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How do we terminate suffering from our sin? Make ourselves holy before God

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Offering That Terminate Suffering

Leviticus 9:23,24.
And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people. And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.

Offering are designed to draw us closer to God and terminate our suffering.

1. When we are faithful in giving our tithes and offering, the blessing of God are released upon us.
2. Through Christ offering of himself on the cross, we are now accepted by the Father.
3. It is no longer necessary for us to stand outside the Holy of Holies in fear and trembling.
4. We have boldness, through the Holy Spirit, to enter into the Holy of Holies and request what we need.
5. In Hebrew 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
6. Offering is one of the ways to draw nearer to God.
7. The heart of the giver must be purified by the fire of the Holy Spirit.
8. We must give God of all our substance, in faith, believing and expecting to receive all that He promised.
9. Like the Jews, our offering should be the best.
10. With the expectation that the early and later rain would fall.
11. We need to give our offering with pure heart in faith.
12. Then, God will manifest his power on our behalf.

When we offer unto the Lord, we can leave the alter with absolute assurance that God's blessing will be released in our life, and that he will supernaturally meet our needs.

Dr. Tayo Olorunlana, from Africa.

Deeper Understanding

The fire on the altar of burnt offering should burn continually. Why?
The perpetual fire on the altar represented uninterrupted offering to and appeal to God on behalf of Israel.

Why were thank offerings given?
Thank offerings were given in gratitude for deliverance from sickness, trouble or death or for a blessing received.

〽 Why was there a prohibition for fat and blood for food?
The fat of fellowship offering was the Lord's and had to be burnt on the fire. The life of a creature is in the blood. Life is sacred. Therefore blood which is a symbol of life had to be treated with respect. Eating blood was strictly forbidden.

What does atonement involve?
Atonement involves substitution of life for life. The blood of the Old Testament sacrifice pointed to the blood of the Lamb of God who obtained for his people Eternal Redemption (Heb.9:12). Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. (Heb.9:22)

What does Urim and Thummim mean
This phrase means, the Curses and the Perfections. They were sacred lots and were often used in times of crisis to determine the will of God. When the lots were cast if Urim dominated the answer was No, but if Thummim dominated it was Yes. In any event their Every Decision was from the Lord.

⚰ Why was the death of Nadab and Abihu so sudden?
Their death was so sudden because they offered unauthorised fire before the Lord and they died. In the New Testament Ananias and Sapphira died in the presence of the Lord because they lied to the Holy Spirit regarding the money they got for selling their land.

Mrs Caroline Chellappa

Holiness Leviticus 10:3

All who serve me must respect my holiness; I will reveal my glory to my people. GNT
I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. KJV
Among those who approach me I will be proved Holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honoured. NIV

⚡As believers in Christ we are expected to respect the holiness of God. There is a definite connotation in the Bible for doing certain things in a proper way. There is a proper way for doing all things, and for certain things God expects holiness and purity. God exhorts Levites, the priests to ‘teach my people the difference between the holy and profane’ (Ezekiel 44:23).

Uzzah, the son of Abinadab in Gibeah died beside the ark of God, when he touched it mistakenly, for the anger of the Lord was kindled. (2 Samuel 6:3-9, 1 Chronicles 13:3-14) Later King David told the Levites to consecrate themselves and then bring up the ark of the Lord, which they did the second time and were successful (1 Chr 15:2-15). God told Moses to go and sanctify the people and to be ready by the third day when the Lord comes down in the sight of all the people on Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:10-15).
⚡Thus God has set some rules for people to follow, before coming near him or the ark of God. And those who did not obey were punished severely. How do we extrapolate these exhortations to the present times?

⚡⚡⚡⚡ The Holy communion, in which we partake symbolically in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ at the Lord’s table, is associated with very powerful exhortations to the communicants. ‘If anyone eats the Lord’s bread and drinks from the cup in a way that dishonour him, he is guilty of sin against the Lord’s body and blood’ (1 Cor 11:27). Otherwise many would be weak, sickly and die (1 Cor 11:30).

Therefore, if you want to come to the Lord’s table to partake in the Holy communion, you have to come with purity and holiness. 
All who serve me must respect my holiness

Dr.Mareena Thomas

Consuming Fire 

It was the first day of the Priestly office for Aaron and his four sons. This new priesthood was quite new to all including Aaron and Moses. There was an air of excitement. The people and the priests watched the happenings with awe. The Bible says:

So Aaron and his sons did all the things that the LORD had commanded by the hand of Moses (Lev 8:36). And fire came out from before the LORD and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces (Lev 9:24).

But this excitement was short lived by the disrespectful act of Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron. They offered profane fire before the Lord.

So fire went out from the LORD and devoured them, and they died before the LORD (Lev 10:2).
The fire that came down from God and consumed the offerings later Devoured the Disobedient sons of Aaron.
Nadab and Abihu might have thought that God would overlook that offense as it was their first day in priesthood office.
Or they might have thought that they can escape because Moses was their uncle and Aaron their father was God’s chosen vessel.

They had earlier done what God told them to do (Lev 8:36). They watched the fire come down from the Lord and consume the offerings (Lev 9:24). They witnessed the glory of God but then Dared to Disobey Him.

God’s Work must be done in God’s Way, according to God’s Will, Giving God all the Glory.

The same fire that came to consume the offerings, Devoured them for their Defiance. Our God is a Consuming Fire. The Bible says that the glory of God appeared to the children of Israel like a consuming fire. The sight of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel (Ex 24:17).

Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly (Ex 19:18).

Isaiah’s lips had to be cleansed with fire from the altar before God could use him (Isa 6:6, 7).

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego had to be cast into the burning fiery furnace for their zeal for the Lord God of Israel (Dan 3:23).

Apostle Peter wrote in his Epistle that the genuineness of our faith will be tested by fiery trails. The Furnace of Affliction is the Fire that purifies a believer. The Fiery trials that is trying us, make us partakers in His sufferings so that His glory is revealed through us.

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, (1 Pet 1:6, 7).

God bless us to be channels of blessings.

Mrs Sheela Jebakumar ✍
Everyday Bible Devotion

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