Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 42

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Welcome to Day 42 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Leviticus 15, 16, 17; Acts 18 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

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

S cripture

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.

O bservation

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!

A pplication

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.”

P rayer

Thank you, Lord…


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7 thoughts on “Day 42

  1. Acts 18:25 sticks out to me. Having the zeal and passion to spread Gods word with the excitement I had when I was first saved. Apollos preached with great wisdom of the old testament but only knew of John’s baptism. It was only when Priscilla and Aquila explained to Apollos the life of Jesus that the scripture became clear to him.

    • Indeed, Dan… We all need each other to help us stay on track and to learn from each other and to encourage each other.

      You have been such an encouraging friend to me! Perhaps we are like Paul and Silas?

      • Anonymous on said:

        That is why I am so passionate about the Hope Foundation and g
        etting to know not only the clients but to serve with you and all the others keeps me grounded and keeps the fire burning for me in my walk with the lord.

  2. Good morning everyone… Thanks again for your comments! It’s great to hear from you! I enjoy reading your observations and insights!

    What jumped out at you today? I can’t get past Jesus being our great high priest… that he is seated at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for me. And YOU! WOW!

  3. I have said the same thing evey time I read about the sacrifices if the old testament. Thank you Jesus for shedding your blood once and for all.

  4. Nicole Marvin on said:

    Acts 18:9-11 (msg) ” One night the Master spoke to Paul in a dream: “Keep it up, and don’t let anyone intimidate you or silence you. No matter what happens, I’m with you and no one is going to be able to hurt you. You have no idea how many people I have on my side in this city.”

    God came to Paul and encouraged him. Some times that is all we need to stay on the narrow path. A reminder of his power, his protection and his love.

    This is why he is called:
    Elohim-power & might
    Jehovah Rohi-my Shepherd
    El Elyon-most high God
    El Shaddai-God of the mountains/God Almighty
    El Roi-The strong one who sees

    Thank you, Lord, that you are with me. You are El Shaddai, El Roi, Elohim, Jehovah Rohi, El Elyon, El Roi-you are my God. You encourage me. Your power amazes me. Thank you for being my shepherd. I love you.

  5. Did you know that sacrifices will be instituted in the Messianic reign? Do you know why? There are some laws/statutes in the Bible that are “statutes forever”:
    Deuteronomy 18:5; Exodus 29:9, Exodus 30:21, Exodus 28:43, Exodus 27:21, Leviticus 24:3. There are also “appointed times (Moedim) which are “statutes forever”: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Pesach and the feast of unleavened bread, Shavuot, Shabbat and others. Yeshua said “I have not come to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it”, and He continued to teach in the Temple, His disciples continued to observe Torah, sacrifices, and Paul, who was a Pharisee, continued to offer sacrifices. If Yeshua did away with all of those by his death on the cross, then weren’t the disciples disobedient in observing Temple service? They were believers in Yeshua, saved people! Yeshua taught them. Followers did what they saw their teacher doing, and Yeshua did what He saw His father in heaven doing. Yeshua taught from Torah, as the NT was not in existence. Believers following Yeshua attended synagogue on Sabbath (the seventh day) because this is a “forever statute” . God said to observe it because it commemorates His creation. To observe Sabbath shows you believe in God. But, getting back to the first question, why do you think Yeshua will re-institute sacrifices?
    Something to think about.

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