Leviticus, the third book of the Bible, has received a bad (and misinformed) reputation for being a boring or irrelevant book. The reality is, without the book of Leviticus, much of the New Testament makes little sense. The book of Leviticus is necessary to understand the book of Hebrews, the Gospels, and even salvation itself. The book is not just legal jargon, but a narrative of historical significance. It is not just significant historically or legally, but its theological depth is profound. Leviticus primary goal is to show God’s people how to live holy before their holy God.
“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, “darkness” on the walls of his cell.” - C.S. Lewis
“I’m not against screens, or new songs, or innovation. I just don’t like the gimmicks. I want to know when worship is over that the leader’s sole purpose was to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.” - Charles R. Swindoll
“Don’t always blindly follow guidance and step-by-step instructions; you might run into something interesting.” - Georg Cantor
“Disasters, danger, and disobedience - 3 things that happen when we don’t follow instructions.” - Unknown
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” - 1 Corinthians 12:7. “...by love serve one another.” - Galatians 5:13b.
God is so very faithful. It would take a full volume of books to pen every way God has proven Himself trustworthy in my life up to this point. Sometimes I get jittery and lack trust in Him, but one look at His faithfulness reminds me I have nothing to fear. Truly I serve a great God who loves me and is intimately involved in every detail of my life.
Just this morning Evie and I met with a new financial advisor regarding our retirement/financial planning. To be honest, I left the meeting feeling someone defeated because we definitely aren’t on par with where I thought we would be at this stage in life.
“Genuine repentance must bear the seal of a corrected life.” - Lewis F. Korns
We come to the most tragic scripture in the book of Exodus. Where Exodus 25 showed us the genuine desire of God’s people to obey God through their freewill offering, Exodus 32 shows us the sinfulness of Israel through their offering to idolatry. Truly the Sermon on the Mount fact, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” - Matthew 6:21, rings true. We could speak of the beautiful incense of chapter 30, or the equipping of God’s people to the work of God in chapter 31, but it is without question one of the darkest days of Israel’s history in chapter 32.
“We are not to look like or act like other people; rather, we are to look like Christ. We are to act like Christ. We are to do the things that Christ would do in the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit.” - A.W. Tozer
“Man’s biggest problem is his sin which has separated him from God.”
The instructions from God now come to the organization and construction of the Tabernacle. This really is one of the most primary aspects of the Law given in Exodus. The beauty of the pictures found in the Tabernacle, the furniture, and the events that were to happen in the Tabernacle are almost without equal. Christ is shown in a wonderful and surreal way. In the midst of this beauty and picture is a constant reminder of the current status of man’s brokenness and sin… the Cherubims.
Hearing, understanding, and responding to God’s truth is only half the battle. The other half is fought every day as we DO what God has called us to. “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” - James 1:22
“Work without clear instructions, is like swimming without water.” - Christiane Nord
I don’t believe I have ever been more frustrated than working at a job where there was no clear direction, but strict punishments. As a senior in High School, I worked for a man who was pretty rough on his employees. I helped manage his 100 acers; scraping fence, painting, weed eating (he wanted circles around all his trees down to the dirt), clearing brush, and much more. Vividly, I remember being reprimanded on more than one occasion for something I had no clue I was supposed to be doing. He had an expectation that was never communicated, let alone communicated clearly. I loved the man (who I had known since I was a kid), but finally had to leave the job and go back to the Feed Store in Springtown because it was hurting our relationship. Work can be frustrating without any clear direction.