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Journey through Leviticus
Posted: Jan 13, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

One of my goals at the beginning of this year is to read through the Bible in 90 days. I have been on many different Bible reading plans before but I have yet to attempt this one. I am learning so much about myself through this process. In order to accomplish this goal, it requires reading between 14 and 16 chapters every day. The reading plan starts at Genesis which is one of my favorite books in the entire Bible. There are so many incredible characters that are talked about. We read about Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Noah, Adam and the list goes on and on. If you are looking for a fresh start in your Bible reading, I highly recommend Genesis to you. It will challenge you! After Genesis comes Exodus which is also a very interesting book. This is the book that details the life of Moses who was known as the friend of God. You read about the incredible escape through Egypt for the Israelites and the beginning portion of their 40 year journey through the Wilderness.

After Exodus, we come to Leviticus. In all of my years of talking with people about the Bible, I have never once heard anyone say, Leviticus is my favorite book in the Bible. I have never heard anyone say, my favorite verse in the Bible comes from Leviticus. I hear John quotes a lot, I hear a lot of Psalms and the writings of Paul usually seem to rank pretty high on most people list of favorites. But not Leviticus. To be truthfully honest with you, Leviticus is a tough book to get through. It is a book filled with laws for the Jews to fulfill in order to make them right with God. First of all, if you have studied the Old Testament at all, you know that the Jews made some pretty bad mistakes. However, after reading through Leviticus, they had some tough laws to live up to.

If you haven’t realized it before, we serve a God that passionately dislikes sin. Read through the book of Leviticus and see the prices that people had to pay in order to be right with God. I am so glad I didn’t live back then! The Bible says that God is the same yesterday, today and forever meaning that God still feels the same way about sin now as he did back when the Israelites traveled through the wilderness. In Leviticus, you read all the things that the Israelites had to do to be forgiven from sin. An animal was to be chosen and it couldn’t just be any animal. It had to be the best with no defects at all! The priest would then place his hands on that animal which in effect transferred the sin from the individual onto the animal so that the animal could pay the price tag for it. That doesn’t seem fair does it? An innocent animal has to die because some dude made a mistake?

Yet we realize that we serve a Holy God who hates sin with every fiber in His being. Sin always has and always will have a price tag. Somebody or something has to pay the penalty for sin. Here is the kicker. Reading through Leviticus made me appreciate all the more what Jesus did for me on the cross. When He stretched out his arms on the cross and said, “It is finished!” What was he saying? He was saying, that old way is finished. The price has been paid. The sacrifice has been offered. I have taken the place of the countless sacrifices that you used to have to do. I am now the ultimate, once and for all sacrifice. The Bible says that “Whosoever will may come.” That means that it doesn’t matter what you did, the price tag for your sin has already been paid on the cross. Just like those animals, Jesus didn’t deserve to die. Yet he chose to because He is crazy in love with you.

That’s my lesson from Leviticus. I hope it was a blessing to you today.

With Expectancy!

Corey
corey@firstassemblywest.com

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