Gospel Of Leviticus 21, Same Rights As Natural Daughter

“If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as male servants do. If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself, he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her. If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter.

Exodus 21:7-9 – 

Interesting passage in Old Testament, a slave woman could go from being a servant and slave to a daughter with all the rights a son would have. If the son married the woman, his father the master was to grant her “The rights of a daughter”

This passage in Scripture is not promoting slavery as a particularly good thing but often in these times if someone owed a debt and could not repay it- their children or themselves could be forced to become servants till they repaid the debt. Yet the Spiritual significance we see.

Paul said in the New Testament, “We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Romans 7:14-15 – 

Sin has caused us to become slaves, yet Jesus said “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

John 8:34-36 – 

Just like the Old Testament passage speaks of, if the son of the master delights in the servant girl and marries him unto himself, she becomes at that point more an adopted daughter than a slave indeed as the passage states: “If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself, he must let her be redeemed.”

God here is forshadowing the fulfillment of what Christ did to redeem us, we indeed were slaves of things that displeased the Master, Our God. We were “displeasing to him” and the Son said “Wait father, I will redeem her and marry her to myself, I love her and want to make her a permanent part of our family”

Ah blessed truth, “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs —heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Romans 8:15-17 – 

Jesus paid the price for our freedom with all the love and suffering he did, so we could belong to Him as Lord, Master, and the One who loved us enough to give us a new start to life.

The Angel And The Iron Gate

They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him. Acts 12:10

We see Peter was in an impossible situation. Herod had had him imprisoned, “After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover. So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.

Acts 12:4-5 – 

The odds did not look good for Peter, Herod had in mind to execute him like he had done with James shortly before. First odd against Peter was he was chained securely, secondly there was four squads of soldiers guarding him and lastly, the iron gate that was locked securely to keep any from escaping even if they got past the first two factors. This was maximum security prison according to ancient standards.

Yet God grants a miraculous deliverance and an angel came to Peter- causes his chains to fall right off

Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. Acts 12:7-8 – 

Then after Peter obeyed and just followed the instructions, until he went unnoticed

They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.

Acts 12:10 – 

God is a God of miracles and making impossible situations possible to navigate through, he can touch the chains that hold us fast and cause them to fall off- we see he delivered us from the greatest chains of all- Sin- yet as we grow and try to make our way through Christian life we too need God’s touch on other chains too that would hinder us from making it to the fullest potential he called us to.

Ab, dear believer, what chains do you want God to break in your life- trust His power to free you from any chains of resentment, past baggage or struggled that would seek to hold you fast. 

Pray earnestly, just like the prayers they offered for Peter who was improsoned. 

The squads of soldiers- ah maybe your contending with human adversaries or opposers that try to also hinder your progress, ah fret not, God can make them harmless and powerless as well. You may not be able to get rid of them in the present but behold, God who closed mouths of lions for Daniel and made powerless Herod’s guards can do the same on your behalf.

Lastly, the iron gate- the gate to the future and freedom into all God desires you to do- behold, pray God will open His right gate unto you. Even if it’s securely locked and impossible to go through in your human strength- If it’s God’s will, he will make this impossible gate swing right open!

Spiritual Rabies

The concept of God loving sinful human beings and hating sin is a difficult one for many to grasp, yet if you had a dog that you love yet it got infected by the rabies virus- you cannot keep the dog unless it was possible to kill the virus without killing the dog! Through faith in Christ we are able to kill the virus in our sin nature and put the bad bug to sleep yet to refuse the cure that can nullify the symptoms of this virus is to stay in a state of spiritual rabies, “biting and devouring one another” as scripture says, or also “hating and being hated by one another.” Sure the natural man can appear tame to they that they like till crossed, then the sleeping virus produces the sinfulmatic sypmtoms, in Galatians 5! We by default do not behave as ugly in ideal circumstances when things go the way we want and we are happy with people yet wait until things go south and under the ideal trigger this dormant virus springs to full life!

Rabies can affect the infected animal or person with a condition psychologically called “hydrophobia” or fear of water. It can be so adverse that the sight of water even to drink can cause the affected patient or animal avoid it. Jesus is living water, many people have spiritual version of rabies and refuse to drink the living water by faith that has the power to cure their sick souls

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.

Isaiah 55:1 – 

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

John 4:13-14 – 

Jesus wants us to approach Him even though our guilt and fears may try and hold us back, we can drink from the fountain of grace and wash ourselves clean by His great mercy- we can be healed and made well again

Helping Christ Grow In The Heart Of One’s Wife

We see in the literal sense Elkanah physical expressed love for his wife and as a result God enabled a child to start to develop in her body

Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”

1 Samuel 1:19-20 – 

Yet let’s not miss the deeper spiritual truths to a seemingly ordinary passage. Jesus taught that “flesh gives birth to flesh, but Spirit gives birth to spirit” in John 3. 

