1554.) Leviticus 4:1 – 5:13

April 16, 2015
Unintentional sin, or sin by mistake, is still sin.

Unintentional sin, or sin done by mistake, is still sin.

Leviticus 4:1 – 5:13   (NRSV)

Sin Offerings

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2Speak to the people of Israel, saying: When anyone sins unintentionally in any of the Lord’s commandments about things not to be done, and does any one of them:

4, Minister_Priest
3If it is the anointed priest who sins, thus bringing guilt on the people, he shall offer for the sin that he has committed a bull of the herd without blemish as a sin offering to the Lord. 4He shall bring the bull to the entrance of the tent of meeting before the Lord and lay his hand on the head of the bull; the bull shall be slaughtered before the Lord. 5The anointed priest shall take some of the blood of the bull and bring it into the tent of meeting. 6The priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle some of the blood seven times before the Lord in front of the curtain of the sanctuary. 7The priest shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of fragrant incense that is in the tent of meeting before the Lord; and the rest of the blood of the bull he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering, which is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 8He shall remove all the fat from the bull of sin offering: the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is around the entrails; 9the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins; and the appendage of the liver, which he shall remove with the kidneys, 10just as these are removed from the ox of the sacrifice of well-being. The priest shall turn them into smoke upon the altar of burnt offering. 11But the skin of the bull and all its flesh, as well as its head, its legs, its entrails, and its dung— 12all the rest of the bull—he shall carry out to a clean place outside the camp, to the ash heap, and shall burn it on a wood fire; at the ash heap it shall be burned.

Hebrews 13:11-13 (New International Version)

The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore.

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4. People Working Together

13If the whole congregation of Israel errs unintentionally and the matter escapes the notice of the assembly, and they do any one of the things that by the Lord’s commandments ought not to be done and incur guilt; 14when the sin that they have committed becomes known, the assembly shall offer a bull of the herd for a sin offering and bring it before the tent of meeting. 15The elders of the congregation shall lay their hands on the head of the bull before the Lord, and the bull shall be slaughtered before the Lord. 16The anointed priest shall bring some of the blood of the bull into the tent of meeting, 17and the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle it seven times before the Lord, in front of the curtain. 18He shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar that is before the Lord in the tent of meeting; and the rest of the blood he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 19He shall remove all its fat and turn it into smoke on the altar. 20He shall do with the bull just as is done with the bull of sin offering; he shall do the same with this. The priest shall make atonement for them, and they shall be forgiven. 21He shall carry the bull outside the camp, and burn it as he burned the first bull; it is the sin offering for the assembly.

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4. CEO

22When a ruler sins, doing unintentionally any one of all the things that by commandments of the Lord his God ought not to be done and incurs guilt, 23once the sin that he has committed is made known to him, he shall bring as his offering a male goat without blemish. 24He shall lay his hand on the head of the goat; it shall be slaughtered at the spot where the burnt offering is slaughtered before the Lord; it is a sin offering. 25The 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 its blood at the base of the altar of burnt offering. 26All its fat he shall turn into smoke on the altar, like the fat of the sacrifice of well-being. Thus the priest shall make atonement on his behalf for his sin, and he shall be forgiven.

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4. ordinary people
27If anyone of the ordinary people among you sins unintentionally in doing any one of the things that by the Lord’s commandments ought not to be done and incurs guilt, 28when the sin that you have committed is made known to you, you shall bring a female goat without blemish as your offering, for the sin that you have committed. 29You shall lay your hand on the head of the sin offering; and the sin offering shall be slaughtered at the place of the burnt offering. 30The priest shall take some of its blood with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and he shall pour out the rest of its blood at the base of the altar. 31He shall remove all its fat, as the fat is removed from the offering of well-being, and the priest shall turn it into smoke on the altar for a pleasing odor to the Lord. Thus the priest shall make atonement on your behalf, and you shall be forgiven.

