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The primary responsibility of the Levite Priests: to minister to God. Their core sin - Devaluing God and His principles. What they were sacrificing was an expression of their heart’s values. Lesson for us: Don’t expect gracious answers from Him if you’re insulting Him. The main challenge: The despising of God’s name has to stop. Worship is serious business.
That theme is what our scripture from 2 Corinthians shares so PERFECTLY about how God calls us to "Come alongside those who are struggling" And that's it. If I were to finish today I would say "Happy Mother's day to all those who have "come along side others" who have struggled, whether you are a mom or not.". I'd also say "If you want people to come to Christ you need to come alongside those who are struggling and model the gracious, forgiving and compassionate love of Jesus".
Having been told to go back to Bethel and engage in the right worship of God, Jacob leads his household in this worship and then journey's on. The second part of Genesis 35, though, mentions three events that reveal the truth that even though Yahweh has promised fulfillment of his covenant with Abraham and his descendants, and even though this fulfillment is in the midst of taking place, nonetheless it takes place in the midst of certain kinds of failures. It is this union of fulfillment and failure that marks the life of God's people now as they journey on toward the final fulfillment in the New Heavens and New Earth. What lessons do we learn from these failures mentioned in this text and their union with God's fulfillment of his promises?
Justified By His Grace As A Gift
We Presbyterians get a little squirmy about the Spirit because it is that very doctrine of the Spirit that takes what the Bible teaches and distills it into a volatile concentrate of unpredictability – there is little that the Spirit does “decently and in order”
Sometimes, perhaps not intentionally, we give the leftovers of our time, treasure, and talent to the Lord's work though the local church. When this happens, we subtly communicate that the mission to which Christ has called us isn't really worth the sacrifice. Paul offers a great corrective to this problem at the end of his teaching on Christ's resurrection and ours in 1 Corinthians 15. We must know the implications of the resurrection (for now and eternity), commit ourselves wholeheartedly to the Lord' s work (without being swayed by the philosophies of our culture), and pursue excellence together with God's people (convinced that the sacrifice is worth it).
Primary claim: Those who know God walk in the light of obedience to him.