So the truth is though in marriage a wife has physical and emotional needs that her husband ought to do his best to show love and fulfill.

Yet spiritually speaking, a wife has spiritual needs, a husband ought to seek to “love” her by sowing spiritual seed in her heart and life all the same. The physical is temporary in this life on earth, “but the unseen is eternal” 

How did Paul describe this concept- “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,

Galatians 4:19 – 

Just as in a physical sense a baby grows in the womb of it’s mother as a result of a couples “love” for eachother- (So too the investment a husband makes spiritually in his wife can help Christ grow in her. When a man steps up and initiates prayer, devotionals and reads the Word with his wife, he sows seeds of love. One of the greatest acts of love a man could give his wife is his spiritual investment. Planting the Word in her life, reflecting Jesus as best he can too her- and “Loving his wife like Christ loves his Church” (As Ephesians 5:25 says.)

These are often in our times overlooked facets of marriage- but the strongest marriages are ones where Christ is made central and the first priority.

Jesus in Old Testament Malachi Prophesy

Nearly four hundred years passed from the time of Malachi to when we enter what we call New Testament age

We see in this passage

“I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.

Malachi 3:1 –

Yet when we finally get to the New Testament, boom we see this happen

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:14-21)

We see Malachi say “i will send my messenger before me” (who is “me” – its the Lord speaking. Then we must understand who is the messenger who came before Jesus broke forth on the scene

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”

Matthew 3:1-3 –

Malachi says thereafter- “Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,”

THE LORD YOU ARE SEEKING WILL COME TO HIS TEMPLE” – “Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Luke 4:20-21 –

Neglect Not Former Nor The Latter- Personal Life Of Holiness and Extending Love To Your Neighbor

42 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone. Luke 11:42 –

There will always be those who on one hand try to divorce Christian faith from how they treat other people- but then also those who try to divorce personal holiness and obedience to God when by themselves from the faith too

Yet Scripture is clear, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:14 –

Holiness pertains to our personal choices in relation to God and His commands that can at times be just between us and him, and “live at peace with everyone” relates to how we treat our fellow human beings

Some mistakenly want to only do one element and neglect the other side of the same coin. “Conclusion fear God and keep his commands, for that is the duty of mankind” (Ecclesiastes 12:13) yet on the same coin the other side says “Love your neighbor as yourself”

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:29-31 –

Jesus both stressed how it is vital to obey both commands that show respect and reverence to God- as well as how we treat other people on a horizontal level

Vertical love and obedience, as well horizontal love and goodness

Some will say in our day, “As long as I give to the poor and treat my neighbor right God does not care about my sexual choices or anything else.”

Others may do the extreme opposite and keep most God’s commands like Pharisees but have pride and self righteous attitude cause them to treat others with contempt.

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ 13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ 14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Luke 18:9-14 –

Yet God’s law gives no room for neglecting one over the other. So be wise, love God and have love for your neighbor. Have feet quick to obey and a heart of full of love. Extend both one hand of compassion to those less fortunate but use your other hand to do as it says “I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands. (Psalm 119:60)

Lessons From Elijah, Prayers Of Fervent Faith and Earnest Perseverence

Earlier on before this Elijah had been praying God would send rain, by faith He believed God would answer his prayer

And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees. “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”
1 Kings 18:41-44 –

•And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.”

The text seems to suggest even before the rain came, in answer to his prayer- Elijah stated he heard it, as if it was already downpouring .Elijah heard and saw with eyes of faith, before it physically manifested as reality.

Faith is “the substance of things hoped for yet not seen” Hebrews 11:1 says. Yet we see this situation play out. Was Elijah just hoping wishfully? Or did he have enough knowledge of God’s revealed will to be confident in his prayer request? If we rewind to the beginning of the chapter 18 we see God revealed His will

After a long time, in the third year, the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.” So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria,
1 Kings 18:1-2 –

But there was some action required from the prophet- he was supposed to obey “Go present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.” And inbetween when Elijah got to Ahab to the time God finally did send rain there was the story inbetween of how Elijah stood his ground against the false prophets of Baal and the Lord seng fire- and many turned back to the Lord as a result. Many people repented.

Righr after we see Elijah praying: “And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees. “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”
1 Kings 18:41-44 –

What can we learn from the faith of Elijah and his effective prayer.

