would never be without constant offering.

What is God's desire for us today that is communicated through this historic text recorded around 1,445 BC?

This morning as I knelt before God to pray, I recalled specific sins and asked His forgiveness and as the list went on and on, I realized that I am more guilty than those who have no relationship with Christ.

God chose to save me from myself and restored me to being His own but I operate in ways that don't always give Him glory.

In fact, as I examine my life in the mirror of the Holy Spirit, I see how desperately I have been chiseling away at God's perfect creation to create my own creation.

What I mean is that God created each of us in His own image and everything God created is precious to Him. In each of us, God purposed His glory and set us out to bring Him that glory.

However we choose to steer away from God's purposes of us and start living lives with our glory in mind. To receive that glory, we lie, cheat, back bite, hold grudges, feel jealous, anger, become bitter, hurt others, walk over people, become uncaring, partial, selfish, etc.

This is something we do consciously or unconsciously and it has a bearing on the world around us but worse still, on ourselves because we keep running further away from God's purpose of us.

There is, was and will never be a single human being, but for Jesus Christ, who can ever escape God's standard of holiness and perfectness because sin is deep seated in us.

Satan through sin has a vice grip on us and in the world we live in, and spiritual blindness is what we live in until our eyes are open to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The sacrifices demanded of the Israelites was how God showed humankind how desperately sinful we are and just how impossible it would be for us to ever find peace with God.

If you are one who has never made peace with God through His only begotten son, Jesus Christ who provides you a way back to Him, click here to know more.

If you are saved by the blood of the lamb who was slain for your sins and mine, I pray that we will submit ourselves daily including our ego and pride and ask God to stop us from chiseling away from His purpose of us and instead to mould us into the person that He intended us to be so that we might give Him all the glory.

In His Loving Service,

ServantBoy

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8.2.2011

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