Pastor’s Blog

August 11, 2018

1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Greeting and Thanksgiving

1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Greeting and Thanksgiving Paul first journeyed to Corinth near the end of his second missionary journey around 51 AD. He had been in Athens where he had addressed the Areopagus, proclaiming to them who was this unknown god that they worshipped. It was after he left Athens that he traveled to Corinth, […]

August 2, 2018

Leviticus 8, The Ordination of Priests

Leviticus 8, The Ordination of Priests Following the commands given in Ex. 28-29 about the ordination of the priests, this chapter records how Moses complied with the commands — it is the historical narrative of that event. Interestingly, the chapter states seven times the phrase “as the Lord commanded” (two additional times record Moses saying […]

July 26, 2018

Leviticus 7:11-38, Fellowship Offerings

Leviticus 7:11-38, Fellowship Offerings The peace or fellowship offering can be offered in three ways. It can be offered as a thanksgiving (vv. 12, 13, 15 – probably means a response to what God did for the offerer), a vow offering (v. 16, presumably in fulfillment of a vow the offerer made), and a freewill […]

June 24, 2018

Leviticus 6:8-7:10, Priestly Sacrifices

Leviticus 6:8-7:10, Priestly Sacrifices This section specifically deals with the priests (“Aaron and his sons”) regarding the burnt offerings (vv. 8-13), grain offerings (vv. 14-18), the grain offering related to their ordination (vv. 19-23), sin offerings (vv. 24-30), and guilt offerings (7:1-10). These burnt offerings are not the same as the ones mentioned in ch. […]

April 9, 2018

Church Hopping and Church Membership

Church Hopping and Church Membership The Scenario Someone told me that he did not belong to any one particular church but was a “member” of the various evangelical churches in his city. He was a member of the body of Christ and did not see a need to be tied down to one single congregation. […]

April 8, 2018

Leviticus 5:14-6:7, Guilt Offerings

Leviticus 5:14-6:7, Guilt Offerings This section has three types of sins that require the “guilt offerings” (vv. 15, 19, 6:6) of a ram (vv. 15, 18, 6:6). These offenses seem to be more serious than the sin offerings (5:1-13). How these guilt offerings differed from the previous sin offerings is difficult to understand except these […]

April 8, 2018

Leviticus 5:1-13, Offerings for Sins of Omission

Leviticus 5:1-13, Offerings for Sins of Omission The first four verses list four types of offenses or sins of omission. The first verse addresses the man who withholds relevant evidence in a legal matter- called to testify but does not speak (v. 1). The next two verses cover issues of cleanness — touching an unclean […]

February 12, 2018

Leviticus 4, Unintentional Sins

Leviticus 4, Unintentional Sins This chapter deals with the required sacrifices for “unintentional” sins. Priests (v. 3), the whole congregation (v. 13), leaders (v. 22), the common ordinary Israelite (v. 27) are all bound to offer the specified sacrifices. Everyone sins and has sinned. As one writer said, “Sin does not distinguish between classes of […]

February 12, 2018

Leviticus 3, Peace Offerings

Leviticus 3, Peace Offerings This peace or fellowship offering is often voluntary and seems to be accompanied by a sacrificial meal (cf. Deut. 12:7). These sacrifices are very similar to the burnt offerings in ch. 1. Also, like the burnt offerings, the animals are to be offered without blemish. However, peace offerings are not restricted […]

February 12, 2018

Leviticus 2, Grain Offerings

Leviticus 2, Grain Offerings Unlike the burnt offerings, these grain offerings were not totally consumed by the fire — the priests were allowed to eat it (minus the small portions offered up). “A grain offering is a sacrifice—that is, an offering to the Lord for his utilization—even though it involves no death or blood…”[1] These […]

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