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Seeking Forgiveness

The following video is of a sermon I preached yesterday on seeking forgiveness and making a sin offering for personal forgiveness has found in Leviticus chapter 5

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Offerings With Restitution- Leviticus 5

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Leviticus 5 When any of you sin in that you have heard a public adjuration to testify and—though able to testify as one who has seen or learned of the matter—do not speak up, you are subject to punishment. Or when any of you touch any unclean thing—whether the carcass of an unclean beast or the carcass of unclean livestock or the carcass of an unclean swarming thing—and are unaware of it, you have become unclean, and are guilty. Or when you touch human uncleanness—any uncleanness by which one can become unclean—and are unaware of it, when you come to know it, you shall be guilty. Or when any of you utter aloud a rash oath for a bad or a good purpose, whatever people utter in an oath, and are unaware of it, when you come to know it, you shall in any of these be guilty. When you realize your guilt in any of these, you shall confess the sin that you have committed. And you shall bring to the Lord, as your penalty for the sin that you have committed, a female from the flock, a sheep or a goat, as a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement on your behalf for your sin.

But if you cannot afford a sheep, you shall bring to the Lord, as your penalty for the sin that you have committed, two turtledoves or two pigeons, one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. You shall bring them to the priest, who shall offer first the one for the sin offering, wringing its head at the nape without severing it. He shall sprinkle some of the blood of the sin offering on the side of the altar, while the rest of the blood shall be drained out at the base of the altar; it is a sin offering. 10 And the second he shall offer for a burnt offering according to the regulation. Thus the priest shall make atonement on your behalf for the sin that you have committed, and you shall be forgiven.

11 But if you cannot afford two turtledoves or two pigeons, you shall bring as your offering for the sin that you have committed one-tenth of an ephah of choice flour for a sin offering; you shall not put oil on it or lay frankincense on it, for it is a sin offering. 12 You shall bring it to the priest, and the priest shall scoop up a handful of it as its memorial portion, and turn this into smoke on the altar, with the offerings by fire to the Lord; it is a sin offering. 13 Thus the priest shall make atonement on your behalf for whichever of these sins you have committed, and you shall be forgiven. Like the grain offering, the rest shall be for the priest.

Offerings with Restitution

14 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 15 When any of you commit a trespass and sin unintentionally in any of the holy things of the Lord, you shall bring, as your guilt offering to the Lord, a ram without blemish from the flock, convertible into silver by the sanctuary shekel; it is a guilt offering. 16 And you shall make restitution for the holy thing in which you were remiss, and shall add one-fifth to it and give it to the priest. The priest shall make atonement on your behalf with the ram of the guilt offering, and you shall be forgiven.

17 If any of you sin without knowing it, doing any of the things that by the Lord’s commandments ought not to be done, you have incurred guilt, and are subject to punishment. 18 You shall bring to the priest a ram without blemish from the flock, or the equivalent, as a guilt offering; and the priest shall make atonement on your behalf for the error that you committed unintentionally, and you shall be forgiven. 19 It is a guilt offering; you have incurred guilt before the Lord.   [1]

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. In the context of having first read chapter 4 and now chapter 5, what are your thoughts about the sin offering and a guilt offering?
  2. What are your thoughts about the offerings for unintentional sin?
  3. How does chapter 5 inform your understanding of atonement for sin?
  4. How is your understanding of Jesus Christ as one who sacrificed his life as an atonement for our sins enhanced after reading Leviticus 4 and 5?

-1 Corinthians 15: For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures[2]

  1.  How does chapter 5 of Leviticus inform your understanding of forgiveness?

 

Prayer:  Lord, help me to be a better person.  Make me aware of my actions, my thoughts and my feelings.  Grant me the courage to speak truth to power, love in the face of hate, and hope in the wind of despair.  Make me a better person, Lord.  I ask your forgiveness for any sin I have committed.  I ask forgiveness for any person I have unintentionally hurt.  I ask forgiveness for any action I have taken with the intention to inflict pain upon another.  Make me a better person Lord.  Help me to reach for the best, to strive for the best and be the best that I can be.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3

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Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Le 5–6). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[2] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (1 Co 15:3). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Sin and Purification Offerings- Leviticus 4

