Wednesday, January 25, 2012 2:55:59 AM
Message Title: Holy Garment
Date: Tuesday January 24, 2012
Today's Chapters: Exodus 28-30
Preview of Today's Message: We all want to be accepted by God, to know that He hears us and to see Him answer prayer. In order to be holy and accepted by God we need to put on our holy garments. All Scripture quoted from the King James Version.
Hello My Friend,
Since we all grow at different levels of our Christianity we can expect that not everyone knows what is sinful in God's eyes. As we grow we learn to eliminate the things that hinder our relationship with God, but sometimes we have a hard time of letting those things go. It does not mean that we are better than anyone else, it means we all have something that we need to eliminate. The key to eliminating those things is being a living sacrifice. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” -Romans 12:1-3.
God instructs Moses to make holy garments for Aaron and his sons, they were to be the priests of the tabernacle, the ones who would receive the sacrifices of the people and offer them to God on their behalf. “And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty. And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron's garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office. And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments for Aaron thy brother, and his sons, that he may minister unto me in the priest's office...And for Aaron's sons thou shalt make coats, and thou shalt make for them girdles, and bonnets shalt thou make for them, for glory and for beauty. And thou shalt put them upon Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him; and shalt anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office.” -Exodus 28:2-4,40,41.
To minister means one who serves at the altar, in order for the men to serve God they had to put on these holy garments. We can serve God in many ways, but unless we put on our holy garments we are unprofitable. I am a Sunday school teacher, if I teach the kids that they are not to smoke, drink, or fight and I am doing those things I would be an unprofitable servant of God. I cannot expect God to hear me and bless me if I am not holy and acceptable to God. “For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” -Matthew 25:29,30.
Now, before the priests were to even enter the tabernacle they had to be cleansed as they were sinners too. God instructs Moses on how they were to be cleansed, they needed two rams for a sacrifice. “And thou shalt slay the ram, and thou shalt take his blood, and sprinkle it round about upon the altar...And thou shalt burn the whole ram upon the altar: it is a burnt offering unto the LORD: it is a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto the LORD. And thou shalt take the other ram; and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the ram. Then shalt thou kill the ram, and take of his blood, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of Aaron, and upon the tip of the right ear of his sons, and upon the thumb of their right hand, and upon the great toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about...And they shall eat those things wherewith the atonement was made, to consecrate and to sanctify them: but a stranger shall not eat thereof, because they are holy. And if ought of the flesh of the consecrations, or of the bread, remain unto the morning, then thou shalt burn the remainder with fire: it shall not be eaten, because it is holy.” -Exodus 29:16,18-20,33,34.
The first ram was just an offering to God, it was a token of their dedicating themselves to serve God, the second ram was to give as a sin offering, this would be their atonement, their cleansing of all their sins to be able to stand before God holy and acceptable. The atonement blood was to be applied to their right ear, thumb, and toe, signifying the need to be to the right of God. The ear was to cleanse their ears from what they have heard and to prepare them to hear God. The thumb was to cleanse them from touching unclean things and to prepare them to serve God. The toe was to cleanse them from any corruption or sin they walked into and to prepare them to stand before God holy and acceptable for duty. Today, we too need to apply the blood of a sacrifice upon our ears, hands, and feet, but it can only be the blood of Christ. His sinless sacrifice made the atonement for all mankind, in order to apply it we need to accept it. “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” -1 Peter 1:18,19.
One other thing that hinders our relationship with God is Satan, he is the biggest culprit of keeping us from eliminating sin. We can overcome Satan, but we need to put on our holy garments, which is the whole armor of God. Only by putting on the whole armor of God can we ever overcome Satan, sin, and truly receive all of what God has to offer us. “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” - Ephesians 6:11-17.
The whole armor of God is truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and the Word of God. Each piece of armor we put on is holy and brings us closer to God and receiving His blessings. “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” -Ephesians 4:22-24.
Today's Psalm: 19:14 - “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
Today's Proverb: 21:3 - ”To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.”
Today's Prayer: God, there is nothing we can do or say to merit salvation. It is a gift freely extended to all who believe in the ultimate price that Jesus for our sins. He who knew no sin washes away our sin His precious blood shed on Calvary. Thank You, for accepting Christ’s blood as our holy garment to stand before You holy and accepted. Lord, help me apply the whole armor of God upon me so that I am able to overcome all the hindrances that keep me from serving You with my whole heart. Lead me and guide me away from Satan's ploys to keep me from receiving all the blessings You have waiting for me. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Enjoy the rest of your day/night.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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