Friday, September 18, 2020

The Daily Bible Readings for FRIDAY, September 18, 2020

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The Daily Readings
FRIDAY, September 18, 2020
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45; Exodus 16:1-21; 2 Corinthians 13:5-10
The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Today’s Verse-of-the-Day: Philippians 2:3-4
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Today’s Readings:
Remembering the wilderness
1 O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.

2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.

3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.

4 Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore.

5 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

6 O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.

37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.

38 Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.

39 He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night.

40 The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.

41 He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river.

42 For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant.

43 And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness:

44 And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people;

45 That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the Lord.

Manna in the wilderness
16:1 And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.

2 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:

3 And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.

4 Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

5 And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.

6 And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the Lord hath brought you out from the land of Egypt:

7 And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the Lord; for that he heareth your murmurings against the Lord: and what are we, that ye murmur against us?

8 And Moses said, This shall be, when the Lord shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the Lord heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the Lord.

9 And Moses spake unto Aaron, Say unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, Come near before the Lord: for he hath heard your murmurings.

10 And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.

11 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

12 I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God.

13 And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host.

14 And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.

15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat.

16 This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents.

17 And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less.

18 And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.

19 And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.

20 Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them.

21 And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.

Correction that builds up
13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.

8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets.]

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel lessons are from The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV).

The Daily Bible Readings are selected from the Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, a three-year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year A. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2020, we will be in Year B. The year which ended at Advent 2019 was Year C. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts. www.commontexts.org
The Daily Readings for FRIDAY, September 18, 2020
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45; Exodus 16:1-21; 2 Corinthians 13:5-10 (KJV)

The Prayer of the Day for FRIDAY, September 18, 2020


Prayer of the Day
FRIDAY, September 18, 2020

The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass. I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.

Lord our God, we thank you that you have given us your glorious future as the basis for our lives. We thank you that on this foundation we can forget our present troubles and believe that the power of good can move us today to oppose sin, death, and everything evil. Free our hearts from all burdens, and grant that we may have courage to wait patiently for the great help which is to come. Grant that what is happening in the world today may somehow help toward the solution of all the problems. We praise your name, our Father in the heavens. We praise you for the good you do for us each day and for the light you will shed one day on everything on earth, to the glory of your name. Amen.

Verse of the Day for FRIDAY, September 18, 2020

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Philippians 2:3-4
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
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Ichthus Ministries Daily Devotions — Who Needs Roots?

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Who Needs Roots?

In Him we live and move and have our being.

Recently, I saw a photograph in which a koala bear clung for dear life to a branch high above the ground. His eyes were squinted tightly shut as if to block out an approaching disaster. The caption read, "Life can surely drive you up a tree." If a picture is really worth a thousand words, that photograph may be the best response to the title of this message.

Many Americans lament the rootlessness of our society. Most of us would grant that we tend to be a bit footloose. Being single simply makes us more so. It's not too difficult to change apartments, jobs, or cities. If we decide we want a change and can handle it, we're likely to go ahead without being too concerned about the effects of our decision on someone else. To me, this freedom is one of the chief advantages of being single. But the question becomes this: How much of this freedom are we willing to sacrifice for security, the feeling of belonging?

Too many changes, too little permanence, too much independence can create a great deal of stress in our lives, too. For some people, change seems to be the only permanence they know. They skip from job to job, city to city, relationship to relationship—always looking for greener pastures, but they seem, very often, to be running from themselves.

On the other hand, avoiding change at all costs can create a predictable and stifling boredom. When life comes along and tries to drive us up a tree, it might be comforting to know that our tree had roots, and that the roots were not staying in place merely by force of habit.

Where then can we find stability in life without succumbing to stagnation, without resisting everything that might be different, or outside our comfortable way of doing things? How do we grow and lean into new experiences yet still keep our feet on level ground, not becoming victim to life's shifting sands?

The apostle Paul has an answer to these age-old conundrums. "Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving" (Colossians 2:6-7).