Today, the focus is on chapter 4 of the Book of Leviticus.  Chapter 4 is titled, “Sin Offerings.”  However, many modern commentators have noted that a more accurate translation of the title of this chapter would better be, “Purification Offerings.”  Purification, in the sense of ritual uncleanliness and the process for preparing a person to reenter society.  As we read chapter 4, I ask you to ask yourself this question, how does my perspective on this chapter change if any if the word sin is substituted for purification?  Also, I invite you to ponder the question of how modern Christian worship might be transformed if our services provided opportunities for believers to bring specific prayers for specific things before the entire congregation?  Currently, in many churches, members and worshipers bring their prayers to church, but often, are allowed to maintain the prayers in silence.  How would the institution of public private prayers change worship?  Thank you for joining me in reading chapter 4 in the Book of Leviticus.

Sin Offerings

Leviticus 4 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the people of Israel, saying: When anyone sins unintentionally in any of the Lord’s commandments about things not to be done, and does any one of them:

If it is the anointed priest who sins, thus bringing guilt on the people, he shall offer for the sin that he has committed a bull of the herd without blemish as a sin offering to the Lord. He shall bring the bull to the entrance of the tent of meeting before the Lord and lay his hand on the head of the bull; the bull shall be slaughtered before the Lord. The anointed priest shall take some of the blood of the bull and bring it into the tent of meeting. The priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle some of the blood seven times before the Lord in front of the curtain of the sanctuary. The priest shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of fragrant incense that is in the tent of meeting before the Lord; and the rest of the blood of the bull he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering, which is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. He shall remove all the fat from the bull of sin offering: the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is around the entrails; the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins; and the appendage of the liver, which he shall remove with the kidneys, 10 just as these are removed from the ox of the sacrifice of well-being. The priest shall turn them into smoke upon the altar of burnt offering. 11 But the skin of the bull and all its flesh, as well as its head, its legs, its entrails, and its dung— 12 all the rest of the bull—he shall carry out to a clean place outside the camp, to the ash heap, and shall burn it on a wood fire; at the ash heap it shall be burned.

13 If the whole congregation of Israel errs unintentionally and the matter escapes the notice of the assembly, and they do any one of the things that by the Lord’s commandments ought not to be done and incur guilt; 14 when the sin that they have committed becomes known, the assembly shall offer a bull of the herd for a sin offering and bring it before the tent of meeting. 15 The elders of the congregation shall lay their hands on the head of the bull before the Lord, and the bull shall be slaughtered before the Lord. 16 The anointed priest shall bring some of the blood of the bull into the tent of meeting, 17 and the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle it seven times before the Lord, in front of the curtain. 18 He shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar that is before the Lord in the tent of meeting; and the rest of the blood he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 19 He shall remove all its fat and turn it into smoke on the altar. 20 He shall do with the bull just as is done with the bull of sin offering; he shall do the same with this. The priest shall make atonement for them, and they shall be forgiven. 21 He shall carry the bull outside the camp, and burn it as he burned the first bull; it is the sin offering for the assembly.

22 When a ruler sins, doing unintentionally any one of all the things that by commandments of the Lord his God ought not to be done and incurs guilt, 23 once the sin that he has committed is made known to him, he shall bring as his offering a male goat without blemish. 24 He shall lay his hand on the head of the goat; it shall be slaughtered at the spot where the burnt offering is slaughtered before the Lord; it is a sin offering. 25 The priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and pour out the rest of its blood at the base of the altar of burnt offering. 26 All its fat he shall turn into smoke on the altar, like the fat of the sacrifice of well-being. Thus the priest shall make atonement on his behalf for his sin, and he shall be forgiven.

27 If anyone of the ordinary people among you sins unintentionally in doing any one of the things that by the Lord’s commandments ought not to be done and incurs guilt, 28 when the sin that you have committed is made known to you, you shall bring a female goat without blemish as your offering, for the sin that you have committed. 29 You shall lay your hand on the head of the sin offering; and the sin offering shall be slaughtered at the place of the burnt offering. 30 The priest shall take some of its blood with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and he shall pour out the rest of its blood at the base of the altar. 31 He shall remove all its fat, as the fat is removed from the offering of well-being, and the priest shall turn it into smoke on the altar for a pleasing odor to the Lord. Thus the priest shall make atonement on your behalf, and you shall be forgiven.

