This week’s readings: Leviticus 8-25
How interesting that I hit a figurative wall this week in the book of Leviticus…I didn’t seem to have as much energy towards my time in Leviticus and I got a bit behind…not a great place to lag behind.
As I have seen in Genesis, Job, Exodus and now in Leviticus…there is a wall between God and His people. The wall that begin to be built in the Garden with pleasing looking fruit and a crafty serpent…continued as Job and those around him tried to explain and understand God’s ways…Moses not believing that God would use him to accomplish His purpose…the Israelites grumbling at their perception of a God would not meet their needs…and continuing to choose other things beside God to worship.
There is a wall because God is holy and we are not.
“Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.”
Leviticus 19: 2
Look at the difference between what I wrote and what God wrote…there is a wall…I see the vast differences between me and God…yet God says to me…to us…be holy because I am holy! He is not a God from a distance that is too far removed in holiness to dwell with us…He is a God that desires that we walk in holiness as He is holy…oh my!
Leviticus was a manual to aid the children of God in how approach this Holy God…there was a right way to come before God. If there was any question…read chapter 10…Aaron’s two sons made strange/unauthorized fire and the Lord consumed them with fire.
As I was catching up in Leviticus and reading about the many offerings and instructions that God gave…I happened to open up my Daily Light one morning and was treated to the bridge that obliterates the wall…the wall that God never wanted to be present…the wall that is crushed to pieces by our Lord Jesus Christ.
The blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!~ The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.~ For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body prepared for Me.” By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Abel…brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering.~ Christ…has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.~ [Have] boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus.
HEB. 12: 24; John 1: 29; Rev. 13: 8; Heb. 10: 4-5, 10; Gen. 4: 4; Eph. 5: 2; Heb. 10: 22; Heb. 10: 19
What offering are you bringing before God today? Will it be an offering of your whole life or only a part? Will the offering bring a pleasing fragrance to the Lord? Will you join me in giving Him thanks today that we can approach Him at any time and at any place because Jesus has torn the veil? We have been invited into the Throne Room!
Thank You Lord that that the wall is gone…Help us not to reconstruct it with sin…Amen.
Join us at Bev’s place
A great resource that helped me with my “wall” this week…What the Bible Is All About by Dr. Henrietta C. Mears. Despite having a difficult week in Leviticus…I continue to be amazed by God’s Word…there is not one extra stroke of the pen that should not be there…every word has meaning and a purpose and some are so far reaching that it is a bit of a mind bender. I stand in awe and continue to realize the importance of the whole counsel of God’s Word…