SOAP for February 23, 2015 God Speaking in Leviticus

SOAP for February 23, 2015 God Speaking in Leviticus

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Leviticus 20-22

Observation and Application

20:5-6 Worshipping other God’s in these cases by sacrificing to them or consulting spiritualists is called spiritual prostitution. We are created by and for God and are “married” to Him. Going after other gods and forms of spirituality is unfaithfulness to the One to whom we truly belong.

20:8,22 “Keep My decrees by putting them into practice . . . keep all my decrees and regulations by putting them into practice. “ Don’t just mentally agree with God’s decrees and regulations. We demonstrate our commitment to God and His decrees and regulations by doing them, by putting them into practice.

God designates actions and attitudes as capital offenses to show how very seriously He considers them. The list of capital offenses are common behaviors today.

The list of capital offenses begins with dishonoring (speaking disrespectfully) of father and mother with the penalty of death.

Other capital offenses with the penalty of death by stoning or burning are: adultery; incest; homosexuality; practicing spirituality by acting as a medium or consulting the dead, and beastiality.

  1. 23—Do not live according to the customs of the people I am driving out before you. It is because they do these shameful things that I detest them.

God’s people are set apart from all other people and cannot behave in the same way as other people.

Priests, especially the high priest were held to an even higher standard of behavior.

Prayer

My Father,

I want to live a life set apart to You. I do not want to go after other Gods or act in ways that separate me from You or dishonor You in any way. Help me to be holy. Help me to take seriously what You take seriously. Help me to value what you value. Thank You, that Jesus died to bring me forgiveness for sins I committed in ignorance. Help me to not knowingly sin.

I love You,

me

SOAP for February 18, 2015 Leviticus—God’s Patterns

SOAP for February 18, 2015 Leviticus—God’s Patterns

IMG_0351Scripture –Leviticus 7-8

Observation

God has patterns throughout His word. We see that the people had to present their gifts to the priests.

We see Moses anointing Aaron and his sons for serve

We see people bringing different types of sacrifices to the Lord—Guilt, Peace, Thanksgiving and Other Special sacrifices.

Every part of the Tabernacle had a purpose and a message.

Application

I need to read and study God’s word to see the trail He has given us to lead me/us to Him.

The priest represented Jesus our High Priest—He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by Him. (John 14:6)

For our own benefit, God wants us to honor Him. He is our Source of every good thing. We need to express worship , honor, and thanks to Him so we will know and recognize that we are not the source and there is One beyond ourselves.

The instructions and descriptions are not random or wordy but purposeful.

Prayer

My Father,

Thank Your for Your word. Thank You for the patterns You have given us as a road map to You. Help me to see, to know, to comprehend what You are saying to us beyond what is on the surface.

I love You,

me

SOAP for February 17, 2015—Leviticus 4-6 “If anyone sins unintentionally, they are guilty.”

SOAP for February 17, 2015—Leviticus 4-6 “If anyone sins unintentionally, they are guilty.”

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Leviticus 4:2– “Say to the Israelites: ‘When anyone sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD’s commands—

Leviticus 4:13– 13“ ‘If the whole Israelite community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands, even though the community is unaware of the matter, when they realize their guilt 14and the sin they committed becomes known

Leviticus 4:22– 22“ ‘When a leader sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the commands of the Lord his God, when he realizes his guilt

Leviticus 4:27– “If any of the common people sin by violating one of the LORD’s commands, but they don’t realize it, they are still guilty.

Leviticus 5:15–“When anyone is unfaithful to the LORD by sinning unintentionally in regard to any of

Observation

  • When we sin, not if we sin
  • It does not matter that sin is unintentional, we are still guilty
  • Sinning is unfaithfulness to the LORD
  • When we realize our sin we must accept punishment, pay a penalty.

Application

One way sin is referred to in the Bible is as a trespass. Trespassing is crossing a boundary. Another way sin is referred to is as falling short of a standard or goal. There is a target and the goal is to hit the absolute center. When we miss that goal in even the smallest way we are coming up short of the standard. Sin is also knowing what we ought to do and not doing it. When we cross the boundaries God has defined for us, come up short of His standards for us, or choose not to do the good that we know we should do, we sin. Jesus died for that sin—He took the rightful punishment on Himself. The Bible tells us how we cross the line, miss the mark, or don’t do what is right to do—it acts as umpire.

 

Sin is sin whether I realize it or not—intentional or unintentional. I am guilty. Thank You, Father, for Jesus who died for my sin.  I need to know God’s heart by actively seeking after Him and reading and applying His Word in my life.

I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11

Prayer

My Father,

How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. (Psalm 19:12)

My heart’s desire is to be a woman pleasing to You in all my ways. Guide me by Your Spirit. Keep my heart tender toward you that I will know and recognize sin before I take that step too far.

I love You,

me

SOAP for February 16, 2015 –Numbers 8 and 9, Leviticus 1-3 Patterns for Holiness

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Scripture

Be careful that you make everything according to the pattern I have shown you here on the mountain.

Exodus 25:40

Observation

God gives us specific patterns to follow. His directions for the Tabernacle in the Wilderness and everything in it are very specific and as we move into the descriptions for the incense and anointing oil we are instructed to not make a blend like it, to treat it as holy.

Holy means “set apart.” Holiness is being set apart for God.

Application

As believers we are God’s own people. Everyone belongs to God whether they know it or not . We were first created by Him and then bought back from the enemy who hijacked us. We are twice His. What we do with ourselves—body, soul, and spirit—is not our business only. We are His to do with as He pleases. We can accept or reject His direction but because He is the Good One, the One who knows the end from the beginning, we do so at our own peril.

Prayer

My Father,

I am Yours. I am made by You and then bought back from the power of the enemy by the precious Blood of Jesus. Help me to live in this understanding. Help me to live a set apart life, honoring You in all I am, in all I say, in all I do.

I love You,

me