Yesterday’s lesson on Leviticus is important as a basis for todays continuing “living lessons from Leviticus.
Chap. 6:1-5 is interesting. If you steal something and then decide to return it, you must add 20% of the value. Another scripture says that about paying your tithes. If you do not pay tithes in a timely manner, you must add 20% when you get around to catching up! I would like to see our justice system arrange a way for thieves to make restitution. If a thief steals a hundred dollars from me, I’d rather have my hundred and twenty back than have her/him spend a month in jail. Now I know there are hardened criminals that have to be removed from others. But that’s a different issue. This passage of scripture is referring to neighbors who have entrusted one another with some item of value. I think it supports the idea of restitution in other thefts.
Chap. 9:7 and 22 Nice picture of what the priests (leaders) should do for the people. We are blessed when we have good pastors who care for, pray for, and give blessings to their congregation.
Chap. 9:23-24 show how God’s glory came down in the tabernacle and how the people responded. One of the things that breaks my heart is that so many people under about sixty have not witnessed the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in churches of today. Many denominations have not allowed “freedom” of worship in their congregations for many years if ever. Truthfully there are many churches where God may not even stroll through for a visit. 🙂
But the good thing is that one does not have to be in a church building to have an awesome awareness of the presence of the Lord. Try just wholeheartedly giving him your focused worship and see if He responds in some way.
Chap 11:44-45 tells me to be holy as God is holy. Whoa there! Impossible? Yes, that is why we must have Him to be holy in us. One visual image scripture uses is “to cloth” ourselves in righteousness. Chap 20:7,8 says to “sanctify” yourself, it also says that He (God) sanctifies us. Most translations use the word “consecrate” instead of “sanctify.” We cannot change ourselves just by making a decision to avoid sin; we have to have the help of the Holy Spirit.
The experience of sanctification is explained differently among church denominations, but I believe all churches teach some form of sanctification. I have an essay I hope to use before long which dwells more on this subject. Like all my lessons, it is pretty simple not very deep in theological language and concepts.
Tomorrow we will take a look at these chapters: 18, 19, 20, 23, and 26 Hope you will be back.
Thank you for this continuing lesson!!
You are welcome. I’ve enjoyed the search. Have a good day.
I learn so much I never knew or realized— us poor Episcopalian kids are Bible knowledge poor!!!
Ever the learner. 😀
It keeps me spry 🤣
Good point: “We cannot change ourselves just by making a decision to avoid sin; we have to have the help of the Holy Spirit.” We need His help.
A point sorely unacknowledged in much of today’s Christian world. Thanks for reading, Frank. Be blessed in your walk today.
Thank you for this ongoing Journey.
Thank God for how we all can and must learn and grow. We all need a reminder of just what Christ did for us at Calvary and what living in 2021 is all about. GOD the HOLY SPIRIT is the SPIRIT of SANCTIFICATION. it is why He was sent. The New Covenant carved at Calvary means HE lives now with and in us. While the church in many places still sleeps and gets caught up in denominational missmash, folks must keep on learning, being led by the Spirit into the TRUTH of the WORD, OLD and NEW testament. Thank God human history connects at the CROSS now ALL can come! When the hidden Churches around the world are revealed in end times there will be a lot of amazed people. God the HOLY SPIRIT MUST be acknowledged. HE IS GOD. ONE ALMIGHTY GOD, heaven, earth …..universe, SPIRIT WORLD. I AM! (I have explored in my life some dark places………thank GOD what I KNOW today is my TRUTH.) I respect the journeys of others but learning from the OLD Testament is a brilliant starting point. Thank you ONETA.