For Paul, the crucified and risen Savior was everything—his very breath and being, his Companion along every turn of the road. Throughout his new life in Christ, Paul leaned on Jesus for stability, trusting Him with his life. Paul knew He would never fail nor forsake him—no matter how rough or unstable things were to become (see Deuteronomy 31:6).

This is the kind of rootedness we're all looking for. Only in this kind of lifestyle can we ever find security.

Heavenly Father, sink our roots of faith deep into the truth of Jesus as our Lord and Savior. In His Name we pray. Amen.

Jane Fryar

Reflection Questions:
1. Do you have a sense of your family tree, going back a generation or two?

2. Do you see your life as rooted in God and growing daily in your faith? What could you do to assist your spiritual growth and development?

3. How do you keep your life growing intellectually? Spiritually? Emotionally?
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Recently, I saw a photograph in which a koala bear clung for dear life to a branch high above the ground. His eyes were squinted tightly shut as if to block out an approaching disaster. The caption read, "Life can surely drive you up a tree."

Standing Strong Through the Storm — TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK

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TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK

If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.

An Open Doors colleague shares the following incident from an SSTS seminar in Indonesia:

I remember standing in front of nearly 800 pastors on the island of Timor facing a serious dilemma. Most of the pastors were victims of attacks by Muslims on the island of Ambon. They had lost homes, churches, and even family members during these attacks. They were hurt, devastated, and needed answers to the challenges they faced.

As soon as I started preaching, one pastor stood up and interrupted me: “Must we accept the persecution from the Muslims or must we retaliate? We are tired of forgiving just to be attacked again. We believe it is time to defend the honor of God and retaliate. What must we do?”

I understood perfectly the challenges. I had met those who were attacked and I have seen the scars on the bodies of those who simply accepted it. I understood there was no easy answer. Then another pastor interrupted: “No, pastor, tell this brother he is wrong. The Bible tells us to accept our suffering. We will dishonor God if we retaliate. Seventy times seven we need to forgive. Isn’t this true?”

I looked at the pastors and replied, “The Bible is clear. You MUST retaliate!”

There was silence. I sensed the division. I could see the smiles on the faces of those who agreed and saw those who disagreed getting ready to leave the hall.

“Wait, brothers!” I intervened. “Before you leave, let me finish my sentence. Luke 6 teaches us clearly to retaliate, but in doing so, we need to choose our weapons. When someone curses you, you don’t just accept it. You retaliate by blessing him. When someone mistreats you and persecute you, you don’t just accept it. You retaliate by praying for him. When someone takes your cloak you retaliate by giving your undercoat. When someone slaps you in the face, don’t stand for it. Retaliate! Turn your other cheek.”

The burden of just accepting suffering was broken. They were satisfied.

RESPONSE: Today I will retaliate against attacks upon me using the spiritual weapons of Jesus.

PRAYER: Lord, may I always remember how You want me to respond when others treat me badly.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
An Open Doors colleague shares the following incident from an SSTS seminar in Indonesia:…

Men of the Bible — Joseph

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Joseph

His name means: "May He [God] Add"

His work: Joseph was a working man who supported his family through the trade of carpentry.
His character: A man who traced his ancestry back to David, Joseph was just, compassionate, and obedient to God. Though poor, he was a good husband and father, providing for and protecting his family.
His sorrow: That Herod the Great tried to murder his son, Jesus.
His triumph: To be used by God to protect and provide for the world's Savior. Through him, Jesus could trace his ancestry to King David and the tribe of Judah.
Key Scriptures: Matthew 1-2; Luke 2

A Look at the Man

Three times Joseph saw angels in his dreams. In the first appearance, the angel announced something impossible: Mary had become pregnant, though she had not been unfaithful to him. In the second, the angel warned him to flee to Egypt to escape Herod's plan to murder the boy Jesus. Later, an angel sounded the all-clear, informing Joseph of Herod's death so that he could return to Israel with Mary and Jesus.

