Daily Devotional

March 7 2010 Daily Devotional-Bible in a Year

Numbers 8:1-9:23
Numbers 8:1-26
The Levites were dedicated to be servants of God.

Numbers 9:1-14
Celebration of the Passover was important to God. Why? Because the ceremony was to be a reminder to the people where they came from, of their deliverance. This would hopefully help prevent them from wanting to go back to Egypt.
Take note of what the Passover feast was made up of. The lamb represented Jesus. The lambs bones were not to be broken-Jesus bones were not broken. They were to eat bitter greens. This was to remind them of the bitterness of slavery. It is a reminder to us of the bitterness of sin. Jesus had to partake of the bitterness of sin and death. Bread without yeast. Yeast is symbolic of sin. Jesus had no sin.

Numbers 9:15-23
Even with the pillar of fire and the cloud the people would still rebel against God. That is why when the religious leaders would command Jesus to perform a miracle, He would not do it. He knew that even miracles will not change a person with a wicked, hard heart.

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March 6 2010 Daily Devotional-Bible in a Year

Numbers 6:1-7:89
Numbers 6:1-21
The Nazarite vow was taken by individuals to say that they were being set apart for holiness.
Notice that a Nazarite was not to have anything alcoholic or even the potential of having alcohol. During those times the only way to be sure to not drink alcohol would be to stay away from grapes.
Why was a Nazarite to stay away from alcohol? Obvious-poor decisions are made while under in the influence of alcohol. So, why would Christians want to be under the influence of alcohol?

Why long hair for the Nazarite? Most likely because the long hair would identify the man as a Nazarite.

Numbers 6:22-27
Aaron’s Benediction. We should pray this over others-May the Lord bless you and keep you, make His face shine on you and be gracious to you, lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.

Numbers 7:1-87
During these twelve days of sacrifices, there was a multitude of sacrifices with blood flowing everywhere. However, no matter how much blood was shed, it takes the blood of Jesus for the redemption of man. All of the sacrifices were only pointing to the sacrificial death of Jesus.

Numbers 7:88
God’s presence was at the Ark of the Covenant. God would speak to Moses directly. We do not have to go to a church, a seminar, etc. for God to speak to us. He can speak to us wherever we are at. However, at the same time, church, seminars, etc. can help prepare our minds and heart to hear from God.
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March 5 2010 Daily Devotional-Bible in a Year

Numbers 4:1-5:31
Numbers 4:1-49
There were specific duties and responsibilities that the Kohathite clan were to perform, very detailed. They had a choice to do it God’s way or their way. But doing it their way, or with wrong motives, could get the dead vs 20).
There were also assigned duties for the Gershonite and the Merarite clans. They could se their duties as burdensome or a privilege and honor. How do you see doing ministry? Is it a joy or a burden?

Numbers 5:1-31
All I can say is, strange. This is a hard passage. It sounds like magic potions, superstition, to me. This is a passage of Scripture I will ask Jesus about when in heaven.

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March 4 2010 Daily Devotional-Bible in a Year

Numbers 2:1-3:51
Numbers 2:17
Notice the Tabernacle was to be set out in the middle of the camp.

Numbers 2:33
The Levites were not included in the census because they were not to fight.

Numbers 3:1-4
Nadab and Abihu were killed by God because of their disobedience regarding their actions in the tabernacle.

Numbers 3:10
The Tabernacle was holy and sanctified. We as the temple of the Holy Spirit should walk in holiness. We should also show respect to the church sanctuary/altar.

Mark 11:27-12:17
Mark 11:27-33, Mark 12:1-12
Jesus many times asked rhetorical questions, parables, stories to get people to think. Jesus was making it clear that He was not submitting to false leaders.

Mark 12:13-17
From this passage it is clear that we should obey the laws of the land unless they violate Scripture.

Psalm 47:1-9
Rejoice, God ultimately rules and reigns. He will subdue our enemies.

Proverbs 10:24-25
When storms come in life, the righteous will still stand

March 3 2010 Daily Devotional-Bible in a Year

Leviticus 27:14-Numbers 1:54
Leviticus 27:26-28
The first born animal automatically belongs to God unless it has defect. This is powerful. With this guideline, it would be easy for an Israelite to understand the principle of tithing and giving of the first fruits. Instead, most of us are raised that everything belongs to us and we give God the leftovers.

Numbers 1:1-54
If you are not careful, when you start to read passages like this, you say to yourself ‘who cares’, ‘it is boring’. But notice vs 47-54. The Levites (priests) were special. They were not part of the census (they were not included as men who would be available for war or work). They were set apart as holy. They were the only ones that could enter the Tabernacle. They were to protect the people like the other men, but their protection was to protect the people form God’s anger. Tell me something. Why do so many people today show disrespect to men of God? Why do so many pastors have to work secular jobs to earn income for their families? This should not be. Many church members make the gathering of possessions more important than supporting the ministry.
Yes there are dishonest, greedy pastors, but for every greedy pastor there are hundreds of pastors who are sacrificing everyday for the Kingdom.

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March 2 2010 Daily Devotional-Bible in a Year

Leviticus 25:47-27:13
Leviticus 25:47-55
Wow, talk about redemption. Notice the passage says the Israelites belong to God. I belong to God, not the devil. I am walking in the year of jubilee, devil you have to let me go, I belong to God.

