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?
Happy Friday, brothers and sisters! Today's passage shows God's view of sacrifice in the Old Testament, complete with hints pointing toward the New Testament and insight into some of His general desires are for us, such as our orderliness and obedience. This offering is called a peace offering, but could also be translated fellowship or alliance offering, as it is an offering to declare or celebrate being at peace with or in fellowship or alliance with God. Let God’s word give you a deeper appreciation for the character of God, and motivate you to love Him as He wants to be loved.
Today we continue to look at the grain offerings. Grain offerings came after the burnt offerings and were a way of worshipping God, acknowledging His provision, saying thank you and remember us. They were a specific, tactile way of saying to the Lord, “by bringing this offering we are deeply grateful for your provision and will include you and remember you in every little mundane act that we do!" As you read this section think about the imagery and elements and where they show up in other parts of Scripture and ultimately point us to Jesus, the bread of life. Do you blow past the small things (salt, the seasoning, the flour, the ears of grain) of your life, or do you find in them a vision of redemption?
Good morning Christ’s beloved. Today is Wednesday, June 19th, 2019. Leviticus is often viewed as the rule book of the Old Testament. It's a book that we often see incorrectly and are left with an interpretation of legalism. Thinking that Legalism is a pleasing aroma to the Lord. But what if Leviticus was a book about worship, and the heart of worship? A book showing why we must worship? We are about to see the Lord command another type of offering; a food offering! How may a food offering show the heart of worship? How may a food offering point to Jesus Christ, the one we truly worship?
Today we continue to look at the burnt offerings that God accepts. This begins in the Garden of Eden; after we fell, God sheds animal blood to clothe the sinful Adam and Eve, who now know that they are sinful and cannot make things right on their own. Because of sin man cannot stand before God without wrath, so he must offer a sacrifice, something to take the wrath he deserves for sin. Of course, the blood of animals could not truly atone for the sins of man, but they are a picture of God transferring our sin off of us onto another. Eventually, Jesus would be the final, perfect, complete sacrifice for our sin. This restores the fellowship between God and man. However, even after Christ, the language of sacrifice is important, as Paul exhorts us to “to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1).
Today is Monday June 17th. Today begins our Study of the Book of Leviticus. The book of Leviticus goes into deeper detail about the divine-human relationship put in place on Mount Sinai. Leviticus continues the story of Exodus. What does Leviticus have to do with the church today? The sacrificial system of Leviticus has ceased for the people of God; it has been fulfilled in the coming of Christ. However, studying these laws is important because the sacrifices point to different aspects of the meaning of Christ’s sacrifice of himself. The beginning of Leviticus gives instructions on the five major offerings. Leviticus begins by giving instructions on burnt offerings.