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February 7, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Leviticus 19-21
Audio: Leviticus 19-21

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Deuteronomy 18 (ESV)

“The Levitical priests, all the tribe of Levi, shall have no portion or inheritance with Israel. They shall eat the Lord‘s food offerings as their inheritance. They shall have no inheritance among their brothers; the Lord is their inheritance, as he promised them. And this shall be the priests’ due from the people, from those offering a sacrifice, whether an ox or a sheep: they shall give to the priest the shoulder and the two cheeks and the stomach. The firstfruits of your grain, of your wine and of your oil, and the first fleece of your sheep, you shall give him.For the Lord your God has chosen him out of all your tribes to stand and minister in the name of the Lord, him and his sons for all time.

“And if a Levite comes from any of your towns out of all Israel, where he lives—and he may come when he desires—to the place that the Lord will choose, and ministers in the name of the Lord his God, like all his fellow Levites who stand to minister there before the Lord, then he may have equal portions to eat, besides what he receives from the sale of his patrimony.

“When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer11 or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead,12 for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. 13 You shall be blameless before the Lord your God, 14 for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.

15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— 16 just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’17 And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. 20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.

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  1. Abominations

    In our culture today (and sadly in many churches), people ignore what the Bible says. Some outright (and vocally) detest the Scriptures while others, not wanting to go that far, believe some things in the Bible while not believing other things. This cherry picking of the Word of God results in a great multitude of deceived people following social norms and cultural "progress" instead of what the Bible says. 

    One of the things in Scripture which frequently are detested by people are the things which the Bible says in an "abomination" to the Lord. (An abomination is something that God loathes or hates because it is offensive to Him and His character). Homosexuality (specifically homosexual sex) for instance is viewed as a perfectly acceptable lifestyle and expression of love even though the Bible says it's an abomination to the Lord. 

    In our society today, it seems the abomination is to say homosexuality is an abomination!

    Isaiah 5:20 warns, "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!"

    While Christians should not "harp" on homosexuality as the only sin that is an abomination to the Lord, we need to know what God says about it and not cave under culture pressure to conform to whatever they say is acceptable. 

    An important section of Scripture is found in Romans 1:18-27 which says:

    "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

    24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

    26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done."

    When God gives people up to "dishonorable passions" and a "debased/depraved mind", it's not time to celebrate. 

    Here is an article on GotQuestions.org which answers the question "What is an abomination" according to the Word of God: https://www.gotquestions.org/abomination.html

    Do we side with society for what is acceptable and an abomination or what the Bible says?

    Do we speak up for what God's Word says when we are around people don't know (or care) what it says?
     

  2. God warns His people to not take part in the abominations of the nations living in the land He is bringing them into, then goes on to list a few of those abominations. 

    As Christians, we have to remember that our citizenship is in heaven, and we are sent into the world now as God’s ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:11-21) to share the good news of  reconciliation to God through Jesus Christ. We are a “set apart” people (2 Peter 2:9), redeemed from slavery to sin (Romans 6:6), rescued from condemnation (Romans 8:1), and empowered to live for His glory (Galatians 2:20). When we take part in the abominable practices of the world, we greatly diminish the believability of our witness to the love of God calling the lost to repentance, where they will find mercy and grace at the foot of the cross. 

    The Scriptures are filled with warnings against particular abominations (see https://www.openbible.info/topics/abomination), but we foolishly tend to focus on only a few, typically those we ourselves detest or find repugnant in others. 

    But pride itself is an abomination to the Lord! 

    “Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.” Proverbs 16:5

    It behooves us to not only live as set apart people who bear fruit in keeping with repentance (Matthew 3:8), but also to humble ourselves before the Lord and ask Him to search our hearts and reveal anything in us that does not reflect the holy character of Christ (Psalm 139:23-24). Is that a prayer we’re willing to pray? Because that is the prayer of a man or woman who truly wants to put sin to death (Romans 8:12-13) for God’s glory and pleasure, and truly be salt and light in this dark world (Matthew 5:13-16). 

    It is right to speak the truth in love and not “call good evil and evil good” (Isaiah 5:20)…but we must begin and end with speaking the truth to ourselves and pursuing personal holiness: 

    ”Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God….Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.”Hebrews 12:1-2,14

    1. Wow, Michelle – This is excellent!

      I love that as you wrote you backed up what you were saying with Scripture as you went a long. 

      Very convicting and encouraging to read this, my love. 

      Thanks for taking the time to share! 🙂

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