Do you KNOW how much God loves you? God loves YOU so much that He made sure He breathed forth a book that would tell you all about HIM, all about what HE wants for you, all about what pleases HIM, all about what HE wants from you. HE loves you so much that HE sent HIS ONLY begotten son, born of a virgin, was God yet walked this earth as man, was brutally crucified, died on the cross, and then rose from the dead … so that you could be forgiven of all your sin, have abundant life while on this earth, and spend eternity with HIM when our last breath stops here.
Chapter 26 – verses 1-13 tell us ALL the wonderful blessings HE has in store for us ON THIS EARTH… IF…. IF… IF…. We will obey HIM. I know I have said this before and here it comes again, but with EVERY action there is an EQUAL and OPPOSITE REACTION. Or another way to say it is with every CHOICE to OBEY HIM… there is a positive consequence. If WE make no idols before HIM, or set up an image or a sacred stone for ourselves, and do not bow before carved stones, observe HIS Sabbaths, have reverence for HIS sanctuary, follow HIS decrees, and OBEY HIS commands THEN…. THEN… THEN…. LOOK at all the wonderful blessings HE has in store for us.
BUT… (yep.. you KNOW there is always a but in the picture) … BUT if we do NOT listen to HIM and OBEY HIM then there are consequences… negative consequences. LOOK at the consequences for disobedience in verses 14-39!! WHEEE doggies!! The word punish is used several times in these verses. However, the BLB shows that the meaning for punish in Hebrew in verse 18 is “to chasten, discipline, instruct, admonish.” None of these things may be pleasant when we are going through them. However in verse 24, it is a MUCH stronger definition for punish which is “strike, smite, hit, beat, slay, kill.” IMHO the more stubborn and rebellious we are … the strong HIS response becomes.
A few things that stood out me when I looked up the definition of punish (from verse 18), chasten, discipline, instruct, and admonish. Here are a a few things that stood out to me:
- Punish — to impose a penalty on for a fault, offense, or violation
- Chasten — discipline; also: PURIFY; to prune of excess, pretense, or falsity: refine; to cause to be more humble
- Instruct –to teach, train, give knowledge to
- Admonish — to indicate duties or obligations to, to express WARNING especially in a gentle manner.
- Discipline – punishment; instruction; training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.
If you want to read Hebrews 8-10 your eyes will be opened after reading today’s read. God disciplines us because HE loves us and wants us to be made more into HIS image. The entire book of Hebrews is to encourage believers to continue in the grace of Jesus Christ and for unbelievers to take action. God is a loving parent who cares for us deeply. He WANTS the right things for us and HE knows what these right things are. If you are a parent, I am sure you can relate to the matter of discipline. When you have to discipline your child, you do it because you love them, to protect them, to help them grow, so they can eventually lead a good productive life. Some children respond with little discipline… some test your very being!! And when you have to discipline your child/children … it hurts your heart… it can often grieve you…. And our God is NO different.
In verses 40-46 – God reveals HIS love for REDEMPTION … HE WANTS US to NOT step away from HIM and when we do HE provides a way back… even in the OT!! “BUT… IF THEY WILL CONFESS THEIR SINS and the sins of their ancestors….then I will remember my covenant with Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham…. For THEIR sake I will remember my covenant…” GOD WANTS US REDEEMED… HE WANTS us to willingly come back to HIM. However sometimes HE has to get our ATTENTION to get us moving in the right direction.
Chapter 27 – God is speaking ALL about REDEMPTION …buying back!!!
Our next 10 months together can be summed up in today’s read!!
God has told us what He asks, and shown us in His reaction what pleases Him and what does not. God is a God of Love and with Love comes consequences. Chapter 26 should be called a ‘Chapter of Consequences’…. Action/Reaction…. Choices/Consequences.
Proverbs 3:11-12 states: My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
1 Peter 1:14-16 states: As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
For unbelievers, a different type of punishment will ultimately take place after this life. Those who CHOSE NOT to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will be separated from God forever and exist in eternal punishment. Not all will accept HIS gift of salvation. See 1 Timothy 2:4, Ezekial 3:19, John 3:16 and Ephesians 2:8-9.
