Moses told the leaders of the Israelite tribes, “This is what the Lord has commanded: When a man makes a vow to the Lord or swears an oath to put himself under an obligation, he must not break his word; he must do whatever he has promised.
Your word is your bond, and it means something. If you agree to something, do it. People don’t need to question you, especially if you’re a Christian, if you say “yes” to something. Have you given your life to Jesus? Are you living for Him in every area of your life? Are you a member of a church? What does that mean? Do you know what your church expects of its members, or are you hoping if you don’t ask then you’re off the hook? Do what you say, say what you’ll do, then do it. People of the cross need to be people of integrity.
The Lord spoke to Moses, “Command the Israelites and say to them: Be sure to present to me at its appointed time my offering and my food as my fire offering, a pleasing aroma to me. And say to them: This is the fire offering you are to present to the Lord:
Jesus is our offering, once for all, unto the Lord. What a blessing we no longer must remember: daily offerings, sabbath offerings, monthly offerings, offerings for passover, offerings for the festival of weeks, festival of trumpets offerings, offerings for the day of atonement, or offerings for the festival of shelters. If you are in Christ, your debt has been paid, he is our sacrifice and when God looks at us, he sees his beloved son Jesus. Do you know him?
Speak to Aaron and his sons and all the people of Israel and say to them, When any one of the house of Israel or of the sojourners in Israel presents a burnt offering as his offering, for any of their vows or freewill offerings that they offer to the Lord, if it is to be accepted for you it shall be a male without blemish, of the bulls or the sheep or the goats. You shall not offer anything that has a blemish, for it will not be acceptable for you. And when anyone offers a sacrifice of peace offerings to the Lord to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering from the herd or from the flock, to be accepted it must be perfect; there shall be no blemish in it.
We are all flawed. Every one of us has sinned, that’s why we must have a perfect sacrifice on our behalf. The blemishes on the animals are symbolic of sin. It is a way to remind us we can only submit a perfect life to God, and yet, none of us can actually do that, because we sin. How, then, can we get right with God? Jesus. He lived a perfect life without any Sin. So, he was the only one who could actually present his life as a sacrifice on behalf of another. If we were to die, we deserve it because of our sin, when Jesus died, he was able to make it a gift. Praise his name for his amazing gift of grace!
You shall therefore keep all my statutes and all my rules and do them, that the land where I am bringing you to live may not vomit you out. And you shall not walk in the customs of the nation that I am driving out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I detested them. But I have said to you, ‘You shall inherit their land, and I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey.’ I am the Lord your God, who has separated you from the peoples.
There are conciseness for not following the Lord. If you are God’s, you need to live for him, not for yourself. If you are a citizen of the eternal city, follow his laws not the laws of the place you happen to be pitching your tent. God will bring us to our eternal home, but we’ve gotta be his. Follow him today.
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, I am the Lord your God. You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes. You shall follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.
We are not called to live by the standard of the country we live in, we live by God’s standards. Just because something is legal, it doesn’t mean it’s right. Pick up THE BOOK, it won’t change.