In the beginning God…Genesis 1.1

God is self-existent, he has always been and will always be. This is the foundational belief that we hold to be true and from this we understand our place and purpose. The only other option is to believe that matter has always been and somehow this matter came into being and had inherent power to change and create life. An impersonal substance somehow was able to create personal beings. If we hold this to be true there is no need for God and our lives can be lived by our own desires because we are free to act as we want. We are not accountable to anyone ,there is no moral code that we must submit to. Once we acknowledge that there is a God then we also must acknowledge that we are accountable to him. Our Creator is a kind and benevolent God who created human beings for his pleasure and to be the objects of his love. He is a good God and everything he does is based in his goodness. True life begins when we understand the first sentence of the Bible and place our lives under the rule of our Creator.

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Wise people… Deuteronomy 4:6

6Observe m them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”

God gave the Israelites laws that set them apart from the nations surrounding them. His laws were a reflection of his character of love, mercy, justice, righteousness, grace and they were the standard of truth. Nations that obey his commands and laws will prosper and the people will live in peace. God will not be mocked and his laws if obeyed or not have consequences that affect future generations. We are witnessing today the demise of the nations that have rejected his laws and deny his sovereignty and existence. The wisdom God has given has been replaced with individual preferences that violate his words of instruction and establish moral values that will preserve a nation. God’s wisdom has been replaced by the foolishness of the fleshly desires and depraved mentality of a fallen world.

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Promise keeper…. Deuteronomy 2:19

19 When you come to the Ammonites , do not harass them or provoke them to war, for I will not give you possession of any land belonging to the Ammonites. I have given it as a possession to the descendants of Lot.

God always honors his promises. He instructed the Israelites not to mess with the Ammonites because he had given them the land as their possession. They were descendants of Lot and God had given the land to them. There were specific boundaries for the promise land and none of the land previously given by God to groups of people could be taken away. God keeps his word and requires others to respect his promises.

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Heads held high… Leviticus 26:11-13

11 I will put my dwelling place , among you, and I will not abhor you. 12 I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. 13 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.

The Israelites experienced freedom from slavery through God’s miraculous deliverance. They no longer were mistreated and abused by the Egyptians and when they left Egypt they could hold their heads up high not in pride but in the knowledge that they were the people of God. Their dignity and worth came from their identity as chosen by God to be his people.

I have seen many beggars who sit on the ground with their heads held down perhaps in shame for their situation. This is the opposite of what God wants them to experience.

God desires that each person realizes and embraces their true identity and be completely set free from every form of captivity or bondage. He wants to be our God who cares for us and sets us apart from the fallen world we live in.

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Set apart… Leviticus 20:24

26You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.

God set the nation of Israel apart from the nations of the world. He needed to develop a counter culture that was unique and represented his nature and character. The moral laws were given to set them apart from the wickedness of the the other nations. Their wickedness was such that the land where they lived would vomit them out. Vomiting as a physical reaction of our body to rid it of something harmful. God’s cleansing of the land that would be given to the Israelites required removal of the wicked nations that occupied it. We are also set apart by God to represent him to cultures that are lost in sin and living in wickedness that is not acceptable to God. We must live in God’s holiness and keep ourselves separated from the sinful practices of the cultures of the world.

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The atoning value of blood.. Leviticus 17:11

11For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.

The only way God has established for the restoration of our relationship with him which requires forgiveness for our sins is through the sacrificial blood that was shed. The life of any creature is in the blood and when Jesus sacrificed his life by shedding his blood the atonement for our sins was completed once and for all time. God established the pattern in the Law given to the Israelites regarding the day of atonement and this pattern was to prepare them to accept the blood sacrifice that Jesus the perfect sacrifice made for them and the entire world. Nothing else could satisfy the requirement God established. No religion in the world can meet the standard God requires, only Christianity fulfills it.

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Sin imputed… Leviticus 16:21

21He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites— all their sins—and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the wilderness in the care of someone appointed for the task.

The ceremony on the Day of Atonement was very detailed and was a representation of the sacrifice Jesus would make for the sins of the world. The sins of the people were imputed to the goat and the goat was set free in the wilderness. Our sins were placed upon Jesus and were removed from us. Jesus set us free and removed our sins, never to be remembered again. Only Jesus could provide for our forgiveness performed once for all time.

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Holiness… Leviticus 11:44

44 I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.

The Israelites were given many ceremonial and moral laws to follow that would set them apart from the practices of the other nations who worshipped false gods. The people were called to consecrate themselves to God and obey his commands. This was God’s way of preserving the nation and distinguish it among all the nations. What was established for them to do was a reflection of the holiness of God. Today we are witnessing rebellion against God’s divine plan and the consequences of disorder and disobedience to God’s commands. The moral code God has provided to preserve a nation has been rejected and chaos and confusion have resulted. The days of Noah that were marked by complete immorality and perversion are returning and will destroy the nations that allow it to happen.

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