Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 9, 2014

“For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus 19:19-36.  Here is a link to this Scripture – http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+19&version=NASB

I quote the following verses.

“26 ‘You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying.  27 You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard.  28 You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves:  I am the Lord.  …

31 ‘Do not turn to mediums or spiritists;  do not seek them out to be defiled by themI am the Lord your God.

32 ‘You shall rise up before the grayheaded and honor the aged, and you shall revere your God;  I am the Lord.

33 ‘When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.  34 The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt;  I am the Lord your God.

35 ‘You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measurement of weight, or capacity.  36 You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin;  I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from the land of Egypt.  37 You shall thus observe all My statutes and all My ordinances and do them;  I am the Lord.’”  Leviticus Chapter 19:  Verses 26-28 and 31-36.

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I quote verses 26 and 31, because we are tempted by books, television, and the movies “to play around” with divination, soothsaying, mediums, and spiritists.  We may think that all we need to do is avoid the bad witches and wizards and side with the good witches and wizards.  But, today’s Scripture commands us to not turn our attention to them at all.

I quote verse 28, because we are tempted by professional athletes and famous actors to get tattoos.  Today’s Scripture commands us to not make any tattoo marks on ourselves.

Regarding both commands, God again reminds us:  ” I am the Lord your God.”  We belong to the LORD, and we should be devoted to Him alone.  “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” Leviticus 19:2.  “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you have been bought with a price:  therefore glorify God in your body.”  1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

Regarding verse 32, I hate to think of myself as the aged, but I guess compared to some, I am.  Yesterday, I was at the gym struggling to see the numbers on the padlock to open my locker.  A young black man noticed and said respectfully:  “May I help you?”  At first, my pride kicked in, and I wanted to say:  “No thank you.”  But, for some reason, I thought I should allow him to help me.  After he opened my padlock, it gave me the chance to look him in the eye and say:  “Thank you.  That was kind of you.”  It gave me the chance to allow him to “honor the aged” and to wish a blessing on him.

I love Florida.  We have to be welcoming and kind to strangers.  For one reason, tourists pay our taxes.  But, more compelling, almost all of us are strangers in Florida in the sense that most of us were not born or raised here.  Verses 33 and 34 reminds us to do no wrong to strangers, but rather to love them as ourselves.

Verses 35 to 37 remind us to be just.  “… I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 9:24.  Let us particularly be just in our business dealings.

 

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