DATE WRITTEN: Thursday, 2021-06-17
WRITTEN AT: Florence, IN
SCRIPTURE FROM: Numbers 15:11-16
TRANSLATION: Contemporary English Version (CEV)
BIBLE TEXT: 11-13 If you are a native Israelite, you must obey these rules each time you offer a bull, a ram, or a goat as a sacrifice. 14 And the foreigners who live among you must also follow these rules. 15-16 This law will never change. I am the Lord, and I consider all people the same, whether they are Israelites or foreigners living among you.
APPLICATION: Over and over again God showed us in His Word that He created all people; He loved, and still loves all people; He sent His Son, Jesus, for all people; and He has gone to prepare a place for all people. As children of this awesome God, should we not be like Him? Should we not love like Him, without any filters that may rule out certain individuals from our circle of love? I wouldn’t consider either of my parents ‘dictators’, but it was a common theme that we, the children, would always eat what they ate; work hard like we saw them working; attend the same church they did; love the same people they loved; and helped the same people they helped. With God as our Father, shouldn’t we also follow His example in everything He did and obey Him in all of His teaching? Have you ever stopped to consider that when you hate a brother because they are different to you, it must make God very sad, because He is watching two of His children be at odds with each other? Please allow me to suggest that this segregation tends to come in many forms: the color of our skin seems most prominent; but generally the rich wants little to do with the poor; one nationality may not associate with people from another country; one religion may want nothing to do with folk of a different faith; country folk may stay a distance from city folk; etc. Friends, we all have the same Father, for there is only one God. He has prepared a place for us to live eternally, and we may wind up boarding with some of the same people we refuse to associate with here on earth. Should we not be practicing for the day when, regardless of all the above mentioned divisions, we will all stand united at the feet of Jesus, and nothing, absolutely nothing else imaginable will matter to us? God said that He considers all people the same, I would dare say that today we should be able to say the same and live in unity one with another, as brothers and sister of the same Father. This will involve helping each other reach the goal set before us, because Satan will try every trick in the book to keep us divided and at odds with each other. Remember, greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world. We have the power source working in us to do all that our Father commands!
BLESSING(S) NOTED: God wanted to make sure that the Israelites knew He was referring to them with His commands. God also wanted the Gentiles to know that they were also under His command, because with God, He saw everyone just the same. Today we can have the same attitude as our Father, God being our helper!
PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, the Father made it clear that He sees no difference among His children. Satan has been cunning and conniving in making sure that many things divide us. This is wrong, but it has gotten so big that we need You each and every day to give us a love for our brothers and sisters that will not be separated by the evil one. Please guide us oh Lord in the path of righteousness, for Your own name’s sake. The world needs Jesus, not a pretense that reminds them too much of their master. Oh Lord, please unite us here on earth as it will be in heaven, for Your glory and Your sake. AMEN!
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