Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the Lord; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear.2 Chronicles 24:19 (KJV)
He – If you’re familiar with this story, this verse should cause some hesitation. The “he” is lowercase causing confusion around just who had sent the prophets.
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And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.Leviticus 2:13 (KJV)
Meat, Salt – So God commands that all “meat” offerings are to be brought with salt. The religious community I belong to presents salt with bread for every public prayer. But this says, “meat”… or does it?
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The Lord repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord God.Amos 7:6 (KJV)
Repented – This isn’t the first time the Lord repented from His plan. In fact, it’s the second time in this chapter of Amos alone! God also repented for making man in Genesis 6:6, He repented from the evil that He sought to do to His own people in Exodus 32:14, and He also repented upon raising up judges for Israel so to bring them again from captivity. These are just a few examples.
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Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?Isaiah 58:6 (KJV)
Oppressed – When we fast, we often times ask God to perform some sort of action in our lives. We’re afflicting ourselves in attempted humility and beseeching our Creator’s help. But in Isaiah 58, God turns it around on us. Rather than doing what we ask, He asks us to do something else instead.
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Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.Leviticus 23:2 (KJV)
Feasts – The Lord really loves a good meal, doesn’t he? When reading this, I’m quite impressed by God’s desire for us to partake in meals together. But just after this, He mentions that the 7th day Sabbath is one of these “feasts.” How does that work? There’s no Sabbath instruction about holding a feast.
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And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not.Leviticus 10:1 (KJV)
Which he commanded them not – When you serve the Lord, do you serve Him the way you want to serve Him, or the way He wants to be served? This verse from Leviticus about Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, show the importance of serving God the way He desires.
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The children of Israel brought a willing offering unto the Lord, every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for all manner of work, which the Lord had commanded to be made by the hand of Moses.Exodus 35:29 (KJV)
Willing – My premise is this. If God knows and has seen every choice we will ever make, then we have no choice, no free will. If I am presented with a choice of A or B, and God has already seen that I will choose B, then I cannot possibly choose A, otherwise, I make God a liar.
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But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.Ezekiel 18:24 (KJV)
But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness – Concepts like predestination and once saved, always saved provide complacency and a false sense of comfort in life. When we read from Ezekiel who spoke the words of God, the words he uses make us so uncomfortable. Maybe this is why very few read the Old Testament anymore.
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And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?Numbers 20:10 (KJV)
Rebels – There are three major water crisis in the desert and all three have something in common – Miriam, the sister of Moses.
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And Amram took him Jochebed his father’s sister to wife; and she bare him Aaron and Moses: and the years of the life of Amram were an hundred and thirty and seven years.Exodus 6:20 (KJV)
Father’s sister – When many of us are placed in positions of authority, it often times goes to our head. We become enlivened with a bit of power. Our faith in our own works becomes apparent, and we begin to see the world as just a bit lesser. Even people become objects by which we obtain our goals.
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