Exodus 29:1-30:10 / Matthew 26:14-46 / Psalm 31:19-24 / Proverbs 8:14-26

Standout verse:

Exodus 29:20

“Then you shall kill the ram and take some of it’s blood and put it on the tip of the right ear of Aaron and on the tip of the right ear of his sons, on the thumb of their right hand and on the big toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood all around the alter.”

From the footnotes in the NKJ Spirit-Filled Life Bible:

In the ordination ceremony of the priest, the blood of a ram was applied to the priest’s ear to signify that he would hear only the word of the Lord, to his thumb to signify he would rightly perform the duties of a priest, and to the toe to signify that her would walk in the path of righteousness.

Hope that helps a bit – it sure helped us!

Standout verse:

Matthew 26:41

“Watch and pray lest you enter into temptation.  The spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak.”

The words WATCH and PRAY are action words.  The Lord was calling His disciples to take action over the desires of their flesh (their sinful nature) implying that, by the Spirit, they would be able to.  We so often feel controlled by our own selfish desires – we can feel like slaves to them. It doesn’t need to be this way.  We are fully able to resist temptation and not fall into it because of who we are in Christ.  BUTthis takes focus and action on our part.  We can’t just sit around and hope that we won’t fall into sin.  If we live like that, we’ll lose out to our flesh every time.  We must be pro-active.  

How do we do that?  Step one is to pursue a deeper and consistent relationship with the Lord, growing in knowledge of His truth, His presence and His power in our lives.  As we do this, we will be much more equipped to recognize lies of the enemy and the pull of temptation and we will have the tools to resist it when it comes knocking at our door.