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“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of
the womb is his reward.” (Psa 127:3).
We are living in an evil day when children are often
unwanted by their parents. Many forms of “birth control” abound. Abortion, which
is one of the vilest forms of murder, is practiced on a widespread scale. Even
when children are actually born they are often neglected. Instead of enjoying
and tenderly caring for their precious off-spring, many mothers turn them over
to “baby-sitters” or “day-care” centers while these little ones are in their
How different is the Biblical picture! The first command
that God gave mankind was to “... Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the
earth....” (Gen. 1:28). This command was given before man fell into sin
and it has never been withdrawn.
Children are to be deeply appreciated as wonderful
blessings from the Lord. They are not, however, just playthings or novelties to
be enjoyed selfishly. They belong to the Lord and they are to be diligently
brought up in the “... nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (Eph. 6:4).
“And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy
seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.” (Gen
Jacob uttered the above words when in fervent prayer. He
had reached a crisis in his life and seemed to be in great danger. He pleaded
with the Lord to deliver him from the hand of his enemy. Then he uttered the
above words. What he was doing here was reminding God of His promises. While God
does not need reminding, nevertheless, He is pleased when His children plead His
promises with Him in prayer. This is a good way to pray. It is a necessary way
to pray. It is an indispensable way to pray. Search the scriptures. Find God’s
promises to His people. Then plead these promises while in prayer. Moses did
this. (Ex. 32:13). Solomon did this. (1 Kings 8:26). David did this. (Ps.
119:58). Daniel did this. (Dan 9:19).
We must learn to humbly but boldly plead the promises of
God in our prayers. God always keeps His promises!
“... Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the
flock with his brethren ... And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before
Pharaoh king of Egypt....” (Gen. 37:2 ... 41:46)
These two passages show us that Joseph went through a great
trial of faith which lasted for thirteen long years. He was seventeen years of
age when his brothers cruelly sold him into slavery. When he was thirty he
became next to Pharaoh in power and authority. In the meantime, he suffered
severely. He was absent from his beloved father. He was a slave who had lost his
freedom. He was falsely accused of attempted adultery and cast into prison.
How did he behave himself while under these trials? He
diligently worked at whatever job was placed before him. He did not murmur or
complain. He did not become bitter or discouraged.
After God had tried him and prepared him in the furnace of
afflictions, He promoted Joseph to a position of great responsibility and honor.
If you are under trial, take heart! Behave under your trial
as Joseph did. Remember, in the providence of God every trial has an end!
“... How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin
against God?” (Gen 39:9).
Potipher’s wife repeatedly tempted Joseph to commit
adultery with her. Finally, when he steadfastly refused her advances, she became
angry and falsely reported that he had tempted her to sin. For this, Joseph was
cast into prison.
Why didn’t Joseph commit adultery? He was away from home in
a strange land where no one knew him. The “boss’s” wife would probably have
tried to obtain better working conditions for him if he had pleased her. He
could have enjoyed the pleasures of sin for a season.
One thing that kept Joseph from sinning was the respect
that he had for his master. But the ultimate reason that Joseph stated for
refusing to do this wickedness was that it was “sin against God.” David
recognized the same thing about his sin with Bathsheba. He told God that
“Against thee, thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight....”
Recognize sin for what it truly is and avoid it like the
plague. When we sin, we sin against God!
“But the LORD was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and
gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” (Gen 39:21).
God is completely and sovereignly in control of every human
being. “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he
turneth it whithersoever he will.” (Prov. 21:1). The Lord can cause those who
are over you to regard you with favor. Are you having trouble with your
employer? Live right before God and pray to Him about it. The Lord gave Joseph
favor in the sight of this keeper of the prison. The Lord gave Nehemiah favor in
the sight of the king of Persia who gave him permission and help to rebuild the
walls of Jerusalem. (Neh. 1:11). The Lord gave Esther favor in the sight of the
Persian king. (Est. 5:2). “Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender
love with the prince of the eunuchs.” (Dan. 1:9).