On January 11, 2014 when we read Hebrews 8-10, I am going to ask you to reread THESE chapters and your jaw will drop open when you see that EVERY scripture is fulfilled (Even the ones of them eating their children). So look for the re-read and you will not read any of this as punishment, but as to call to action…. A call to redeemption… a call to make us more in HIS image.
You did it. You made it through Leviticus! Woooo Hooooo. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord! 🙂 A great song to worship HIM with is “I Just Want To Be Where You Are” by Don Moen” Let this song bring YOU into HIS presence…. ahhhhhhhhh… so awesome 🙂
Sharing HIS love,
Chapter 24 — Oil and Bread were put out as 12 loaves, for the 12 tribes of Israel as a reminder of their complete dependence on God’s provision. Here is what it looked like (I know I’ve shared it with you before but in case you are just joining or forgot I thought I’d share it again 🙂
God is telling Moses what to tell Aaron in how to treat the Holy Place, the lamps, the oil, the bread … did you notice the frankincense (Jesus…. and one of the gifts brought to him.) 🙂
Then out of NOOOOOO WHERE…. We are told about a Blasphemer Stoned!! WAMMO…. Why is this all of a sudden carved out? We’re reading along about Atonement and Sacrifices and NOW there is a stoning of a Blasphemer. What does Blasphemy mean? –”A speaking ill, impious speech, slander,” to speak evil of.” According to Merriam-Webster it means — a : the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God b : the act of claiming the attributes of deity. Black’s Law Dictionary states: “In American Law; any oral (slander) or written (libel) reproach maliciously cast upon God, His name, attributes, or religion.” The easiest and most understandable definition for me is that it is defiant irreverence. Remember in Job how satan was convinced that if he was allowed to take everything away from Job then Job would curse and renounce God (Job 2:5) AMP? If Job would have done that then it would have been blasphemy. BUT GO JOB… HE didn’t 🙂
So, as the Israelites are learning how to worship God and be holy — the son of an Israelite woman and Egyptian man, insults, shows lack of reverence for God, or claims he is deity, (or whatever he specifically did that was irreverent to God) and he cursed. Did you notice that the son came from an Israelite and Egyptian (which is one of the reasons God moved them OUT of Egypt so they would not be influenced by the rules, laws, attitudes, gods, of the Egyptians)?
I found it interesting that the Israelites put the “son” in custody until the Lord told Moses what was to happen to him. That is what God wants us to do too…. When we are not sure what to do we are to bring it all to Him in prayer and then WAIT on HIM. Moses and the Israelites did this!!
What is the Only Unpardonable sin?? The only unpardonable sin today is continued unbelief of Jesus Christ who was THE FINAL SACRIFICE… the FINAL SUBSTITUTE for our SIN.. OUR HIGH PRIEST. It was unpardonable in the OT for sins to go unconfessed because without confession … there could be no sacrifice, no substitute for their sin, and no atonement. Today, it is unpardonable when people choose not to believe in Jesus Christ and confess their sin, which it is why it is so important for people to know HIM before it is too late (either they die before asking Him to be their Lord or if they have not asked Him when He comes again). Old Testament, New Testament, does not matter, SALVATION was the Same and DAMNATION was the same. GOD Never CHANGES! Every sin would be covered in the Old Testament on the Day of Atonement.
But again… why is BLASPHEMY “thrown” in at this point? What is the one sin that God needed purged….Blaspheming His Holy Name. The way we use His Name is the way we TRULY feel about Him in our Hearts (Matthew 12:34 (AMP)–“For out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks”.)
Keep in your mind…make a note in your Bible that this very accusation …. FALSE accusation is what is going to put Jesus ON THE CROSS (according to the Jews)….a different false accusation will be from the Gentiles.
Chapter 25 –The Sabbath Year: How AWESOME is our God?? He gave HIS people, and the LAND a year of REST. The word “rest” occurs 275 times in 265 verses in the KJV … that’s a whole lot of REST in HIM!! If you are interested in learning how we are to REST IN HIM …. Use your concordance or the BLB. One of my favorite verses in reference to rest is Matt 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Clearly it is repeated over and over that we are to take a Rest in Him. DO notice that the Lord ways “WHEN you get to the Promised Land…” (not if)??? There is a song called “He will carry you” that mentions HIS REST.. (I KNOW.. you knew I had to have a song in here somewhere right?) Be sure to click on the song with the same name. This song brings me to the REST in HIM. Praise HIM!!
