Happy Friday, brothers and sisters! Today's passage shows God's instruction to His people on the treatment of blood, which is critical to both physical life and, as we know, our own salvation. Let God’s word cause you to have new appreciation for how much God respects life and wants us to respect life, as well as a deeper understanding of the precious gift Jesus gave when He shed His blood for us. - luke
This chapter the account of Leviticus culminates with the day of atonement. This passage is an incredible reminder of how deep our sin runs (It doesn’t just affect “me” but “we” and the wonderful foreshadowing of Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf. Allow the details of this passage to wash over you and give you solemn rest.
Good morning Christ’s beloved! Today is Wednesday, July 16th, 2019. The passage at hand this morning is a true foreshadowing of the Gospel! A goat banished to the wilderness, never to be seen again; Sin taken away forever, never to be remembered, or ever again counted against. Read, loved ones! See how God has always displayed the Gospel throughout history!
We continue in the rituals of the Day of Atonement, a very important reconciliation of God to His people. Praise God that we no longer have to do this to meet with Him anymore, because Christ has cleansed us from our uncleanness and justified us to meet freely with God. -Monica
Aaron sons had offered unprompted and profane fire before the Lord. The Lord said to Moses that you cannot come into the Holy Place at “any time”. Because they had taken matters into their own hands Aaron now had to atone for himself and his family. We must follow the will of God and often it is easy to think we know what is best. Aaron and his son’s job was to atone for the nation of Israel. Aaron had to first cleanse himself before atoning for the sins of his family. He must clothe himself with humility. Linen was considered to be humble clothing. We must remind ourselves that when we think we know what's best we should always clothe ourselves in humility and seek first the Lord and what He desires for peace.
It is Friday, July 12, 2019. This chapter focuses on human bodily discharges, not a pleasant subject for discussion in any circumstance!!! However, it's another example of the total uncleanness of humanity and the utter pureness of the Holy God of Israel. Once again, it shows the loving character of our Heavenly Father, who makes a way for us to be united with Him in relationship and fellowship.
The general definition of Biblical leprosy remains somewhat of a mystery. According to The Believer’s Bible Commentary, the Hebrew term sara’at “comes from a root meaning ‘to become diseased in the skin’ and it likely dealt with everything from physical affliction, to mold and mildew in fabrics, to mineral eruptions in the walls of buildings”. Further, “Greek medical authors used the word [lepra] to describe a disease that made the surface of the skin flaky or scaly, while others used it in connection with afflictions more serious and similar to modern leprosy (Hansen’s disease)”. One has to wonder if the reason God chooses not to give us clarity here is for a purpose…are small lies “harmless”? We’ve all thought it in our hearts… “at least I’m not like so and so”...but to God a sin is a sin and results in spiritual death of the transgressor. Though it starts out small, mold can metastasize and can cause incredible damage. Similarly, even a lie can metastasise in ways both seen and unforeseen. Leviticus 14 chronicles the great trouble and work that had to be undertaken when even slight evidence of leprosy was present, be it mold or full blown skin eruptions. This gives us an idea of how messy all forms of sin are.
Good morning! Today is July 10th, 2019. In today’s passage we examine how the priests continue looking at what it means for something to be “clean” and “unclean.” We see that this goes beyond just the foods the Israelites were allowed to eat. It extends to their own bodies, as we began to see in Chapter 12, and extends even to the clothes they could wear. In this passage we see that having a skin disease (the term “leprosy” is used throughout, but refers to different kinds of diseases) can make a person unclean, but it isn’t as simple as those who had it were unclean and those who didn’t were clean. As we read this passage, continue thinking about what the terms “clean” and “unclean” mean, and continue looking for Christ as the one who becomes unclean and the one who declares us clean.
Today is July 9th. Hi! Thank you for joining in today, I am glad you are here. This morning we will be going through Leviticus chapter 12. It talks about childbirth, and the laws surrounding it. What a joy to be alive! I hope you are embraced and consumed with the love of your Heavenly Father this morning. You are not equivalent to the cultural standard of what success is. You do not have to prove yourself to anyone. You are not the half-lies being whispered (or maybe shouted) in your ear. You are enough. You have all you need and could ever ask for in the Lord. You are saved by grace through faith. It is not by your works, but the gift of God (ephesians 2). You are forgiven and free, a child of God, and safe in his righteous right hand. I hope and pray those words resonate truth with you. Take a deep breath, lift your head, and count it all joy! Soli Deo Gloria
On this Monday, July 8, 2019, perhaps you are at the beach, work, or home. Yet wherever you are, you have to eat. Are you contemplating your meal choices for today? Have you asked the Lord, “What’s for dinner? Personally, I don’t often invite the Lord into these specific choices. I may ask a blessing over the food, but not usually in the grocery or in the preparation. Yet in our reading today, the Lord is using the everydayness of the Israelites’ food choices to call them to holiness. How did food choices make the Israelites holy or clean? God was teaching them that to be His people they needed to be set apart in all things, big or small. Would they obey in the little things? Would they trust God that His way was best? As they did, as we do, God’s grand plan of redemption continues to unfold.