Forbidden to mourn or visit his deceased parents

Lockdown Reflections…📝
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Day 27, 270 Days Bible Reading, Monday, 10.8.20.✒

We can mourn and bid farewell in this Pandemic as the Royal Priests, unlike the High Priest in the Old Testament was who forbidden to mourn or visit his deceased parents… Leviticus 21:11.

⚱️Today Leviticus 21:11, stood out to me because many families were not allowed to see their deceased dear ones or allowed to attend their funeral because of the imposed quarantine protocol, if they have travelled from abroad to attend the funeral. I can understand their raw emotions. It is for their physical protection, unlike the High Priest who was prevented from attending funerals even of their parents for spiritual reason.

⚱️In Leviticus 21:11, God gives His command for the High Priest to refrain from mourning or attending the funeral of his family members including his parents or anyone in the community. It must have been difficult for him but they had to abide by the Law.

⚱️The ordinary priest was allowed,to attend the funeral ceremonies of seven of his relations, Leviticus 21:2-3.

⚱️The High Priest had to keep a very high standard as he held a divine status. Dead and decayed body was consider to be the most detestable thing. The High Priest needed to achieve perfect purity and to be a vessel for the forgiveness of the people’s sins and represent the people to God.

⚱️He had to abstain from the manifestation of sorrow for the troubles which came upon the community, or those whom he loved, but in the case of death he is not to enter into a tent, house, or place where a human corpse was lying. The High Priest and the Priest had to follow the statutes respecting the purity and holiness of the priesthood as they minister in the holy things on behalf of the people, and by virtue of their high office, were to be models of both ceremonial and moral purity.

⚱️Child of God, Remember this, we are now the Royal Priest in Christ Jesus and attending funeral of our loved ones or near ones won’t defile us to minister unto the Lord. In this Covid 19 situation many were unable to say farewell to their loved ones not because they will defile themselves spiritually, but because of the highly contagious nature of the disease.The High Priest could not defile himself for spiritual reasons but we who are cleansed by the Blood of Jesus, can bid farewell at our loved ones’ Homegoing without being defiled spiritually….Amen🙏

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Leviticus 22:24 “Ye shall not offer unto the Lord that which is bruised, or crushed, or broken, or cut; neither shall ye make any offering thereof in your land.”

The offerings they brought to the Lord were to be “without blemish”.

Anything that was blemished in any way – bruised, crushed, broken or cut – was not to be offered.
God wanted the first and the best, because He is God and He deserved their best.

How often do we give God leftovers to God?

What’s left over of our time, our money, and our mental, emotional, and physical energy?

We often refuse to give God our best in our devotional times and in our ministries.
We’ll give God our leftovers when our entire “prayer life” consists of talking to God one minute before going off to sleep.

Are we giving God the best in our worship services?
Do we rush in at the last minute, hurried and exhausted?

Have our spiritual lives become routine?

Don’t give God the leftovers.
Honor Him as your Father.
Give Him our very best.

Jooley Mathew Z