32 If the offering you bring as a sin offering is a sheep, you shall bring a female without blemish. 33 You shall lay your hand on the head of the sin offering; and it shall be slaughtered as a sin offering at the spot where the burnt offering is slaughtered. 34 The priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and pour out the rest of its blood at the base of the altar. 35 You shall remove all its fat, as the fat of the sheep is removed from the sacrifice of well-being, and the priest shall turn it into smoke on the altar, with the offerings by fire to the Lord. Thus the priest shall make atonement on your behalf for the sin that you have committed, and you shall be forgiven. [1]

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are your thoughts about the directions for a sin offering?
  2. What are the similarities and differences that you have observed between the offerings for peace and well-being in the preceding chapter, and the sin offerings in chapter 4?
  3. How might modern worship look if worshipers were encouraged to make specific offerings for specific concerns or joys?
  4. How does your perspective on chapter 4 change if the title were switched from sin offerings to “Purification” offerings?
  5. What other observations do you gain from reading chapter 4?

Prayer:  Have mercy upon me, O Lord.  Bless me in your righteousness.  I come to you in prayer that you might wash away my sins.  Wash away any bad thoughts that have creeped into my mind.  Wash away my desire to punish and hurt others for the mean and insensitive things they have done to me.  Teach me to forgive, yet hold others accountable.  Take away the temptation to be mean and unkind.  Accept my prayer.  Transform me.  Renew me.  Receive my remorse.  Absolve my sins.  Redeem me of my guilt. Purify me.  Cleanse me and make me whole.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3

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More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, and Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

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Thank you,

 

Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Le 4:1–35). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Listen to the newest episode of my podcast, Nicholas Hood3: Sin / Purification Offerings https://anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3/episodes/Sin–Purification-Offerings-e346fl

Prayer and Offering for Wellbeing- Leviticus 3

Have you ever prayed a prayer for wellbeing?  A prayer for wellbeing might go in one or two directions.  One prayer would be a prayer of thanks for the good things that are happening in your life.  Another type of prayer for wellbeing might be a prayer of intercession, where you would ask God to improve the quality of your life.  This piece below starts with Chapter 3 of Leviticus, with its focus on directions for making an offering for wellbeing.  In some versions of the Bible, it is also referred to as a “Peace Offering.”  Some people shy away from the Book of Leviticus, with its emphasis on rules and regulations.  What I have found is that the Book of Leviticus can come alive if you read it from a contemporary perspective, while at the same time seeking to understand the faith, spirituality and mindset of the ancient Israelites.

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Offerings of Well-Being

Leviticus 3 If the offering is a sacrifice of well-being, if you offer an animal of the herd, whether male or female, you shall offer one without blemish before the Lord. You shall lay your hand on the head of the offering and slaughter it at the entrance of the tent of meeting; and Aaron’s sons the priests shall dash the blood against all sides of the altar. You shall offer from the sacrifice of well-being, as an offering by fire to the Lord, the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is around the entrails; the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the appendage of the liver, which he shall remove with the kidneys. Then Aaron’s sons shall turn these into smoke on the altar, with the burnt offering that is on the wood on the fire, as an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord.

If your offering for a sacrifice of well-being to the Lord is from the flock, male or female, you shall offer one without blemish. If you present a sheep as your offering, you shall bring it before the Lord and lay your hand on the head of the offering. It shall be slaughtered before the tent of meeting, and Aaron’s sons shall dash its blood against all sides of the altar. You shall present its fat from the sacrifice of well-being, as an offering by fire to the Lord: the whole broad tail, which shall be removed close to the backbone, the fat that covers the entrails, and all the fat that is around the entrails; 10 the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the appendage of the liver, which you shall remove with the kidneys. 11 Then the priest shall turn these into smoke on the altar as a food offering by fire to the Lord.

12 If your offering is a goat, you shall bring it before the Lord 13 and lay your hand on its head; it shall be slaughtered before the tent of meeting; and the sons of Aaron shall dash its blood against all sides of the altar. 14 You shall present as your offering from it, as an offering by fire to the Lord, the fat that covers the entrails, and all the fat that is around the entrails; 15 the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the appendage of the liver, which you shall remove with the kidneys. 16 Then the priest shall turn these into smoke on the altar as a food offering by fire for a pleasing odor.

All fat is the Lord’s. 17 It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations, in all your settlements: you must not eat any fat or any blood.

