Day 53

Day 53 Reading – Leviticus Chapters 26-27

These are the commands that the Lord gave Moses on Mount Sinai for the Israelites.             Leviticus 27:34 CEB

You will find this phrase over and over in the books of the law.

It is a phrase we too often ignore.

Most theologians agree that there were 613 specific laws given.

But by the time of Jesus, the Pharisees and added so many laws that each of the laws had by best accounts thousands of more specific rules added to each of the original 613.

It seems from the beginning we have decided to speak for God and add meaning to God’s word.  And the only people benefiting from the additions are the people adding the meaning.

No wonder Jesus tried to simplify it all for us by summarizing the totality of the law into two simple rules …

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.

And yet here we are still trying to add to God’s law rules and restrictions.

And who benefits?

Maybe … just maybe … reading those words in Leviticus do mean something to us.

And perhaps that is why they are the last words …

 

Day 54 Reading – Numbers Chapters 1-4

Day 52

Day 52 Reading – Leviticus Chapters 24-25

In this Year of Jubilee everyone is to return to their own property.  Leviticus 25:13

Although the year of Jubilee was prescribed by God, there is no record that it was ever celebrated.

I find that interesting and here is why . . .

With all the debate and angry talk about God’s law prohibiting homosexuality (see Leviticus 18:22) why hasn’t anyone taken up the call for the year of Jubilee?

Why not keep the rest of the law?

The Bible was not written such that you could take the parts you want and discard the parts you don’t – But apparently that hasn’t kept us from doing just that.

Everyone who does any of these detestable things—such persons must be cut off from their people Leviticus 18:29 NIV

The “Church” does a great job (note my sarcasm) in cutting off the people we choose to cut off.  And yet the job of cutting people out was God’s and not ours!

Perhaps we need a reminder that we do not live under the law, but instead have been freed by Christ’s sacrifice to live a life of love and service.

Maybe that was the purpose of the year of Jubilee – a reminder.

We need reminders … we are such forgetful people … unless it benefits us.

Have you been keeping others under the law, while claiming your own freedom?

Take note and then start over … today is your Jubilee!

 

Day 53 Reading – Leviticus Chapters 26-27

Day 51

Day 51 Reading – Leviticus Chapters 22-23

So Moses announced to the Israelites the appointed festivals of the LORD.
Leviticus 23:44 NIV

God establishes several holidays for the Israelites.

These holidays were to symbolize the special relationship that God had with the people.

Special Holidays remind us of the past.

They help us to remember and celebrate that which has happened in the past and look to the promise of what can happen in the future.

What if we approached every Sunday as a holiday?

Celebrating fully all that God has done in the past and renewing our hope for all that is yet to come.

Would our Sunday worship be different?

Would we approach it differently?

I think that was the plan … what happened?

 

Day 52 Reading – Leviticus Chapters 24-25