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Daily Bread - June 29, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 29 June 2018 08:17
1 Peter 1:14-16 - As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves
according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which has called
you is holy, so be holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is
written, be holy; for I am holy

New Testament Holiness (Part 2):

Heaven is for those who desire to live in the ways of God, and that is by
definition a life of holiness. Everything about our life must be conformed
to the image of the Son - we are both required and enabled by God to
imitate Him (Romans 8:29, Ephesians 5:1). God has given us all that we need
to be partakers of His holiness (Hebrews 12:10). The radical change of the
new birth has brought the One Who is Light, and in Whom there is no
darkness at all, to live and dwell in the temple of our lives (1 John 1:5,
1 Corinthians 3:17, 6:19, 2 Corinthians 6:16). Through the sanctifying work
of the Great High Priest, Christ Jesus, we are given something that had
never existed in the lives of God’s people before: the fullness of God, the
Holy Spirit without measure (John 1:16, 7:38-39, Ephesians 3:19)!

We must conclude that there is a greater responsibility for us now than for
those before the New Covenant. The reign of death has been defeated, and we
have been empowered with all of His divine ability (2 Peter 1:3-4, Hebrews
2:14, 2 Timothy 1:10). God has freely given us all that we need so that we
might fully enjoy this glorious liberty of the sons of God. His holiness
that is now revealed is far greater in sacredness, and the fullness of the
Spirit that we have received can only be regarded as supreme holiness.
Christ Jesus placed the person the Holy Spirit on the highest and most
sacred level.

He showed us that there is nothing more sacred than the Holy Spirit, and
how we interact with Him carries the most severe consequence. Jesus said
that all blasphemy and evil speaking against the Father and against the Son
can be forgiven, but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit can never be
forgiven (Mark 3:29, Luke 12:10, Matthew 12:32). We have been warned not to
lie to Him, or grieve Him, nor to refuse the One Who now speaks from Heaven
(Acts 5:3, Ephesians 4:30, Hebrews 12:25). The holiness that we have been
graced with, and are responsible to walk in, far exceeds anything of the
past (2 Corinthians 3:10-11, 6:16-18, Hebrews 6:4, 9:8).

Be Blessed,

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Daily Bread - June 28, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 28 June 2018 06:53
1 Peter 1:14-16 - As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves
according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which has called
you is holy, so be holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is
written, be holy; for I am holy

New Testament Holiness (Part 1):

The holiness that was behind the veil and concealed within the fire cloud
of God’s glory now confronts all mankind. All that was in the Old Testament
spoke of these good things that have now come to pass: the holiness of God
restored to mankind. The New Covenant, established with the blood of God,
has removed all separation between God and man, and God cries out to
whosoever will hear, “Draw near.” The power of death, which mankind fell
prey to, no longer holds sway over the image of God. Death has been
abolished, and the miracle life of God has been released upon all who call
upon the name of Jesus. The miracle of the new heart and the new spirit has
brought restoration of the inward likeness of God to all who will receive.
Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord Jesus is given access by the Spirit
into God’s presence, and boldness to come into the holy of holies by the
blood of Jesus.

Having granted us this new life, and freedom from the law of sin and death,
God demands like never before that we be holy as He is holy. The
requirement of the Lord has no room for compromise, for now, all men are
without excuse. God has fully enabled us to walk in His holiness, and now
every man is without excuse. God who spared not His own Son, but offered
Him up for the sins of us all, has freely given to us His Spirit of
Holiness without restraint (John 3:3-6; Romans 8:9; 2 Peter 1:3-4). All
heaven has been mobilized to come to our aid and secure our success. There
could be no greater disregard for God and His ways than to continue on with
a life yielded to the spirit of this world. The decision that each person
has to make is: how will they respond to this amazing outpouring of God’s
love? That decision will determine each person’s eternal disposition - will
you choose to live the life that God has given?

Be Blessed,

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Daily Bread - June 27, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 27 June 2018 07:22
Exodus 19:12 - And you shall set bounds unto the people round about,
saying, take heed to yourselves, that you go not up into the mount, or
touch the border of it: whosoever touches the mount shall be surely
put to death

Violating the Holy Things:

The first king of Israel, whose name was Saul, lost his place with God
and his right to rule over the nation of God because of his sin.
However, David also sinned but was not removed from his place as king
over God’s people. When we evaluate the sins of Saul compared to
David, we may be persuaded to believe that David’s sins were far worse
than the sins of Saul. After all, David not only committed adultery
with Bathsheba but then proceeded to murder her husband when he was
unable to cover up his sin. It may seem that all Saul did was to offer
a sacrifice to God and to later hold back some of the devoted things
for a just cause. Yet, what Saul did was far worse than that. Saul
violated the holy things of God - he violated the altar and those
sacrifices for which only God could give the holiness and ability to

When Saul went beyond his anointing and position as King and sought to
stand in the place of offering up the sacrifice as the anointed priest
of God, he committed an act of trespassing against that which belongs
to the holiness of God. Because of this act, Samuel said, “Your
kingdom would have been established forever, but now it is taken from
you” (1 Samuel 13:13-14). Saul had been given civil authority, but to
act like a priest with sacred authority was unauthorized. Saul knew
that what he was doing was wrong, and thus described the act as having
forced himself to do it. The offerings touch the face of God, and to
interact with Him in this way one must be made holy for the office.
Similar to Korah and Dathan, Saul sought to reach beyond the grace
that God had given. As the sons of Levi, Saul took too much upon
himself (Numbers 16:5-7). God had consecrated Korah and the sons of
Levi to administer some of the services of the tabernacle but did not
give them the sacred right and holy empowerment to be priest (Numbers