His prayer was in line with what God revealed sometime before- in 1 Kings 18:1-2) It was not as though Elijah jyst was playing a game of “Name it and claim it” or “I believe hard enough to make God do what I want him to.” God already wanted to send rain and Elijah became aware of the plan God already had in mind to do.
Elijah immediately obeyed and followed the Lord’s instructions
After Elijah completed God’s work in between – he prayed earnestly God would do what He believed God revealed he would
Elijah acted as if it was already raining- He believed God by faith and acted as if God had already done it. Strong faith says, “God said it, so it is, even if I don’t yet see it or feel like he has answered.”
Elijah kept praying- he perservered in fervent prayer till the results were evident

How we can learn from this story. Faith is not a magic wand to get just what we want but aligning ourselves to pray for what God already wants to do for our lives. Of course we have full Scripture so we can understand God’s revealed will. When we pray things noble as “Lord conform me into a greater reflection of the image of Christ” or “Lord make me a blessing and light for you today.” We ought have strong faith God is more than eager to fill us with His righteousness!

We know one of God’s number one greatest desires is we love Him better, obey him more and reflect His Son with greater increasing measure with each passing day and year.

We see that God used Elijah’s prayers to accomplish His will he already wanted to do. Some say “Why pray if God already wants to do it, does God need our prayers”

God needs nothing from us to accomplish His will, but the better question is “Why did God grant us human beings such a great privilege of prayer to partner with what he wants to do?”

Prayer is a privilege- and though God can do all things without an effort on our part, He chooses to honor prayers of faith and make them a part of how he gets His will done on earth, as it is done in heaven.

What about requests that are not clearly sin or against his will but Scripture does not say much on? We all have dreams or desires, wants and needs- and as long as they are not in some way in violation of God’s general will, we ought to keep praying and placing these requests before the Lord. God is so gracious he not only meets all of our needs but often gives us many of our heart’s desires too- if they fit compatibly with his unique plan and purpose for our lives. We must not grow weary praying for them even if it takes long- because God takes His time and works on His schedule.

As we wait, he often purifies us and makes us ready for the blessings He desires we eventually have. Yet keep praying-

Washing The Spiritual Poop Off Your Fingers

If you read only Genesis 4 account on Cain, you may be led to think the reason God rejected his offering had to do with the content he brought, Abel brought the choice of his flock but Cain brought vegetables. Yet how can Scripture interpret Scripture. We see in Hebrews Abel brought his offering from a heart of faith (See Hebrews 11:4)

Yet we also see Cain’s actions according to the Apostle John were “evil”

Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous.1 John 3:12 –

The Proverb says, “The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him. Proverbs 15:8 – 

The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable — how much more so when brought with evil intent! Proverbs 21:27 –

We can prob safely assume Cain both had wrong motives, but prior to this was living in an “evil way” and unlike Abel who had a consistent pattern of faith and obedience- Cain obviously did not.

God merely says to Cain, “If you do right, will you not also be accepted?” Before God would look on favor on Cain’s offering- God wanted him to likely repent of sin he may have been indulging

David said it this way, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. Psalm 51:10-17 –

It is not as though God does not take pleasure in sacrifices we offer him, yet he has a pre-requisite, a priority first- we deal with sin in our lives. THEN WE CAN “Teach transgressors his ways, so sinners will turn back to him”

Basically evangelism, ministry or preaching even cannot substitute personal obedience. We could preach or do thousands of good things and give money to the poor, volunteer lots of time for his work exct, yet if we are failing to identify and deal with something God showed us to be sin- we cannot overcompensate for that but must address the sin, repent and then we can do the good God called us unto with “clean hands and pure heart” and then we can “offer” the right offerings with pure hearts.

Another example is Malachi 2, there were Jews that were crying and feeling sorry God did not smile on their offerings- yet the Lord told them why:

Another thing you do: You flood the Lord’s altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer looks with favor on your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands. You ask, “Why?” It is because the Lord is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth. “The man who hates and divorces his wife, ” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,” says the Lord Almighty. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful. Malachi 2:13-16 – 

God was saying “Address your sin and do right, then your offering can be accepted but they are no substitute for obeying my commands you have sinned in breaking.”

Think of it this way, you work in medical field or food industry, you know its important to wash your hands after using the restroom, – well yoi don’t want to contaminate the people you interact with after you used the toilet so you of course wash your hands. 

Yet God wants our hands to be clean when we serve others or offer anything to Him- we do that by confessing our sin (1 John 1:9) and “washing our hands of it 

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:8-10 –

Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Isaiah 1:16 –