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We have a new key ring around here, if you know what I mean...... • • “Yes, I truly have reason to bless the Lord for abundant supplies; His treasury has been wide open to me, His riches have constantly outweighed my necessities. He has multiplied His mercies above all my desires.” -Susannah Spurgeon
“I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.“ -Psalm 69:29-33 That last verse holds more weight for me than it ever has. But, more than that, as I read this passage this morning, I realized how appropriate and applicable it is for the current landscape of our national state of emergency and the worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus. So many words have been spilled on this topic and I don’t presume to add any additional wisdom to those of medical professionals, trusted church leaders, or those with greater insight than I into what is going on. I don’t know any of that. What I do know is that which I am compelled (and commanded) to say. So here I stand (sit), joining my voice with thousands of others by proclaiming what we pray and believe is more pleasing to the Lord than a sacrifice of ox or bulls, and that is this: God has not left the throne. He has not and will not ever abdicate. He faithfully remains in sovereign control over every molecule in this universe. Therefore, we have every reason to praise our God with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. We should let our hearts revive by commanding them to bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103) because He hears the needy (spoiler: that’s us all the time, not just in a global crisis). He does not despise his people who are prisoners—whether imprisoned in a jail cell or in isolation or by physical ailments wracking their body. He does not despise His own people. Period. End of story. Christ’s blood is too precious for God to waste by despising those purchased and covered by it. Therefore: “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” -Psalm 69:34 No caveats. No conditions. He is worthy.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 57 – Are we like Israel or Levi?

IMG_0828I breezed through security in the Nashville airport Saturday morning when I realized my plane to Denver didn’t take off until 9:55, not 8:55 like I thought. So I found myself with more than two hours of free time until departure, which is, consequently, the perfect amount of time to stop by Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice Latte, grab a table in the food court and spend extended time with God.

IMG_0824I started reading Malachi for the first time and really loved it.

In the book, the Lord is reprimanding Israel for not giving to Him the honor He deserves by giving Him perfect and unblemished sacrifices but instead they were giving Him blind animals or something less than desirable, polluted even. Something they didn’t want for themselves.

Simply put: They kept the good stuff for themselves and gave God the leftovers. 

I could write about 17 blogs on that thought alone, but what I really want to zone in on is the covenant God had previously made with Levi.

From what I’ve studied this weekend, there are some uncertainties as to who this “Levi” character was and exactly what the covenant between the Lord and he contained.

The point is, God made a covenant with him (and with all of Israel by default) and Israel wasn’t keeping up their end of the bargain.

They were faithless.
They turned aside from the way.
They caused many to stumble (Malachi 2:8).

Exactly the opposite of what Levi did.

Listen to God explain why He chose Levi to make covenant with:

“My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him. It was a covenant of fear, and he feared Me.
He stood in awe of My name.
True instruction was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips.
He walked with Me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity.” -Malachi 2:5-6

My question for us today is this: are we more like Israel or Levi? 

Are we content to choose our own way, to inadvertently cause people to stumble because of our shaky character, to profane His holy name, to not be awestruck by the name of God, to give God our leftovers and not our very best?

“For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.” -Malachi 4:1-2a

 

 

3 comments on “Monday Morning Munch No. 57 – Are we like Israel or Levi?

  1. Jessica B. says:

    Great post. As a mom, nursing student, and wife I feel like God gets what is left of me sometimes. I know I need to put Him first and thank you for the encouragement.

    1. Thank you for your honesty and sweet comment! Now that you’ve acknowledged the tendency to give God the rest of you, you can be more on guard against it. I’ve found that to be so helpful. Thanks for reading!

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