Thursday, August 17, 2006
Testing Our Own Spirit
There were offerings made to God in the Old Testament. There were different types of offerings which were very specific as ordered by God through Moses. The descriptions of these are found in Leviticus chapters 1-9. It is good to read the Old Testament to really see how God and His people were together through a lot of turmoil. Bringing them out of Egypt is one. God's power always amazes me. He has the power over all things. Even now.
I was talking to a friend about just putting everything in God's hands and he gave me an example of how, when he was a child, his dad would tell him not to do something that may harm him. Like, get to close to the water of a pond they had on their farm or not to go through those weeds because a snake might be in there. But that was not really what I was saying. I was not saying to jump of the top of a high building or anything remotely close to that. Then I realized that is just what God does He protects us from things by giving us the knowledge not to do things and being able to teach our children the same. Once we make the choice to do something that is clearly going to harm us in some way, it was ourselves that put us in that position not God. If we knowingly sin in some way, that is one thing that is harming us. We can not knowingly continually sin over and over. That would not be the spirit of Christ in us. We would need to get rid of that spirit and turn to Jesus Christ for the one true spirit that we so urgently need in our lives. He can still do miracles even as in the Old Testament. We must have faith in Christ first for any to happen to us. God is the same God yesterday, today, and tomorrow. That is why we should read the Old Testament to see some of the history that went on and learn from it. Taking time to read the Word everyday is very important. That is how God will speak to us.
For those who may have trouble with reading or would like to hear it read to you, like I do, here is a site I hope will help you as it has me.
There is a Audio Bible site that has been very useful for me. I can be reading the Bible and look up the notes to other scripture here to follow along.
It is:Audio Bible This is The King James Version.
1: Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.
2: For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
3: And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;
4: Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
5: And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
6: Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
7: But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
8: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
9: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
10: Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
11: But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12: Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13: For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
14: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15: And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
16: For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
17: For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
18: Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.
19: For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,
20: Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
21: Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
22: And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
23: It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24: 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:
25: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26: For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27: And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.