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Posted 06 March 2008 - 10:38 AM

First Portion

Leviticus 12; 13


12:1 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 12:2 "Speak to the children of Israel, saying, 'If a woman conceives, and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days; as in the days of her monthly period she shall be unclean. 12:3 In the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. 12:4 She shall continue in the blood of purification thirty-three days. She shall not touch any holy thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying are completed. 12:5 But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her period; and she shall continue in the blood of purification sixty-six days.

12:6 "'When the days of her purification are completed, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the door of the Tent of Meeting, a year old lamb for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering: 12:7 and he shall offer it before Yahweh, and make atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the fountain of her blood.

"'This is the law for her who bears, whether a male or a female. 12:8 If she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves, or two young pigeons; the one for a burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she shall be clean.'"

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 10:40 AM

13:1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 13:2 “When a man shall have a rising in his body’s skin, or a scab, or a bright spot, and it becomes in the skin of his body the plague of leprosy, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest, or to one of his sons, the priests: 13:3 and the priest shall examine the plague in the skin of the body: and if the hair in the plague has turned white, and the appearance of the plague is deeper than the body’s skin, it is the plague of leprosy; and the priest shall examine him, and pronounce him unclean. 13:4 If the bright spot is white in the skin of his body, and its appearance isn’t deeper than the skin, and its hair hasn’t turned white, then the priest shall isolate the infected person for seven days. 13:5 The priest shall examine him on the seventh day, and, behold, if in his eyes the plague is arrested, and the plague hasn’t spread in the skin, then the priest shall isolate him for seven more days. 13:6 The priest shall examine him again on the seventh day; and behold, if the plague has faded, and the plague hasn’t spread in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him clean. It is a scab. He shall wash his clothes, and be clean. 13:7 But if the scab spreads on the skin, after he has shown himself to the priest for his cleansing, he shall show himself to the priest again. 13:8 The priest shall examine him; and behold, if the scab has spread on the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It is leprosy.

13:9 “When the plague of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought to the priest; 13:10 and the priest shall examine him. Behold, if there is a white rising in the skin, and it has turned the hair white, and there is raw flesh in the rising, 13:11 it is a chronic leprosy in the skin of his body, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean. He shall not isolate him, for he is unclean.

13:12 “If the leprosy breaks out all over the skin, and the leprosy covers all the skin of the infected person from his head even to his feet, as far as it appears to the priest; 13:13 then the priest shall examine him; and, behold, if the leprosy has covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean of the plague. It has all turned white: he is clean. 13:14 But whenever raw flesh appears in him, he shall be unclean. 13:15 The priest shall examine the raw flesh, and pronounce him unclean: the raw flesh is unclean. It is leprosy. 13:16 Or if the raw flesh turns again, and is changed to white, then he shall come to the priest; 13:17 and the priest shall examine him; and, behold, if the plague has turned white, then the priest shall pronounce him clean of the plague. He is clean.

13:18 “When the body has a boil on its skin, and it has healed, 13:19 and in the place of the boil there is a white rising, or a bright spot, reddish-white, then it shall be shown to the priest; 13:20 and the priest shall examine it; and behold, if its appearance is lower than the skin, and its hair has turned white, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It is the plague of leprosy. It has broken out in the boil. 13:21 But if the priest examines it, and behold, there are no white hairs in it, and it isn’t deeper than the skin, but is dim, then the priest shall isolate him seven days. 13:22 If it spreads in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It is a plague. 13:23 But if the bright spot stays in its place, and hasn’t spread, it is the scar from the boil; and the priest shall pronounce him clean.

13:24 “Or when the body has a burn from fire on its skin, and the raw flesh of the burn becomes a bright spot, reddish-white, or white, 13:25 then the priest shall examine it; and behold, if the hair in the bright spot has turned white, and its appearance is deeper than the skin; it is leprosy. It has broken out in the burning, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It is the plague of leprosy. 13:26 But if the priest examines it, and behold, there is no white hair in the bright spot, and it isn’t lower than the skin, but is faded; then the priest shall isolate him seven days. 13:27 The priest shall examine him on the seventh day. If it has spread in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean. It is the plague of leprosy. 13:28 If the bright spot stays in its place, and hasn’t spread in the skin, but is faded, it is the swelling from the burn, and the priest shall pronounce him clean; for it is the scar from the burn.

