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Covered, Liturgy and Devotion

This the first in a series of personal devotions that have come from conversations that I have had recently. I thought I would share what I have been reading. The goal of this devotional series is to not teach, but to guide you through some reflection.

Don’t read them to learn. Read them to change.

And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” — Gen. 3:10 ESV

That verse has Adam in Eve, just after partaking of the forbidden fruit. Their eyes were opened and they, for the first time, saw their nakedness and felt shame. This wasn’t a physical response to their bodies, this was a gaining of new knowledge, and that knowledge was that they were sinful. The first disobedient act was a choice to go against God’s will, thereby rendering their will, sin. That was the fruit! Not a plant, rather, their own decision.

After (hu)man(ity) receives its consequences we read verse 21.

And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. — Gen. 3:21 ESV

God made.

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The garments of skin were God’s provision for restoring Adam’s and Eve’s fellowship with Himself and imply slaying of an animal in order to provide them. — Charles Caldwell Ryrie, ed., The Ryrie Study Bible, Expanded, Accordance electronic ed. (Chicago: Moody Press, 1995), paragraph 245.

Let’s move quickly to Leviticus:

Then the Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When any man of you brings an offering to the Lord, you shall bring your offering of animals from the herd or the flock. ‘If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer it, a male without defect; he shall offer it at the doorway of the tent of meeting, that he may be accepted before the Lord. ‘He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, that it may be accepted for him to make atonement on his behalf. ‘He shall slay the young bull before the Lord; and Aaron’s sons the priests shall offer up the blood and sprinkle the blood around on the altar that is at the doorway of the tent of meeting. ‘He shall then skin the burnt offering and cut it into its pieces. — Lev 1:1-6 NASB

Back to Genesis:

Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together. — Gen 22:7,8 NASB

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Please share any thoughts you have in the comment section below.

  1. I am going to use selah throughout this series of posts to give you a moment to stop and reflect before moving on. You can read more about the actual word here: https://www.gotquestions.org/selah.html

The Road

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As long as people of our Christian faith are merely coming to a service, listening to a message and leaving, they will never come face to face with their personal questions, failures, shame, and curiosity. They will continue to deny the need for a savior and life transformation. They will continue to believe that they can pick up the mantle of Christianity by saying some cheap prayer and going about their business. Authenticity is not just a best practice, it is a requirement. Jesus spoke directly to the obstacles in the hearts of men and women, and if we cannot emulate that, taking an honest look within, we can never even begin to see His footsteps, let alone follow them.

The biggest liars derailing an authentic community are ourselves, believing our lives to be complete, without sin, and the process to be over. We are always to be on a path towards Christ, which includes conviction and confession and then celebration. If we continue to skip the conviction and confession we are celebrating our own spiritual deaths.

We must know that the road to Jesus is paved with humility and love. Putting others first; sacrificing and the giving up of one’s life for others. The first will be last and the last will be first. Obedience is better than sacrifice; if you have an offering to the Lord but strife with another, first seek humility and harmony, then you can please the Lord with your offering.

But mustn’t we also know, then, that the road to destruction is paved with fear and pride. That they are one in the same, just as love and humility are. That it is not the poor who fear being poor, but the wealthy who fear being poor which drives their ego towards pride, and then greed, and then judging others. In this same way it is not the unsaved who fear hell, but the saved who live under this fear that drives the ego towards pride, and then self-righteousness and then the condemnation of others. This is what the world sees that the tower of pride we build has blinded us to. We talk so much about how a Holy life should be lived, but instead, lay our foundation on our own ability to accept, create, and control God, and in practice we don’t even believe He is real.

This is in direct opposition to the road to Jesus.