32If the offering you bring as a sin offering is a sheep, you shall bring a female without blemish. 33You shall lay your hand on the head of the sin offering; and it shall be slaughtered as a sin offering at the spot where the burnt offering is slaughtered. 34The 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 its blood at the base of the altar. 35You shall remove all its fat, as the fat of the sheep is removed from the sacrifice of well-being, and the priest shall turn it into smoke on the altar, with the offerings by fire to the Lord. Thus the priest shall make atonement on your behalf for the sin that you have committed, and you shall be forgiven.

1 John 1:8-10 (New King James Version)

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

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Music:

All of these offerings are really gifts from God — He provides a way for us to be in joyful relationship with Him.  HERE  is Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels with “Lord, I Need You.”

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5)   When any of you sin in that you have heard a public adjuration to testify and—though able to testify as one who has seen or learned of the matter—does not speak up, you are subject to punishment.

2Or when any of you touch any unclean thing—whether the carcass of an unclean beast or the carcass of unclean livestock or the carcass of an unclean swarming thing—and are unaware of it, you have become unclean, and are guilty.

3Or when you touch human uncleanness—any uncleanness by which one can become unclean—and are unaware of it, when you come to know it, you shall be guilty.

4Or when any of you utter aloud a rash oath for a bad or a good purpose, whatever people utter in an oath, and are unaware of it, when you come to know it, you shall in any of these be guilty.

5When you realize your guilt in any of these, you shall confess the sin that you have committed.

Lev5 augustine-confession

This was an important part of the sin offering; to confess meant one would agree with God that the sin was wrong. Confession of sin is still an important principle for clearing away sin that hinders our fellowship with God.

–David Guzik

6And you shall bring to the Lord, as your penalty for the sin that you have committed, a female from the flock, a sheep or a goat, as a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement on your behalf for your sin.

7But if you cannot afford a sheep, you shall bring to the Lord, as your penalty for the sin that you have committed, two turtledoves or two pigeons, one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. 8You shall bring them to the priest, who shall offer first the one for the sin offering, wringing its head at the nape without severing it. 9He shall sprinkle some of the blood of the sin offering on the side of the altar, while the rest of the blood shall be drained out at the base of the altar; it is a sin offering. 10And the second he shall offer for a burnt offering according to the regulation. Thus the priest shall make atonement on your behalf for the sin that you have committed, and you shall be forgiven.

11But if you cannot afford two turtledoves or two pigeons, you shall bring as your offering for the sin that you have committed one-tenth of an ephah of choice flour for a sin offering; you shall not put oil on it or lay frankincense on it, for it is a sin offering. 12You shall bring it to the priest, and the priest shall scoop up a handful of it as its memorial portion, and turn this into smoke on the altar, with the offerings by fire to the Lord; it is a sin offering. 13Thus the priest shall make atonement on your behalf for whichever of these sins you have committed, and you shall be forgiven. Like the grain offering, the rest shall be for the priest.

Psalm 19:12-14 (New International Version)

Who can discern his errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.

Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then will I be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.

May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

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The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Images courtesy of:
oops.  http://images.paraorkut.com/img/pics/glitters/o/oops_sorry-2716.gif
minister/priest.  http://www.timtim.com/public/images/drawings/large/Minister_Priest.gif
group of people.   https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/4-people-working-together.jpg?w=450
CEO at his desk.   https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/4-ceo.jpg?w=450
ordinary guy.   https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/ordinarypeople.jpg
St. Augustine quote.    http://www.apisanet.com/nnh-content/uploads/au/augustine-quote-confession-of-evil.jpg

1553.) Leviticus 3

April 15, 2015
Tabernacle barbecue!  A peace offering, or fellowship offering, is like the burnt offering except that only portions of the sacrifcied animals were burned up completely.  The remainder of the meat was eaten by the worshiper, his family and friends, and the priests.

Tabernacle barbecue! A peace offering (ESV), or fellowship offering (NIV), or offering of well-being, is like the burnt offering except that only portions of the sacrificed animals were burned up completely. The remainder of the meat was eaten by the worshipers, their family and friends, and the priests.

