Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 19, 2014

You are Mine!

Today’s devotion comes from Numbers 8:5-26.  Here is a link to this Scripture – http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+8&version=NASB

I quote the following verses.

“Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the sons of Israel, and the Levites shall be Mine.  Then after that the Levites may go in to serve the tent of meeting.  But you shall cleanse them and present them as a wave offering;  for they are wholly given to Me from among the sons of Israel.  I have taken them for Myself instead of every first issue of the womb, the firstborn of all the sons of Israel.  For every firstborn among the sons of Israel is Mine, among the men and among the animals;  on the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for Myself.  But I have taken the Levites instead of every firstborn among the sons of Israel.  I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the sons of Israel, to perform the service of the sons of Israel at the tent of meeting and to make atonement on behalf of the sons of Israel, so that there will be no plague among the sons of Israel by their coming near to the sanctuary.”  Numbers 8:14-19.

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Today’s Scripture reminds us of God’s strong claim of ownership of us, His people. 

“Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy;  and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine.”  Leviticus 20:26.

But, being owned by God has its privileges.

“1 But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel,
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name;  you are Mine!
2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.
3 “For I am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I have given Egypt as your ransom,
Cush and Seba in your place.
4 “Since you are precious in My sight,
Since you are honored and I love you,
I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life.
5 “Do not fear, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
And gather you from the west.
6 “I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
And to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring My sons from afar
And My daughters from the ends of the earth,
7 Everyone who is called by My name,
And whom I have created for My glory,
Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”  Isaiah 43:1-7.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:32.

In conclusion, our only comfort in life and death is that we are owned by God and belong to Him.

Question 1.  What is thy only comfort in life and death? 

Answer.  That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ; who, with his precious blood, hath fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil;  and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head;  yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, he also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him.  Heidelberg Catechism.

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