Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Monday, July 13, 2020

Theme: THE ESSENCE OF WORSHIP

Text: “And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes.” – Exodus 19:10.

Comment: Our God invites all His children to come and reason together with Him (Isaiah 1:18-20) and to be attentive as to be profited by such meetings. People of God should sanctify themselves (be in the right condition to appear before Him) before such meetings.  This involves bathing oneself thoroughly, shaving, trimming of hair, avoiding contact with one’s spouse, settling of quarells, abhoring hatred and malice in one’s heart, etc. God views these preparations seriously.  In the days of Moses, before God gave the Israelites the ten commandments, he instructed them to sanctify themselves so as to be fit to appear before him as in the text for today. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes, And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes. And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives.” – Exodus 19:10, 14, 15.

 

The Prophet Samuel followed this example in his days when he invited the house of Jesse for sacrifice preparatory to anoint David.  As it is written: “…And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the LORD: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.” – 1 Samuel 16:1-5.

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