Later, when God sent Saul to wipe out Amalek, and to utterly destroy
the devoted things once again, Saul violated that which was holy. Just
as Achan before him, he reached out to take for himself that which was
devoted. Amalek and his people became devoted because God had chosen
to bring them into account for their sins. They, at that moment, came
into an encounter with holiness and, because of their wickedness, the
devoted things were all placed under the judgment of eternal
destruction. To reach out and to lay hold on the devoted things is to
also become devoted - thus Achan and all that he had touched were
presented before the Lord to be put to death and it may be argued that
Saul committed the same violation.

God does not stand by idly when His holiness is being violated. Uzziah
is yet another example of this. He was anointed to be king, but he was
not given the holiness to offer incense on the altar. He had done what
was right in the eyes of the Lord as King, but that did not give him
the right to stand in the holy place. When he arrogantly took the
honor unto himself, leprosy came upon him and, similar to Korah and
his company, he found himself under the judgment of God (2 Chronicles
26:16-21). Uzziah had thought that God would reveal His glory to Him
at the altar of incense, but he discovered differently. His rebellion
against the warning and instruction of the priest was yet a further
violation of the sacred place.

Be Blessed,

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Daily Bread - June 26, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 27 June 2018 07:19
Leviticus 27:29 - None devoted, which shall be devoted of men, shall
be redeemed; but shall surely be put to death.

Devoted Things

The absolute consecration of that which is holy finds an extreme
example in those things which are “devoted.” That, which is devoted
belongs entirely to the Lord and cannot be used by men. It can never
be bought back but must forever remain the Lord’s (Leviticus 27:29,
Numbers 18:14). There are some things that are consecrated to the Lord
that can be bought back but not that which is devoted. Every devoted
thing is most holy unto the Lord, or“holy of holies”(קֶֹדׁש־ָקָדִׁשים)
(Leviticus 27:28). The devoted things were understood to be the
priests’ portion. It was the priest who, of course, represented God.
The Hebrew word for that which was “set aside for the Lord” and
referred to as devoted is ‘herem.’ The root of ‘herem’ is
“separation,” or “exclusion,” and refers to the irrevocable surrender
to God. If the object devoted to God was wicked, it had to be put to
death, but if it was instead submitted to God’s covenant and useful
for service, it was pleasing unto God and set apart for His service.
The first witness of that which was devoted to the Lord was observed
in the story of Jericho.

There are three primary actors in this story that help us understand
that which is devoted: Jericho, Rahab, and Achan. The whole of the
city was devoted and had to be destroyed because of its wickedness,
but there was one person willing to be part of God’s covenant, Rahab,
who was delivered from the destruction (Joshua 6:25). Rahab, who was
willing to submit to God's covenant became a devoted thing for the
service of the Lord. However, with Achan, we observe two aspects of
that which is devoted. First, the defilement of the devoted things and
secondly the transference of that which was devoted to the person who
attempts to make the devoted thing his own. Achan took of the devoted
things and defiled them by touching them, he also came under the power
of that which was devoted, and he and all that he possessed was put to
death (Joshua 7:10, 24-25). God did not show partiality in the way
that He dealt with that which He devoted. When Achan touched the
devoted things, he came under the same judgment and he, his household,
and all of his possessions had to be put to death.

Those nations existing in the land of Israel became devoted on the day
that God would make it His dwelling place. At that time, those nations
became devoted and fell under the judgments of God. The whole of the
land of Israel became absolutely consecrated to the Lord, therefore
everything in that land became “devoted” to Him. As a result, these
nations entered into the sphere of God’s judgment. The judgments of
these nations are not unlike the judgment that all men come under when
they are brought into account for their lives. Will they forever be
eternally consecrated to walking in the ways of God? The question was
answered by how each person lived their life in response to the
commandments of God before the passed into the world to come. When men
are brought into account before God, they stand and interact with His
holiness and everything that was unwilling to be consecrated to the
ways of God will be found to be defiled and unclean and must be put to
death. When these nations were judged, everything that belonged to
them was also under the same judgment.

Be Blessed,

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Daily Bread - June 25, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 25 June 2018 06:19
Leviticus 16:2 - And the Lord said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron your
brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail
before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will
appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.

Degrees of Holiness Part 6 - The Place of God's Manifest Presence:

Once again, a place becomes holy because God is there, and so God told both
Moses and Joshua to remove their shoes, because they stood before His
presence that made the ground holy (Exodus 3:5, cf. Joshua 5:15, Exodus
29:43). Mount Sinai became holy only because God came upon the mountain to
meet with Israel (Exodus 19:9-25, 24:16-17, Deuteronomy 4:10-5:29). Only
Moses could come upon the mountain while God’s presence was there. If
anyone else attempted to step a foot beyond the boundaries that were set
up, they would be put to death (Exodus 19:12-13, 17, 21, 23-24).

The desire of the Lord and the cry of the prophet was that everything would
receive the same degree of holiness (Zechariah 14:20-21). Even the earthen
pots, that had no use at all in the sanctuary and could be considered both
impure as well as profane, would find the same status as the vessels that
were most holy.

Be Blessed,

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
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