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Physically challenged persons otherwise handicapped were not permitted to serve as priests in the Old Testament. There is a valid principle at work: only that which is without defect can approach the altar. Only what is complete and the best is to be given to God.
Thank God for Jesus! He is the only perfect One who is also willing to share the perfection of grace with all those who give their lives to him. Thus, there is no need for us literally to fulfill the principle behind restricting servants of the Lord to whole persons; Jesus makes us whole.
While all this is true, still be sure that you are giving your best to the Lord. Your whole heart, your complete intention, your number-one desire is to dedicate your life to God alone.
What are these?
Holiness making wholeness 21:16
Keeping the charge of the Lord 22:9
Reverence for Your holy name 22:32
Being sanctified by You 22:32
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
The Firestarters and readings are posted in the timezone UTC+12,
so that they are available in New Zealand and other regions
near the International Date Line.