Today's passage continues the theme this week of defining what being a Christian truly means. Some, like me, may have come to an initial saving knowledge of God through a desire to live with Him forever an not experience hell. While there is powerful truth to this, God wants us to know there is so much more to our identity in Christ as new creations born of the Spirit. Let the word of God our Father draw you closer to Himself, and to your fellow brothers and sisters of Christ Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Today we look at one of the most foundational truths of our knowness in Christ-that we have been born again. May the Lord remind us and deepen this truth in our hearts, minds and lives today!
This passage will represent what it means to be in Christ at the core. Take all the questions that revolve around trusting your life to Christ, and let them be answered simply in this passage! What does it mean to be a follower of Christ; what are the implications for your life? My prayer for us in this passage is to be taught, reproofed, corrected, and trained in all righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We get to imitate Christ in our lives. Today we see the call to join the work of Christ in the metaphors of building a spiritual house and joining our High Priest Jesus in his royal priesthood. Meditate on these rich promises of how we are known in Christ.
For many when we look to our religion it can seem trapping. Like we are enslaved to a set of rules. Yet we must view ourselves like children. In the same way in our faith we know that someday we will inherit what God has determined for us. For the Israelites they were under the law, but then Christ came and fulfilled the law on our behalf. There was an idea that in order to be close to God we must follow the rules and yet we could never hold to them. Now because of Christ we have been adopted as sons and daughters of God. We are no longer enslaved by the law but free in Christ. Live today as Sons and daughters of God. Do not be trapped in a vicious cycle of trying to be morally good enough. We should strive to be like Christ, but we must not feel as though this is how we get to God. Cry out to your heavenly father. Do not feel like a slave who must adhere to a set of rules. Be like a child and just as a child wants to make their parents proud so too must we.
This is the first place in Scripture where God commands a tithe, although it was a common practice in the Ancient Near East for people to honor their king or high priest in such a fashion. What was the purpose of the Biblical tithe at the time of Leviticus? It it still relevant for the Christian community today?
As Leviticus opened so it comes to a close: with more instructions on ritual sacrifice. In these verses, look more closely...what do you see? You will see a Holy God actually leaving a door open for us (mankind) to take back sacrifices if we realize we’ve erred, or become unwilling or unable to follow through on something devoted (homes or possessions). As with sin today when we stray from Him, there is an added price we pay, but we are able to “buy back” these sacrifices. We see The Father, full of grace. The only things that cannot be bought back are contained in the final three verses. We cannot buy back the things which already belong to God, or people who are to be put to death for their sins. Those things that violate God’s Holiness, we cannot buy back. In all other situations, we see a God of mercy Who -- as we close Leviticus today and tomorrow -- was pointing towards a blessed day when His Son would fulfill the laws we could not, and Who satisfied all works-based requirements needed for Him to abide in us. -- Amy and Todd Smith
We’re almost finished with our series through Leviticus, Reaccess. Chapter 27 is the final chapter of the book, and it begins with laws about certain vows that people in Israel might take. The first section of the chapter deal with vows in relation to people, and the second deals with vows in relation to animals, and ends with the mention of a very important concept: redeeming something. As we are invited to consider what it might mean to redeem something, I recommend that this passage be read in conjunction with the study guide provided at the bottom for more information on just these vows entailed.
Today’s passage is about the consequences of deliberate disobedience against the commands given in the Levitical law. It is easy to get lost in grace sometimes and forget that our sins are deplorable and deserve consequences. This passage is hopefully a good reminder of our desperate need for Jesus, and equally a great encouragement in knowing that we have full assurance in our saviour - We deserve nothing more than death yet graciously and lovingly our debts are paid for on the cross. Praise King Jesus
Living in peace sounds like a dream, one we long for each moment. Yet this wholeness is often found in places we least expect. Obedience! God has made a pattern that would point to His Son, Jesus. As we obey in God's strength, He loves to bless us in many ways. Be encouraged by His promises today.