Happy Friday, brothers and sisters! Today's passage is a continuation of the strikingly powerful story begun yesterday. Yesterday we saw the result of sinful activity in the presence of our righteous God. Today we will get additional clarity of how God distinguishes between that which is holy and that which is not. We will also see that while God's holiness demands justice, He also provides mercy to those with a contrite heart. Let God’s word help you see His nature anew, and inspire you to live a life that glorifies Him.
Happy Thursday! One of the key themes of Leviticus is that God is set apart, perfect, holy and anyone who violates His commands is held accountable, in some cases, through death. Today's passage is challenging as we discover that even the best of leaders/pastors/priests are also imperfect, affected by sin and that God is faithful to His ethical and moral code- perfectly holy- set apart.
Good morning Christ’s beloved! Today is Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019. This passage shows the true heart in the writing of Leviticus! So I pray we look closely at this passage! We will see the grace and forgiveness of God at hand! Ultimately this passage will point straight to the needed death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as we see the Lord respond to the offerings given by Israel! Read and find how! How does the Lord respond?
Moses installs his brother Aaron as the priest after his consecration is complete. We see the first acts of Aaron as priest and his role to act on behalf of the people before God. God demonstrates His desire for his people to be made right with Him in this sacrificial system.
Happy July! Today is Monday July 1st. In the 8th chapter of Leviticus we see Moses, Aaron, and his son follow out the instructions of the Lord in order to prepare themselves to be consecrated by the Lord. To be consecrated is to be declared sacred or in this case Aaron and his sons are ordained to a sacred office. Pay attention to the detailed instructions that had to be followed. They washed, dressed, made offerings, anointed themselves and finally shared a meal with the Lord. This meal after preparing themselves signified a continuing relationship with the Lord in their priesthood. Finally they abided at the tabernacle with the Lord for 7 days. You would think after following all the instructions they should be good to go, but they had to wait. We often think through what we must do and while the steps were very important that Aaron and his sons followed they must not forget to remain with the Lord. We must not forget it is not only about what we do, but also remaining with the Lord. We have been washed, dressed and anointed by the life, death, and resurrection of Christ and the bestowal of the Holy Spirit. We now share a meal every week with God. We must not forget to abide in Him.
Friday, June 28, 2019. After giving instructions to the laity, God now directs Moses to speak to the sons of Aaron, the priests of Israel, who will be administering the offerings for the people. Once again, the Lord's commands regarding the five offerings discussed in the previous chapters are extremely detailed and exacting, pointing to the seriousness of eradicating sin so the people could stand in the presence of the Holy One of Israel.
Today we contemplate the guilt offering. It can be summarized into two parts: restitution with God and with your neighbor. Pay close attention to the penalty for each. Our Lord Jesus was asked by an expert in the law, testing him, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?”. When Jesus challenged him to answer the question as he understood it, he correctly answered: “You shall love the Lord with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind...and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” In Leviticus, we get another picture of our God’s holiness and how He feels about brotherly love.
-- Amy and Todd Smith
Good morning! Today is Wednesday, June 26th, 2019. In today’s passage, we look at the last of the sin offerings. In Chapter Four we find that sin offerings are God’s provisions for people who sin unaware,and specific guidelines are given depending on whether the sin is on the part of a priest, the whole nation, the leader, or a common man. In Chapter Five, We see another set of guidelines for three specific sins and how certain economic provisions are made for their atonement. As we continue to look at each of the types of offerings, continue to meditate on how Christ’s death on the cross fulfills each of them.
Today is June 25th. Hello, I’m glad that you are here and reading this today. I am so excited for our progression through Leviticus that we are beginning. This morning, we are in Leviticus 4. At first glance, the Levitical law might seem exhaustive, redundant, and boring. However, the book comes alive and so exciting when we realize that Jesus fulfilled the law, and we learn to connect how these laws apply to and speak to us now. I hope and pray that your joy in the lord would be renewed daily, that His love would overflow out of you, and that you would see God as your greatest treasure! (Matthew 13:44) Praise King Jesus.
It is Monday, June 24, 2019. As the first couple of chapters of Leviticus have unfolded, we have seen God sketching His grand plan of redemption. The Lord has laid out a specific pattern of thankfulness, sacrifice, and obedience for his people. Today we see that same pattern continue as God tells Moses how His people could atone for unintentional sin. God knows that all people sin and fall short of what He has called them to do. He made a path to forgiveness and reconciliation. The blood of bulls was required to atone for the sins of the people during the time of Moses. These offerings/sacrifices showed the people that there must be a payment for sin. The wages of sin is death. The bull paid the price. However, as God’s plan continues to unfold, we see that He offers a gift through His Son, Jesus. God Himself would be the offering for all sin over all time. As we call on Jesus, His grace is now the only way to forgiveness and reconciliation with Father God. What sin have you carried that could be handed over to Jesus today? Will you trust your abundantly merciful Father?