As the unfaithful kingdom of Judah neared her end, God instructed Jeremiah to visit the Rechabites, who were to serve as an example for the people of Judah. The Rechabites kept their forefather Jonadab’s command not to drink wine, build a house, or sow seeds. Such a lifestyle seemed impossible with the given circumstances, but they persevered even when their determination seemed insignificant to others. The Babylonians were devouring their nation and most of the Israelites had forsaken God.Continue reading
But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Pet 1:15-16)
God is holy and we should also be holy in all our conduct. The basic idea of holiness in the Bible is separation from all that is profane. In Leviticus, God was concerned with the ritual of the sacrificial system as well as with ethical requirements. The biblical distinction between “clean” and “unclean” is the way God designated the difference between what He could receive into His presence and what must remain apart from Him. Only people, animals, and objects designated as clean could enter the tabernacle, and later the temple, as part of the worship of God. Specific rituals were instituted by God for making an “unclean” person or object “clean”. The designation of “clean” and “unclean” also implies a distinction between ethical character and behavior that is acceptable to God from that which is unacceptable.
I said, “LORD, be merciful to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.” (Ps 41:4)
God is the one who rules over the affairs of our lives. He meets us in our downcast state and pours out grace upon us. A crushed spirit is the shortcut to the throne of grace.
“but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ –” (Eph 4:15)
Jesus Christ is our head. His will is our rule. His word is our law. We must be careful not to drift away from a firm commitment to Christ. To grow up in all things into Him, we need to know Him better and better so that after accepting Jesus Christ as Lord of our life, we will continue to follow Jesus and His leadership.
“Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone.” (Eph 2:20)
The house of God is built upon the foundation of the apostles and the prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone. The definition of the cornerstone from Wikipedia: “The cornerstone (or foundation stone or setting stone) is the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation. All other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure.”