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Jesus, Thank You for Being Our Scapegoat—Leviticus 16:20-22

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 14:33-16:34

Heavenly Father, today’s reading gives us more examples of…

  • Why it’s important to read all the Bible
  • How the Old Testament and New Testament fit together
  • Our desperation to be clean and pure
  • The failure of rules and regulations to purify
  • Our need of a savior

“Aaron will present his own bull as a sin offering to purify himself and his family, making them right with the Lord. Then he must take the two male goats and present them to the Lord at the entrance of the Tabernacle. He is to cast sacred lots to determine which goat will be reserved as an offering to the Lord and which will carry the sins of the people to the wilderness of Azazel. Aaron will then present as a sin offering the goat chosen by lot for the Lord. The other goat, the scapegoat chosen by lot to be sent away, will be kept alive, standing before the Lord. When it is sent away to Azazel in the wilderness, the people will be purified and made right with the Lord.  —Leviticus 16:6-10

The children of Israel were finding out very quickly that trying to stay pure before the Lord was a 24 hour-a-day job. Heavenly Father, I’m amazed at the lengths You went to make a way of escape for Moses and his people. The processes You put in place were mind-blowing. 

I sometimes wonder, “why didn’t You just send Jesus to die for our sins in the time of Moses?” After all, You knew we couldn’t keep “The Law”.  But the more I study Your Word and understand Your nature I realize You knew we needed a savior but we had to discover that. We (Your people) had to get in touch with our sinfulness.

Lord, You knew we needed a scapegoat, someone to transfer our sins to and a way to remove those sins from Your presence. You gave us and example of what that would look like in Leviticus:

“When Aaron has finished purifying the Most Holy Place and the Tabernacle and the altar, he must present the live goat. He will lay both of his hands on the goat’s head and confess over it all the wickedness, rebellion, and sins of the people of Israel. In this way, he will transfer the people’s sins to the head of the goat. Then a man specially chosen for the task will drive the goat into the wilderness. As the goat goes into the wilderness, it will carry all the people’s sins upon itself  into a desolate land.  —Leviticus 16:20-22

Lord, I’m sure Moses and the people in today’s reading were very thankful for the scapegoat. I’m sure they were happy when they saw the goat leave the camp with “their sins.” Oh how they would be amazed to know that many generations later there would be One who would carry our past, present, and future sins to the cross and die for us and those sins would be gone forever.

Lord, as we read pages and pages of regulations, rules, and laws, help us to realize how helpless and hopeless we would be without Jesus!

Father, thank You for making a way of escape!

Thank You for Jesus!

 

Amen and Amen!

 


Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 17:1-19:37

Lord, I Can’t Believe You Are Concerned About Mildew—Leviticus 13:4

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 12:1-14:32

Heavenly Father, I must admit this reading in Leviticus is tough. Sometime the thought crosses my mind, “it’s not important” but I know if You chose through Your Holy Spirit for it to be included in Your Word, IT IS IMPORTANT!

There are two thoughts I walk away with from today’s reading:

  1. We definitely needed a better way of redemption that hundreds of rules and regulations.
  2. My God cares about my health and well-being.

Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus to redeem us for our past, present, and future sins! A once-a-year read of Leviticus is a great reminder of why we needed a Savior!

Lord, I know there are many scriptures in Your Word that show us You are our healer and that You care about us when we are sick. Today’s reading adds another layer of thought in that area for me: Lord, You care about my daily health and You believe in preventive medicine.

Mold and mildew can cause all sorts of health problems. Your solution was to go to the root of the problem and get rid of the mildew before it made the Israelites sick. Lord, much of today’s medical community focuses on disease care, which will always be important but I believe Your Word teaches to the importance of preventive and wellness care.  Lord through Moses You taught the priests how to recognize health issues before those issues made the Israelite family sick.

Lord, can you teach us how to recognize the things we are doing (foods we eat, habits we have, disciplines we lack) that will ultimately lead to sickness, disease and premature death? Lord, can You reinforce the things we’re doing right? Our desire is to live in Your divine health so that we can serve You to full capacity all the days of our lives?