 

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are your thoughts about directions in chapter 3 for making a peace offering?
  2. The expression, “Peace Offering” can also be translated to an offering for well being. Does this change your action or reaction to reading chapter 3?
  3. Have you ever prayed a prayer for well being?
  4. Is your prayer for well being a prayer of thanksgiving for the life you presently are living or is it a prayer of intercession for well being to come into your life?
  5. What other thoughts do you have about chapter 3?

 

 

Prayer:  Lord, my prayer today is a prayer for well-being.  I pray for health and strength.  I pray for a positive emotional health for myself, family, friends and others.  I pray that the prosperity of heaven might fall fresh upon me this day.  Guide me with a wisdom of discernment, that I might see truth for truth and untruth for what it is.  During the darkness of night, protect me from those who would break in, rob and cause harm to the body.  During the deep cold of winter, bless the space that I call home.  Bless the pipes and other systems of the house.  Bless the physical structure of the body with protection from the elements.  Bless my car.  Have mercy on those who must rely upon public transportation.  Have mercy upon the postal carriers and others who work outdoors. Grant me a positive perspective on life and fill me with your grace and mercy.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3

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Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, and Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

Also, on Google Podcasts at Nicholas Hood3

Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

 

Thank you,

 

Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boaz and the Comfort Zone of Being Prominent, Prosperous and Single

Boaz and the Comfort Zone of Being Prominent, Prosperous and Single

To me, part of success often includes stepping out of one’s comfort zone. The comfort zone represents the parameters that make us feel safe and secure. The “Comfort zone” will vary from person to person. What I find comfortable might make you uncomfortable. For example, I might feel right at home in a choir. Another person might find a choir rehearsal to be terrifying. Preaching is a “Comfort zone” for me. A person who does not preach regularly might find ascending the steps to a pulpit to be quite frightening. The comfort zone can be your friends, work, your family, volunteering in a non-profit that does good works. A business can have a model that works very well for them. However, when a business wants to grow, often it will build and expand on what is a proven success model and venture into uncharted waters.

Sunday, I am preparing a sermon about Boaz. In the Book of Ruth, we meet Boaz. He is rich, well known and respected and single. Ruth is a young widow who has relocated to Israel with her widowed mother in law, Naomi. Ruth sets out to work in fields that are owned by Boaz. Boaz, is touched that Ruth has come to Israel to look after her elderly mother in law. Without going through the entire story, Boaz and Ruth fall in love, he advocates within his tribe to marry Ruth, they get married and have a son, Obed, who becomes the grandfather of David, the future king of Israel. One observation that has come to my mind is that this scenario of love could only happen with Boaz making a conscious decision to cease to be single and to use all of his leverage within his kinsmen to marry Ruth.

Yesterday during the weather emergency because of the severe cold temperatures in Detroit Michigan, my wife and I met my brother Steve at the local ihop restaurant. As I shared with them what I intended to preach about this Sunday regarding the comfort zone, a young couple in the booth seated behind my brother proceeded to get up and come over to us and say they liked what I was talking about and intended to stop by church on Sunday. You never know who’s listening to you! Smile

The Book of Ruth only has four chapters and is an easy read. I encourage you to read the entire four chapters and pay careful attention to how Boaz seems to step out of his zone to marry Ruth. The following section from chapter 2 lets us see the first meeting between Ruth and Boaz.

Ruth 2 Now Naomi had a kinsman on her husband’s side, a prominent rich man, of the family of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. 2 And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain, behind someone in whose sight I may find favor.” She said to her, “Go, my daughter.” 3 So she went. She came and gleaned in the field behind the reapers. As it happened, she came to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech. 4 Just then Boaz came from Bethlehem. He said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you.” They answered, “The Lord bless you.” 5 Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, “To whom does this young woman belong?” 6 The servant who was in charge of the reapers answered, “She is the Moabite who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. 7 She said, ‘Please, let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the reapers.’ So she came, and she has been on her feet from early this morning until now, without resting even for a moment.”

8 Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. 9 Keep your eyes on the field that is being reaped, and follow behind them. I have ordered the young men not to bother you. If you get thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.” 10 Then she fell prostrate, with her face to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your sight, that you should take notice of me, when I am a foreigner?” 11 But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. 12 May the Lord reward you for your deeds, and may you have a full reward from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge!” 13 Then she said, “May I continue to find favor in your sight, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, even though I am not one of your servants.” [1]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What is your comfort zone?
  2. What does it take to break free from your comfort zone?
  3. What are your thoughts about Boaz and Ruth?