Jubilee…CAN you imagine a world where every 50 years ALL debts would be forgiven … financial, freedom, errors, … things would be returned and restored???? Although it may not happened physically in this world; we KNOW when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior ALL is forgiven; we are redeemed immediately; we are restored immediately. HALLELUJAH!!
What does Jubile mean? According to the BLB it means alarm, signal, sound of tempest, shout, shout or blast of war or alarm or joy. According to qotquestion.com “the word “jubilee” – literally, “ram’s horn” in Hebrew is defined in Leviticus 25:9 as the sabbatical year after seven cycles of seven years (49 years). The fiftieth year was to be a time of celebration and rejoicing for the Israelites. The ram’s horn was blown on the tenth day of the seventh month to start the fiftieth year of universal REDEMPTION.”
“The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants. Throughout the country that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the REDEMPTION of the land” (Leviticus 25:23,24)
Anytime you hear the word REDEMPTION in Scripture it should catch your heart. ALWAYS remember WHO’s WE ARE … and not worry about who we are!! NOTHING we are or have is our own. When we are REDEEMED we are going BACK to the Lord. We WERE separated when sin entered the World, but there was always a plan of REDEMPTION, JESUS. We may have been separated from God, but we were always HIS. Just like the land, it always gets returned to the original owner.
Jubilee is a year of Restoration for ALL… Rich, Poor, Enslaved, in Bondage…All. If NONE of that made sense just take this away…we are all in slavery and we are all given an opportunity to come to Freedom.
I’d love to hear from you… anything stand off the page of your Bible for your today??
Sharing HIS love,
Chapter 22 — Unacceptable Sacrifices — As I read this today I was reminded of the Scriptures about Cain and Abel in Genesis 4:2-5 Cain brought “some” of his food (any food will do you know). And Abel brought the BEST of his flock (the fat portions and the firstborn). God saw their hearts. He KNEW who was offering their best. Leviticus is teaching the people and the priests that ONLY the BEST is to be offered to HIM. NOTHING else will do. In last year’s bible study, Trish gave an example of someone “giving to the church.” Here is the story — “the Pastor told a story about a woman who found a Butterball turkey in the back of her freezer frozen. She was not sure if it was still safe to eat. She called the “800” number on the package and the company said it was old, but indeed safe to eat, BUT probably not worth baking because it would not be tasty. So she donated it to the church. (whoops!)
How do you give to the Lord? Do you give your best or do you simply “grab something” that has no worth or value to you. A sacrifice has great value to the person giving it. Just think about the Sacrifice God gave us in HIS son , Jesus Christ … HIS ONLY begotten son… HIS son in whom HE was well pleased… HIS son without blemish. Do you tithe? (I don’t wish to know the answers to these rhetorical questions…. they are between you and God and only to get your cerebral juices flowing, possibly improve if the need is there.) Do you give gifts and offerings outside of your tithe? Do you help the needy, the poor, the homeless, the jobless, etc? Hebrews 13:15 tells us to “continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God.” Romans 12:1 tells us “to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.”
Also keep in mind that my “best” may not be the same as your “best.” GOD KNOWS our hearts. HE KNOWS what we can do, what we have, what we don’t have. This is not about the “Impossible Dream.” This is about giving our best from what we have. AND with that in mind…. as we grow with the Lord… our “best” changes. This is not about condemnation or judgement but about wanting to give our best to our Abba Father who loves us with an everlasting love.
What was the purpose of the sacrifices? The purposes were many such as obedience, to atone for sins, and for the High Priest to be able to ENTER into the Most Holy Place ONCE A YEAR to atone for ALL the sins of the Hebrew Nation as well as that of his own and of his family. And when Jesus Christ made the final sacrifice for us… we could ALL enter into The Most Holy Place (also called the Holy of Holies depending on the version of the Bible you use) as often as we desire. The following song is an awesome song about entering into the Holy of Holies, listen and read the words while it is playing. 🙂
Chapter 23 — This discusses the Appointed Festivals. If you click on the right side of the page of this blog on CHARTS you will find a chart which contains all the Festivals/feasts of the Ancient Israelites in case you would like to review that while reading the Word. The chart also notes the nature of the gift, offering, or sacrifice to be given for each event.
