Monday, February 13, 2012
Welcome to Day 44 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 20, 21 and 22… More reiterations about various laws. What defiles or makes a person unclean… Who was to be put to death and for what. Some of this was very hard to read…
Hard to imagine that people would actually sacrifice their children to the god, Molek (or Molech).
Acts 20:24, Paul said, “I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” His mission statement for his life… “To complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me.”
I noted the number of times the phrase, “I am the LORD” or “I am the LORD your God” appears in these chapters of Leviticus…
It’s not by sacrifices or doing anything that we are made clean or holy. HE makes me holy. I can’t achieve it on my own. I can’t earn it. They could never sacrifice enough to BE holy. They were only made clean for a short time…
Under the new covenant, we are called a “kingdom of priests,” offering our lives, our bodies as LIVING sacrifices. Romans 12:1-2.
One still has to go to Hebrews (and Romans) to keep all this straight and in its proper perspective for our lives today. READ Hebrews 7. What an incredible chapter! (If I were to have designed this reading plan, we would have read Hebrews before Leviticus, maybe even Exodus… or at least alongside them.) If you are reading this blog today, I suggest you take a minute and read Hebrews 7, or better yet, read all of Hebrews. It’s a pretty quick read and it puts all the Old Testament sacrifices into perspective. v 22 states that because of Jesus, we are under a “better covenant.” Praise God for that!
I need to keep this in mind… “Holiness” is imparted by God. He is holy and HE makes us holy. We are called to “holiness” but I can’t make myself “holy.” I am called to be “sanctified,” to be “set apart” for His use. To avoid all the traps that cause one to stumble… To not be drunk with wine… to avoid sexual immorality… to not slander people… called to love… to serve the poor… be an ambassador of Christ in the community. To be salt and light.
God, I thank you that you are the One who imparts holiness. Thank you that we are under a better covenant today! I can’t imagine living under the Law… under that weight. Thank you for setting us free!
Romans 8:1-4, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 for what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”