Daily Archives: February 9, 2018

Exodus 28-31; Philippians 2

Now this is what you shall offer on the altar: two lambs a year old day by day regularly. One lamb you shall offer in the morning, and the other lamb you shall offer at twilight. Exodus 29:38-39 ESV

Exodus 29 details how the Israelite priests are to be consecrated and lists some of their duties. Throughout their consecration, the priests are to present offerings to the LORD as part of His commandment. I no longer have to present food, drink, and peace offerings to the LORD since Jesus fulfilled the law, but I can still offer myself up to him.

Even if I (Paul) am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me. Philippians 2:17-18 ESV

Paul poured out his life into serving and preaching the gospel and the Philippians’ faith was also declared a sacrificial offering to Christ. Paul told the Philippians to rejoice with him, despite suffering and to follow God.

“Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights of the world. Philippians 2:14-15 ESV

Paul calls the Philippians to be lights among a dark and corrupt generation, to let their pureness shine out to show Christ to the world. He called them to a life that reflected Christ and His life.

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:4-7 ESV

Dear God, please help me follow and trust in You. Please help me be a light in the darkness and to look out for others’ interests over my own. Please give me the strength to choose Your way and to pursue You. In Your Holy Name, Amen.

Nathanael (nborger2017)

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