This ought to encourage us to walk humbly before God and to
depend upon Him for our proper relationships with people. “When a man’s ways
please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” (Prov.
“And they said one to another, We are verily guilty
concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought
us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.” (Gen
Guilt is a terrible thing and we cannot avoid it when we
violate the laws of God. We may “... be sure your sin will find you out.” (Num.
32:23). Thirteen years before this, Joseph’s brothers had sinned against God and
against Joseph by selling him into slavery. They concealed their evil deed with
a lie to their father, Jacob. They thought that no one would ever know. But God
knew and he brought them before Joseph, whom they had wronged. Even though they
did not as yet know that this was Joseph, their hearts were filled with guilt
King Herod had beheaded John the Baptist. He thought he had
gotten rid of him for good. But when Jesus began to preach and to work miracles,
Herod thought that John had risen from the dead. (Mark 6:16). His wicked heart
was filled with guilt.
Let us, like Paul, exercise ourselves “... to have always a
conscience void of offence toward God and toward men.” (Acts 24:16).
“And Joseph brought in Jacob his father,
and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.” (Gen 47:7).
It is a wonderful thing to be a child of God! God’s
children are “... heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.... (Rom. 8:17).
They are “... rich in faith....” (James 2:5). They are “... partakers of the
inheritance of the saints in light.” (Col. 1:12). Their wealth is eternal.
Not only are they rich, they are also in a position of
dignity, honor, and power. Though they are usually despised by the children of
this world, some day they shall judge angels. (1 Cor. 6:3).
In this scene Jacob blessed Pharaoh. “And without all
contradiction the less is blessed of the better.” (Heb. 7:7). Pharaoh might have
been amused at Jacob. Here was an old nomad who had a family of around 70
members blessing Pharaoh, the mighty monarch who ruled over vast dominions and
great multitudes of people.
But this was no fluke; this was not an accident. Pharaoh
was just another king who would soon die and be forgotten. But Jacob was God’s
patriarch; he was God’s child.
Are you a child of God? Lift up your head and walk worthy
of your calling.
“And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my
fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto
this day....” (Gen 48:15).
Jacob was well over one hundred years of age when he wrote
these words. He had gone through many trying experiences in life and had one
time suffered famine. He had been rescued from one trouble after another as he
lived. Now, looking back over thousands of days of life and tens of thousands of
meals, he said that God had fed him all the way.
David, also an old man, said: “I have been young, and now
am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
(Ps. 37:35). The Lord Jesus said: “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow
not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father
feedeth them.” Then He asked His disciples, “Are ye not much better than they?”
God has been feeding His people for centuries and He will
continue doing it so long as the world stands. Don’t dishonor Him with distrust.
“And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child
away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took
the child, and nursed it.” (Exo 2:9).
As we read through the scriptures we must continually
marvel and be comforted as we see the controlling influence of God. Here is a
vivid case in point. Pharaoh had decreed that all the male infants of the
Hebrews were to be destroyed. But Pharaoh’s very own daughter adopted the infant
Moses. And Moses’ own mother was paid wages for nursing her own son! Great is
the power of God manifested in behalf of His people.
Moreover, Moses was raised in Pharaoh’s house and was
educated there. He was “... learned in all wisdom of the Egyptians....” (Acts
7:22). Moses later became the great enemy of the Egyptians. Pharaoh, thus,
provided an education for his enemy.
Pharaoh thought that he was a sovereign ruler when he
decreed that the baby boys should be killed. But, unintentionally, he fed,
clothed, and educated his mortal enemy. God proved to be the only Sovereign and
He still rules and reigns.
“And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my
people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their
taskmasters; for I know their sorrows....” (Exo 3:7).
Sometimes God’s people fear that God has forgotten about
them or forsaken them. They get in deep distress. Their troubles grow into a
great heap. There doesn’t seem to be any way out. That was precisely the
situation with the children of Israel in Egypt. They were forced to perform hard
labor for the Egyptians. They had been in Egypt for four hundred years and
things had gone from bad to worse. Their situation looked hopeless. Surely God
didn’t care any longer.