Holy Spirit, please speak to us!

 

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen.



Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 14:33-16:34

Lord, Help Me Offer Peace to Others–Leviticus 7:11

Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 7:1-8:36

Heavenly Father, peace is very important to You.  You gave detailed instructions for peace offerings in Leviticus.  It seems that peace offerings weren’t mandatory.  They were an expression of thanksgiving, a fulfillment of a vow, or a voluntary offering. Peace offerings were a way to show love to You.

Lord, offering peace is difficult.  We wouldn’t mind giving You a grain offering like the Israelites, but literally offering peace to others in today’s world doesn’t come natural. Turmoil seems to be our default setting.

Jesus, You are the ultimate peace-offering (Isaiah 9:6).  You willingly gave Yourself to bring peace to our violent, sinful world.  Your time on the earth is a recorded example of living a life of peace.  Help us to realize that replacing peace with rage and anger is a way to worship You.  Help us to give the world a gift they cannot give…

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27

Holy Spirit, awaken us from our complacency!  Awaken us from our “all about me” attitudes. Help us to offer peace to everyone we come in contact with each day.  Our “peace offering” could be Your way of reaching the lost in our sphere of influence.  Help us to be sensitive to Your leading.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 9:1-11:47

Lord, I Didn’t Know That Was Wrong–Leviticus 4


Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 4:1-6:30

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading Moses made it very clear that saying, “I didn’t know” was no excuse for sin.

How many times have we said…

It’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission.

Lord, you must laugh when we think that attitude will work in our relationship with You.  After all, You know every thought we’ve had or ever will have.

Jesus, I’m so thankful for the assurance of my salvation (Romans 10:13).  I’m thankful for the grace you’ve extended to me all the while knowing that I not perfect.  But Lord I also know that You expect me to love You enough to strive for a pure heart (Matthew 5:8).

Knowing Your Word and Your nature is one of the ways we strive for a pure heart.

Lord, help us not to be deceived into thinking ignorance is bliss. Draw us to Your Word.  Teach us Your Ways.  We want to be like You!

Lord, forgive us for taking Your Word for granted.  Show us the areas in our lives that aren’t pleasing to You.

Lord, we want to know You more!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Devotion: Leviticus 7:1-8:36

Lord, Help Me to Wait for Your Instructions–Numbers 9:8

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 8:1-9:14; Leviticus 1:1-3:17

Heavenly Father, Moses’ dependence on You is a great example for all Christ followers.

When some of the Israelites had been ceremonially defiled by touching a dead body they came to Moses asking, “Why should we be prevented from presenting the Lord’s offering at the proper time with the rest of the Israelites?” (Numbers 9:4-7, my paraphrase)

Moses answered, “Wait here until I have received instructions for you from the Lord.” Numbers 9:8

Lord, help us to…

  • Believe that You care about the details of our lives
  • Remember to STOP and ask for instructions
  • Wait for Your instructions
  • Remember that no answer means wait, not do whatever we think is right

Lord, we’re waiting on You.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 4:1-6:30

Lord, Can You Talk to Me Like Moses? –Exodus 27:8

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 25:1-28:43

Good Morning Lord,

As I read Your detailed instructions for building Your Holy Place I couldn’t help but think, “I wish the Lord would give me those kind of instructions for my life.”

  • Turn left here
  • Say yes to that opportunity
  • No is definitely the answer to that question
  • Don’t do it, danger ahead!
  • Stop!
  • Go!
  • Yes!
  • No!
  • Wait!

As soon as the words walked through my mind, it was as if God said, “Dianne, I do give you those kinds of instructions.”

“My Word is your instruction book.”  “My Holy Spirit speaks to your spirit.”

“If…

…and this is the only difference between You and Moses.

If you go to the mountain.” (Exodus 25:40, Exodus 26:30, Exodus 27:8)

Heavenly Father, help us to “go to the mountain” each day to worship You and to get instructions for the day.  Help us to understand that daily time spent in Your Word, meditating on Your blessings, talking about the things that trouble us, asking for Your guidance and recording our thoughts as we spend time with You is just like Moses’ time spent on the mountain.