Leviticus 3   (NRSV)

Offerings of Well-Being

If the offering is a sacrifice of well-being, if you offer an animal of the herd, whether male or female, you shall offer one without blemish before the Lord. 2You shall lay your hand on the head of the offering and slaughter it at the entrance of the tent of meeting; and Aaron’s sons the priests shall dash the blood against all sides of the altar. 3You shall offer from the sacrifice of well-being, as an offering by fire to the Lord, the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is around the entrails; 4the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the appendage of the liver, which he shall remove with the kidneys. 5Then Aaron’s sons shall turn these into smoke on the altar, with the burnt offering that is on the wood on the fire, as an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord.

Grilled beef sirloin,

Grilled beef sirloin, “of pleasing odor to the Lord”

6If your offering for a sacrifice of well-being to the Lord is from the flock, male or female, you shall offer one without blemish. 7If you present a sheep as your offering, you shall bring it before the Lord 8and lay your hand on the head of the offering. It shall be slaughtered before the tent of meeting, and Aaron’s sons shall dash its blood against all sides of the altar. 9You shall present its fat from the sacrifice of well-being, as an offering by fire to the Lord: the whole broad tail, which shall be removed close to the backbone, the fat that covers the entrails, and all the fat that is around the entrails; 10the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the appendage of the liver, which you shall remove with the kidneys. 11Then the priest shall turn these into smoke on the altar as a food offering by fire to the Lord.

Grilled lamb chops

Grilled lamb chops

12If your offering is a goat, you shall bring it before the Lord 13and lay your hand on its head; it shall be slaughtered before the tent of meeting; and the sons of Aaron shall dash its blood against all sides of the altar. 14You shall present as your offering from it, as an offering by fire to the Lord, the fat that covers the entrails, and all the fat that is around the entrails; 15the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the appendage of the liver, which you shall remove with the kidneys. 16Then the priest shall turn these into smoke on the altar as a food offering by fire for a pleasing odor. All fat is the Lord’s.

Grilled goat kebabs

Grilled goat kebabs

17It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations, in all your settlements: you must not eat any fat or any blood.

After building the Temple in Jerusalem, King Solomon threw a national cookout!

1 Kings 8:62-63 (New Living Translation)

Then the king and all Israel with him offered sacrifices to the Lord. Solomon offered to the Lord a peace offering of 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep and goats. And so the king and all the people of Israel dedicated the Temple of the Lord.

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3. celebrate

from Leviticus,
by Samuel E. Ballentine

So far in Leviticus, we have read the instructions for voluntary gifts — burnt offerings, grain offerings, and well-being offerings. These are gifts from a joyful heart. The Psalmist asks, “What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me?” (Psalm 116:12). The answer in Leviticus: You may bring a gift from the herd, because this is pleasing to God; you may bring a gift from the flock, because this is pleasing to God; you may bring a gift of grain, because this, too, is pleasing to God. A glad response to God finds expression in tangible acts of celebration.

What “tangible acts of celebration” do you offer to the Lord as a glad response to his bounty to you?

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Music:

Speaking of joy and the Lord, here is my favorite Bach chorale prelude for organ! I learned to play this many years ago in college, and I have played it for many celebratory worship services and weddings; I would love to have it played at my funeral!  HERE  is “In Thee Is Gladness” (“In Dir Ist Freude”) — played by Sean Jackson.

In Thee is gladness
Amid the sadness,
Jesus, sunshine of my heart.
By Thee are given
The gifts of heaven,
Thou the true redeemer art.
Our souls Thou wakest;
Our bonds Thou breakest;
Who trusts Thee surely
Has built securely
And stands forever:
Alleluia!
Our hearts are pining
To see Thee shining,
Dying or living,
To Thee are cleaving;
Naught us can sever:
Alleluia!

If He is ours
We fear no powers,
Not of earth or sin or death.
He sees and blesses
In worst distresses;
He can change them with a breath.
Wherefore the story
Tell of His glory
With heart and voices;
All heaven rejoices
In Him forever:
Alleluia!
We shout for gladness,
Triumph o’er sadness,
Love Him and praise Him
And still shall raise Him
Glad hymns forever:
Alleluia!

