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Numbers 19 – Purpose

We talked about the weight of being chosen and the wages as well.  Now we look at the purpose.  Aaron & his sons and the rest of the Levites were not chosen for the fun of it.  They were given a reason, a purpose.  This is where we begin to see that.

This is where we see the ordinance of the red heifer.  The red heifer is meant to be a sacrifice, but not just any sacrifice.  It is the sacrifice that cleanses the tabernacle.  That is one of the primary roles and purposes of the priest.  They are to offer the sacrifices and teach the people so that they can be purified and so that their sins can be covered.  Their purpose is to serve YHWH, and to help the unclean to become clean before the LORD.

What happens when the unclean does not become clean… when the priest does not do his duty as he has been called by YHWH to do?

20 ‘But the man who is unclean and does not purify himself from uncleanness, that person shall be cut off from the midst of the assembly, because he has defiled the sanctuary of the LORD;

If the priest did not do his duty, the peoples sins were not covered, and they were forever separated from the assembly … the people … the congregation of YHWH.  That’s quite the responsibility.

Aren’t you glad that there is both a perfect Sacrifice and a perfect Priest.  One who cannot fail in his priestly duties because He is both the one who cleanses us, and the one who makes us clean.  The one sent of YHWH to answer the perfect call with perfect purpose.

Thank you Jesus the Christ.  The one prophesied to come, and the one to fulfill all of the prophesies.  Now we too can have a purpose!

Rev. John Camiolo Jr.

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Genesis 20 – Righteousness

This is one of those chapters that sometimes i just don’t get.  So God has been blessing Abraham everywhere he goes.  God has watched over him, taken care of him, prospered him, protected him, etc., etc., etc., but Abraham still see the need to fear people’s response to him and the beauty of his wife (who is by the way, more than 100 years old at this point).  He allows them to take his wife away… why?  Because he doesn’t think that God can/will protect him?  I mean come on Abraham!

I have to be careful about what i say and how i criticize Abraham in this situation.  God treated him as if he had done the right thing, or at least as if he had not done the wrong thing.  Just because i don’t understand it, doesn’t make it not true.

What i can say though, is that King Abimelech appears to be the righteous one.  He takes Sarah, who he believes is unmarried, treats her well, doesn’t touch her, listens to God, returns her to Abraham, and gives Abraham gifts for himself and sacrifices to cover all sins.  Because of Abimelech’s righteousness God protects and speaks to him.  If he had not been righteous to start with, he would not have heard from God, and he would have been destroyed, he and his family.

Do we reside in the righteousness of God?  In a situation like this would we have heard God calling out to us?

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