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Daily Bread - June 8, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 07 June 2018 22:10
Exodus 29:44-45 - And I will make the tabernacle of the congregation holy,
and the altar. I will also make both Aaron and his sons holy to minister to
me in the priest's office. And I will dwell among the children of Israel
and will be their God.

God's Holiness Given To Man (Part 2)
Wherever God goes, His holiness is there. Wherever He dwells, the place
becomes endowed with His holiness (Exodus 19:9-25, 24:16-17; Deuteronomy
4:10-5:29; Psalm 68:18). His holiness exterminates anything that is unholy.
His life is lethal to anything that is unclean. Holiness can also be
understood on the basis of proximity, or how close someone/something has
come to the presence of God. The act of God making things holy is observed
with the Sabbath (Genesis 2:3; Exodus 20:11), the ground (Exodus 3:5-6),
the mountain (Exodus 19), Israel and its priests (Exodus 29:44, 31:13;
Leviticus 21:8,15, 22:9,16; Ezekiel 20:12, 37:28; cf. also Exodus 29:43),
the firstborn (Numbers 3:13, 8:17; cf. also Exodus 29:43), His sanctuary
(Exodus 29:43-44; 1 Kings 9:3,7; 2 Chronicles 7:16,20, 30:8, 36:14), the
altars (Exodus 29:36-37, 30:10, 40:10), His Church (Ephesians 5:27), and
all those who are redeemed (Colossians 1:22; 1 Corinthians 1:2)

Once this holiness has been given, then it is the responsibility of the
recipients not to desecrate it. If they grieve His Holy Spirit, then the
consequences are grave (Leviticus 10:3, 22:32; Numbers 20:12-13, 27:14;
Deuteronomy 32:51; Isaiah 63:10,11; Psalm 51:13; Isaiah 1:4, 5:19, 24,
10:20, 12:6, 17:7, 29:19, 30:11,12,15, 31:1, 37:23; 2 Kings 19:22) and
(Isaiah 41:14,16,20, 43:3,14, 45:11, 47:4, 48:17, 49:7, 54:5, 55:5,
60:9,14; Jeremiah 50:29, 51:5; Psalm 71:22, 78:41, 89:19; cf. Isaiah 10:17,
29:23, 40:25, 43:15; Ezekiel 39:7). God will not dwell in the midst of
uncleanness, regardless of whether it's ritual or ethical uncleanness
(Deuteronomy 23:14; 2 Corinthians 6:17). The swiftness of God executing
judgment upon any violation might also be equally regarded on the basis of
proximity, or the laws associated with that which was devoted. Nadab and
Abihu would be examples of the former, and Achan of the latter (Leviticus
10:1-3; Joshua 7:1).

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God. (Hebrews
10:31)
 
Daily Bread - June 7, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 07 June 2018 10:21
Exodus 29:44-45 - And I will make the tabernacle of the congregation holy,
and the altar. I will also make both Aaron and his sons holy to minister to
me in the priest's office. And I will dwell among the children of Israel
and will be their God.

God's Holiness Given To Man (Part 1)

There is no holiness outside of God and His presence (Isaiah 63:10; Psalm
51:13). Man lost his holiness in the Garden, and as a result lost his
communion with God (Genesis 3). The only way for man to be acceptable to
God and have communion with Him was to get his holiness back. God, in His
love, acted upon the world of men and gave them the opportunity to return
into His presence by providing them with His holiness. Yet, even in this
act of God's mercy, men were only allowed to get so close to God's
holiness. He alone decided who was allowed to approach unto Him and just
how close they could come, and His holiness was distributed accordingly
(Exodus 19:12-13,17,21,23-24).

The holiness God possesses can only be acquired through God acting on
behalf of fallen humanity. God supplied His holiness through the encounter
He gave to those He had chosen. The holiness God gave to the people of
Israel was initiated by Him, and was given because they were willing to
respond. The Lord simply called them out of Egypt, and by His own strength,
brought them to Sinai. All they had to do was to follow. God acts, but men
must be willing to respond to the conditions He sets forth. Anything that
is set into the context of interacting with God, or touched by the presence
of the Lord, becomes holy and is to be set apart to His holiness.
Ultimately, anything God identifies as belonging to Himself is holy
(Leviticus 20:26, 27:28; Zechariah 14:20; 1 Corinthians 6:20; Psalm 4:3;
John 17:6-10; Titus 2:11-14; 1 Peter 2:9).

Be holy, as He which set you apart for Himself is holy! (Leviticus 20:26; 1
Peter 1:15-16)
 
Daily Bread - June 6, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 09:46
Exodus 29:43 - "And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the
tabernacle shall be made holy by My glory."

A Place Prepared For God To Dwell (Part 4)

All profane and impure things are a threat against holiness. Obedience to
the commands of God teaches us how to refuse the profane and impure state
belonging to the realm of sin and death (Exodus 31:13). God demands that
His people remain in the holiness He gave as a gift. To do this, they must
keep the commands, which are the laws of life (Leviticus 11:44, 20:7,
22:32; Numbers 15:40). Thus, a person who was made holy by the divine act
of God's grace sanctifies, or makes themselves holy, only with respect to
obeying the commands of God (Leviticus 11:44, 20:7). Once a person's
holiness is compromised through impurity, there must be a cleansing. If
their impurity is not removed, then any interaction with the holy things
will result in a violation/contamination of the holy and subsequently their
death. God will not allow that which is holy to be profaned (Leviticus
11:43, 15:31, 22:4,9).