Though we know little of Joseph from the Scriptures, we know at least of his remarkable faith and obedience. Each time the angels appeared to him, they revealed something he could not have known without divine revelation. But each new revelation presented him with a choice. Would he do as the angel instructed, or would he rely on his own understanding and do as he thought best? It would have been so easy to brush off the first dream. When in the history of the world had a woman ever become pregnant without sleeping with a man? Common sense would have told him to proceed with his plan to set Mary aside and marry someone else. Instead, he heeded the angel and, by doing so, said yes to God's surprising plan for his life.

Did Joseph comprehend the enormity of the decisions he was making? Possibly. But certainly, he could not foresee the strange mixture of blessing and suffering that lay in store for him and his family. His yes would cost him many sleepless nights, but it would also involve him in the greatest miracle ever.

Centuries later we celebrate Joseph's life, knowing that he was everything a father should be—spiritually perceptive, compassionate, humble, faithful, loving, and protective toward the family the Lord had given him.

Reflect On: Genesis 39:1–5 (This is an account of another Joseph, but the similarities between these two obedient men and God’s gracious blessing is striking.)
Praise God: For offering a love that constrains us to obedience.
Offer Thanks: For blessing you with the responsibility of leading and directing the lives of young people—children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, neighbors.
Confess: Your sin and willful disobedience.
Ask God: To give you a heart that is drawn to him in love and compliance to his perfect will and to empower you in the task of leading these young ones in his ways.

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Three times Joseph saw angels in his dreams. In the first appearance, the angel announced something impossible:…

John Piper Devotional — The Only True Freedom

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The Only True Freedom

Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

What is true freedom? Are you free?
  1. If you don't have the desire to do a thing, you are not fully free to do it. Oh, you may muster the will power to do what you don't want to do, but nobody calls that full freedom. It's not the way we want to live. There is a constraint and pressure on us that we don't want.
  2. And if you have the desire to do something, but no ability to do it, you are not free to do it.
  3. And if you have the desire and the ability to do something, but no opportunity to do it, you are not free to do it.
  4. And if you have the desire to do something, and the ability to do it, and the opportunity to do it, but it destroys you in the end, you are not fully free — not free indeed.
To be fully free, we must have the desire, the ability, and the opportunity to do what will make us happy forever. No regrets. And only Jesus, the Son of God who died and rose for us, can make that possible.

If the Son shall set you free, you shall be free indeed.
What is true freedom? Are you free?

Un dia a la Vez — Personas que son como ángeles

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Personas que son como ángeles

Preocupémonos los unos por los otros, a fin de estimularnos al amor y a las buenas obras.

¿Has vivido la experiencia de conocer personas que parecen ángeles? ¿Personas que aparecen en momentos de nuestra vida que nos hacen decir que son como ángeles? Es decir, personas que nos ayudaron en una situación determinada. Es una gran experiencia encontrase en el camino con estos seres especiales con un corazón tan grande que nos conmueven. Por eso los llamo ángeles enviados por Dios a nuestra vida.

Trata de recordar a esa persona que en momentos de angustia y tribulación te ayudaron, te escucharon y te sacaron adelante. O quizá tú hayas sido ese ángel para otros y hoy Dios te honra.

Mi experiencia más cercana fue en una situación donde tenía pendiente una cuenta con mi abogada de inmigración y esa oficina decidió que no podían esperar más a que me pusiera al día y decidieron demandarme. Las cosas hubieran empeorado, pues una demanda podría afectarme mi salida y entrada a los Estados Unidos.

Como testimonio, te cuento que cuando los papeles llegaron al tribunal, allí había un angelito, una mujer que, cuando vio mi nombre, llamó a la emisora y pidió que no la identificaran. En su conversación con mi jefe, dijo: «Soy oyente de Claudia y necesito que le diga que sus papeles están aquí. Por eso, debe hablar con su abogada y pedirle que quite la demanda. Sé que le pueden dar una oportunidad». Para la gloria de Dios, eso fue lo que pasó. Me acerqué de nuevo a mi abogada, me dio la oportunidad y quitó la demanda.

