February 24, 2018: SOAP #3005:  Numbers 14-16; Mark 3 Scripture:  Numbers (NIV) 15:13 “'Everyone who is native-born must do these things in this way when he brings an offering made by fire as an aroma pleasing to the LORD. 14 For the generations to come, whenever an alien or anyone else living among you presents […]

February 24, 2018: SOAP #3005:  Numbers 14-16; Mark 3

Scripture:  Numbers (NIV) 15:13 “'Everyone who is native-born must do these things in this way when he brings an offering made by fire as an aroma pleasing to the LORD. 14 For the generations to come, whenever an alien or anyone else living among you presents an offering made by fire as an aroma pleasing to the LORD, he must do exactly as you do. 15 The community is to have the same rules for you and for the alien living among you; this is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. You and the alien shall be the same before the LORD: 16 The same laws and regulations will apply both to you and to the alien living among you.'”

Observation:    Outsiders choosing to live among the Israelites were required to live as the Israelites.    They were required to follow the same laws as the native-born.   'Before the LORD' there was no difference.

Application:    In the big picture, there is only one way to God.   Everyone must come through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross as the payment for their sin and the confession of Jesus as Lord.   Jesus fulfilled the requirements of the Law for all!   There is only one entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven!   There is no other way!

In a smaller picture, every nation should have one set of laws.   The native-born citizen and the alien should expect to find protection and justice.

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, thank you for making it simple; there is only one way through your Son, Jesus, the Christ!   I confess my sins.   I accept Jesus' death on the cross as the payment for my sins and I make Jesus my Lord!    Amen

Pastor Leon
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