Even though God's grace and mercy was great, the holiness given to the
people of Israel could be defiled to a point where there would be no remedy
(Leviticus 19:31, 20:3,6,27, 24:14,23; Numbers 15:33-36, 35:17; Deuteronomy
13:5-10). When men do something wrong against a society, then a penalty is
demanded in order to keep that society safe against those injustices. There
are of course degrees of wrongdoing and degrees of punishment that fit the
crime. It should definitely not seem strange if the Judge of all of the
Earth should set forth His demands to protect His holiness and teach the
people the its sacredness. Sin is treated as an infectious disease in the
Law, or holiness code -a disease that will not only destroy the person who
participates with it, but also the community that the sinner may come in
contact with (Leviticus 4:3, 18:24-25). It would be a terrible injustice
for someone to have the cure for a deadly disease and not provide the
remedy to those who are infected.

Anyone who touches the holy things of God must be holy, but if something
unclean touches that which is holy, it will result in the unclean person's
death (Leviticus 6:9-11,16-18, 7:19-21). There can also be a transference
of holiness to someone who is clean touching something that is holy.
Furthermore, an unclean person seeking to be made clean through the
provisions set forth under the law of God could be made clean by coming
into contact with that which was holy. This was witnessed when the coals of
fire from the altar of incense touched the lips of Isaiah (Isaiah 6:5-7).
Similarly, if the holy priest or any other soul was to touch something
unclean, then they became unclean until a purification ritual took place
(Leviticus 5:1-6).

Walk in purity, even as you've been made pure! (1 John 3:1-3)
 
Daily Bread - June 5, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 04 June 2018 23:28
Exodus 29:43 - "And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the
tabernacle shall be made holy by My glory."

A Place Prepared For God To Dwell (Part 3)

Once a people or a person is made holy, then to remain holy they must
continue in the moral and ethical standards in which God has empowered them
to exist. It is not possible to separate God from His life, or His life
from His holiness. Those who want the life of God and relationship with Him
must also accept His holiness, because they are absolutely bound together.
It is perfectly established throughout the Word of God how it is impossible
to have one without the other. The Ten Commandments are the bare essentials
that must exist among a people in order for God to dwell in their midst.
Yet, because of the fall of man and their sinful nature, it was also
essential to have a provision to atone for their sins and transgressions.
Through the law, sin would be shown to be exceedingly sinful; and yet,
God's mercy great enough to patiently teach people His ways.

The moral purity which was communicated by God's holiness began to be
defined by two opposites: 'holiness' and 'impurity' - the first describes
what God is and loves, and the second what He is opposed to and at war
against. The Lord relates His holiness to purity, and that which is impure
to the profane; that which belongs to His life and that which opposes it.
This contrast is found in Leviticus 10:10 - "And that you may put
difference between holy and profane, and between impure and pure"
(Leviticus 11:47; Ezekiel 22:26, 42:20, 44:23; cf. 1 Samuel 21:5). Strictly
speaking, it is impossible to have anything holy and profane at the same
time, or pure and impure. These deeds draw out a more specific quality of
the essence of life and death. They oppose each other as light and darkness
or good and evil - one cannot exist in the presence of the other. That
which belongs to God and the life He has is holy and pure. In order to be
brought into interaction with Him, some means of purification must be
provided while men learn to observe the ways of God. If we are to live His
life, which alone lasts forever, then we must be willing to live in His
holiness and purity and learn to choose the good and refuse the evil.

Be holy in all aspects of lifestyle! (1 Peter 1:15)
 
Daily Bread - June 4, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 04 June 2018 12:30
Exodus 29:43 - "And there I will meet with the children of Israel, and the
tabernacle shall be made holy by My glory."

A Place Prepared For God To Dwell (Part 2)

As far as we know, God did not instruct anyone in His ways during the time
period between Adam and Noah. We can observe the knowledge of the burnt
offering worship exemplified by both Abel and Noah, and may assume there
was some form of oral tradition handed down (Genesis 4:4, 8:20-22). The
length of time they lived afforded a tremendous amount of interaction in
the first 1656 years of men. For example, Noah was born only 126 years
after Adam's death; and those like Methuselah linked the history of Adam to
that of Noah having lived during both lifetimes (Genesis 5). Shem, of
course, brought with him the knowledge of all that happened before the
flood and lived most of Abraham's lifetime (Genesis 11:10-32). God's
instruction to man, however, takes on a whole new dimension with Abraham,
and begets a new age of God's interaction with the descendants of Adam
(Genesis 12:1-9). Through Abraham's obedience to God, the time period of
Promise was born, and a family was separated unto God from all other
peoples on the Earth (Genesis 13:14-18, 15:1-7, 17:1-8, 21:1-5, 22:1-18).

Later on, God reached out in His mercy to the descendants of Abraham while
they were in Egypt to begin the necessary training of His people in the
ways of Heaven (Genesis 50:22-26; Exodus 1:1-14, 2:23-25, 3:1-10). In His
desire to restore mankind from the twisted realm of darkness and the
deception imposed upon us because of sin, He had separated a family to
bring forth the Messiah. Through the Law, He began the instructions of the
way back into the realms of Eternal Life -the entrance back into the
paradise of relationship, which was hidden behind the veil (Galatians
3:6-29; Romans 3:19-20, 4:13-18, 5:12-21). If His people refused to learn
the ways of life only God can teach, then their fate would be His judgment
against the rebellious and ungodly which He passed upon wicked and sinful
men (Romans 1:18-22, 2:12-16, 3:9-20; Deuteronomy 28). God, in His
lovingkindness, provided a way back into the realm Adam was driven out of;
but men must be willing to learn how violations against that which belongs
to the life of God cannot be tolerated. God's life is sacred, and there is
no room for modifications. His ways are holy, and any violation of them is
an act producing spiritual death (Ezekiel 36:20; James 1:15; Romans 6:23,
8:6, 8:13; Galatians 6:8).

Be holy in all aspects of lifestyle! (1 Peter 1:15)
 
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