Let’s open to LEVITICUS 17-18.
Yesterday we learned about regulations concerning uncleanness caused by bodily discharges of all kinds. Then we heard the procedures for the high priest to perform yearly on the day of atonement.
24 Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these acts, for that is how the [godless people groups//pagans] made themselves unclean, those [godless peoples//pagans] who lived in the land before you and whom the Lord is driving out so that you can go in.
28 and then the land will not reject you, as it rejected the [godless people groups//pagans] who lived there before you.
Turning to PSALM 19:
Today’s Psalm is a famous poem celebrating the heavens and God's creation, and secondly celebrating the perfection of God's Word.
3 [The sun and the moon don’t use speech or words—//No speech or words are used,]
no sound is heard;
11 [O Lord,] They give knowledge to me, your servant; I am rewarded for obeying them.
Let’s turn for the second time to LUKE 12.
In yesterday’s reading in this chapter, Jesus warned about hypocrisy, and one of our biggest fears— fearing what other people will think of us. I want to read a clear version of these three verses:
8 “I tell you the truth, everyone who says publicly here on earth, ‘I am a follower of Jesus’, I, the Son of Man, will also acknowledge them as my followers in the presence of God’s angels. 9 But those who deny me here on earth, saying they are not my disciples, I will also say that they are not my disciples in the presence of God’s angels.
8 “I assure you that those who declare publicly that they belong to me, [I,] the Son of Man will do the same for them before the angels of God. 9 But those who reject me publicly, [I,] the Son of Man will also reject them before the angels of God.
10 “Whoever says a word against [Me,] the Son of Man can be forgiven; but whoever says evil things against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
28 It is God who clothes the wild grass—grass that is here today and gone tomorrow, burned up in the oven. Won't he be all the more sure to clothe you? [How little you believe in God!//What little faith you have!]
29“So don't be all upset, always concerned about what you will eat and drink. 30(For the [ungodly peoples//pagans] of this world are always concerned about all these things.) Your Father knows that you need these things.
[Nowadays, there are people who call themselves ‘pagans’, and the term is a name for a religion (and one of the very worst kind). The Greek here means ‘ethnic groups’. It is often translated as ‘nations’, but has nothing to do with governments, and is a derogatory term. At one time the word ‘pagan’ was such a derogatory word.]
40 And you, too, must be ready, because [I,] the Son of Man will come at an hour when you are not expecting [me//him].”