But, not so! God “saw” their affliction. He “heard” their
cry. He “knew” their sorrows. And at the very moment the situation looked the
most hopeless He was preparing for their deliverance.
Are you, Christian friend, in dire circumstances? Then
remember that God still sees, hears, and knows. “... Look up, and lift up your
heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28).
“And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and
he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And
also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be
glad in his heart.” (Exo 4:14).
A very important lesson is here for us. The Lord had
appeared unto Moses in the burning bush and told him to go to Egypt to bring His
people out from bondage. Moses, realizing his weakness, questioned God about
this. The Lord promised to go with Moses. Moses then protested that the
Israelites would not believe him when he told them that God had sent him. The
Lord promised to confirm his commission with signs and wonders. Then Moses
complained that he was “slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.” God promised to
“be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.”
Moses then asked the Lord to send someone else. God became
angry with Moses, but in mercy gave him Aaron as a spokesman. Later, Aaron was
the one who made the golden calf the Israelites worshipped as an idol. On
another occasion Aaron and his sister Miriam challenged Moses’ authority as
leader. (Num. 12:2). Aaron seemed to be a frequent source of trouble to Moses.
Has God given you a job to do? Be about the father’s
business. Don’t complain.
“For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath
done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.” (Exo
An old expression has it that “the darkest hour is just
before dawn.” It often seems that way in human affairs. Sometimes things have to
get worse before they can get better. God had sent Moses to Egypt to deliver His
people from cruel bondage. But Pharaoh didn’t let the people go. Instead he made
things harder for them. The people were discouraged and angry with Moses. Moses
complained to God and wanted to know what was going on.
God had a purpose in the delay. He was going to bring
severe judgments on Pharaoh. Man’s extremity was God’s opportunity. The harder
the battle the sweeter the victory. The people of Israel would have done well to
have trusted God’s promises. Their eyes should have been on Him instead of on
Are things difficult? Wait patiently on the Lord. He will
manifest Himself in due time.
“But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened
his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.” (Exo 8:15).
True repentance is a gracious gift of God. God “...
commandeth all men everywhere to repent....” (Acts 17:30). But in his state of
being dead in sin he is unable to do so. It takes a work of grace to enable a
person to repent. Paul said of some people that “... if God peradventure will
give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth....” (2 Tim. 2:25).
True repentance is not sorrow for the consequences of sin,
but sorrow for the sin itself. “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to
salvation....” (2 Cor. 7:10).
Pharaoh was not sorry for his sin; he was sorry because of
the consequences of his sin. Pressure had been applied to him and he had seemed
to repent. When the pressure was removed, he “hardened his heart.”
How is it with you? Are you genuinely sorry because of your
sins? If so, you will turn from them. Not because of the consequences, but
because you are sorry that you have sinned against the precious Lord.
“Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not an hoof
be left behind; for thereof must we take to serve the LORD our God; and we know
not with what we must serve the LORD, until we come thither.” (Exo 10:26).
After God had applied some pressure to Pharaoh he agreed to
let the children of Israel go worship God. But he said they must leave their
cattle behind. This was a wicked attempt at compromise. God’s people could not
worship God with full effectiveness without their cattle because they needed
them to offer as sacrifices. Moses immediately refused to accept this
compromise. In the boldness of a vigorous faith he told Pharaoh that they
wouldn’t leave one hoof behind.
Satan works today like Pharaoh did. He tempts God’s people
with compromises. He tells us that it is all right to serve God but we must
withhold our money, our prime time, or refuse to part with some of our pet sins.
He tells us to hold on to that particular job or that group of friends that is
hindering us in our service to God.
We must refuse to compromise. We must tell Satan plainly
that all we are and all we have belongs to God. We must not leave a single hoof
“And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and
thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the
LORD went out from the land of Egypt.” (Exo 12:41).
