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Leviticus 15, Leviticus 16, Mark 8:22-38

He shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleanness … because of their transgressions, for all their sins. Leviticus 16:16

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Mark 8:36

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 Leviticus 15 and 16 –   The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “When any man has a discharge from his body, … it is his uncleanness…. he shall take for himself … offer … as a sin offering … make atonement for him before the Lord because of his discharge.  If a woman has a discharge… shall make atonement for her before the Lord for the discharge of her uncleanness.”

                “He shall take some of the blood … and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and before the mercy seat. … So he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions, for all their sins”

                 God is very serious about our bodies because of the vast moral and spiritual repercussions. My body was bought with a very costly Price, the Blood of Jesus Christ, The Atonement. Using an analogy: What does God’s Law say concerning my body’s discharges? What about the words and expressions that come out of my mouth, my thoughts which God hears, my body movements and language that many can so obviously read, my habits, my dependencies, my lifestyle?  What do these things say about me? About the God I am supposed to follow and not stray from. How clean am I, really?

                 The tragic part is that MY sin affects Everyone! My family, friends, co-workers, classmates, every daily encounters in the supermarket, etc. Either I am pointing to Christ or to myself or some temporal thing. Can you relate with me?

               Lord Jesus, please show me my offenses against You and other people. I yearn for a contrite heart and broken spirit that You will never despise. May I have godly sorrow which produces repentance fulfilling my sanctification. High priest Jesus please “blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51   In faith, I trust for Your forgiveness and rejoice in Your cleansing Blood!!

Matthew 12:36; Psalm 19:14; Psalm 49:3; Joshua 1:8; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 18:6; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; Romans 6; Luke 17:2; James 3:5-6; John 8:42-47; Exodus 20

Mark 8:22-38    –   Jesus, the God/Man of action restored a blind man’s eyes to seeing clearly. Peter was given spiritual sight to know that Jesus was the Messiah, the Christ. Jesus taught them what He was going to go through, when Peter reveals his selfish spiritual blindness. Peter is rewarded by Jesus’ quick rebuke “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” Finally, Jesus warns His followers that they MUST deny their own sinful nature, follow Him and never deny or be ashamed of the Lord Jesus, for if he or she does, she will lose her own soul.

Spiritual sight can be clear or foggy. The only Good lens is the Word of God. The Holy Spirit is the Optician Who coaches me for perfect vision, that is God’s Vision. How many times has my flesh blocked my sight? My own selfishness, short sightedness, sinful nature, pleasures, pride and ….

                In retrospect, my “sight” is better now than years ago, but Lord Jesus Christ please have my sight in the future be much closer to Your 20/20 vision! I am to walk by faith and not by sight to please my Master. Jesus, Increase my faith, Help my unbelief, and Cause the eyes of my heart to burn with passion for You while fixed on You, the Author and Finisher of me, Your daughter. And dear Lord, please remove the deception blinders from those I cherish, soon!

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

2 Corinthians 4:18; Psalm 119:105; John 14:26; John 15:26; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 2 Corinthians 7:10; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 11:6; Luke 17:5; Mark 9:24, Hebrews 12:2; 1 John 3:1

Crystal (PsalmThirty4)

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Numbers 8; Psalm 44; Song of Songs 6; Hebrews 6

Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument.  Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath.  God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.    Hebrews 6:16-20

I love the nautical image used here.  I grew up on a lake.  Whether swimming or boating, the water was my life during the summer.  Typical for a kid, I thought boats were only useful for flying across the water at full speed.  My parents usually obliged me, so I rarely saw an anchor used.  On the rare occasion we made use of one, I was always impressed, even as a young boy, that a device weighing less than ten pounds could hold something the size of a boat in place.

I occasionally have to travel to a naval base for my job.  The base in question has a small field next to the main road which is filled with excess equipment, including several of the navy’s anchors.  They have no resemblance to the anchor in my family’s boat.  They easily outsize my rental car as I pass by.  I can only imagine what it must be like from the perspective of the ocean floor to see such a thing descend from the surface.  As big as these anchors are though, they are nothing compared to the size of the ship they lock into place.  Yet, lock in place they do.  Tides run in and out.  Wind gusts of great strength and waves of great size can buffet the ship from all directions.    Yet, those aboard can rest confident that their position remains unchanged.  Properly set into the ocean bed, an anchor can immobilize ships large enough to rate their own zip codes.

Even the most impressive anchor is merely a tool though; in and of itself it is of no value.  Stowed on the ship, it accomplishes nothing.  Dropped into the water, it is useless if the chain to which it is attached fails to extend to the floor beneath.  Settled into soft sand, it might as well have been left at port.  It is effective only when it grabs hold of the earth below.  The earth is the steady object which the ship attaches too via the anchor.

Ships are made to float untethered, but I wasn’t; I’m not meant to drift freely through life.  I need something greater than myself to use as a stable point of reference, but what can I anchor to?  It’s increasingly difficult to find something to place my trust in.  Respected leaders routinely fail us.  Esteemed pastors fall.  Friends and even family let us down.  Time-honored beliefs and institutions can dissolve within a generation.  Nations and empires, and thus the security of their citizens, can fall in a night.  We are sometimes given traumatic reminders that we can’t even count on the stability of the earth itself.  No, anchoring my hopes to any of these is as effective as a great ship anchoring to shifting sand.

Thankfully, I have an eternal God to anchor to;  A God so great that He can swear on nothing higher than Himself.  Hebrews 6 shows me that God has provided my soul an anchor, and that anchor is nothing less than the hope of God’s promises set before us.  Its immeasurable value comes from the fact that it is anchored behind the curtain of the Holy of Holies, to the very character of God!

I thank God for His unchanging permanence.  I praise Him for revealing to us the unchanging nature of His purpose.  I rejoice in Him for making me infinitely less than He is.  I love Him for instilling within me a deep hope in His promises, and for anchoring that hope to nothing less than His Holy character.

My present circumstances are uncertain.  My future is assured.  I have an anchor for my soul, and it’s invincibly bound to my God!

Michael (mmattix)

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