Prayer: Lord, grant me the courage to recognize those things that give me comfort, peace and joy. Grant me faith to think about new things and try new things as I stretch the boundaries of hope and desire with faith in you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3

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Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

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Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

Thank you,

Nick

[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ru 2:1–13). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Rules for Burnt and Grain Offerings- Leviticus 1 and 2

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The Burnt Offering

Leviticus1 The Lord summoned Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying: Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: When any of you bring an offering of livestock to the Lord, you shall bring your offering from the herd or from the flock.

If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, you shall offer a male without blemish; you shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, for acceptance in your behalf before the Lord. You shall lay your hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be acceptable in your behalf as atonement for you. The bull shall be slaughtered before the Lord; and Aaron’s sons the priests shall offer the blood, dashing the blood against all sides of the altar that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. The burnt offering shall be flayed and cut up into its parts. The sons of the priest Aaron shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. Aaron’s sons the priests shall arrange the parts, with the head and the suet, on the wood that is on the fire on the altar; but its entrails and its legs shall be washed with water. Then the priest shall turn the whole into smoke on the altar as a burnt offering, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord.

10 If your gift for a burnt offering is from the flock, from the sheep or goats, your offering shall be a male without blemish. 11 It shall be slaughtered on the north side of the altar before the Lord, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall dash its blood against all sides of the altar. 12 It shall be cut up into its parts, with its head and its suet, and the priest shall arrange them on the wood that is on the fire on the altar; 13 but the entrails and the legs shall be washed with water. Then the priest shall offer the whole and turn it into smoke on the altar; it is a burnt offering, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord.

14 If your offering to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, you shall choose your offering from turtledoves or pigeons. 15 The priest shall bring it to the altar and wring off its head, and turn it into smoke on the altar; and its blood shall be drained out against the side of the altar. 16 He shall remove its crop with its contents and throw it at the east side of the altar, in the place for ashes. 17 He shall tear it open by its wings without severing it. Then the priest shall turn it into smoke on the altar, on the wood that is on the fire; it is a burnt offering, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord.

 

Grain Offerings

Leviticus 2 When anyone presents a grain offering to the Lord, the offering shall be of choice flour; the worshiper shall pour oil on it, and put frankincense on it, and bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests. After taking from it a handful of the choice flour and oil, with all its frankincense, the priest shall turn this token portion into smoke on the altar, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord. And what is left of the grain offering shall be for Aaron and his sons, a most holy part of the offerings by fire to the Lord.

When you present a grain offering baked in the oven, it shall be of choice flour: unleavened cakes mixed with oil, or unleavened wafers spread with oil. If your offering is grain prepared on a griddle, it shall be of choice flour mixed with oil, unleavened; break it in pieces, and pour oil on it; it is a grain offering. If your offering is grain prepared in a pan, it shall be made of choice flour in oil. You shall bring to the Lord the grain offering that is prepared in any of these ways; and when it is presented to the priest, he shall take it to the altar. The priest shall remove from the grain offering its token portion and turn this into smoke on the altar, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord. 10 And what is left of the grain offering shall be for Aaron and his sons; it is a most holy part of the offerings by fire to the Lord.

11 No grain offering that you bring to the Lord shall be made with leaven, for you must not turn any leaven or honey into smoke as an offering by fire to the Lord. 12 You may bring them to the Lord as an offering of choice products, but they shall not be offered on the altar for a pleasing odor. 13 You shall not omit from your grain offerings the salt of the covenant with your God; with all your offerings you shall offer salt.

14 If you bring a grain offering of first fruits to the Lord, you shall bring as the grain offering of your first fruits coarse new grain from fresh ears, parched with fire. 15 You shall add oil to it and lay frankincense on it; it is a grain offering. 16 And the priest shall turn a token portion of it into smoke—some of the coarse grain and oil with all its frankincense; it is an offering by fire to the Lord.   [1]

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. In chapter 1, what new observations did you learn about the ritual for burnt offerings?
  2. Chapter 2 deals with the grain offerings. What did you learn about the grain offerings in chapter 2?
  3. Why do you think leaven and honey were forbidden to accompany the grain offerings?
  4. How do the burnt offerings and cereal offerings inform your sense of the modern offerings that are given and received in the Christian Church?