Even though the world is several thousand years old, God is
on a precise timetable. He has history planned out to the minutest detail. He
had prophesied to Abraham that the family of God should go into captivity in
Egypt and that they would be delivered at a precise time. He accomplished that
prophecy on the very day that He had intended to do so.
Later, when He sent His Son into the world, He sent Him
“... when the fulness of time was come....” (Gal. 4:4). Not a minute too early,
not a minute too late. When the Blessed Redeemer drew near the time He was to go
to the cross, He said, “... My time is at hand....”(Matt. 26:18). Christ gave
Himself a ransom for all His people “... to be testified in due time.” (1 Tim.
The universe is still operating on God’s timetable. At the
precise time, the Son of God will return to consummate His kingdom and time will
give way to eternity.
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is
right.” (Eph 6:1).
We are living in a day of general disobedience. This is
manifested flagrantly in the disobedience of children to their parents. Most
people don’t realize what an abomination this is to God. God commanded obedience
to parents in the Ten Commandments. (Ex. 20:12). Under the law, disrespect or
disobedience to parents was a crime punishable by death. (Ex. 21:15, 17). In the
New Testament, disobedience to parents is listed in the category of “...
backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil
things....” (Rom. 1:30). Paul said that in the last days men would be “...
blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.” (2 Tim. 3:2).
Children, recognize the seriousness of this and obey your
parents! Parents, if you love God and if you love your children, you must
insist that they obey you. This is your responsibility before God. To fail
to do so will bring the wrath of God down upon you and upon your children. Don’t
listen to the world. Don’t listen to godless psychologists. Listen to God!
“Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither
shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment....” (Exo
It is easy to follow the crowd. It is hard to resist and to
not follow the crowd. But God’s people must do exactly that. The Bible is full
of those who refused to follow the multitude to do evil. Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego refused to follow the crowd. They would not bow down to worship the
golden image. God delivered them. There were many Hebrew captives in Babylon,
but evidently many of them followed the multitude and bowed down to the idol.
Daniel refused to follow the multitude to do evil. He
continued to pray openly to God even when he was told to do so no longer. He was
cast into the den of lions but God delivered him. Throughout history there have
been those men and women of God who took a stand against the crowd. Some of them
were delivered in life; some of them were delivered in death. Let us walk in
their footsteps as they follow Christ.
In the words of the song writer: “Dare to be a Daniel; dare
to stand alone; dare to have a purpose firm; dare to make it known.”
“By little and little I will drive them out from before
thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.” (Exo 23:30).
Canaan was full of enemies to the people of Israel. God
promised to drive those enemies out. But He said that He would not drive them
out all at once. If He drove them out immediately there would be no one to
cultivate the land. The Israelites were not yet numerous enough to populate the
land. The land would become a wilderness filled with wild beasts.
God promised that He would drive out the inhabitants by
“little and little.” As the children of Israel gradually increased and were able
to occupy and care for the country the Lord would give them more and more
There is a good spiritual lesson here. Many of God’s people
would like to have opportunities for service that they are not capable of
handling. They don’t understand why God doesn’t open up more doors for them.
But, as God’s people increase in godliness, dedication, and spiritual knowledge
then “little by little” He will open the doors of opportunity. We must
concentrate on deepening the testimony of our lives. God will provide for the
spreading of that testimony to others.
“And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of
the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel: and Aaron shall
bear their names before the LORD upon his two shoulders for a memorial.” (Exo
Aaron was the high priest of Israel. As such, he was a type
of the Lord Jesus Christ as the High Priest of His people. When Aaron went into
the most holy place of the tabernacle, he bore the names of the children of
Israel on his shoulders before the Lord. The names were engraved on two onyx
stones which were placed upon the shoulders of the high priest.
The tabernacle and the priesthood were “... patterns of
things in the heavens....” (Heb. 9:23). Aaron represented the Lord Jesus Christ
as the High Priest who appears before God the Father to intercede in behalf of
His people. What is the significance of the names being borne on the shoulders
of the high priest? The shoulders in scriptures often represent the points of
strength. In Isa. 9:6, speaking of Christ, it is said, “... and the government
shall be upon His shoulder....”
