FRIDAY 17TH JANUARY 2020
THEME: DANGER OF IMPURITY
PASSAGE: LEVITICUS 22:1-9
MEMORY VERSE: Leviticus 22:3 ‘Say to them, “For the generation to come if any of your descendants is ceremonially unclean and yet comes near the sacred offerings that the Israelites consecrate to the Lord, that person must be cut off from my presence. I am the Lord.”
HYMN: MHB 578 A charge to keep I have
The costly mistake of the Church today, particularly, some leaders, is behaving like the Israelites, who used the name of Abraham as a cover-up to commit iniquities. Many wrongly believed that being the children of Abraham was enough to guarantee for their safety (John 8:39). Jesus replied the Jews that they had Abraham as their father, but failed to emulate Abraham, who believed God and it was counted as righteousness for him.
Similarly, many Christians rely on God’s grace but fail to obey what grace teaches: ‘for the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age’ (Titus 2:11-12).
A priest is not to run his office in a careless and slipshod manner. God requires that he should be put out of the office of the priesthood if he does that. God enumerated all manner of uncleanliness which would disqualify the priest from carrying out their priestly duties in verses 4-9. This implies that he abhors any form of defilement, uncleanliness, unholy disposition from his people; no matter how highly placed the person may be. The word of God is supreme and He is no respecter of any person no matter how great he/she may be. Of course, all Christians, as in priesthood of all believers, are required to be holy in order to see the kingdom of God.
God is reminding us today that the wicked, the sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, female or male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, the greedy, the drunkards, slanderers, swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God (1Corinthians 6:9-11). If any of these still have a place in your life, you are impure before God. The way out it is to take a bold step, acknowledge your uncleanliness like Isaiah, and do away with evil, and then allow Jesus Christ to take full control of your life. You will not miss the kingdom of God in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to walk with You in righteousness and be fit for Your kingdom in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.