 

Prayer:  Lord, I bring my offering to you.  I bring you the best of what you have given to me.  I may not have much, but as I have, I leave a portion with you.  I leave you a token as a reminder to me that all things come from you, and ultimately, all things return to you.  I give you my best as a symbol of gratitude and thanksgiving.  I give you my heart, my soul and my body.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3

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Thank you,

 

Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Le 1:1–2:16). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Boaz and the Comfort Zone of Being Prominent, Prosperous and Single

Boaz and the Comfort Zone of Being Prominent, Prosperous and Single

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To me, part of success often includes stepping out of one’s comfort zone.  The comfort zone represents the parameters that make us feel safe and secure.  The “Comfort zone” will vary from person to person.  What I find comfortable might make you uncomfortable.  For example, I might feel right at home in a choir.  Another person might find a choir rehearsal to be terrifying.  Preaching is a “Comfort zone” for me.  A person who does not preach regularly might find ascending the steps to a pulpit to be quite frightening.  The comfort zone can be your friends, work, your family, volunteering in a non-profit that does good works.  A business can have a model that works very well for them.  However, when a business wants to grow, often it will build and expand on what is a proven success model and venture into uncharted waters.

Sunday, I am preparing a sermon about Boaz.  In the Book of Ruth, we meet Boaz.  He is rich, well known and respected and single.  Ruth is a young widow who has relocated to Israel with her widowed mother in law, Naomi.  Ruth sets out to work in fields that are owned by Boaz.  Boaz, is touched that Ruth has come to Israel to look after her elderly mother in law.  Without going through the entire story, Boaz and Ruth fall in love, he advocates within his tribe to marry Ruth, they get married and have a son, Obed, who becomes the grandfather of David, the future king of Israel.  One observation that has come to my mind is that this scenario of love could only happen with Boaz making a conscious decision to cease to be single and to use all of his leverage within his kinsmen to marry Ruth.  The Book of Ruth only has four chapters and is an easy read.  I encourage you to read the entire four chapters and pay careful attention to how Boaz seems to step out of his zone to marry Ruth.  The following section from chapter 2 lets us see the first meeting between Ruth and Boaz.

 

Ruth 2 Now Naomi had a kinsman on her husband’s side, a prominent rich man, of the family of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain, behind someone in whose sight I may find favor.” She said to her, “Go, my daughter.” So she went. She came and gleaned in the field behind the reapers. As it happened, she came to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech. Just then Boaz came from Bethlehem. He said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you.” They answered, “The Lord bless you.” Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, “To whom does this young woman belong?” The servant who was in charge of the reapers answered, “She is the Moabite who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. She said, ‘Please, let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the reapers.’ So she came, and she has been on her feet from early this morning until now, without resting even for a moment.”

Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. Keep your eyes on the field that is being reaped, and follow behind them. I have ordered the young men not to bother you. If you get thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.” 10 Then she fell prostrate, with her face to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your sight, that you should take notice of me, when I am a foreigner?” 11 But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. 12 May the Lord reward you for your deeds, and may you have a full reward from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge!” 13 Then she said, “May I continue to find favor in your sight, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, even though I am not one of your servants.” [1]

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What is your comfort zone?
  2. What does it take to break free from your comfort zone?
  3. What are your thoughts about Boaz and Ruth?

 

Prayer:  Lord, grant me the courage to recognize those things that give me comfort, peace and joy.  Grant me faith to think about new things and try new things as I stretch the boundaries of hope and desire with faith in you.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3

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New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

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Thank you,

 

Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ru 2:1–13). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Moses Erects the Tabernacle- Exodus 40

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The Tabernacle Erected and Its Equipment Installed

Exodus 40 The Lord spoke to Moses: On the first day of the first month you shall set up the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. You shall put in it the ark of the covenant, and you shall screen the ark with the curtain. You shall bring in the table, and arrange its setting; and you shall bring in the lampstand, and set up its lamps. You shall put the golden altar for incense before the ark of the covenant, and set up the screen for the entrance of the tabernacle. You shall set the altar of burnt offering before the entrance of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, and place the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it. You shall set up the court all around, and hang up the screen for the gate of the court. Then you shall take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it, and consecrate it and all its furniture, so that it shall become holy. 10 You shall also anoint the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and consecrate the altar, so that the altar shall be most holy. 11 You shall also anoint the basin with its stand, and consecrate it. 12 Then you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance of the tent of meeting, and shall wash them with water, 13 and put on Aaron the sacred vestments, and you shall anoint him and consecrate him, so that he may serve me as priest. 14 You shall bring his sons also and put tunics on them, 15 and anoint them, as you anointed their father, that they may serve me as priests: and their anointing shall admit them to a perpetual priesthood throughout all generations to come.