–Johann Lindemann, 1549-1631 or so.

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The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Images courtesy of:
BBQ.  http://i32.tinypic.com/103u1qx.jpg
grilled beef.   http://images.teamsugar.com/files/users/1/15259/34_2007/beefbbqfarmersmarket.JPG
grilled lamb.  http://blog.sigsiv.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/grilled-lamb-chops-and-harissa-009.jpg
grilled goat.   http://www.blue-kitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/goat-kebabs.jpg
celebrate.  http://homepage.eircom.net/~twoms/celebrate.gif

1552.) Leviticus 2

April 14, 2015
Wheat field in Galilee, Israel

Wheat field in Galilee, Israel

Leviticus 2   (NRSV)

Grain Offerings

When anyone presents a grain offering to the Lord, the offering shall be of choice flour; the worshiper shall pour oil on it, and put frankincense on it, 2and bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests.

a cup of flour (add oil and incense)

a cup of flour (add oil and incense)

After taking from it a handful of the choice flour and oil, with all its frankincense, the priest shall turn this token portion into smoke on the altar, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord. 3And what is left of the grain offering shall be for Aaron and his sons, a most holy part of the offerings by fire to the Lord.

4When you present a grain offering baked in the oven, it shall be of choice flour: unleavened cakes mixed with oil, or unleavened wafers spread with oil.

Cake made without yeast -- Semolina cake is popular in Jewish Sephardic homes

Cake made without yeast — Semolina cake is popular in Jewish Sephardic homes

5If your offering is grain prepared on a griddle, it shall be of choice flour mixed with oil, unleavened; 6break it in pieces, and pour oil on it; it is a grain offering. 7If your offering is grain prepared in a pan, it shall be made of choice flour in oil. 8You shall bring to the Lord the grain offering that is prepared in any of these ways; and when it is presented to the priest, he shall take it to the altar. 9The priest shall remove from the grain offering its token portion and turn this into smoke on the altar, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord. 10And what is left of the grain offering shall be for Aaron and his sons; it is a most holy part of the offerings by fire to the Lord.

11No grain offering that you bring to the Lord shall be made with leaven, for you must not turn any leaven or honey into smoke as an offering by fire to the Lord. 12You may bring them to the Lord as an offering of choice products, but they shall not be offered on the altar for a pleasing odor.

No yeast or honey allowed in the offering . . .

No yeast or honey allowed in the offering . . .

13You shall not omit from your grain offerings the salt of the covenant with your God; with all your offerings you shall offer salt.

Don't forget the salt!

. . . but don’t forget the salt!

14If you bring a grain offering of first fruits to the Lord, you shall bring as the grain offering of your first fruits coarse new grain from fresh ears, parched with fire.

kernels of wheat roasted in the fire (add oil and incnese)

kernels of wheat roasted in the fire (add oil and incense)

15You shall add oil to it and lay frankincense on it; it is a grain offering. 16And the priest shall turn a token portion of it into smoke—some of the coarse grain and oil with all its frankincense; it is an offering by fire to the Lord.

2. burnt offering cookbook

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Music:

“Lord of harvest, grant that we
Wholesome grain and and pure may be.”

HERE  is “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,” complete with pictures from a British flower and garden show!

“Come Ye Thankful People, Come”
by Henry Alford, 1810-1871

1. Come, ye thankful people, come;
Raise the song of Harvest-home.
All be safely gathered in
Ere the winter storms begin;
God, our Maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied,
Come to God’s own temple, come;
Raise the song of Harvest-home.

2. All the world is God’s own field,
Fruit unto His praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown,
Unto joy or sorrow grown;
First the blade and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear.
Lord of harvest, grant that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

3. For the Lord, our God, shall come
And shall take His harvest home;
From His field shall in that day
All offences purge away;
Give His angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast,
But the fruitful ears to store
In His garner evermore.