No one but Christ has the strength and ability to bear His
people before God the Father. No one else is “... mighty to save.” (Is. 63:1).
“And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel
in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy
place, for a memorial before the LORD continually.” (Exo 28:29).
As we saw yesterday, Aaron as the high priest of Israel
represented Christ as the High Priest of His people. As Aaron went into the most
holy place of the tabernacle, Christ is entered into the heavens into the
presence of God the Father. “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made
with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to
appear in the presence of God for us....” (Heb. 9:24). As the High Priest of
His people, he “... ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Heb. 7:25).
Aaron bore the names of the children of Israel before God
in the tabernacle. These names were engraved on twelve precious stones which
were contained in Aaron’s breastplate “upon his heart.” What a precious type!
The names of God’s children are continually borne before God the Father by Jesus
Christ. And they are borne upon His heart -- the place of affection! Wonderful
blessing it is to be “near to the heart of God!”
“And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four
and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and
golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.” (Rev 5:8).
In the Old Testament tabernacle service there was an altar
of incense. This altar stood right before the holiest of holies. The priest
burned sweet-smelling incense on this altar morning and evening. (Ex. 30:7,8).
What did this incense represent? What lesson are we to learn from it? Evidently
incense was symbolical of the ascending prayer of the officiating high priest.
David prayed, “Lest my prayer be set before thee as incense....” (Paul’s.
Here, in Rev. 5:8, there are “... golden vials full of
odours, which are the prayers of saints.” In Rev. 8:3,4 incense is offered with
the prayers of the saints.
Beautiful spiritual realities are taught here. The prayers
of the saints ascend before the throne of God as they are mixed with the
beautiful fragrance of the intercessions of their great High Priest, the Lord
Jesus Christ. His blessed fragrance is what makes our prayers accepted.
“Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is
on the LORD’S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered
themselves together unto him.” (Exo 32:26).
God’s people had sinned grievously when they had made and
worshipped the golden calf. When Moses came down from the mount and saw what
abominations they had committed, he made this challenge. The Levites committed
themselves and came to Moses’ side.
Today the need is great for those who profess Christianity
to come out loudly and clearly on the Lord’s side. We must live the separated
life, in order to be on the Lord’s side. Not separated physically, but separated
in attitudes and actions. Where do you stand? Whose side are you on in matters
of morality, dress, entertainment, education, etc? Does the world dictate your
standards or does God’s word? Do those with whom you live and work know where
you stand? They do if you have really taken a stand. And, of course, God knows
exactly where you stand. He knows if you are on His side or not.
“Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and
transgression and sin....” (Exo 34:7).
If Christians realized more fully the horror of their sins
they would be more thankful for the redemption that is in Jesus Christ. Often we
try to minimize the true nature of our sins by referring to them as “weaknesses”
or “shortcomings.” But the scriptures permit no such minimizing. They call sin
“sin” and even use many descriptive words to show the nature of sin.
Here the Lord referred to “iniquity,” “transgression,” and
“sin.” The Hebrew word translated “iniquity” means “perverseness” or
“crookedness.” It has reference to one who leaves a straight path. The word
translated “transgression” means “rebellion.” We sinners rebel against the most
high God every time we fail to fully obey Him from the heart. The word
translated “sin” means “missing the mark.” Paul speaks of this in Rom. 3:23:
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God....”
David admitted being guilty of all three of these in Ps.
51:1, 2. Let us freely admit our guilt before God and be thankful for the
salvation that is in Jesus Christ.
“And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much
more than enough for the service of the work, which the LORD commanded to make.”
A sort of true religious revival is described here. The
tabernacle was being constructed by the command of God. Much material, most of
it of a very expensive and precious nature, was required in the construction of
the tabernacle. It might have been thought that this material would be very hard
to obtain. But the Lord stirred up the hearts of the people. They freely gave of
what they had in the service of the Lord. They were so generous that the workmen
told Moses that they had too much material. Moses issued a proclamation for the
people to bring no more.