13:29 “When a man or woman has a plague on the head or on the beard, 13:30 then the priest shall examine the plague; and behold, if its appearance is deeper than the skin, and the hair in it is yellow and thin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is an itch, it is leprosy of the head or of the beard. 13:31 If the priest examines the plague of itching, and behold, its appearance isn’t deeper than the skin, and there is no black hair in it, then the priest shall isolate him the person infected with itching seven days. 13:32 On the seventh day the priest shall examine the plague; and behold, if the itch hasn’t spread, and there is no yellow hair in it, and the appearance of the itch isn’t deeper than the skin, 13:33 then he shall be shaved, but he shall not shave the itch; and the priest shall shut him up who has the itch seven more days. 13:34 On the seventh day, the priest shall examine the itch; and behold, if the itch hasn’t spread in the skin, and its appearance isn’t deeper than the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him clean. He shall wash his clothes, and be clean. 13:35 But if the itch spreads in the skin after his cleansing, 13:36 then the priest shall examine him; and behold, if the itch has spread in the skin, the priest shall not look for the yellow hair; he is unclean. 13:37 But if in his eyes the itch is arrested, and black hair has grown in it; the itch is healed, he is clean. The priest shall pronounce him clean.

13:38 “When a man or a woman has bright spots in the skin of the body, even white bright spots; 13:39 then the priest shall examine them; and behold, if the bright spots on the skin of their body are a dull white, it is a harmless rash, it has broken out in the skin; he is clean.

13:40 “If a man’s hair has fallen from his head, he is bald. He is clean. 13:41 If his hair has fallen off from the front part of his head, he is forehead bald. He is clean. 13:42 But if there is in the bald head, or the bald forehead, a reddish-white plague; it is leprosy breaking out in his bald head, or his bald forehead. 13:43 Then the priest shall examine him; and, behold, if the rising of the plague is reddish-white in his bald head, or in his bald forehead, like the appearance of leprosy in the skin of the flesh, 13:44 he is a leprous man. He is unclean. The priest shall surely pronounce him unclean. His plague is on his head.

13:45 “The leper in whom the plague is shall wear torn clothes, and the hair of his head shall hang loose. He shall cover his upper lip, and shall cry, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ 13:46 All the days in which the plague is in him he shall be unclean. He is unclean. He shall dwell alone. Outside of the camp shall be his dwelling.

13:47 “The garment also that the plague of leprosy is in, whether it is a woolen garment, or a linen garment; 13:48 whether it is in warp, or woof; of linen, or of wool; whether in a skin, or in anything made of skin; 13:49 if the plague is greenish or reddish in the garment, or in the skin, or in the warp, or in the woof, or in anything made of skin; it is the plague of leprosy, and shall be shown to the priest. 13:50 The priest shall examine the plague, and isolate the plague seven days. 13:51 He shall examine the plague on the seventh day. If the plague has spread in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in the skin, whatever use the skin is used for, the plague is a destructive mildew. It is unclean. 13:52 He shall burn the garment, whether the warp or the woof, in wool or in linen, or anything of skin, in which the plague is: for it is a destructive mildew. It shall be burned in the fire.

13:53 “If the priest examines it, and behold, the plague hasn’t spread in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in anything of skin; 13:54 then the priest shall command that they wash the thing in which the plague is, and he shall isolate it seven more days. 13:55 Then the priest shall examine it, after the plague is washed; and behold, if the plague hasn’t changed its color, and the plague hasn’t spread, it is unclean; you shall burn it in the fire. It is a mildewed spot, whether the bareness is inside or outside. 13:56 If the priest looks, and behold, the plague has faded after it is washed, then he shall tear it out of the garment, or out of the skin, or out of the warp, or out of the woof: 13:57 and if it appears again in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in anything of skin, it is spreading. You shall burn with fire that in which the plague is.. 13:58 The garment, either the warp, or the woof, or whatever thing of skin it is, which you shall wash, if the plague has departed from them, then it shall be washed the second time, and it will be clean.”

13:59 This is the law of the plague of mildew in a garment of wool or linen, either in the warp, or the woof, or in anything of skin, to pronounce it clean, or to pronounce it unclean.

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 10:41 AM

Second Portion

Psalms 113; 114


113:1 Praise Yah!
Praise, you servants of Yahweh,
praise the name of Yahweh.
113:2 Blessed be the name of Yahweh,
from this time forth and forevermore.
113:3 From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same,
Yahweh's name is to be praised.
113:4 Yahweh is high above all nations,
his glory above the heavens.
113:5 Who is like Yahweh, our God,
who has his seat on high,
113:6 Who stoops down to see in heaven and in the earth?
113:7 He raises up the poor out of the dust.
Lifts up the needy from the ash heap;
113:8 that he may set him with princes,
even with the princes of his people.
113:9 He settles the barren woman in her home,
as a joyful mother of children.
Praise Yah!

