Whatever You Say Lord

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S-cripture:

Leviticus 10:19-20 Aaron replied to Moses, “Today they sacrificed their sin offering and burnt offering to the Lord, but such things as this have happened to me. Would the Lord have been pleased if I had eaten the sin offering today? So when Moses heard this, he was satisfied.

O-bservation:

The sons of Aaron had been killed earlier that day for offering strange fire before the altar. Their cousins carried their dead bodies outside of the tent of meeting, and Aaron and his other two boys were commanded by Moses to keep it together, as in, do not show emotion, keep your hair tidy, and take your older brothers place. But then he scolded the boys for not eating the sin offering they had burned at the altar that day as they replaced their brothers. Aaron humbly said, they offered the sin offering, but these things have happened to me today. Would God have been pleased if I had eaten the sin offering? Moses was satisfied with his brother’s answer.

A-pplication:

This is one of the most heartbreaking stories in the Bible. There is no indication that Aaron’s sons were in anyway rebellious, but they made a fatal mistake while in the holy place by offering unauthorized fire on the altar. Immediately they were killed by God. Imagine Aaron, their father, and their younger brothers trying to keep it together. Moses commanded them to, but then later in the day scolded them for not eating the burnt offering they had sacrificed. Aaron spoke for his sons and said to his brother Moses, “I had a really bad day. Would God have been happy if I had eaten the sacrifice?” Moses did not have a comeback. On the worst at of his life Aaron did not break. Then his question to Moses was not sarcastic, but only this, “Whatever You Say Lord!” I want to say that to Jesus no matter what.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m saying out right here and right now, “Whatever You Say Lord, I’ll do it!” Amen
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Decisions Decisions

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S-cripture:

Exodus 28:15 Fashion a breastplate for making decisions - the work of skilled hands.

O-bservation:

In the directions God gave to Moses, he included what the priestly garments were to look like that his brother Aaron would wear. Here, God says, “Create a breastplate for “MAKING DECISIONS.”

A-pplication:

Godly leaders are always faced with “Decisions Decisions.” The truth is we teach that every believer is a leader. So, all of us are called to make decisions that will impact those we lead. In the Old Testament, the Chief Priest wore the breastplate for “making decisions,” signifying that his spiritual decisions were to guide them. However, in the New Testament, the Lord names the breastplate we wear as the Breastplate of Righteousness. In other words, when you leave the house today, make sure you have put on more than a name, but you have put on the action of RIGHTEOUSNESS in every decision you make.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM as I put on the breastplate of righteousness, help me remember that you will help me choose your way in every decision I make. Amen
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The Sinner Who Wasn’t Sorry

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S-cripture:

Exodus 10:17 Now forgive my sin once more and pray to the Lord your God to take this deadly plague away from me.

O-bservation:

These are the words of the Pharaoh of Egypt to Moses and his brother Aaron were being used of God to wrest the people of Israel from his control. This was now the eighth plague that God had brought upon Egypt as punishment for what they had done to God's people. Finally, like had happened the previous seven plagues, Pharaoh said, “I beg you, I have sinned against your God and you, please ask your God to stop this plague of locusts!” So Moses did, but Pharaoh never changed his ways. You could say he was “The Sinner Who Wasn’t Sorry.”

A-pplication:

How many times have you had a friend or possibly even a family member who was addicted to bad behavior? It seems like they said a thousand times that they had messed up and needed help, but when you got the person help they never changed. I know I’ve dealt with hundreds of similar situations in my life. What is it that keeps them chained, so to speak? I believe that true repentance is about regretful or SORRY for what you have done. But the Pharaoh in this story wasn’t. Neither are most of the people who keep returning to their chains. Sometimes there’s a host of people who are ready to help but help is never received because, they’re just like, “The Sinner Who Wasn’t Sorry,” mentioned in this bible story.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m glad that many years ago, I finally saw the error of my ways and was truly repentant and SORRY in my heart. With your help, I was able to put days between the old chains and my new life. In time I was completely free of bad behavior. All because of you! Amen
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The Leader Always Takes The Hit

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S-cripture:

Exodus 5:21 And they said, “May the Lord look on you and judge you! You have made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”

O-bservation:

These are the words of the Israeli supervisors who led their people in making bricks for the Pharaoh and the Egyptians. The words were directed to Moses and Aaron, who were pleading for the cause of their fellow Israelites at God’s command. Pharaoh had grown weary of Moses in his face and so told the Israeli supervisors that the people would have to make the same amount of bricks each day but would have to find their own straw to make the bricks with. Then they beat the Israeli supervisors before they sent them back to tell their people. Before they talked to their fellow Israeli slaves, they went to Moses and Aaron and asked God to judge Moses and Aaron for trying to get them out of bondage.

A-pplication:

This story always leaves me shaking my head. Here Moses and his brother were called by God to confront the most powerful man in the world at that time, to release God’s people from their slavery. Yet, when he (Pharaoh) rebuffed them, the Israelites took the side of their oppressor instead of the side of their deliverer. Yes, Moses and Aaron were eventually successful, but in the meantime, please remember, “The Leader Always Takes The Hit!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Today I’m asking you to give grace to any of your leaders who may be reading this post. Comfort them today, my Lord. Remind them that they, indeed, have been called by you to speak on your behalf. Amen
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We Should Too!

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S-cripture:

1 Chronicles 23:30 They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord. They were to do the same in the evening.

O-bservation:

These were some of the duties that were required by the Tribe of Levites, who served the sons of Aaron in the ministry. What’s so amazing was that each morning and each evening, seven days a week, the Levites stood and praised and thanked the Lord when they got up in the morning and did the same before they went to bed. No wonder God blessed the Israelites above all others for so many years. They simply started and ended each day thanking and praising the Lord! “We Should Too!”

A-pplication:

When I say, “We Should Too,” it’s not just a boring response with no thought. Throughout the Word of God, we are admonished to daily give God praise and thanksgiving for all he’s done. I know you may be thinking, “Well right now I’m going through the most difficult time in my life.” I’m sure that could be true yet, so also, was that true for many of the Levites on any given day. Certainly, there were times when they would praise and thank the Lord in the morning and evening when they were sick or their own children were dying. However, they stayed faithful in their praise and thanksgiving to God. And guess what? God blessed them and protected them, and sheltered them. No one deserves praise and thanksgiving more than our great God and Savior! If Israel praised and thanked the Lord every morning and evening, “We Should Too!”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I’m so blessed to be your servant. I’m so blessed to be able to proclaim your name to everyone I meet. I praise you and I thank you for who you are! Amen
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