4. Even so, Lord, quickly come
To Thy final Harvest-home;
Gather Thou Thy people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified,
In Thy garner to abide.
Come with all Thine angels, come,
Raise the glorious Harvest-home.

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The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Images courtesy of:
wheat field.   https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/2-wheat-field.jpg?w=450
flour.  http://us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/bergonzc/bergonzc0812/bergonzc081200109/4064083.jpg
cake.   https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/2-cake.jpg?w=450
yeast and honey.  http://anubhavati.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/dsc00345.jpg
salt.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01364/salt_1364790c.jpg
roasted wheat.  https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/2-roasted-wheat.jpg?w=450
burnt offering cartoon, Jeff Larson.   https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/2-burnt-offering-cookbook.jpg

1551.) Leviticus 1

April 13, 2015
"Burnt Offering" -- copper relief by Simone Leurs, from Amsterdam, in honor of the soldiers of World War I.

“Burnt Offering” — copper relief by Simone Leurs (born 1952) from Amsterdam, in honor of the soldiers of World War I.

Leviticus 1   (NRSV)

Pentateuch scholar Thomas Wingate Mann has written, “Many a pious vow to read straight through the Bible from cover to cover has foundered on the shoals of Leviticus.” Let us not founder! Let’s meet God here. Remember that God has brought the people of Israel out of Egypt to become “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:6). The people are on their way to the promised land, where they will learn about their kingdom. And they have built their tabernacle in obedience to God who calls them to be holy.  Leviticus teaches them — and us — about the gift of sacrifice: not a grudging handing over what we would prefer to keep, but a happy response to a loving God who has kindly drawn near to us.

God says to Moses in the first verse of Leviticus, “Speak to the people of Israel.” Let us listen throughout Leviticus to hear God speaking to us.

The Burnt Offering

The Lord summoned Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting,

The story of Leviticus picks up where Exodus left off. Israel is still camped out at the base of Mount Sinai, and they will remain there all through the Book of Leviticus.

–David Guzik (and all following quotes in blue)

saying: 2Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: When any of you bring an offering of livestock to the Lord, you shall bring your offering from the herd or from the flock.

In the covenant God made with Israel at Mount Sinai, there were three major facets. The covenant included the law Israel had to obey, sacrifice to provide for breaking the law, and the choice of blessing or curse that would become the script for Israel’s history.

The sacrificial system was an essential element of the Mosaic covenant, because it was impossible to live up to the requirements of the law. Sin was dealt with through sacrifice. This was not the beginning of God’s sacrificial system. Adam knew of sacrifice (Genesis 3:21), as did Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:3-4), and Noah (Genesis 8:20-21). The idea of sacrifice to the gods was not unique to Israel. Other nations and cultures practiced sacrifice, often ultimately involving human sacrifice.

This Angus bull is from a farm in Illinois.

This Angus bull is from a farm in Illinois — not exactly a breed of animal the Israelites would have had!

3If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd,

The burnt offering, as its name implies, was completely burnt before the Lord. It was a total sacrifice. The burnt offering was a general offering of propitiation and consecration to God.

you shall offer a male without blemish; you shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, for acceptance in your behalf before the Lord. 4You shall lay your hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be acceptable in your behalf as atonement for you. 5The bull shall be slaughtered before the Lord; and Aaron’s sons the priests shall offer the blood, dashing the blood against all sides of the altar that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 6The burnt offering shall be flayed and cut up into its parts. 7The sons of the priest Aaron shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. 8Aaron’s sons the priests shall arrange the parts, with the head and the suet, on the wood that is on the fire on the altar; 9but its entrails and its legs shall be washed with water. Then the priest shall turn the whole into smoke on the altar as a burnt offering, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord.

1. walls of Jerusalem

Psalm 51:18-19 (New International Version)

In your good pleasure make Zion prosper;
build up the walls of Jerusalem.

Then there will be righteous sacrifices,
whole burnt offerings to delight you;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

This big old male sheep is named Johannes and lives in Denmark.

This big old male sheep is named Johannes and lives in Denmark.

