Topic: Acceptable Worship
[DCLM Daily Manna 1 May 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Leviticus 16:1-19 (KJV)
Key Verse: “And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother; that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat” (Leviticus 16:2).
David Livingstone, the great missionary to Africa made an attempt to compare the efforts he put into the preaching of the gospel in Africa with the sacrifice Jesus made to redeem mankind from eternal damnation and concluded that there was no ground for comparison. In his words, “People thought of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice which simply paid back a small part of the great debt owned to our God, which we can never fully repay? Hence, one of the ways of paying back the debt owned to our God is rendering acceptable service to Him”.
The text today unveils the plan through which Aaron could enter the holiest of all and atone for his sin and that of the nation, which occurred only once a year. It was to be different from the way he executed his works around the tabernacle and in the holy place. He must meticulously follow the intriguing details of sacrifice according to divine directive. He dared not go contrary to God’s directive lest he died.
Compared to this Old Testament mode of worship and sacrifice to what believers enjoy today, Christ is our Passover Lamb and High Priest who has made a once-and-for-all sacrifice for our sins. Unlike the Old Testament where only the high priest entered the holiest of all once in a year, the redeemed today has direct access to God.
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This is in the consciousness that our High Priest is always with God, giving succour to the needy and saving to the uttermost, the believer on whose behalf He mediates and intercedes. Despite these lofty privileges, many still take God’s grace for granted. Make up your mind to give your best in service and worship to the Lord.
Thought For The Day: “Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling”.
The Bible In One Year: Joshua 19-21