When people’s hearts are stirred like this, it is because
the Holy Spirit is at work among them. Would you like to check the condition of
your heart? How generous are you toward God? Do you give to His cause freely and
joyfully or grudgingly and sparingly? Pray for a revival in your soul. What a
wonderful thing it would be to see this scene repeated in our own day!
“And if he be not able to bring a lamb, then he shall bring
for his trespass, which he hath committed, two turtledoves, or two young
pigeons, unto the Lord....” (Lev 5:7).
God never asks us to do more than we can but He does ask us
to do everything we can do. For the trespass offering, the guilty party was to
bring a lamb to be sacrificed. But some people were too poor to bring a lamb.
They had the responsibility of bringing two turtledoves or two young pigeons. If
a man could not afford the lamb, the Lord accepted his offering of birds just as
certainly as He would have accepted the lamb. But if a man who could afford a
lamb offered the turtle doves or pigeons, he would be robbing God.
The same principle applies today. If you have been
prospered by the Lord but you only give as much in His cause as one who has not
been so prospered, you are as guilty as the man who could sacrifice a lamb but
only sacrificed turtledoves
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved,
bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering....”
God’s elect are priests with God. Speaking of New Testament
saints Peter said, “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house,
an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus
Christ.” (1 Pet 2:5).
One of the things that distinguished Old Testament priests
was the type of clothing that they wore. Lev. 8:7-9 gives a description of the
clothes which the priests wore. They had a special coat, an ephod, a robe and
other garments. These clothes served to distinguish them from all other people.
The New Testament priest is to be distinguished from all
other people also. But not so much by his outward dress (even though Christians
are to dress modestly and decently). The Christian is to be distinguished by his
attitudes and actions which manifest the condition of his heart. He is to be
merciful, kind, humble, meek, longsuffering. It is certain that if a Christian
puts on these things in abundance he will stand out from those around him
“For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for
God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.” (John 3:34).
The Lord Jesus Christ is the great High Priest of His
people. As such, He was anointed by God the Father with the Holy Spirit without
measure. Aaron was a type of Christ as the High Priest. Aaron was anointed with
the anointing oil before he entered in on his service as the High Priest (Lev
8:12). The Son of God was anointed with the Holy Spirit without measure before
He began His public ministry. At His baptism the Spirit descended and remained
on Him. (John 1:33).
All believers in Christ are given the Holy Spirit, but only
Christ was given the Spirit without measure. God the Father said to Him: "Thou
hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath
anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” (Heb 1:9).
“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in
all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
(1 Pet 1:15, 16).
God intends for His people to be holy. This is the only way
we can have fellowship with Him. His nature is holy, so if we are to commune
with Him we must be holy too. Now, no human is perfectly holy in the present
state. But God’s Spirit is continually working in all the children of God to
bring them to greater degrees of practical holiness. The Lord chastens His
people that they “... might be partakers of his holiness.” (Heb 12:10). The fact
that the Lord is coming again should make us continually consider “... what
manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness....” (2
If we have a desire to be holy now, this is evidence that
we are truly children of God. We can then look forward to the day that we will
be “holy and without blame” before God because of the redemption that is in
Christ Jesus. (Eph 1:4-7).
“And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall
bring two turtles, or two young pigeons....” (Lev 12:8).
The Lord Jesus Christ is a “merciful and faithful High
Priest” for His children. (Heb. 2:17). He can comfort His people when they
suffer because He suffered when on earth in His body of flesh. (Heb. 2:18). One
of the areas in which He is able to comfort is in the area of poverty. The Lord
Jesus was born into a poor home. As is pointed out here, when a woman under the
law gave birth to a child she had to go through the rite of purification. For an
offering at this time she was to bring a lamb. But if she was unable to bring a
lamb, she was to bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons.
When Mary, the mother of our Lord, came to be purified, she
offered the sacrifice of the poor. (Luke 2:24). So, if you are in or from a poor
home, the blessed Lord was also. He can comfort you.