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 10:41 AM

114:1 When Israel went forth out of Egypt,
the house of Jacob from a people of foreign language;
114:2 Judah became his sanctuary,
Israel his dominion.
114:3 The sea saw it, and fled.
The Jordan was driven back.
114:4 The mountains skipped like rams,
the little hills like lambs.
114:5 What was it, you sea, that you fled?
You Jordan, that you turned back?
114:6 You mountains, that you skipped like rams;
you little hills, like lambs?
114:7 Tremble, you earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
114:8 who turned the rock into a pool of water,
the flint into a spring of waters.

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 10:43 AM

Third Portion

2 Corinthians 5; 6; 7


5:1 For we know that if the earthly house of our tent is dissolved, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens. 5:2 For most certainly in this we groan, longing to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven; 5:3 if so be that being clothed we will not be found naked. 5:4 For indeed we who are in this tent do groan, being burdened; not that we desire to be unclothed, but that we desire to be clothed, that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5:5 Now he who made us for this very thing is God, who also gave to us the down payment of the Spirit.

5:6 Therefore, we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord; 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 5:8 We are courageous, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord. 5:9 Therefore also we make it our aim, whether at home or absent, to be well pleasing to him. 5:10 For we must all be revealed before the judgment seat of Christ; that each one may receive the things in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 5:11 Knowing therefore the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are revealed to God; and I hope that we are revealed also in your consciences. 5:12 For we are not commending ourselves to you again, but speak as giving you occasion of boasting on our behalf, that you may have something to answer those who boast in appearance, and not in heart. 5:13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God. Or if we are of sober mind, it is for you. 5:14 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we judge thus, that one died for all, therefore all died. 5:15 He died for all, that those who live should no longer live to themselves, but to him who for their sakes died and rose again. 5:16 Therefore we know no one after the flesh from now on. Even though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we know him so no more. 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new. 5:18 But all things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation; 5:19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning to them their trespasses, and having committed to us the word of reconciliation. 5:20 We are therefore ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 5:21 For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 10:44 AM

6:1 Working together, we entreat also that you not receive the grace of God in vain, 6:2 for he says,

“At an acceptable time I listened to you,
in a day of salvation I helped you.”

Behold, now is the acceptable time. Behold, now is the day of salvation. 6:3 We give no occasion of stumbling in anything, that our service may not be blamed, 6:4 but in everything commending ourselves, as servants of God, in great endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, 6:5 in beatings, in imprisonments, in riots, in labors, in watchings, in fastings; 6:6 in pureness, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in sincere love, 6:7 in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 6:8 by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; 6:9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and not killed; 6:10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

6:11 Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians. Our heart is enlarged. 6:12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections. 6:13 Now in return, I speak as to my children, you also be open wide. 6:14 Don’t be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 6:15 What agreement has Christ with Belial? Or what portion has a believer with an unbeliever? 6:16 What agreement has a temple of God with idols? For you are a temple of the living God. Even as God said, “I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 6:17 Therefore,

“‘Come out from among them,
and be separate,’ says the Lord.
‘Touch no unclean thing.
I will receive you.
6:18 I will be to you a Father.
You will be to me sons and daughters,’

says the Lord Almighty.”

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 10:45 AM

7:1 Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 7:2 Open your hearts to us. We wronged no one. We corrupted no one. We took advantage of no one. 7:3 I say this not to condemn you, for I have said before, that you are in our hearts to die together and live together. 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you. Great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I overflow with joy in all our affliction. 7:5 For even when we had come into Macedonia, our flesh had no relief, but we were afflicted on every side. Fightings were outside. Fear was inside. 7:6 Nevertheless, he who comforts the lowly, God, comforted us by the coming of Titus; 7:7 and not by his coming only, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you, while he told us of your longing, your mourning, and your zeal for me; so that I rejoiced still more.