¿Son ángeles o no estas personas? Dios permita que ella esté leyendo mi libro para decirle: «Dios te guarde y bendiga grandemente».

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
¿Has vivido la experiencia de conocer personas que parecen ángeles?

Devocional CPTLN — ¿Quién necesita raíces?


¿Quién necesita raíces?

Porque en Él vivimos, nos movemos y existimos.

No hace mucho vi una fotografía en la que un oso koala se aferraba con fuerza a una rama muy por encima del suelo. Tenía los ojos entrecerrados con fuerza como para bloquear un desastre que se acercaba. La leyenda decía: "La vida puede hacerte trepar a un árbol". Si una imagen vale más que mil palabras, esa fotografía puede ser la mejor respuesta al título de este mensaje.

Muchos estadounidenses lamentan el desarraigo de nuestra sociedad. La mayoría de nosotros admitiría que esto es cierto, especialmente para los solteros. No es demasiado difícil cambiar de apartamento, trabajo o ciudad. Si decidimos que queremos un cambio y podemos manejarlo, es probable que sigamos adelante sin preocuparnos demasiado por los efectos que nuestra decisión pueda tener en otra persona. Para mí, esta libertad es una de las principales ventajas de ser soltero. Pero la pregunta es ésta: ¿Cuánta libertad estamos dispuestos a sacrificar para tener seguridad y pertenecer?

Demasiados cambios y demasiada independencia también pueden crear una gran cantidad de estrés en nuestra vida. Para algunas personas, el cambio parece ser la única permanencia que conocen. Saltan de un trabajo a otro, de una ciudad a otra, de una relación a otra, siempre en busca de pastos más verdes, pero muy a menudo parecen estar huyendo de sí mismos. Por otro lado, evitar los cambios a toda costa puede crear un aburrimiento predecible y sofocante. Cuando la vida llega y trata de hacernos subir a un árbol, puede ser reconfortante saber que nuestro árbol tiene raíces y que las raíces no se quedan en su lugar simplemente por la fuerza del hábito.

Entonces, ¿dónde podemos encontrar estabilidad en la vida sin sucumbir al estancamiento, sin resistir todo lo que pueda ser diferente, o fuera de nuestra forma cómoda de hacer las cosas? ¿Cómo crecemos y nos apoyamos en experiencias nuevas manteniendo los pies en la tierra, sin convertirnos en víctimas de las arenas movedizas de la vida?

El apóstol Pablo tiene una respuesta a estos viejos acertijos. "Por tanto, de la manera que recibieron a Cristo Jesús el Señor, así anden en Él; firmemente arraigados y edificados en Él y confirmados en su fe, tal como fueron instruidos, rebosando de gratitud" (Colosenses 2:6-7).

Para Pablo, el Salvador crucificado y resucitado lo era todo: su aliento y ser, su compañero en cada esquina del camino. A lo largo de su nueva vida en Cristo, Pablo se apoyó en Jesús en busca de estabilidad, confiando en él con su vida. Pablo sabía que Jesús nunca fallaría ni lo desampararía, por más difíciles o inestables que se volvieran las cosas (ver Deuteronomio 31:6).

Este es el tipo de arraigo que todos buscamos. Solo en este tipo de estilo de vida podemos encontrar verdadera seguridad.

ORACIÓN: Padre celestial, hunde nuestras raíces de fe profundamente en la verdad de Jesús como nuestro Señor y Salvador. En su Nombre oramos. Amén.

Jane Fryar

Para reflexionar:
* ¿Está tu vida arraigada en Dios y creces diariamente en tu fe?

* ¿Qué puedes hacer para crecer más en tu fe?

© Copyright 2020 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
No hace mucho vi una fotografía en la que un oso koala se aferraba con fuerza a una rama muy por encima del suelo. Tenía los ojos entrecerrados con fuerza como para bloquear un desastre que se acercaba.

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày — Sửa Thang Máy

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Sửa Thang Máy

Đọc: Lê-vi ký 19:9–18 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Châm Ngôn 30–31; II Cô-rinh-tô 11:1–15

Hãy yêu thương người lân cận như chính mình. Ta là Đức Giê-hô-va.