Lord, speak to us today!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 29:1-31:18

Lord, Help Us to Be Socially Responsible–Exodus 22 & 23


 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 22:16-24:18

Heavenly Father, Your tenderness towards your creation is amazing!  In today’s reading You got real specific with the Israelites, You spelled out many regulations that showed us Your Heart. Lord, help us to care about what You care about.  Help us to be responsible in the areas that are important to You:

  • Socially
    • You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners in any way.  Remember, you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt (Exodus 22:21).
    • You must not exploit the widow or orphan (Exodus 22:22).
    • If you lend money to any of my people who are in need, do not charge interest as a money lender would (Exodus 22:25).
    • You must not dishonor God or curse any of your rulers (Exodus 22:28).
  • Justice-
    • You must not pass along false rumors.  You must not cooperate with evil people by lying on the witness stand (Exodus 23:1).
    • You must not follow the crowd in doing wrong (Exodus 23:2).
    • Take no bribes, for a bribe makes you ignore something that you clearly see.  A bribe makes even a righteous person twist the truth (Exodus 23:8).

Lord, in Micah 6:8 You require us…

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

 

Jesus, help us.  Give us Your wisdom to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with You.  Help us to choose Your Word as the pattern for lives.  Draw us to the hurting and mistreated.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’ Scripture Reading: Exodus 25:1-28:43

Lord, Is Today a “Stand Still” or “Get Moving” Kind of Day? –Exodus 14:13-16


Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 13:1-15:27

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading Moses told the Israelites:

“Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” —Exodus 14:13-14

And then in the very next verse You said to Moses:

“Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving! Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground. —Exodus 14:15-16

Jesus, this is just one more example of the benefit of a daily relationship with You.  Every day and every situation calls for a different strategy.  We only know the past and the present.  Actually, we only know our one-dimensional view of our past and present.  But You Lord, understand the past, present and future and the“why” of it all. You and You alone have the ability to work it all together for our good (Romans 8:28).

Holy Spirit, teach us to seek you each day to know if we should Stand Still or Get Moving. Lord, we believe You speak and we believe we can hear You!

Thank you for leading us through the wilderness to the land of promise You have made for us!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 16:1-19:25

Lord, What is Your View of Suffering?

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 40:6-42:17

Heavenly Father, I read this commentary in the margin of my Bible that shared four views of suffering…

Satan’s view: People believe in God only when they are prospering and not suffering. This is wrong.

The view of Job’s friends: Suffering is God’s judgment for sin. This is not always true.

Elihu’s view: Suffering is God’s way to teach, discipline, and refine. This is true, but an incomplete explanation.

God’s View: Suffering causes us to trust God for who He is, not what He does.  —Chronological Life Application Bible

Lord, I don’t want to be like a spoiled child, only sweet, kind and nice when I’m getting MY WAY. No one wants to suffer but I trust You to never leave me. I trust You to help me to get through life’s tough times. I trust You to have a plan for the pain. I trust You to use my suffering for Your Glory and my good!

Lord, thank You for Job. Thank You for giving us the back-story of his suffering.

We trust you.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 1:1-2:25, 1 Chronicles 6:1-3a, Exodus 3:1-4:17 

Lord, Help Me to Trust You More—Job 23:10


 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 22:1-25:6

Heavenly Father, I want to trust You more.  I want to be able to say with Job, “You know where I am going.  And when you test me, I will come out as pure gold.”

Lord, as I read Job’s monologue in Job 23:11-12, he gives instructions to help me trust You more:

  • Stay on God’s paths
  • Follow the ways of the Lord and not turned aside
  • Do not depart from his commands
  • Treasure God’s Words more than daily food

Jesus, to be able to trust you more I must to keep my eyes on You and not be distracted by other people and other things.  In today’s world, focus is a real problem.  Holy Spirit, help me to focus on the things that develop a trust relationship with my God.

Lord, teach me to trust you more.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 26:1-29:25

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