Sunday, February 12, 2012
Welcome to Day 43 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 18 is the chapter of “Do nots…”
Speaks over and over of that which is detestable, wicked or perverted. Of things that defile and dishonor one’s self or another.
Makes me think of a former president who went on tv, looked into the camera and said, “I did not… have… sexual relations… with that woman…”
Leviticus 19:2, “‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.” When we strive toward this (holiness), you don’t need all those laws. Jesus said all the Law and the prophets could be boiled down to two things, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” And, “love your neighbor as yourself” (v 18).
This chapter is filled with a long list of don’ts… ranging from don’t trim the hair on the sides of your beard to do not use dishonest weights on your scales, not to lie or spread slander. And just about everything in between… including again repeating to not eat meat with blood.
In other words, be holy, honest and honorable. Most of these one would not have to worry about… except wearing clothing with mixed fabrics, etc.
v 26 and 31… “Do not practice divination or seek omens…” “Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them.” I am constantly amazed at how many people check their daily horoscopes or have their palms read, “for fun.” I remember playing on a Ouija board when I was a kid. I had no idea what I was opening myself up to. It’s easy to minimize things as though they are harmless. At best they defile us… at worst they may lead us astray, because it’s not looking to the Lord. It’s looking elsewhere for direction or answers.
Psalm 13, “I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.”
Acts 19:1-2, Paul asked some believers in Ephesus, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them… Nice.
v 13, “Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” The difference between knowing and knowing about… The people who were doing this got trounced by a man with evil spirits.
v 19, “A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly.” Some things need to be burned, not just thrown away.
Love that a riot broke out in Ephesus over their goddess Artemis… “Fellow Ephesians, doesn’t all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven?” (Hmmm… don’t think so.) Her image did not fall from heaven. It came from someplace else…
Note that they shouted for TWO HOURS “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” In challenge of what Paul was preaching and in worship to their god.
People all over the world worship what they don’t know. It’s easy to worship an idol, or god made by human hands. But we are to only worship the LORD. The Maker of heaven and earth. The One who is over all. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Who sent His only son, Jesus to die for us.
“I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.” I will shout ONLY to HIM… YOU are GOOD to ME! I may have to just proclaim that for two hours one day this week…
(FYI, every time I see this pic I think of my friend Josh…)