I found a WONDERFUL explanation of the Festivals/Feasts that I wanted to share with you. I could not express this topic nearly as well as they have. Notice all the comparisons and significance of the OT feasts and festivals to what they mean in the NT. Also take note of which Prophesies have been fulfilled within these festivals/feasts. And if your brain is really analytic notice the months these festivals and feasts were celebrated. Get ready for an AWESOME BLESSING !! If you want to read the entire article about this click on FEASTS AND FESTIVALS however; most of the article is below:
“The Hebrew word for “feasts” (moadim) literally means “appointed times.” God has carefully planned and orchestrated the timing and sequence of each of these seven feasts to reveal to us a special story. The seven annual feasts of Israel were spread over seven months of the Jewish calendar, at set times appointed by God. They are still celebrated by observant Jews today. But for both Jews and non-Jews who have placed their faith in Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, these special days demonstrate the work of redemption through God’s Son.
The first four of the seven feasts occur during the springtime (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Weeks), and they all have already been fulfilled by Christ in the New Testament. The final three holidays (Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles) occur during the fall, all within a short fifteen-day period.
Many Bible scholars and commentators believe that these fall feasts have not yet been fulfilled by Jesus. However, the “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13) for all believers in Jesus Christ is that they most assuredly will be fulfilled. As the four spring feasts were fulfilled literally and right on the actual feast day in connection with Christ’s first coming, these three fall feasts, it is believed by many, will likewise be fulfilled literally in connection to the Lord’s second coming.
In a nutshell, here is the prophetic significance of each of the seven Levitical feasts of Israel:
1) Passover (Leviticus 23:5) – Pointed to the Messiah as our Passover lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7) whose blood would be shed for our sins. Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation for the Passover at the same hour that the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover meal that evening.
2) Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:6) – Pointed to the Messiah’s sinless life (as leaven is a picture of sin in the Bible), making Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus’ body was in the grave during the first days of this feast, like a kernel of wheat planted and waiting to burst forth as the bread of life.
3) First Fruits (Leviticus 23:10) – Pointed to the Messiah’s resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. Jesus was resurrected on this very day, which is one of the reasons that Paul refers to him in 1 Corinthians 15:20 as the “first fruits from the dead.”
4) Weeks or Pentecost (Leviticus 23:16) – Occurred fifty days after the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and pointed to the great harvest of souls and the gift of the Holy Spirit for both Jew and Gentile, who would be brought into the kingdom of God during the Church Age (see Acts 2). The Church was actually established on this day when God poured out His Holy Spirit and 3,000 Jews responded to Peter’s great sermon and his first proclamation of the gospel.
5) Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24) – The first of the fall feasts. Many believe this day points to the Rapture of the Church when the Messiah Jesus will appear in the heavens as He comes for His bride, the Church. The Rapture is always associated in Scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:52).
6) Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:27) – Many believe this prophetically points to the day of the Second Coming of Jesus when He will return to earth. That will be the Day of Atonement for the Jewish remnant when they “look upon Him whom they have pierced,” repent of their sins, and receive Him as their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10 and Romans 11:1-6,25-36).
7) Tabernacles or Booths (Leviticus 23:34) – Many scholars believe that this feast day points to the Lord’s promise that He will once again “tabernacle” with His people when He returns to reign over all the world (Micah 4:1-7).
Should Christians celebrate these Levitical feast days of Israel today? Whether or not a Christian celebrates the Jewish feast days would be a matter of conscience for the individual Christian. Colossians 2:16-17 tells us, “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” Christians are not bound to observe the Jewish feasts the way an Old Testament Jew was, but we should not criticize another believer who does or does not observe these special days and feasts (Romans 14:5).
While it is not required for Christians to celebrate the Jewish feast days, it is beneficial to study them. Certainly, it could be beneficial to celebrate these days if it leads one to a greater understanding and appreciation for Christ’s death and resurrection and the future promise of His coming. As Christians, if we choose to celebrate these special days, we should put Christ in the center of the celebration, as the One who came to fulfill the prophetic significance of each of them.”
Is that not TOTALLY AWESOME!!??? I am singing “HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD” out loud at this very moment… you may be able to hear my squeaky, laryngitis voice from here to where you are… but I’m still singing a song of praise to HIM 🙂
As always… I’d love to here if this is helping you, what stood out to you, is there anything you learned, and questions you have so bring it on 🙂
Sharing HIS love