16 Moses did everything just as the Lord had commanded him. 17 In the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, the tabernacle was set up. 18 Moses set up the tabernacle; he laid its bases, and set up its frames, and put in its poles, and raised up its pillars; 19 and he spread the tent over the tabernacle, and put the covering of the tent over it; as the Lord had commanded Moses. 20 He took the covenant and put it into the ark, and put the poles on the ark, and set the mercy seat above the ark; 21 and he brought the ark into the tabernacle, and set up the curtain for screening, and screened the ark of the covenant; as the Lord had commanded Moses. 22 He put the table in the tent of meeting, on the north side of the tabernacle, outside the curtain, 23 and set the bread in order on it before the Lord; as the Lord had commanded Moses. 24 He put the lampstand in the tent of meeting, opposite the table on the south side of the tabernacle, 25 and set up the lamps before the Lord; as the Lord had commanded Moses. 26 He put the golden altar in the tent of meeting before the curtain, 27 and offered fragrant incense on it; as the Lord had commanded Moses. 28 He also put in place the screen for the entrance of the tabernacle. 29 He set the altar of burnt offering at the entrance of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, and offered on it the burnt offering and the grain offering as the Lord had commanded Moses. 30 He set the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it for washing, 31 with which Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet. 32 When they went into the tent of meeting, and when they approached the altar, they washed; as the Lord had commanded Moses. 33 He set up the court around the tabernacle and the altar, and put up the screen at the gate of the court. So Moses finished the work.

The Cloud and the Glory

(Ex 13:21–22; Num 9:15–23)

34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled upon it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36 Whenever the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle, the Israelites would set out on each stage of their journey; 37 but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out until the day that it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, before the eyes of all the house of Israel at each stage of their journey. [1]

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What reflections do you have on chapter 40 of the Book of Exodus?
  2. What is the significance of Moses personally placing the ark of the tabernacle and other items in the Tabernacle?
  3. What is the significance of Moses washing and consecrating Aaron and his sons as priests?
  4. What does the pillar of cloud and pillar of smoke tell you about the relationship between God, Moses and the people of Israel?
  5. Why do you think Moses is not to enter the Tabernacle when the glory of the Lord has settled upon it?

 

Prayer:  Let your glory descend from heaven, Lord.  Fill my heart, my head, and fill my space.  Let your glory shine upon this earth and bring us back to a pure and right worship.  Lord, I pray that your glory will give my guidance, goodness and grace.  Let your glory lead me and never forsake me.  Touch me with your power.  Save me with your grace.  Surround me with your love.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3

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More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

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Thank you,

 

Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ex 40:1–38). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Vestments for Priesthood- Exodus 39

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Making the Vestments for the Priesthood

(Ex 28:1–43)

Exodus 39 Of the blue, purple, and crimson yarns they made finely worked vestments, for ministering in the holy place; they made the sacred vestments for Aaron; as the Lord had commanded Moses.

He made the ephod of gold, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen. Gold leaf was hammered out and cut into threads to work into the blue, purple, and crimson yarns and into the fine twisted linen, in skilled design. They made for the ephod shoulder-pieces, joined to it at its two edges. The decorated band on it was of the same materials and workmanship, of gold, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen; as the Lord had commanded Moses.

The onyx stones were prepared, enclosed in settings of gold filigree and engraved like the engravings of a signet, according to the names of the sons of Israel. He set them on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod, to be stones of remembrance for the sons of Israel; as the Lord had commanded Moses.

