Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 16, 2023

“Let your heart therefore be wholly devoted to the LORD”

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus 6:19-30.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “This is the offering which Aaron and his sons are to present to the LORD on the day when he is anointed;  the tenth of an ephah of fine flour as a regular grain offering, half of it in the morning and half of it in the evening.  …  The anointed priest who will be in his place among his sons shall offer it.  By a permanent ordinance it shall be entirely offered up in smoke to the LORD.  So every grain offering of the priest shall be burned entirely.  It shall not be eaten.”

Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, ‘This is the law of the sin offering: in the place where the burnt offering is slain the sin offering shall be slain before the LORD;  it is most holy.  …  But no sin offering of which any of the blood is brought into the tent of meeting to make atonement in the holy place shall be eaten;  it shall be burned with fire.”  Leviticus 6:19-20, 22, 24-25, and 30.


There is a distinction between offerings that can be eaten compared to offerings that shall not be eaten.  It seems as if the offerings that shall not be eaten are wholly devoted to the LORD.

But, in any event, today’s devotion is devoted to consider examples in Scripture, two specific examples (widows and elders) and one general example (Christians), of people who are wholly devoted to the LORD. 

We are not all called to be widows like those in the following Scripture.  But, for those who are called, they are wholly devoted to the LORD.  See 1 Timothy 5:3-12.      

We are not all called to be elders.  But, for those who are called, they are wholly devoted to the LORD.  See Acts 6:1-4.

But, as Christians, we are all called to be wholly devoted to the LORD.  Consider the following Scriptures.   

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”  Romans 12:1. 

“17 “Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord.
And I will welcome you.
18 “And I will be a father to you,
And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,”
Says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:17-18.

Blessed be the LORD, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised; not one word has failed of all His good promise, which He promised through Moses His servant.  May the LORD our God be with us, as He was with our fathers;  may He not leave us or forsake us, that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His ordinances, which He commanded our fathers.  And may these words of mine, with which I have made supplication before the LORD, be near to the LORD our God day and night, that He may maintain the cause of His servant and the cause of His people Israel, as each day requires, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God;  there is no one else.  Let your heart therefore be wholly devoted to the LORD our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments, as at this day.”  1 Kings 8:56-61.

But, there is hope!

“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you;  and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”  Ezekiel 36:26-27. 

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6.

Reformed Doctrine accurately summarizes Scripture and teaches that salvation is a work of God alone, by grace alone, and that God handles all the points of salvation from beginning to end:  from the beginning of “Unconditional Election” through “Limited Atonement” through “Irresistible Grace” to the end of “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  This true doctrine of salvation is more fully taught in the Reformed Confession called Canons of Dordt.

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely;  and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”  1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.  


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