7:8 For though I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it, though I did regret it. For I see that my letter made you sorry, though just for a while. 7:9 I now rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that you were made sorry to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly way, that you might suffer loss by us in nothing. 7:10 For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation, which brings no regret. But the sorrow of the world works death. 7:11 For behold, this same thing, that you were made sorry in a godly way, what earnest care it worked in you. Yes, what defense, indignation, fear, longing, zeal, and vengeance! In everything you demonstrated yourselves to be pure in the matter. 7:12 So although I wrote to you, I wrote not for his cause that did the wrong, nor for his cause that suffered the wrong, but that your earnest care for us might be revealed in you in the sight of God. 7:13 Therefore we have been comforted. In our comfort we rejoiced the more exceedingly for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. 7:14 For if in anything I have boasted to him on your behalf, I was not disappointed. But as we spoke all things to you in truth, so our glorying also which I made before Titus was found to be truth. 7:15 His affection is more abundantly toward you, while he remembers all of your obedience, how with fear and trembling you received him. 7:16 I rejoice that in everything I am confident concerning you.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 11:14 AM

06 March 2009

Leviticus 12; 13
Psalms 113; 114
2 Corinthians 5; 6; 7


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Posted 06 March 2010 - 08:46 AM

06 March 2010

Leviticus 12; 13
Psalms 113; 114
2 Corinthians 5; 6; 7


TODAY'S TEMPLE

Remember how the disciples showed Jesus the grandeur of the Temple [Mark 13:1,2] and he shocked them by saying it was all going to be destroyed! Now see how today's reading in 2nd Corinthians makes the point of how the temple was replaced. There is a new kind of Temple where God wants to dwell and that is the most important thing in the life of a believer.

Paul writes, "we are the temple of the living God, as God has said …" [2 Corinthians 6:16]. But remarkably, Paul then quotes words of God that we are going to read later this month in Leviticus. And what did God say to Moses that Paul felt he should quote in his letter?

"I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go from out from their ( i.e. the unbelievers) midst and be separate from them … then I will welcome you and I will be a father to you and you shall be sons and daughters to me says the Lord Almighty." [2 Corinthians 6:16-18]

Now notice what Paul adds after quoting these words from Leviticus 26:11,12. "since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God" [2 Corinthians 7:1]

Paul is saying that we, our minds and heart, are God's spiritual temple in which he seeks to live! What occupies our minds, what are the things we meditate upon? Now it is vital that we are positive in our reaction to this fact – how utterly wonderful to have God in our very being, watching over us! In answering this question we see how important it is that we read God's word every day. Take time to note how at the beginning of Chapter 6 Paul quotes from Isaiah 49:8 – "now is the day of salvation"

Think of the hymn Islip Collyer wrote,


We know the end, we know the way,
And some with life he will endow,
Shall we be will him on that day?
We make the answer now.

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 12:25 PM

06 March 2011

Leviticus 12; 13
Psalms 113; 114
2 Corinthians 5; 6; 7

“WE ARE THE TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD”

We often think of the occasion the disciples showed Jesus the grandeur of the Temple [Mark 13:1,2]. What was in their minds? They, like their fellow Jews, were proud of it. Jesus totally shocked them by saying it was all going to be destroyed!

Now in today’s reading in 2nd Corinthians Paul makes the point of how the temple was replaced. There is a new kind of Temple where God wishes to dwell, a new ‘Most Holy Place’ and that is the most important thing in the life of a believer.

Paul writes, “we are the temple of the living God, as God has said …” [2 Corinthians 6:16]. Then we noted how Paul quotes the words of God that we are going to read later this month in Leviticus. And what did God say to Moses that Paul felt he should quote in his letter?

“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go from out from their (i.e. the unbelievers) midst and be separate from them … then I will welcome you and I will be a father to you and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” [2 Corinthians 6:16-18] And what does Paul add after writing this? He paraphrases words from Leviticus 26:11,12. “since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God” [2 Corinthians 7:1]

Seeing that our minds and hearts are the spiritual temple in which God seeks to live - we must ask ourselves - what occupies our minds, what are the things we meditate upon? It is vital that we are positive in reacting to this challenge – how utterly wonderful to have God in our very being, watching over us! We therefore see how important it is that we read God’s word every day. Note how, at the beginning of 2 Corinthians 6, Paul quotes from Isaiah 49:8 – “now is the day of salvation” - think of the hymn Islip Collyer wrote,

We know the end, we know the way,
And some with life he will endow,
Shall we be will him on that day?
We make the answer now.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 04:04 AM

06 March 2012

Leviticus 12; 13
Psalms 113; 114
2 Corinthians 5; 6; 7

TODAY'S TEMPLE

Remember how the disciples showed Jesus the grandeur of the Temple [Mark 13:1,2] and he shocked them by saying it was all going to be destroyed! Now see how today's reading in 2nd Corinthians makes the point of how the temple was replaced. There is a new kind of Temple where God wants to dwell and that is the most important thing in the life of a believer.

Paul writes, "we are the temple of the living God, as God has said …" [2 Corinthians 6:16]. But remarkably, Paul then quotes words of God that we are going to read later this month in Leviticus. And what did God say to Moses that Paul felt he should quote in his letter?