He made the breastpiece, in skilled work, like the work of the ephod, of gold, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen. It was square; the breastpiece was made double, a span in length and a span in width when doubled. 10 They set in it four rows of stones. A row of carnelian, chrysolite, and emerald was the first row; 11 and the second row, a turquoise, a sapphire, and a moonstone; 12 and the third row, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; 13 and the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper; they were enclosed in settings of gold filigree. 14 There were twelve stones with names corresponding to the names of the sons of Israel; they were like signets, each engraved with its name, for the twelve tribes. 15 They made on the breastpiece chains of pure gold, twisted like cords; 16 and they made two settings of gold filigree and two gold rings, and put the two rings on the two edges of the breastpiece; 17 and they put the two cords of gold in the two rings at the edges of the breastpiece. 18 Two ends of the two cords they had attached to the two settings of filigree; in this way they attached it in front to the shoulder-pieces of the ephod. 19 Then they made two rings of gold, and put them at the two ends of the breastpiece, on its inside edge next to the ephod. 20 They made two rings of gold, and attached them in front to the lower part of the two shoulder-pieces of the ephod, at its joining above the decorated band of the ephod. 21 They bound the breastpiece by its rings to the rings of the ephod with a blue cord, so that it should lie on the decorated band of the ephod, and that the breastpiece should not come loose from the ephod; as the Lord had commanded Moses.

22 He also made the robe of the ephod woven all of blue yarn; 23 and the opening of the robe in the middle of it was like the opening in a coat of mail, with a binding around the opening, so that it might not be torn. 24 On the lower hem of the robe they made pomegranates of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen. 25 They also made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates on the lower hem of the robe all around, between the pomegranates; 26 a bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate all around on the lower hem of the robe for ministering; as the Lord had commanded Moses.

27 They also made the tunics, woven of fine linen, for Aaron and his sons, 28 and the turban of fine linen, and the headdresses of fine linen, and the linen undergarments of fine twisted linen, 29 and the sash of fine twisted linen, and of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, embroidered with needlework; as the Lord had commanded Moses.

30 They made the rosette of the holy diadem of pure gold, and wrote on it an inscription, like the engraving of a signet, “Holy to the Lord.” 31 They tied to it a blue cord, to fasten it on the turban above; as the Lord had commanded Moses.

The Work Completed

(Ex 35:10–19)

32 In this way all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting was finished; the Israelites had done everything just as the Lord had commanded Moses. 33 Then they brought the tabernacle to Moses, the tent and all its utensils, its hooks, its frames, its bars, its pillars, and its bases; 34 the covering of tanned rams’ skins and the covering of fine leather, and the curtain for the screen; 35 the ark of the covenant with its poles and the mercy seat; 36 the table with all its utensils, and the bread of the Presence; 37 the pure lampstand with its lamps set on it and all its utensils, and the oil for the light; 38 the golden altar, the anointing oil and the fragrant incense, and the screen for the entrance of the tent; 39 the bronze altar, and its grating of bronze, its poles, and all its utensils; the basin with its stand; 40 the hangings of the court, its pillars, and its bases, and the screen for the gate of the court, its cords, and its pegs; and all the utensils for the service of the tabernacle, for the tent of meeting; 41 the finely worked vestments for ministering in the holy place, the sacred vestments for the priest Aaron, and the vestments of his sons to serve as priests. 42 The Israelites had done all of the work just as the Lord had commanded Moses. 43 When Moses saw that they had done all the work just as the Lord had commanded, he blessed them. [1]

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What images come to your mind when reading the description of the vestments for the priests?
  2. Why do you think Moses oversees and blesses the making of the vestments for Aaron and his sons, even after the incident with the golden calf?
  3. What does this tell you about the attitude of Moses regarding forgiveness?
  4. Does this chapter help inform you regarding your own approach towards forgiveness?

 

Prayer:  Help me to forgive, even when others have hurt me and cut my spirit with disappointment.  Show me how to express my anger, but at the same time to learn to redeem and forgive others.  Make me an instrument of your will, your mercy, your grace and your forgiveness.  Bless me with a love that is mature enough to acknowledge pain and disappointment, but redemptive with mercy and understanding.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Pastor Nick Hood3

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Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the ministry, mission, and meditations from Pastor Nick Hood3 at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org and www.puccdetroit.org

New – Listen to readings from the Book of Psalms, Genesis, Exodus, and Inspirational Prayers written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at Nicholas Hood3, is now available on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nicholas-hood3/id1370371705.

Or, at anchor.fm/nicholas-hood3.

Also, on Google Podcasts at Nicholas Hood3

Now on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/1fQTqugJtGj6FCgHaGuG

 

Thank you,

 

Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ex 39:1–43). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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