DCLM Daily Manna Saturday 25 November 2023
TOPIC: One Law for All
TEXT: Numbers 15:1-16 (KJV)
15 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land of your habitations, which I give unto you,
3 And will make an offering by fire unto the Lord, a burnt offering, or a sacrifice in performing a vow, or in a freewill offering, or in your solemn feasts, to make a sweet savour unto the Lord, of the herd or of the flock:
4 Then shall he that offereth his offering unto the Lord bring a meat offering of a tenth deal of flour mingled with the fourth part of an hin of oil.
5 And the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering shalt thou prepare with the burnt offering or sacrifice, for one lamb.
6 Or for a ram, thou shalt prepare for a meat offering two tenth deals of flour mingled with the third part of an hin of oil.
7 And for a drink offering thou shalt offer the third part of an hin of wine, for a sweet savour unto the Lord.
8 And when thou preparest a bullock for a burnt offering, or for a sacrifice in performing a vow, or peace offerings unto the Lord:
9 Then shall he bring with a bullock a meat offering of three tenth deals of flour mingled with half an hin of oil.
10 And thou shalt bring for a drink offering half an hin of wine, for an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord.
11 Thus shall it be done for one bullock, or for one ram, or for a lamb, or a kid.
12 According to the number that ye shall prepare, so shall ye do to every one according to their number.
13 All that are born of the country shall do these things after this manner, in offering an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord.
14 And if a stranger sojourn with you, or whosoever be among you in your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord; as ye do, so he shall do.
15 One ordinance shall be both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger that sojourneth with you, an ordinance for ever in your generations: as ye are, so shall the stranger be before the Lord.
16 One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.
“One ordinance shall be both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger that sojourneth with you, an ordinance for ever in your generations: as ye are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD.”
DCLM Daily Manna Saturday 25 November 2023 MESSAGE
One thing that our societies have not been able to eradicate completely is the issue of class differences. Though there have been efforts to bring about equal treatment of all classes of people in the society, there are still evidences of discrimination. No matter how we may try, the president of a nation cannot be treated the same way as the ordinary man on the street. The rich and highly placed enjoy privileges that those on the lower strata of society cannot benefit from.
In our passage, God emphasises to the children of Israel through Moses that one law is to govern everyone in the community. There should be no discrimination between the citizens and the strangers among them. The standard that governs the manner and pattern of worship should be the same for everyone. Everyone is to approach God the same way. The condition of receiving is the same for all. The condition for salvation is the same for all.
The death and sacrifice of Jesus is for all: Jews, Gentiles, educated, illiterate and the religious. Everyone becomes saved the same way: through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus. Also, the standard for Christian living is the same for all. There is no different standard for strangers and members, men or women, rich or poor, young or old. The demand of God is the same for all. Sadly, many assemblies operate different standards for different classes of people in the church.
The young people are indulged with a lot of permissiveness as though they have a different heaven from the adults. The children are not presented with the possibility of salvation. They are only left to play and kept away somewhere so they will not disturb their parents during service. Since we believe in one Jesus and hope to get to one heaven, we must keep to the same law.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Faith in Christ disallows discriminations.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Ezekiel 47-48