10If your gift for a burnt offering is from the flock, from the sheep or goats, your offering shall be a male without blemish. 11It shall be slaughtered on the north side of the altar before the Lord, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall dash its blood against all sides of the altar. 12It shall be cut up into its parts, with its head and its suet, and the priest shall arrange them on the wood that is on the fire on the altar; 13but the entrails and the legs shall be washed with water. Then the priest shall offer the whole and turn it into smoke on the altar; it is a burnt offering, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord.

White-winged doves are large and rather pigeon-like doves.  This one lives in Arizona.

White-winged doves are large and rather pigeon-like doves. This one was photographed in Arizona.

14If your offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, you shall choose your offering from turtledoves or pigeons. 15The priest shall bring it to the altar and wring off its head, and turn it into smoke on the altar; and its blood shall be drained out against the side of the altar. 16He shall remove its crop with its contents and throw it at the east side of the altar, in the place for ashes. 17He shall tear it open by its wings without severing it. Then the priest shall turn it into smoke on the altar, on the wood that is on the fire; it is a burnt offering, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord.

1. garnish offering cartoon

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We have just read of the completeness of the burnt offering sacrifice — the entire animal burned on the altar, to be “an aroma pleasing to the Lord.” That picture brings to mind another act of worship — Mary, breaking open her jar of perfume and pouring it out on Jesus’ feet. Of course, both the burnt offering and the broken bottle of perfume point us to the perfect, once-for-all sacrifice of our Savior on the cross.

by He Qi

by He Qi

John 12:1-8 (Contemporary English Version)

Six days before Passover Jesus went back to Bethany, where he had raised Lazarus from death. A meal had been prepared for Jesus. Martha was doing the serving, and Lazarus himself was there.

Mary took a very expensive bottle of perfume  and poured it on Jesus’ feet. She wiped them with her hair, and the sweet smell of the perfume filled the house.

A disciple named Judas Iscariot  was there. He was the one who was going to betray Jesus, and he asked, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold for three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor?” Judas did not really care about the poor. He asked this because he carried the moneybag and sometimes would steal from it.

Jesus replied, “Leave her alone! She has kept this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor with you, but you won’t always have me.”

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Music:

HERE  Rita Springer sings “Fragrant Offering.”

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The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Images courtesy of:
Owen.  https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/1-owen-burnt-offering.jpg?w=450
bull.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/1-il-angus-bull.jpg?w=450
the Golden Gate – walls of Jerusalem.   http://www.atlastours.net/holyland/golden_gate.jpg
ram.  http://photo.peter.ourpage.dk/albums/ftp/Natur/LejreForsoegscenter/20081012/028.jpg
dove.  http://fireflyforest.net/images/firefly/2007/March/White-winged-Dove.jpg
burnt offering cartoon.   http://www.reverendfun.com/add_toon_info.php?date=20090803&language=en
He Qi.    http://www.heqiart.com/uploads/2/3/5/9/23595908/s463025724710779803_p70_i55_w700.jpeg

1550.) Proverbs 3

April 10, 2015

calligraphy by Timothy Botts

Proverbs 3 (New Living Translation)

Trusting in the Lord

1 My child, never forget the things I have taught you.
Store my commands in your heart.
2 If you do this, you will live many years,
and your life will be satisfying.
3 Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.
4 Then you will find favor with both God and people,
and you will earn a good reputation.

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.

“The Sure Path”  Proverbs 3:5-6 “VerseVisions” by Mark Lawrence

7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
8 Then you will have healing for your body
and strength for your bones.

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Music:

In 1887, just following an evangelistic meeting held by Dwight L. Moody, a young man stood to share his story in an after-service testimony meeting. As he was speaking, it became clear to many that he knew little about the Bible or acceptable Christian doctrine. His closing lines, however, spoke volumes to seasoned and new believers alike:  “I’m not quite sure. But I’m going to trust, and I’m going to obey.”

Daniel Towner was at that meeting.  He wrote the words down and gave them to his friend John H. Sammis, who put them to verse.  Then Towner wrote the music, and soon the hymn “Trust and Obey” became a favorite.

