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Dear Friends,

Many Christians have a difficult time reading through the book of Leviticus, myself included.  The law is explicitly presented in more detail than you’d ever care to know.  Leviticus is also a bloody book.  The sacrifices are numerous, and, being an animal lover, I find that a bit hard to swallow. However, Paul writes in the New Testament that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)  God gave us the book of Leviticus for a purpose. I can’t presume to know the mind of God, but I will give you a few brief thoughts on the subject.  

First, the meticulous detail of the law painfully shows us the vast gulf between the holiness of God and the ability of man to ever achieve it.  Jesus alone was perfect; none of us are.  We can be “good” our entire lives, but never measure up to God’s holy standard.  Isaiah 64:6a tells us, we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags.” Don’t believe it?  Think about the last time you did a good deed.  How soon did pride enter into your thinking?  Or was there some other payback?  We will never be “good enough” to meet God’s holy standard in order to stand in His presence.

Secondly, as much as I grieve over the animal sacrifices, they remind me of how serious my sin is, and that’s the point.  God didn’t cause us to sin; we did that to ourselves, along with Satan’s help.  And we don’t just sin; we have a sin nature that is impossible to escape no matter how many “good” deeds we do. The law of Leviticus provided a temporary means of bandaging our relationship with God through the numerous animal sacrifices, but we were still “doing” to reclaim that relationship.  These sacrifices point us to the ultimate sacrifice of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, as presented in the New Testament.  He is the only perfect being who has ever or will ever live.  God Himself sent His very own Son to die for our sins, nailing them to the cross, because of His deep love for us.  His love is far beyond human comprehension after all the ways we have rejected Him and figuratively slapped Him in the face, yet we are His, and He wants a relationship with us.  In all our stinkin’ness, He Still Loves Us and Wants Our Love In Return.  Praise God for His gracious, merciful, unfathomable love!!!  He provided the ultimate sacrifice that puts an end to all other sacrifices.  All we must do is place our faith in Jesus and follow Him.

So, as we read through Leviticus over the next few weeks, keep those things in mind.  Perhaps you’ll glean other things that you’d like to share.  When we finish this book, we’ll go back to the New Testament and Psalms before tackling Numbers.

By the way, I will not have access to a computer on Monday night, so tonight I’ll post both Leviticus 1 and 2.  Leviticus 3 will be posted on Tuesday night.

Blessings, 

Elizabeth

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What’s Next?

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On Monday we’ll head back to the Old Testament to read Exodus.  God rescues His people from slavery in Egypt, raising up Moses as their leader.  After initial gratitude and worship, the people forget their God and rebel.  Consequences ensue, leading to their repentance and restored relationship with God.  This occurs over and over, revealing man’s fickle heart and God’s enduring love, patience, and mercy.

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Good afternoon, readers!  Now that we have finished the book of Job, I want to give you the upcoming schedule for this blog:

Thursday:  Psalm 34

Friday:  Psalm 35

Monday:  Luke 1

Tuesday:  Luke 2 (the birth of Jesus)

Wednesday (Christmas Day):  No Scripture reading

Thursday:  Luke 3

We’ll continue through Luke into 2014.

May you have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

–Elizabeth

“Come and Worship”

The advent season has come!
“Come and Worship” by Bebo Norman.
Thanks to Starchicky12000 for posting this video on YouTube.

“We Gather Together”

Blessings this Thanksgiving Day to each of you. In honor of the day, this is Tennessee Ernie Ford and the San Quentin Prison Choir singing “We Gather Together”. Thanks to wally1435 for posting this on YouTube!

Birth Pangs Are Momentary

“In the Christian understanding of reality, what we see on earth is just the first few moments of life – just the birthing process; the vast majority of life will be spent in an eternity with no more pain or suffering.” — Vince Vitale re “The Problem of Suffering & the Goodness of God”

A Message For You

I had a dream last night that someone I met needed to hear this verse and know where it was in the Bible.

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Commentary Recommendation

A commentary can be a useful tool when reading the Bible.  One that I have found very helpful is “The MacArthur Bible Commentary” by John MacArthur.  Both scholars and those just being introduced to the Bible will find it a solid work that will enhance their understanding of the Bible.  Amazon has the hardcover for $26.38 and the Kindle edition for $6.99.  Many other places sell it, too.  

Next week we’ll begin reading the book of Job.  MacArthur’s commentary will be useful as we read through Job’s 42 chapters and the other books of the Bible.

Blessings.

What Say You?

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Yesterday I saw a funny poster.  You may have seen it.  Beneath a picture of a dog, it says, “You love me.  You pet me.  You feed me.  You must be God.”  How dear!  Then comes the punchline.  Beneath a picture of a cat is written, “You love me.  You pet me.  You feed me.  I must be God.”  So true!!!  Being a “cat person”, I couldn’t help but laugh.  That attitude is one of the amusing things about cats.  Our two boys –Chester and Toby Tyler–are totally dependent on us, yet they (especially Toby) are under the illusion that they’re in control.

What is NOT amusing is when we are under the same illusion.  We have a Creator Who loves us, provides for us, sent His Son to die for us.  He is our refuge and hope.  What will YOU say?  I must be God?  Or YOU must be God?

Glory be to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  

Christ is the Gospel-The “Good” in “Good News”

Christ Centered Teaching

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By C.H.Spurgeon

“Beloved, because Jesus is the sum of the gospel he must be our constant theme.

“God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

“I determined not to know anything among you save Jesus Christ and him crucified.”

So spake men of old, and so say we. 

When we have done preaching Christ we had better have done preaching; when you have done teaching in your classes Jesus Christ himself, give up Sunday school work, for nothing else is worthy of your pains.

Put out the sun, and light is gone, life is gone, all is gone.

When Jesus is pushed into the background or left out of a minister’s teaching, the darkness is darkness that might be felt, and the people escape from it into gospel light as soon as they can.

A sermon without Jesus in it is savourless, and…

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