Tue February 19, 2019

Daily Devotion

Daily Devotion - Feb19



Bible Portion

Leviticus 9

1    It came to pass on the eighth day that Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel.
2    And he said to Aaron, "Take for yourself a young bull as a sin offering and a ram as a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the LORD.
3    And to the children of Israel you shall speak, saying, 'Take a kid of the goats as a sin offering, and a calf and a lamb, both of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering,
4    also a bull and a ram as peace offerings, to sacrifice before the LORD, and a grain offering mixed with oil; for today the LORD will appear to you.' "
5    So they brought what Moses commanded before the tabernacle of meeting. And all the congregation drew near and stood before the LORD.
6    Then Moses said, "This is the thing which the LORD commanded you to do, and the glory of the LORD will appear to you."
7    And Moses said to Aaron, "Go to the altar, offer your sin offering and your burnt offering, and make atonement for yourself and for the people. Offer the offering of the people, and make atonement for them, as the LORD commanded."
8    Aaron therefore went to the altar and killed the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself.
9    Then the sons of Aaron brought the blood to him. And he dipped his finger in the blood, put it on the horns of the altar, and poured the blood at the base of the altar.
10    But the fat, the kidneys, and the fatty lobe from the liver of the sin offering he burned on the altar, as the LORD had commanded Moses.
11    The flesh and the hide he burned with fire outside the camp.
12    And he killed the burnt offering; and Aaron's sons presented to him the blood, which he sprinkled all around on the altar.
13    Then they presented the burnt offering to him, with its pieces and head, and he burned them on the altar.
14    And he washed the entrails and the legs, and burned them with the burnt offering on the altar.
15    Then he brought the people's offering, and took the goat, which was the sin offering for the people, and killed it and offered it for sin, like the first one.
16    And he brought the burnt offering and offered it according to the prescribed manner.
17    Then he brought the grain offering, took a handful of it, and burned it on the altar, besides the burnt sacrifice of the morning.
18    He also killed the bull and the ram as sacrifices of peace offerings, which were for the people. And Aaron's sons presented to him the blood, which he sprinkled all around on the altar,
19    and the fat from the bull and the ram --- the fatty tail, what covers the entrails and the kidneys, and the fatty lobe attached to the liver;
20    and they put the fat on the breasts. Then he burned the fat on the altar;
21    but the breasts and the right thigh Aaron waved as a wave offering before the LORD, as Moses had commanded.
22    Then Aaron lifted his hand toward the people, blessed them, and came down from offering the sin offering, the burnt offering, and peace offerings.
23    And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of meeting, and came out and blessed the people. Then the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people,
24    and fire came out from before the LORD and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.

Leviticus 10

1    Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them.
2    So fire went out from the LORD and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.
3    And Moses said to Aaron, "This is what the LORD spoke, saying: ' By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.' " So Aaron held his peace.
4    Then Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said to them, "Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp."
5    So they went near and carried them by their tunics out of the camp, as Moses had said.
6    And Moses said to Aaron, and to Elemazar and Ithamar, his sons, "Do not uncover your heads nor tear your clothes, lest you die, and wrath come upon all the people. But let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD has kindled.
7    You shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die, for the anointing oil of the LORD is upon you." And they did according to the word of Moses.
8    Then the LORD spoke to Aaron, saying:
9    "Do not drink wine or intoxicating drink, you, nor your sons with you, when you go into the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations,
10    that you may distinguish between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean,
11    and that you may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD has spoken to them by the hand of Moses."
12    And Moses spoke to Aaron, and to Elemazar and Ithamar, his sons who were left: "Take the grain offering that remains of the offerings made by fire to the LORD, and eat it without leaven beside the altar; for it is most holy.
13    You shall eat it in a holy place, because it is your due and your sons' due, of the sacrifices made by fire to the LORD; for so I have been commanded.
14    The breast of the wave offering and the thigh of the heave offering you shall eat in a clean place, you, your sons, and your daughters with you; for they are your due and your sons' due, which are given from the sacrifices of peace offerings of the children of Israel.
15    The thigh of the heave offering and the breast of the wave offering they shall bring with the offerings of fat made by fire, to offer as a wave offering before the LORD. And it shall be yours and your sons' with you, by a statute forever, as the LORD has commanded."
16    Then Moses made careful inquiry about the goat of the sin offering, and there it was --- burned up. And he was angry with Elemazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron who were left, saying,
17    "Why have you not eaten the sin offering in a holy place, since it is most holy, and God has given it to you to bear the guilt of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the LORD?
18    See! Its blood was not brought inside the holy place; indeed you should have eaten it in a holy place, as I commanded."
19    And Aaron said to Moses, "Look, this day they have offered their sin offering and their burnt offering before the LORD, and such things have befallen me! If I had eaten the sin offering today, would it have been accepted in the sight of the LORD?"
20    So when Moses heard that, he was content.

