Leviticus 8-9

On the eighth day Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel

It takes time to prepare for worship. This is true for the preacher, the music minister, and others who are guiding the service, but it takes time for the people to prepare as well. The vast majority of people simply show up to church on Sunday and expect to worship, perhaps this is why there is such a high level of dissatisfaction within many churches today, people are coming unprepared for worship. A worship service is an opportunity for outsiders to come and see what the Lord is doing, they are observers, and should always be made welcome. However, the worship service is a time to respond to the working of God in your life, that happened the week before. How has God spoken to you, what has the Lord lead you to do, how many people have you shared the light of Christ with or invited to come to your church? If you haven’t done any of that, all that is left is to criticize the show. Prepare yourself for worship, come ready to respond to God… not to be entertained by a specticle. 

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Leviticus 6-7

In the place where they kill the burnt offering they shall kill the guilt offering, and its blood shall be thrown against the sides of the altar. And all its fat shall be offered, the fat tail, the fat that covers the entrails, the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the long lobe of the liver that he shall remove with the kidneys. The priest shall burn them on the altar as a food offering to the Lord; it is a guilt offering.

Reading all this, it’s kind of funny we wear bleached and ironed “dress clothes” to worship and most churches won’t allow drinks in our sanctuaries…

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Leviticus 4-5

If anyone sins unintentionally in any of the Lord’s commandments about things not to be done, and does any one of them, if it is the anointed priest who sins, thus bringing guilt on the people, then he shall offer for the sin that he has committed a bull from the herd without blemish to the Lord for a sin offering.

There are two important ideas here, first intentions and second headship. One need not be intentional in their sin for it to make them guilty. “Oh but he didn’t know any better.” That may make it easier to stop someone from repeating a sin, that is to say, simply make them aware that they are sinning, but that doesn’t remove the guilt. This should answer the question about people who live in different cultures with different concepts of right and wrong, that doesn’t matter for guilt. There is one standard, and that’s Jesus. Also, this idea of headship. The Priest sins and all the people are made guilty. We have a great high priest who will never sin, not only that, his perfection has made all of us guiltless. Praise the Lord!

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Leviticus 1-3

he shall offer a male without blemish.

The offering does not die because there is anything wrong with it. It is not paying for its sins, so that it can die on behalf of someone else. This is the picture of Jesus the offerings have. Jesus did not die because of his sins, he didn’t have any, thus he was able to give his life for us. If he had sin in his life, if he were somehow unclean, he could not have died for us, because death would have been required of him. Thank God Jesus lived the life we couldn’t live and died the death we should have died.

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Exodus 39-40

Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.

God wanted a place to be with his people, and so he made the tent of meeting. But he also wanted a permanent way to be with his people, and so he sent Jesus to “tabernacle” amongst us. He is here. When you do not see the fruit of his presence in your life, perhaps that’s a good sign to change what you’re doing. Realign your life with his word and with his people. Follow him. Trust him. And be part of the new temple God is making with “living bricks,” you and me. Follow Jesus today.

 

If you’d like to follow along with us reading the OT in 2017, we’re using this plan:

http://johnmarkharris.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2017-Bible-Reading-Plan-OT-Chron.pdf

There’s still plenty of time to start. Just read Genesis, Job, and Exodus and you’re all caught up!

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