Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Day 22/90: Leviticus 16-20, Psalms 84-89, Luke 16-18

Watched United 93 last night - so powerful - brought back a lot of emotions.
Key Points on Today's Reading:
  • The atonement description in Leviticus 16 is a beautiful picture of the work of Jesus Christ. The high priest had to enter the most holy place before God once a year in order to make atonement for all the people of Israel and their sin. God commands that the high priest make a sacrifice for his own sin before he atoned for the people because it was important that the one who made the atoning sacrifice for the people be pure and holy. What an awesome picture of what Christ would come to do.
  • I've already mentioned this before in my rantings on the OT, but it comes through so clearly again in these chapters of Leviticus - the peoples of the ancient near east were a sexually perverse group - not so far from our culture today. This is another way in which the Bible is relevant to our lives today - speaking to people from all generations who abuse sex for their own purposes.
  • It stands out again that God's main purpose in the Law is to help set-apart His people from the other nations that surrounded them. He wanted them to worship Him alone and also to live in such a way that the nations would know that their God was Yahweh. (see especially Lev 20:26)
  • Psalm 84:12 summarizes the whole message of the psalms: "O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trust in you." - which is amazingly the same message of the NT, though the object of that trust is more clearly revealed in Jesus Christ.
  • Psalm 86:11 is my prayer so much of the time - "give me an undivided heart." I love the Lord with all my heart, but sometimes I find my desires drifting away, my heart becoming divided - I need to grow in single-mindedness toward the Lord.
  • Money quote of the day: Luke 18:8: "When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" Obviously, in His first coming, He did not - will he find it in us when He returns again?
  • A lot could be said about Luke 17:21 - the kingdom of God is within you. What is Jesus getting at in this statement? Most likely that are players in the Kingdom when we live according to the Kingdom's values - which as I have said many times on this blog and the pulpit - are completely different from the values of this world. But most of the time, we get those confused.

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