HERE  it is sung by Sierra Hull.

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9 Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the best part of everything you produce.
10 Then he will fill your barns with grain,
and your vats will overflow with good wine.

11 My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline,
and don’t be upset when he corrects you.
12 For the Lord corrects those he loves,
just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.

13 Joyful is the person who finds wisdom,
the one who gains understanding.
14 For wisdom is more profitable than silver,
and her wages are better than gold.

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." --John 14:6

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” –John 14:6

15 Wisdom is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 She offers you long life in her right hand,
and riches and honor in her left.
17 She will guide you down delightful paths;
all her ways are satisfying.
18 Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
happy are those who hold her tightly.

19 By wisdom the Lord founded the earth;
by understanding he created the heavens.
20 By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth,

Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park

and the dew settles beneath the night sky.

21 My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment.
Hang on to them,
22
for they will refresh your soul.
They are like jewels on a necklace.
23
They keep you safe on your way,
and your feet will not stumble.

Prov3 commonsense

Reflections on common sense:

“It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.”
–Robert Green Ingersoll

“Common sense is very uncommon.”
–Horace Greeley

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”
–Thomas Alva Edison

“Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds.  A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.”
–William James

24 You can go to bed without fear;
you will lie down and sleep soundly.
25 You need not be afraid of sudden disaster
or the destruction that comes upon the wicked,
26 for the Lord is your security.
He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.

27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it
when it’s in your power to help them.

2 Corinthians 8:14 (New International Version)

At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality.

28 If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say,
“Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”
29 Don’t plot harm against your neighbor,
for those who live nearby trust you.
30 Don’t pick a fight without reason,
when no one has done you harm.

Ephesians 4:32 (Amplified Bible)

And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted) . . .

31 Don’t envy violent people
or copy their ways.
32 Such wicked people are detestable to the Lord,
but he offers his friendship to the godly.

33 The Lord curses the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the home of the upright.

34 The Lord mocks the mockers
but is gracious to the humble.

Philippians 2:3 (New International Version)

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

35 The wise inherit honor,
but fools are put to shame!

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New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers.

Images courtesy of:
Botts.    http://www.prestoimages.net/graphics03/5592_pd73498full.jpg
Lawrence.   http://www.imagekind.com/The-Sure-Path-Proverbs-_art?IMID=f57923a7-77ed-432b-b7f8-5cb7d480bc46
silos.    http://rfiles.rsbowman.us/Images/Scriptures/Proverbs/Proverbs3_9_10.jpg
wisdom quote.    http://www.quotescover.com/wp-content/uploads/Wisdom-is-found-only-in__quotes-by-Johann-Wolfgang-von-Goethe-84.png
Old Faithful.    http://www.nationalparklover.com/images/wyoming-montana/Yellowstone/old_faithful254.jpg
common sense.     https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/3-commonsense.jpg
heart.     http://media.photobucket.com/image/tender%20heart/rainbowshine61/d0b8605cc0a8fbfe3841b9b574d3236f.jpg
humility.    http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj75/gcelliot/Myspace%20Pics/Humility.jpg

1549.) Psalm 33

April 9, 2015

Ps33 new song
Psalm 33 (New International Version)

1 Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him.

2 Praise the LORD with the harp;
make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.

Ancient Greek marble statue of man playing a harp (J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles)

3 Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully, and shout for joy.

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Music:

HERE  is an easy song to keep in your head all day — “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever”  by Sonicflood.

Over the mountains and the sea
Your river runs with love for me
And I will open up my heart
And let the healer set me free
I’m happy to be in the truth
And I will daily lift my hands
For I will always sing of
When Your love came down

I could sing of Your love forever
I could sing of Your love forever
I could sing of Your love forever
I could sing of Your love forever

Oh, I feel like dancing
It’s foolishness, I know
But when the world has seen the light
They will dance with joy like we’re dancing now

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4 For the word of the LORD is right and true;
he is faithful in all he does.

