Posts Tagged ‘Old Testament’

LABOR DAY NEWSLETTER
     GOOD NEWS                                    The Family Good News-Letter
29th Year                                         September 2, 2013

Dear Friends and Family,

Since the Labor Day Holiday is upon us, I thought it might be appropriate to take a closer look at what we do to earn a living and what spiritual significance that activity might have. People usually divide occupations into two categories, religious and secular. When we think religious, the usual stereotypes come to mind . . . pastors, missionaries, gospel singer and evangelists. It might be beneficial for us to look at this subject from a different perspective. The reign of King David in Israel would be a good starting point.

     David wore two hats. He was both the spiritual as well as the so-called secular leader. This kind of arrangement is called a theocracy. I would like to share a short commentary with you from Thomas Nelson Publishers’ Daily Devotional Bible.  It treats the subject in a much better manner than I ever could. In addition, this approach helps me avoid the temptation to plagiarize. (SMILE)
     David was the king over a theocracy. He organized his people for religious duties as well as for what might be termed “secular” duties. In the theocracy, however, there was no distinction. Any assigned service was in essence a sacred duty, whether one was a soldier or priest. Duty toward the kingdom was duty toward God Who was over the kingdom. Such a thought should dominate the thoughts of the Christian. All of life is sacred. The believer is always on duty. Even in one’s chosen occupation, one is to be a dutiful Christian in the performance of his work. Working at a secular job to make a livelihood merely serves as a means by which one performs his overall duty toward God. The believer is never off duty in his moral obligation.
     Just in case some of you might exclaim “That Old Testament stuff doesn’t apply to me”, let’s talk a little New Testament!!!! Col. 3:23 tells us “Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as (something done) for the Lord and not for men.” And if that doesn’t convince you, try on Col. 1:13 which informs us that “We have been translated from the Kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God’s own Son.”  Therefore, we Christians are not unlike the Hebrews who were subject to King David, we too live in a theocracy. However, there is a significant difference between the two monarchs. Our King is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Savior of the World, the One True God, Jesus Christ.
                                                                     Have a Blessing and be a Blessing,
                                                                                        Gene

I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas!   To you and your families!   Special Blessings and we hold you in our prayers.  Please let the Wisdom of God lead you each day. 

 

 

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.” (1 Peter 2:9)
COMMENT: In the Old Testament the priests were intercessors for the ordinary people. They made sacrifices for them to cover their sins. Once a year a priest went into “The Most Holy Place” and made a sacrifice for himself and the people. This was called The Day of Atonement. (Exodus 30:10) When Jesus died on the cross it is told that the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom denoting that we New Covenant Christians can now have direct access to The Throne of God to obtain mercy and grace (Hebrews 4:16); we need no intermediary. (Mark 15:38) Of course, this doesn’t mean that we should not ask others to pray for us. Our Lead Scripture tells us that we don’t need priests to intercede for us because we are priests. Jesus, the High Priest of our confession, has taken His blood into the Most Holy Place. There is no longer a need for animal sacrifices but we are to offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving. (Psalm 116:17)
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Hebrews 9: 11-14
WISE SAYING: HE WHO KNEELS BEFORE GOD CAN STAND BEFORE ANYONE.
  Sincerely Yours, Gene McGuire