"I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go from out from their ( i.e. the unbelievers) midst and be separate from them … then I will welcome you and I will be a father to you and you shall be sons and daughters to me says the Lord Almighty." [2 Corinthians 6:16-18]

Now notice what Paul adds after quoting these words from Leviticus 26:11,12. "since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God" [2 Corinthians 7:1]

Paul is saying that we, our minds and heart, are God's spiritual temple in which he seeks to live! What occupies our minds, what are the things we meditate upon? Now it is vital that we are positive in our reaction to this fact – how utterly wonderful to have God in our very being, watching over us! In answering this question we see how important it is that we read God's word every day. Take time to note how at the beginning of Chapter 6 Paul quotes from Isaiah 49:8 – "now is the day of salvation"

Think of the hymn Islip Collyer wrote,

We know the end, we know the way,
And some with life he will endow,
Shall we be will him on that day?
We make the answer now.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:14 PM

06 March 2013

Leviticus 12; 13
Psalms 113; 114
2 Corinthians 5; 6; 7

"AS HAVING NOTHING, YET POSSESSING EVERYTHING"

The points Paul makes to the Corinthians in his 2nd letter are very thought provoking – but really Jesus made the same point – it all comes down to the fact that those who give minimal priority to genuine spiritual things have a different set of values from those who give them a high priority. In the outworking of those values in daily life it becomes clear (to God) what our main priorities are, what kind of path we are really treading in life.

Paul starts 2 Corinthians 6 by stating the obvious! “Working together with him …” (i.e. Christ and His Father). A picture of our teamwork with the divine; Paul had set the example. He then writes, “we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” [2 Corinthians 6:1] They had received God’s grace, accepting his calling, but it could, in the end, be all in vain – just like most of those delivered from slavery in Egypt.

Paul then proceeds to pull together some intriguing word pictures – he draws the contrast between what a normal man sees – and what his eye of faith sees about the course his life is taking. He says, “In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy.” [2 Corinthians 6:4] Life for Paul, humanly speaking, was very hard, there were many challenging situations, yet such was his spirituality that he was “overflowing with joy” despite the “beatings, imprisonments, riots, labours, sleepless nights, hunger …” [2 Corinthians 6:5]

2 Corinthians 6:10 tells us Paul was “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.” There were spiritual joys which far outweighed his sorrows. “As poor, yet making many rich” It was James who wrote, “has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?” [James 2:5] They show their love by their actions, not just in words John made this point, he wrote, “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” [1 John 3:18]

Paul counted as nothing the material things this world could provide and which he no doubt had ‘enjoyed’ as a Pharisee. He told Timothy, “if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” [1 Timothy 6:8] He then sums up his whole attitude by telling the Corinthians (and his readers of every generation) – “as having nothing, yet possessing everything” Do you possess everything?
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Posted 06 March 2014 - 12:16 PM

06 March 2014

Leviticus 12; 13
Psalms 113; 114
2 Corinthians 5; 6; 7

“I WILL BE A FATHER TO YOU”

We often think of the occasion the disciples showed Jesus the grandeur of the Temple [Mark 13:1-2]. What was in their minds? They, like their fellow Jews, were proud of it. Jesus totally shocked them by saying it was all going to be destroyed!

Now in today’s reading in 2nd Corinthians [2 Corinthians 5; 6; 7] Paul shows how a new kind of Temple had been “erected”. God seeks to dwell in a new ‘Most Holy Place’ and this development is the most important thing in the life of a believer.

Paul writes, “we are the temple of the living God, as God has said …” [2 Corinthians 6:16]. He then quotes the words of God we will read later this month in Leviticus [Leviticus 26:11-12] of the blessings to come if they follow his precepts. We specially notice God’s words to Moses that Paul felt he could ‘powerfully’ quote in his letter?

“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst and be separate from them … then I will welcome you and I will be a father to you and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” [2 Corinthians 6:16-18]

What are they to go out from? They had left the fleshpots of Egypt, but sadly many now wanted to return. Paul then paraphrases the words in Leviticus, “since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit bringing holiness to completion in the fear (awe) of God” [2 Corinthians 7:1] How incomplete is my holiness – we must each ask ourselves?

In recognising that our minds and hearts are the spiritual temple in which God seeks to live – indeed – is now living - we must each ask ourselves - what occupied my mind yesterday, will there be a change today in the things I think about and meditate upon? It is vital that we are positive in reacting to this challenge – how utterly wonderful to have God in our very being, watching over us! We therefore see how important it is that we read God’s word every day, for isn’t that what should happen in “the temple of the living God.”.
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- DC






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