5 The LORD loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of his unfailing love.

6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

The Orion Nebula is bright and close to the Earth (relatively speaking!). It is estimated to be 24 light years across. Picture from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Genesis 1:3 (New International Version)

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;
he puts the deep into storehouses.

8 Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the people of the world revere him.

9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.

10 The LORD foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.

11 But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (King James Version)

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

Romans 8:28 (New Living Translation)

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Psalm 138:8 (New International Version)

The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your love, O LORD, endures forever—
(Thank you that you) do not abandon the works of your hands.

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people he chose for his inheritance.

13 From heaven the LORD looks down
and sees all mankind;

14 from his dwelling place he watches
all who live on earth-

15 he who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.

16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.

17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.

18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

Ps33 18

19 to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.

20 We wait in hope for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.

21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.

22 May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD,
even as we put our hope in you.

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New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Images courtesy of:
new song.    http://media.salemwebnetwork.com/ecards/scripturecards/cc_psalm33_3.jpg
Ancient Greek statue.   https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/6a00d8341c66f153ef0105362f0b3a970c-800wi.jpg
Hubble Telescope image.    http://brotherpeacemaker.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/orion-nebula-hubble.jpg
purpose and cross.    http://philarmsministries.com/_Images/Home-Elements/home_purpose.jpg
Psalm 33:18.    http://wallpaper4god.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Psalm-33-18.jpg
Psalm 33:22.    http://www.4catholiceducators.com/graphics/Psalm33_22.jpg

1548.) Psalm 32

April 8, 2015

Ps32 forgiven
Psalm 32 (New International Version)

1 Blessed is he
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.

2 Blessed is the man
whose sin the LORD does not count against him
and in whose spirit is no deceit.

Ps32 Sin Runes

from This Day with the Master,
by Dennis F. Kinlaw

The Hebrew language is rich in vocabulary for moral realities, and particularly for describing sin. Interestingly, neither English nor Greek contains so many words to talk about the reality of sin. Hebrew has a word for willful transgressions, when a person knows the Law and knows not to break it, yet breaks it anyway. It has another word for a sin when one sees what one is supposed to do and attempts to do it, but fails, or falls short. A third word describes the perverseness of the human heart. We know what is right, but there is something inside of us that wants to do the opposite. Finally, there is a word that is used for deceit, guile, or duplicity — when one wears a face that is not true to who one really is.

The psalmist says the person is blessed who is clean on all of these accounts. If a person reaches the place where trespasses are removed, short-comings covered, perverseness and iniquity cleansed, and duplicity gone, that person is the model for other men and women. That person should be the standard — the one who on all accounts is clean of sin.

Does your understanding of sin include all that the Scripture includes? Is there any rebellion in your heart? Any shortcomings? Any perverseness? Any deceit? If there is, you need to let Christ cleanse your heart.

3 When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.

4 For day and night
your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.
Selah

Ps32 sapped

5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the LORD “—
and you forgave
the guilt of my sin.
Selah

Psalm 119:71

6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you
while you may be found;
surely when the mighty waters rise,
they will not reach him.

7 You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
Selah

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Book / movie:  The Hiding Place

If you have never read or seen the story of Corrie ten Boom, you owe it to yourself to rectify that!  Corrie and her family, in obedience to Christ, sheltered Jews from the Nazis in the Netherlands, and were sent to concentration camps when it was discovered.  Her true story is told in the book The Hiding Place (1971), which was later made into a movie; see the trailer  HERE.

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8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you.

9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.

10 Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the LORD’s unfailing love
surrounds the man who trusts in him.

11 Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!

“We know by experience that music has a secret and almost incredible power to move hearts.”

John Calvin

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Music:

HERE  is a treat for you — “The Yearning”  by Craig Courtney.

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New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Images courtesy of:
“Seven Deadly Sins” runes, by Jeff Carlisle.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/32-sinrunes.gif
Stushie — sun with verse 4.    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3310/3233305626_41fa5d9693.jpg
Psalm 119:71.    http://merc.tv/img/art/DP1Affliction.gif
music notes.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/32-music-notes.gif

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