Leviticus 26:1-13
There will be blessings if we obey God.

Leviticus 26:14-39
There are many more curses than blessings if we disobey God. So, why in the world would a person willingly continually disobey God-it is guaranteed to lead to a path of destruction.

Leviticus 26:40-46
In spite of the nation’s rebellion, God says they will repent so that He may keep His covenant with them. My prayer would be if anyone reading this devotional needs to repent, they will do it.

Leviticus 27:1-13
You will notice that women were not worth as much as men. Is that what God feels? No, Galatians states there is neither male nor female, slave or master in the eyes of God. Throughout the Scripture you see God deals with the nation with where they are at for the moment. Women had little value in Old Testament times among ALL the nations. Because there were many issues to address, the mindset towards women was ‘winked at’. Just like polygamy. But these issues were addressed at a later time. is there not things God ‘winks at’ in your life because there are more important issues at the moment?
Because God appears to ignore something does not mean it is OK or that you are getting away with evil. If you don’t repent there will be consequences. However, at the moment there are other issues that if not addressed will bring even more destruction.
Here is something to remember, your sin will ultimately be revealed if not addressed at some point.

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February 28 2010 Daily Devotional-Bible in a Year

Leviticus 22:17-23:44
Leviticus 22:17-33
All offering had to be without defect. That is why Jesus, the ultimate sacrifice, had to be sinless.

 Leviticus 23:1-44
Each of these festivals were to be reminders to the Israelites of what God had done for them. Each of these festivals point to what Jesus has accomplished for believers.Some would argue that the symbolism that the Feast of Tabernacles points to has not been fulfilled yet. The reason is because earth is not our home. We are wandering here on earth until we reach home-heaven. 

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February 27 2010 Daily Devotional-Bible in a Year

Leviticus 20:22-22:16
Leviticus 20:22-24
This verse helps explain why there were all these guidelines, consequences, etc. Israel was to be separate/different from the people around them to receive the blessings God had for them. God wanted a nation of people who would walk in holiness. Thus all the things listed, including homosexuality, were the opposite of holiness.

Leviticus 21
Some of the guidelines may not make sense to us, but the underlying principle was for the priests to walk in holiness.

Leviticus 22:1-16
The priests were to be careful how they handle the offerings. Today, pastors need to be careful how they handle tithes and offerings.

Mark 9:2-29
Mark 9:10
The disciples could not grasp the concept that Jesus was going to die, which means they had no concept of Him being raised from the dead. Is there things that God hints at to us but we do not grasp what He is saying? Maybe there are promises He has gien us but we do not see how they can happen.

Mark 9:17-18
The disciples could not cast out the demon, we find out why in vs 29.

Mark 9:22-24
The father had some doubt if Jesus could heal his son(because others had prayed for him and nothing changed). The man asked Jesus to help him overcome his unbelief. Because of past experiences we my have unbelief, lets ask Jesus to help us overcome our unbelief.

Mark 9:29
Most Bibles have prayer and fasting. However in the original Greek, the word fasting is not there. It is obvious that Jesus was saying serious prayer needs to take place. If we are seriously praying about something there will probably be some fasting taking place also.

Psalm 43:1-5
God is on our side (if we are walking in integrity and purity) even when we feel like He isn’t.

Proverbs 10:18
We should walk in integrity and honesty-not be phony

Sorry Daily Devotional Readers

I just realized that several of my posts had the formatting wrong so they were hard to read (all the text was in one long paragraph). I can see how it would be very challenging to read the devotional in the format it was written.

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February 26 2010 Daily Devotional-Bible in a Year

Leviticus 19:1-20:21
Leviticus 19:1-2
Is God’s requirement to Israel to be holy any different for a Christian-a follower of Jesus Christ?

Leviticus 19:9-10
This is where the term gleaners comes from. A portion of the crop was to be left for the poor to ‘glean’ from.

Leviticus 19:27
Not trim your hair or cut your beard? In the midst of all the commands that make sense, this one does not make sense. It would be interesting to see what has been written about this passage. There is a possibility that it may have been given to address a practice that was taking place by other religions.

Leviticus 19:28
Tattooing was a practice by other religions. Notice why you should not tattoo-because God is the Lord. This can be taken as God saying, your body belongs to me.

Leviticus 19:30 and Leviticus 19:3
Why are so many Christians against the concept of a Sabbath? How is it harmful to you if it is not done in a legalistic manner? The early Christian church had no problem with the Sabbath concept.

Leviticus 19:33-34
We should be accepting of legal immigrants. However, we should not be accepting of any customs that would violate God’s law.

Leviticus 20:1-5
People were actually sacrificing their children to gods during this time.

Leviticus 20:6-8
Notice that seeking mediums and spiritism is seen as spiritual prostitution. God has strong words for those who seek horoscopes, palm reading, etc.

Leviticus 20:9-16
It seems like God has a very harsh penalty for the sins listed. Why? Because all of the acts described would led to the destruction of the nation of Israel. We must remember this was the start of a nation and God wanted to make sure the nation started with an understanding of morality and that He is a holy God.
Notice Leviticus 20:13. There is no way a person can justify homosexuality and say it is just ‘an alternative lifestyle’. It is a lifestyle that lead to death in the Old Testament. Because the consequence for the behavior is not the same now, does it mean God now condones the behavior. Of course not. He does not condone any of the other behaviors listed.

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