1 John 5

1 John 5: Saints are Born of God

                John explains that all Saints are born of God and that those who love God; “…keep his commandments…” (1 John 5:3) For those same people who love God and who keep the commandments of God; “…overcometh the world…” (1 John 5:4) Jesus Christ overcame the world, and we can too! For not only by water; “…but by water and blood.” (1 John 5:5) did Jesus Christ sacrifice Himself for us, setting the example.

By the Spirit we may know the truth of things, for the “…witness of God is greater…” (1 John 5:9) John goes on to explain the purpose of what Jesus Christ did for us; “…God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son, hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” (1 John 5:11-12)

John explains that those who have faith in God and in His Son Jesus Christ will have confidence’ “…that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he will hear us; And if we know that he hear us whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” (1 John 5:14-15) In other words, God will answer our prayers according to His own will. This can be likened to a little child attempting to touch a hot stove. Obviously the parent says not to, because it’ll burn them! However, as little children in the eyes of God, we often want something, but God repeatedly says no. Why? Because He knows best and does not want us to be burned!

Hebrews 10

Hebrews 10: The Just Live by Faith

                Paul explains that the way sin was taken away from the people in the Old Testament; through the shedding of the blood of animals can no longer take away the sin. Instead we “…are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10) The sacrifice, also known as the Atonement of Jesus Christ was the ultimate price paid for the sin of mankind. Jesus Christ gave us a way to return to live with our Heavenly Father again.

Paul invites those followers of Christ to “…draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:22) For if we sin after we come to the knowledge of Him, it will be difficult for us to be forgiven, for we know right from wrong;

                “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.” (Hebrews 10:26)

Essentially Paul is telling us that we need to live by faith and once we have knowledge of our Redeemer, we need to live a pure and clean life (as best our abilities).

1 Chronicles 15-16

1 Chronicles 15-16

Chapter 15: David Prepares the Ark of the Lord

David build himself houses in the City of David and prepares a place for the Ark in the city of David and pitches a tent for it. David tells everyone that NO ONE should carry the ark, except the Levites.

David gathered all Israel together to Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the Lord unto his place, which he had prepared for it, and assembled the children of Aaron, and the Levites:

The sons of Kohath; Uriel the chief, and his brethren, 120.

The sons of Merari; Asaiah the chief, and his brethren, 220.

The  sons of Gershom; Joel the chief, and his brethren, 130.

The sons of Elizaphan; Shemaiah the chief, and his brethren, 200.

The sons of Hebron; Eliel the chief, and his brethren.

The sons of Uzziel; Amminadab the chief, and his brethren, 212.

David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, for Uriel, Asaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and Eliel, and Amminadab, and said unto them, “…Ye are the chief of the fathers of the Levites: sanctify yourselves, both ye and your brethren, that ye may bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel unto the place that I have prepared for it.” (1 Chronicles 15:12)

So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel. So the children of the Levites took the ark of God upon their shoulders. David spoke to the chief of the Levites to appoint some men to be the singers with instruments, sounding and by lifting up the voice with joy. So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel; and of his brethren, Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari, Ethan the son of Kushaiah; Zechariah, Ben, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Elipheleh, Mikneiah, and Obed-edom, and Jeiel, the porters.

So the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were appointed to sound with cymbals of brass; And Zechariah, and Aziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with psalteries on Alamoth; And Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and Mikneiah, and Obed-edom, and Jeiel, and Azaziah, with harps on the Sheminith to excel. And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was for song: he instructed about the song, because he was skilful.

And Berechiah and Elkanah were doorkeepers for the ark.

And Shebaniah, Jehoshaphat, Nethaneel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests,blew on  trumpets before the ark of God: and Obed-edom and Jehiah were doorkeepers for the ark. So David, and the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the house of Obed-edom with joy.

David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and therefore Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps. As the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul was looking out the window and saw king David dancing and playing: and she despised him in her heart.

Chapter 16: People Sacrifice and Praise the Lord

Israel brings the ark of God, and set it in the tent that David had pitched for it: and they offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings before God. David also blessed the people in the name of the Lord, and he dealt to every one of Israel, both man and woman, to everyone a loaf of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine.

Then on that day David delivered a psalm of thanks to the Lord into the hand of Asaph and his brethren.

“Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually. Remember his marvelous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones. He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth. Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations; Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac; And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant, Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance; When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it. And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people; He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes, Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. Sing unto the Lord, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation. Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the people are idols: but the Lord made the heavens. Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.  Give unto the Lord, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigneth. Let the sea roar, and the fullness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein. Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord, because he cometh to judge the earth. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel forever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the Lord.” (1 Chronicles 16:8-36)

So David left the ark of the covenant of the Lord Asaph and his brethren, to minister before the ark continually, as every day’s work required: And all the people departed every man to his house: and David returned to bless his house.

Leviticus 9-10

Leviticus 9-10

Chapter 9: Atonement and Sacrifice

Aaron makes atonement by sacrifice for himself and all of Israel. The glory of the Lord appears unto all of Israel and the Lord consumes the offering on the altar by fire.

Chapter 10: Unauthorized Sacrifices

Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron perform un-authorized sacrifices, and as a consequence are slain by a fire from the Lord. Aaron and his other sons are forbidden to mourn for their loss, because of the iniquity that they did. The Lord forbids Aaron and his brethren to drink wine or strong drink, being the difference between clean and unclean and holy and unholy (Leviticus 10:9-10).

This is interesting, because God is telling Aaron not to drink alcohol, and in the LDS church today, we are commanded to not drink as well. It is because the Lord has commanded us not to drink alcohol.

We also learn from this chapter that, you need the authority from God to perform ordinances. The Lord killing Nadab and Abihu for performing these ordinances without the proper authority proves how important it is to the Lord, that we have the correct and proper authority to perform ordinances.

Leviticus 7-8

Leviticus 7-8

Chapter 7: Forgiveness through Sacrifice

The Law of the Trespass Offering, after the burnt offering has been killed the meat is to be eaten by the priest and any males that are with the priest during the time of the sacrifice. Theses shall be made as Atonement; At-One-Ment is a way to address a wrong, such as a sin.

If the burnt offering be as a “thanksgiving”, then the sacrifice of thanksgiving must be presented with unleavened cakes mingled with oil, unleavened wafers anointed with oil and fine flour, fried. The sacrifice must be eaten the day that it is sacrificed, unless it was a vow, then the sacrifice may be eaten in 2 days, but on the third day it must be burnt. If the sacrifice be eaten on the third day, the sacrifice shall be void and the person who commits this will be committing an abomination unto the Lord.

The children of Israel are commanded to not eat the fat of any beast, regardless of how the animal died. The fat is to be used for other purposes, but to never be eaten.

Israel is also commanded to not eat blood. (Leviticus 7:26)

Chapter 8: Washing and Anointing

The Lord commands Moses to bring the congregation of Israel before the doors of the Tabernacle, where Aaron and his sons are washed an anointed, they are clothed in the robes of the priesthood and are consecrated before Israel. Moses and Aaron offer sacrifices of reconciliation unto the Lord in the same manner as I have discussed in the previous chapters of Leviticus.

Leviticus 3-4

Leviticus 3-4

Chapter 3: Don’t Eat Blood of Fat

Peace offerings are made with animals that are without blemish. These animals are taken to the doors of the tabernacle where they are killed. Aaron and his priests then take the animal and sprinkle it around the altar where the animal will be burnt as a peace offering unto the Lord.

Israel is forbidden to eat blood or fat.

Chapter 4: Sinners are forgiven through sacrifice.

Those who sin ignorantly can bring a young bullock (sheep) without blemish before the priests in the tabernacle, as  sin offering.

The animal is killed and then a priest dips his finger in the blood and sprinkles it seven times before the veil of the sanctuary. Blood will also be placed on the horns of the altar of sweet incense. The rest of the blood is to be poured into the bottom of the altar, and all the fat be removed from the bullock, to be burned with the skin on the altar.

Sins are forgiven through this method, the priests using this method are making atonement for the sins of the people.

Leviticus 1-2

Leviticus 1-2

Chapter 1: Animal Sacrifice

Peace offerings are made with animals without blemish. The animal is brought before the tabernacle door as an offering of atonement. The animal is killed and the blood of the animal is sprinkled around the altar, where the animal is burned over a fire after being cut up. These burnt offerings are to atone for sins and are a sweet savor to the Lord.

Chapter 2: Offerings of Flour and Oil

This chapter describes how to make offerings of fine flour laced with oil and frankincense to be burnt over a fired as a sweet savor to the Lord.

Every meat offering offered to the Lord cannot contain leaven or honey. And all meat offerings need to be offered with a seasoning of salt.