Saturday, February 11, 2012
Welcome to Day 42 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Leviticus 15, “These are the regulations for a man with a discharge, for anyone made unclean by an emission of semen, 33 for a woman in her monthly period, for a man or a woman with a discharge, and for a man who has sexual relations with a woman who is ceremonially unclean.”
Nothing quite like reading about bodily discharges and emissions at 6:00 in the morning!
At least Leviticus 15 is a level playing field, addressing both men and women…
v 8 “If the man with the discharge spits on anyone who is clean, they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.” Seriously??
Why would a man spit on anyone that this would have to be addressed??
Ok… ‘nuf about that… Let’s move on to the next chapter.
Leviticus 16 introduces the Day of Atonement on the 10th day of the 7th month (Yom Kippur) (10 days after the start of the Jewish new year (Rosh HaShanah).
v 20-22 “When Aaron has finished making atonement for the Most Holy Place, the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall bring forward the live goat. 21 He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites—all their sins—and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the wilderness in the care of someone appointed for the task. 22 The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a remote place; and the man shall release it in the wilderness.” (The scapegoat, see v 26.)
What a great preview of the work of Jesus! “John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
Leviticus 17, now all sacrifices were to be made only at the tabernacle… otherwise, a person was to be “cut off” from the people… (That term appears 147 times in the Old Testament!)
There was to be no shedding of blood unless it was at the tabernacle. And once again, no eating of any blood, because “the life of every creature is its blood. That is why I have said to the Israelites, “You must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; anyone who eats it must be cut off.”
Once again the importance of blood is restated.
“What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” (Click HERE to listen to Matt Redman’s “Nothing But the Blood.)
Acts 18, Paul continues his travels by visiting to Corinth… What a roller coaster ride he was on. Preaching and teaching for a year and a half… but was beaten and falsely accused… goes with the territory.
Love this bit about Priscilla and Aquila, “When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.” Apollos apparently was open to their instruction. Smart man.
Who could EVER be clean? There were so many things you couldn’t touch, or eat or do… if you had a rash or a boil, if a woman had her period, or if you had some sort of discharge…
You almost have to see the humor in passages like this. “So… you and your wife couldn’t go to the tabernacle today, huh? You’re “unCLEAN” eh?” And WHY is that??
Everything you would touch or sit on would have to be washed… clay pots were to be broken… man…
What an exhausting way to have to live life!
SO thankful for grace!
Is it even possible to be “unclean” under the new covenant?? Jesus is our great high priest! Hebrews 10:11-12 “Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.”
“Jesus paid it all… All to him I owe… Sin had left a crimson stain… He washed it white as snow.”
Thank you, Lord…