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Leviticus 3:16
The priest shall burn them on the altar as food, an offering made by fire, a pleasing aroma. All the fat is the LORD's.

Sacrifice was offered as worship to God.
There are times that a life is given back to God, but it is not done randomly or without thought. The priest takes care to do it right. Sometimes an animal is wholly burned before God. Other times the priests are to eat of the meat that is offered But even when the meat is given to the priest, particular fat portions are to be burned before God as the offering part. God was careful in offering up Jesus Christ to death. It must be done on the correct day, by the means that God had chosen, and to the end that God had determined. Thank You, Lord Jesus Christ, for laying down Your life for us.
Exodus 3:16
"Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt."

God will begin His deliverance of Israel from Egypt by assuring them that He knows what they have been going through. His purpose is deliverance, and He starts by reminding them of the bondage they are in. Did He not do something like that with us? He let us know that He knew what we were facing, and that He desired to set us free. We didnít begin to listen until we ourselves became dissatisfied with how things were going and wanted to be free. God assured us that He knows our troubles and wants to set us free. Praise Him for Jesus!
Genesis 3:16
To the woman, he said, " I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."

Spiritual death was apart of the judgment of God upon Adam and Eve, but God added hindrances , difficulties, and pain as further reminders of our lostness and further reason to seek His mercy. Eve was to bear pain in childbirth and struggle in submitting to her husbandís leadership. Medicine and surgery may in some ways alleviate the pain of childbirth, but there is no help against spiritual struggle but Jesus. Eve will need the grace of God to live happily with the headship of Adam. And so women do today. Men have many weakness and sins not yet dealt with. Women need wisdom from Above and special Strength to help their husbands rule.
Revelation 2:6
But you have this in your favor: you hate the practices of the Nicolatians, which I also hate.

It is thought that the Nicolatians followed Nicholas, who advocated sexual immorality in a way that especially undermined marriage and promoted eating of meat offered to idols. These were teachings that undermined marriage and personal purity for the Christian. God hates the doctrines that tend to these ends. He is zealous for His people, and He loves those who love righteousness and hates those who do evil. Lord, thank You for Your zeal for Your church. Help us remember how much You value purity, and make us zealous to be righteous in all our ways. In everything, help us love what You love and hate what You hate. Make us like You, Lord Jesus. Thank You for seeing the good in us, even though we have strayed. Help us, Lord.
Jude 6
And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home--these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.

There is no mercy for fallen angels. Jesus did nothing to redeem them. Jesus did not become one of them to suffer and die that they might gain eternal life. It is not the purpose of God to return them to His favor, but rather to show His almighty power and holy justice in condemning them forever. It was for them that Hell was devised, and they will be cast thither, along with those who have willingly followed them to their own destruction. What a wonder it is that we who have listened to the Devil and followed him for a time, have been rescued from bondage and made to be true sons of God!
3 John 2
Dear Friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

If our soul is getting along well, we can be trusted with good health and smooth sailing. But God loves us too much to let us sail along unless we are enjoying His bounty to His glory. When health and wealth are too much for us, we will be shown our need of Him and it will be His gracious means to draw us back. Lord, help us neve to lose the sense of needing You. Help us to view our good times as special trials of our faith. Help us view prosperity as opportunity which, misused , can bring our downfall. Help us walk humbly with our God. For Jesusí sake, keep us from sin as we enjoy Your blessings.
2 John 6
And this is love:that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

Walking in love is not in place of obedience to Godís commands, but it is obeying all His commands in our relationship with others. We wonít kill a person we love. Or do them any harm. We wonít fail in our duty to one we love. It is not to be simply fulfilling responsibility, however; it is doing so out of genuine concern and compassion for our fellow man. We are to live out the ten commandments, not just as a point of submission to God, but as a way of reaching out and helping all those in whose midst God has placed us. Lord, help us today, to serve You and our fellow man with strength that You supply.
I John 2:6
Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

Jesus went about doing good. He had compassion on the needy. He did what He could to heal the sick, enlighten the blind, raise the dead. He stood as a testimony against the self-righteousness of the Pharisee, but with a heart that longed for the Pharisee to be saved. He welcomed the downcast and the crippled and sent them on their way rejoicing. He prayed for those He loved. He gave His life that they might be rescued, even though they deserved to perish. He consciously lived as an example for the believers. He loved the Word of God and applied it to every conversation, that men and women, boys and girls might come to trust in God. Lord Jesus, help us to walk as You walked. Enable us by Your Spirit. Use us this day.

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