Sarah mắc chứng bệnh hiếm gặp khiến cô bị trật khớp, và phải di chuyển bằng xe lăn điện. Gần đây, khi đang trên đường đến một buổi nhóm, Sarah điều khiển xe lăn đến ga tàu lửa nhưng thang máy ở đó bị hư. Lại lần nữa. Chẳng có cách nào đến được sân ga, người ta khuyên cô bắt taxi để đến ga tiếp theo cách đó bốn mươi phút. Cô gọi taxi nhưng xe không đến. Sarah đã bỏ cuộc và về nhà.

Thật không may, điều này thường xảy ra với Sarah. Thang máy hỏng khiến cô không thể lên tàu, những đoạn dốc khiến cô không xuống được. Đôi khi nhân viên đường sắt đối xử với Sarah như người gây phiền toái hay yêu cầu hỗ trợ. Cô gần như muốn khóc.

Trong số các luật lệ của Kinh Thánh về mối quan hệ giữa con người, thì “yêu thương người lân cận như chính mình” là mạng lệnh then chốt (Lê. 19:18; Rô. 13:8–10). Tình yêu thương ngăn chúng ta không nói dối, trộm cắp, và lợi dụng người khác (Lê. 19:11, 14), tình yêu thương cũng thay đổi cách chúng ta làm việc. Nhân viên phải được đối xử công bằng (c.13), và tất cả chúng ta nên rộng rãi với người nghèo (c.9-10). Trong trường hợp của Sarah, những người sửa thang máy và dọn sạch đường dốc không phải đang làm những nhiệm vụ nhỏ nhặt nhưng sự phục vụ của họ rất quan trọng đối với người khác.

Nếu xem công việc là công cụ để kiếm tiền hay để đạt được lợi ích cá nhân, thì chúng ta sẽ xem người khác là mối phiền toái. Nhưng nếu xem công việc là cơ hội để yêu thương, thì nhiệm vụ hằng ngày của chúng ta sẽ trở thành công việc thiêng liêng.
Theo bạn, vì sao chúng ta dễ thấy bực mình khi người khác nhờ hỗ trợ? Hôm nay bạn có thể biến công việc của mình thành cơ hội bày tỏ tình yêu thương thế nào?
Lạy Cha, đối với Ngài, công việc không chỉ là công việc nhưng là cơ hội để bày tỏ lòng yêu kính Ngài và phục vụ người khác. Xin giúp con xem công việc của mình là cơ hội để đem lại ích lợi cho người khác hôm nay.


Chú Giải

Các học giả Kinh Thánh xem Lê-vi Ký 17-26 là “Luật về sự thánh khiết”. Được gọi như vậy là vì các phân đoạn này nhấn mạnh cách sống thánh khiết của những người ở trong sự hiện diện của Đức Chúa Trời. Những chương trước trong sách Lê-vi Ký liên quan đến các của tế lễ (1-7); sự chuẩn bị và nghi thức tế lễ (8-10), hướng dẫn về những thứ tinh sạch và không tinh sạch (11-15), và Lễ Chuộc Tội (16). Những chương còn lại nhấn mạnh về sự thánh khiết trong gia đình và xã hội, trong mối quan hệ tình dục, trong giao dịch thương mại và nhiều điều khác.

Được nên thánh là được biệt riêng và sống – bởi năng quyền của Thánh Linh – theo những nguyên tắc được tìm thấy trong Kinh Thánh. Trong Tân Ước, Phi-e-rơ kêu gọi những người tin Chúa Jêsus trở nên thánh khiết bằng cách sử dụng những từ ngữ trong Lê-vi Ký 11:44 và 19:2: “Nhưng, như Đấng gọi anh em là thánh thì anh em cũng phải thánh trong mọi cách ăn nết ở của mình, vì có lời chép: ‘Các con phải thánh, vì Ta là thánh’” (I Phi-e-rơ 1:15-16).

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