Posts Tagged ‘Gentile’


Leviticus 1:1-9 (NIV, @2011) The LORD called to Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting. He said, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When anyone among you brings an offering to the LORD, bring as your offering an animal from either the herd or the flock. “‘If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, you are to offer a male without defect. You must present it at the entrance to the tent of meeting so that it will be acceptable to the LORD. You are to lay your hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on your behalf to make atonement for you. You are to slaughter the young bull before the LORD, and then Aaron’s sons the priests shall bring the blood and splash it against the sides of the altar at the entrance to the tent of meeting. You are to skin the burnt offering and cut it into pieces. The sons of Aaron the priest are to put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. Then Aaron’s sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, including the head and the fat, on the wood that is burning on the altar. You are to wash the internal organs and the legs with water, and the priest is to burn all of it on the altar. It is a burnt offering, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the LORD.

In today’s day and age, digesting this instruction from God is impossible with the big thrust on animal rights and all the attention that is poured on the issue.

Was this God’s instruction or man’s smart thinking that produced a culture of blood and gore? (more…)


Romans 2:25-27
Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised. If those who are not circumcised keep the law’s requirements, will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised? The one who is not circumcised physically and yet obeys the law will condemn you who, even though you have the written code and circumcision, are a lawbreaker.

Mosaic Law requires Jews to be circumcised and without this, one was not called a Jew. The ritual is performed by a ‘Mohel’ (not by a doctor) on the 8th day after a male child is born to Jewish parents, else it is not accepted. When a child is circumcised, he is accepted into the Covenant of Abraham and that is key to being God’s chosen people. Paul wrote this letter to the believers in Rome and some were Jews while the rest were Gentiles (Non-Jews). Why is Paul’s instruction to Jews vital to the us today?

When we accept Christ as our risen Lord and Savior we are brought into God’s family and have an inheritance that can never be taken away. From that moment on, we are ambassadors for Christ in our daily lives and we bear our new family name. This is a big and joyous event but when we fail to appreciate it every moment of our lives, we can fall away and become like the world therefore loosing our testimony and bringing dishonor to God. Paul reminds us that we no longer live for ourselves but for our Lord Jesus who sacrificed himself to save us from the pits of hell and that we need to protect our testimony every moment of our lives. Lets not be called ritualistic people, rather lets live our faith in our lives.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Acts 21:23-26
so do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a vow. Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved. Then everybody will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in obedience to the law. As for the Gentile believers, we have written to them our decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.” The next day Paul took the men and purified himself along with them. Then he went to the temple to give notice of the date when the days of purification would end and the offering would be made for each of them.

Paul was a determined man and even though many hundred believers in a dozen or more cities begged him to avoid going back to Jerusalem, he insisted and continued his journey because he sensed it important to be there. This was a journey he knew would be the last of his travels and it might be the one that cost him his life. However, he was willing to make this trip because his desire was to glorify God. What then came over him to accept to perform rituals that would change the view of the Jews regarding what he was ministering to the world?

If Paul was in the business of building his credit worthiness, he certainly had not employed the best author for this book. Time and time again it seems like Paul’s shortcomings are brought to the fore and it puts him in poor light. Why was the Lord permitting this one would wonder because Paul was a servant of God. The entire Bible points us to God the father, Jesus his son and the Holy Spirit but certainly not to the apostles. As we progress through the book of Acts, we will see how God uses this situation to bring himself glory and that is a key learning for us today. Our lives are not about us or our safety or our glory or our dominion. Our lives are to serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who deserves our all for what he has done for us, forgiveness of our sins and the gift of eternity in his presence.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

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Mark 7:25b-30
A woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil spirit came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

I wonder if I would have the wisdom of the Syrophoenician woman when Jesus speaks to me in parables because I consider myself very dumb when I read passages like this one selected above. This lady came to Jesus in pain and had a desperate need for Jesus’ miraculous touch on her daughter who was demon possessed. However, she was not Jew and Jesus was there to save the lost sheep of Israel. Would she have any place before a foreign God whose objectives seemed different? In times of desperation, do we seek anything that will give us a solution to our problems?

What Jesus asked her was whether it was right for him to turn his attention to the gentiles before he was done with the Jews and her response showed him that she knew Jesus was here to save sinners, not just a race of people. She must’ve noticed it in the sarcastic language Jesus used to describe gentiles or in his manner of speaking but her answer was apt. I often feel like a servant before Jesus, my Lord, whose crumbs I am not fit to take. In Christ, we have victory from the dominion of sin and suffering because through his death and resurrection, we have the hope of eternity. We all have needs and I know today the Lord speaks to me as clearly as he speaks to you that he wants for us to put our faith in him and know that he will answer our pleas in an amazing way!

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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