Saturday, March 15, 2014

Pre-Passover Meditation ~ ~ ~ But, Whom Do You Say that I+ am ?

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The Invitatory:

CHRIST the KING+ 
has suffered for us; 
O Come, Let us Adore HIM+.

THOU+ art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for THOU+ wast slain and hast redeemed us to GOD by Thy+ Blood out of every kindred, tongue, people, and nation. 


Old Testament Lesson: Leviticus 18:6-25
Scriptures courtesy of Biblegateway.com

None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I AM The LORD.

The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

Thou shalt NOT uncover the nakedness of: 
 thy father's wife 
 thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, ...
10 thy son's daughter, or of thy daughter's daughter, ...
11  father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father, 
12  thy father's sister: ...
13  thy mother's sister: ...
14 thy father's brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: 
15  thy daughter in law: 
16  thy brother's wife: 
17  a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, 
18 a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time.


19 Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness.

20 Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her.

21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I AM The LORD.


22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.


24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:
25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.

QUIETUDE: A time to Reflect about the HOLINESS of GOD and His+ requirement of Holiness of mankind. 

RESPONSE: Psalm 24 

Who is this KING+ of Glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
The LORD mighty in battle !

Who is this KING+ of Glory? 
The LORD of HOSTS. 
HE+ is the KING+ of Glory! 

Lesson from the Epistles: 1 Peter 1:15-16


 15 But as HE+ Who+ 
has called you is HOLY, 
so be ye holy 
in all manner of life-style;

16 Because it is written, 
Be ye holy; for I AM HOLY.


QUIETUDE: A time to repent.

RESPONSE:  


LORD JESUS CHRIST,LAMB+ of GOD, 
Who+ taketh away the sin of the world,
have mercy upon us.

LORD JESUS CHRIST, LAMB+ of GOD,
BEARER+ of our sins, 
have mercy upon us.

LORD JESUS CHRIST, LAMB+ of GOD, 
SAVIOR+ of the world,
grant us Thy+ Peace.

AMEN.



The GOSPEL Lesson: Mark 8:27-29  ~ ~ ~ 
Scriptures courtesy of Biblegateway.com

The Words of Our LORD JESUS CHRIST ~ ~ ~ 


And JESUS went out, and His+ disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way HE+ asked His+ disciples, saying unto them, 

Whom do men say that I+ am?

And they answered, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others, One of the prophets.

And HE+ saith unto them, 

But whom say ye that I+ am? 

And Peter answereth and saith unto Him+, 

THOU+ art .... The CHRIST !

+  +  +

The WORD of The LORD.  
THANKS BE TO GOD !

Meditation ~ ~ ~

Whom do you say ... with your life-style, with your values... that The LORD is ? 

We are REQUIRED to walk in ways of Holiness. Holiness is precisely defined throughout Scriptures... doing those things that please GOD.  

Those ways show to the world exactly WHO+ CHRIST JESUS is. We are entrusted with being precise replicas of the character of Our LORD JESUS CHRIST. 

HE+ has shown us EXACTLY what behavior pleases HIM, the HOLY FATHER, and what behaviors are repulsive to Our FATHER Who art in Heaven. 

The laws and rules established in Leviticus and other books of Scripture, both Old and New, define what holiness is, in exact terms, in concrete behaviors.  

The LORD JESUS has NOT changed HIS+ FATHER'S rules!  

Yes, Our LORD fulfilled all the sacrifices listed in Leviticus and other places: the sin offering, the burnt offering, the heave and wave offerings, the grain offering, the peace offering, and the libation offering of wine.

But, His+ Sacrifice did NOT remove from us the necessity for walking in HOLINESS. 

Now, we see, we CAN keep the holy ways of The LORD because of His+ Sacrifice

Yes, because HE+ sacrificed His+ Life for us, we NOW can receive the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT... Who helps us keep those Holy ways of The LORD. 

No longer are they merely a set of ancient rules and regulations put upon HIS people.

Because of Our LORD'S Sacrifice of HIMSELF+, these rules and laws are written on our hearts... 

... or should be.


Let us pray: 

O Gracious Heavenly FATHER, in the Name of Thy HOLY SON+ JESUS CHRIST,  WHO+ for the joy that was set before HIM+ endured the Cross, I come to THEE, in repentance for casting aside Thy ways.  

Help me to honor THEE, O FATHER, through obedience to Thy SON+ JESUS CHRIST in hallowing Thy Holy Words throughout Scriptures. 

I am sorry I have ignored thy Words. 

I am sorry I have lived by modern "standards" instead of  Thy ways. 

I am so, so sorry I have besmirched the character of THEE in front of the world, Oh my Precious GOD, and Thy Holy SON+ JESUS, Who+ died for me. 

I see and do acknowledge that my ways, society's "standards," and modern morals ( or lack thereof ) are SIN in your eyes, according to Thy Words. 

Cleanse me O LORD, and I shall be clean.  Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. 

This I pray in The Name of  JESUS CHRIST our LORD, The Eternal SON+ and WORD+ of GOD our FATHER, through the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT. 
Amen.   


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