Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Thursday, November 2, 2017
“Removing the Veil: Sanctuary Living in the 21st Century.”
“The flesh that comes in contact with anything that is not clean shall not be eaten; it shall be burned with fire. As for the meat, everyone who is clean [ceremonially] may eat of it. But the one who eats of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings that belong to the Lord when he is [ceremonially] unclean, that person shall be cut off from his people [deprived of the privileges of association with them]. And if anyone touches any unclean thing—the uncleanness of man or an unclean beast or any unclean abomination—and then eats of the flesh of the sacrifice of the Lord’s peace offerings, that person shall be cut off from his people” (Leviticus 7:19–21, AMP).
So Many Questions I Must Ask Myself
I don’t know if you realize this or not, but God hates sin; and thus, He does not play with it. He leaves no room for compromise in this area, because sin will destroy anyone who trifles with it. Was that clear enough for you? Now, let’s have a look at our theme text.
I will not go into the details of the Old Testament application of the text. Again, this is not a full-on Bible study. The questions for those of us living at the very end of world are:
- “Am I attempting to mix the holy with the profane?”
- “Does my profession of love for God agree with my lifestyle?”
- “Do I hold up the banner of God’s standard of holiness when someone wants to gossip, or do I participate in the gossip session?”
- “Do I show that I actually do love God when I flip the TV channels, or do I stop on that program that tends away from relationship with God?”
- “Do I respect my wife (in my case), or do I abuse her (emotionally, sexually, physically)?”
- “Do I sing holy songs in church while dwelling upon unholy thoughts?”
Accept the Power and Presence of the Holy Spirit
Are you getting this self-searching line of questioning? Does my life show that I accept the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, so I can be of service to those who need an encouraging word, a helping hand, a visit, a dollar, a smile?
As you consider today’s text, and maybe research its context, ask the Lord to show you how to apply it aright in this era. Thank God while you’re at it. Thank Him for making it possible to to live according to the example Jesus left; that we can follow His footsteps. Amen.