Today's Reading: Leviticus 21
Please read Leviticus 21 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please read my “Count Down 5” from this blog. You may click this link directly for the method:Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf. (You may begin with a song to praise the Lord and complete you devotion by singing another praise song.)
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The Lord said to Moses, "Say to Aaron: 'For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God.'" Leviticus 21: 16-17
What I heard from Jesus today is the title today: A defect or perfect offering.
It is really not easy again to understand this chapter, for it seems that God is being very unreasonable. Let me give you some example of how commentator Laird Harris wrote, and you will understand more about why God did that in those times. He named Leviticus 21: 1 - 22:16 as "Special Holiness for Priests" and then he says "it is clear that the priest was to be physically perfect (v.17). This is an understandable provision for priests who stood in a public relation; but as remarked earlier, it carries out the typology of Christ the perfect Priest.
God demands priests to have higher standard of holiness and other things. Christ is the perfect Priest and he demands a perfect and not a defect offering from a priest. So, you may think that, "Well, I am not a priest and it's not about me." Let's read what Peter wrote:
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2: 9
It's about you!
What kind of offering do you have for God recently? Is it a defect or a perfect offering?
Dear Holy Spirit,
Come, shine on me that I can see what kind of offering I have for you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
I escorted Michelle to see her doctor yesterday as a two weeks regular check up. Everything is good and she officially started her two years maintenance period yesterday. She has to take quite some pills in these two years and may have some minor side effects!
My son, Ignatius, completed his three weeks mission in Ethiopia a few days ago.We are so joyful to welcome him home and know that he experienced God mightily in that three weeks. His one word of experience is "JOY"! Please click this link to read his wonderful sharing:http://21ethiopiandays.wordpress.com/
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Prayer items today:
Bishop: Rt. Rev. Silas Ng (Michelle)
Network Leader: Rev. Peter Klenner (Jenny)
Network Leadership Team: Rt. Rev. Silas Ng, Rev. Peter Klenner, Rev. Ed Hird (Janice),
Rev. Simon Neill (Jo), Rev. Ken Bell (Sonya)
Bishop's Chaplain: Rev. Ed Hird (Janice)
Clergy Formation Advisor: Rev. Ken Bell (Sonya)
Administrator: Mrs. Zenia Cheng (Clarence)
The Rt. Rev. Alexander Maury (Sandy) Greene (Gigi)
Pray for one ACiC/AI church one day at a time
St. Timothy’s, North Vancouver
Rector/Senior Pastor: Rev. Ken Bell (Sonya)