This was spoken by R.Merlin on March 5, 2017 in Paramankeni. This is the third message of Leviticus. It is available under the topic of Books and under the date of July 2017
God wanted to establish a pure system of worship, in which God could be honored and praised in a fitting manner, and through which human sin could be atoned for. To this end the tabernacle was erected so that God’s presence could become a permanent and living reality in Israel’s religious life. The tabernacle was furnished with the ark and the altars, and all the other equipment necessary for making atonement. Sacred garments were made for the priests to wear during the sacrifices. Regulations explaining which sacrifices ought to be offered form the subject matter of Leviticus 1-7. But there was still no order of priests to carry out the ministry of atonement. Chapters 8-10 tell how the priesthood was instituted and the first sacrifices offered. The sudden death of Aaron’s two sons underline the need for holiness among the priests and the necessity of worshiping God in accordance with the divinely appointed form. The inauguration of this priestly ministry in the tabernacle, therefore, constituted a most significant step in the history of the nation.
If this message is understood well and received into the depth of our hearts, our shallow life will be certainly transformed. Let us focus on the giver, not just His gifts. This transcript is available under the Topic of Christ and under the Date of July 2017
Grace is not a doctrine, but a Person. Faith is not a creed or a slogan but the Person of Jesus Christ. God so loved the world that He gave us a Person, His Son, Jesus Christ, not a set of commandments. Jesus Christ is God’s provision for us to meet all our situations, all our problems, and all our needs. Unsearchable, untraceable, and inexhaustible riches of Christ are always available for us. In fact, the purpose of all the situations, all the problems, and all the needs in our life is for us to learn that Christ is sufficient. For Christ is all and in all.
Christ is the reality of all the shadows. Food, water, health, healing, provision, and supply are of course gifts from God. But, Jesus is our real food, real water, real health, real healing, real supply, etc. He is our Jehovah-Jireh. That means He is our provision, prosperity, and supply. He is our healing and He is our health, not just that He will give us healing or He will provide us health.
Jesus is the great I AM. God is always I AM. He is not I was or I will be.
Whoever we are, whatever we are, the Lord is all we need. Our well-being is not dependent upon things but on the unchanging person of Jesus Christ.
This message was spoken by R.Merlin on March 26, 2017 in Chennai. This is the fifth and the last message on Leviticus. It is available under the Topic of Books and under the Date of July 2017
The theological focus of Leviticus is on holiness. As the people of God, Israelites were called to holiness in their worship and in their daily living. Chapters 17-24 prescribe in detail the ordinances by which they were bound. It affected their diet, social relationship, religious leadership, calendar and center of worship.
There are rich and diverse means God has graciously granted us to help us remember what He has done for us. Songs are one of them. These songs will be helpful to put this principle into practice that teach the people of God matters of irrevocable substance beyond mere sentimentalism.