Luke 6

1    Now it happened on the second Sabbath after the first that He went through the grainfields. And His disciples plucked the heads of grain and ate them, rubbing them in their hands.
2    And some of the Pharisees said to them, "Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?"
3    But Jesus answering them said, "Have you not even read this, what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him:
4    how he went into the house of God, took and ate the showbread, and also gave some to those with him, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat?"
5    And He said to them, "The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath."
6    Now it happened on another Sabbath, also, that He entered the synagogue and taught. And a man was there whose right hand was withered.
7    So the scribes and Pharisees watched Him closely, whether He would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against Him.
8    But He knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand, "Arise and stand here." And he arose and stood.
9    Then Jesus said to them, "I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?"
10    And when He had looked around at them all, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he did so, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.
11    But they were filled with rage, and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.
12    Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
13    And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles:
14    Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew;
15    Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot;
16    Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot who also became a traitor.
17    And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases,
18    as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed.
19    And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.
20    Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: " Blessed are you poor, For yours is the kingdom of God.
21    Blessed are you who hunger now, For you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, For you shall laugh.
22    Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man's sake.
23    Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.
24    " But woe to you who are rich, For you have received your consolation.
25    Woe to you who are full, For you shall hunger. Woe to you who laugh now, For you shall mourn and weep.
26    Woe to you when all men speak well of you, For so did their fathers to the false prophets.
27    "But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28    bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.
29    To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either.
30    Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back.
31    And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
32    "But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
33    And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
34    And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back.
35    But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
36    Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.
37    "Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
38    Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."
39    And He spoke a parable to them: "Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?
40    A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.
41    And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye?
42    Or how can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother's eye.
43    "For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.
44    For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.
45    A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
46    "But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say?
47    Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like:
48    He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.
49    But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great."


“He, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations.” (Rom.4:18)
Not only Abraham believed becoming the father of many nations, contrary to hope, but also fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform and was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. Many times, we desire and long for faith – hope is also very essential to our lives. Only the hope that God would give him a child edified the faith of Abraham. In hope he believed, he was fully convinced and received the miracle. Hope and faith will encourage and develop each other. Both will join together and make grow and multiply each other. Heb.6:19 says, ” This hope we have as an anchor of the soul.” This anchor of hope only protects the ship of our faith from the world full of struggling. Jesus meets Martha four days after the death of Lazarus. He said, “Your brother will raise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” She had the faith. But she did not have the hope to remove the stone. She said that it would stench. This is what the Bible says about ‘lack of faith’ and ‘sound in the faith’ in I Thes.3:10 and Tit.1:14. Faith without hope is dead as faith without work is dead. David who said, “You are my hope,” has also says in Psa.22:14,15, “Our fathers trusted in You; They trusted, and You delivered them. They cried to You, and were delivered; They trusted in You, and were not ashamed.” When we live trusting the Lord, there may arise situations when people mock at us saying, “He was trusting the Lord, let Him deliver him.” But, surely there is a hereafter; your hope will not be in vain. The hope of the poor will not go in vain.

O God! You have promised, “Blessed is the man who has the Lord as his hope.” And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you. Amen!