February 7

 

Watch Leviticus video  Watch an overview of Leviticus

The first word of the book of Leviticus in the Hebrew language can be translated into the phrase, “And He called.”  As you read Leviticus 1:1 you realize that God is calling to Moses.  As the book unfolds, we realize that God is calling Moses and Israel to be holy, that is, to be separate.  To be holy is precisely what God calls each of us to be.  As we meander through this book of laws, may we never forget that God calls each one of us to be holy.  In order to walk with God, we must be holy.  In order to be holy, the New Testament calls us to put on Christ.  How’s your walk?  Is your walk holy? 

Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com. Animated video by www.thebibleproject.com

Posted by Steve Horn with

February 6, Leviticus 18-20

 

Read today's passage  Listen to today's passage 

Watch Leviticus video  Watch an overview of Leviticus

We understand the reason for most of the commands listed in this section of reading.  Some seem beyond our grasp of understanding. The prohibition against planting a field with two kinds of seed (19:19), against wearing clothing with two kinds of material 19:19), and against cutting the hair at the sides of the head are difficult for us to understand.  Here is the best answer I know.  God had a reason. Whether this was some kind of pagan rite or something else, we may never know, but God had a reason.  The important thing is to recognize the purpose behind the commands.  You will find that purpose in 18:3. Again, the theme is clear:  In order to walk with God, we are going to have to be set apart from the world.

Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com. Animated video by www.thebibleproject.com

Posted by Steve Horn with

February 5, Leviticus 16-17

 

Read today's passage  Listen to today's passage 

Watch Leviticus video  Watch an overview of Leviticus

One cannot read Leviticus 16-17 without thinking about the cross. Leviticus 17:11, especially, foreshadows the importance of the blood. Indeed, the atonement is made possible by the blood.  What was incomplete, imperfect, and year-after-year on the Great Day of Atonement was complete, perfect, and once-and-for-all on Great, not just Good Friday.  Thanks be to Christ for offering the blood sacrifice that would end the need for all other blood sacrifices.

Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com. Animated video by www.thebibleproject.com

Posted by Steve Horn with

February 4, Leviticus 11-15

 

Read today's passage  Listen to today's passage 

Watch Leviticus video  Watch an overview of Leviticus

Are you still with me?  I hope so.  Here’s my nugget for Leviticus today—make that two nuggets.  First, these chapters remind me that God thought of everything.  On the surface, we see rules, rules, and more rules.  On the surface we see ceremonial cleanliness.  Underneath the surface, I think about what we presume to be over 1 million Israelites living out in the dessert in temporary housing.  Without a strict adherence to cleanliness, think of all the potential sickness and disease.  I remember having to stand in line to get a flu shot in order to enroll in Seminary and we were only a thousand or so.  So, when you read all those rules, think about how God was protecting His people from themselves.

Second, Leviticus is a book that primarily shows us that the people of God are to be holy—or “set apart.”  Following God’s commands will always cause us to be “set apart.” 

Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com. Animated video by www.thebibleproject.com

Posted by Steve Horn with

February 3, Leviticus 8-10

 

Read today's passage  Listen to today's passage 

Watch Leviticus video  Watch an overview of Leviticus

You could give a simple heading to chapters 8-9:  “They did just as the LORD commanded.”  Unfortunately, that same heading can not be given to chapter 10.  Instead, the heading has to read, “Contrary to the LORD’s Command!”  The text is not entirely clear what got into Nadab and Abihu (10:1-2), but like so many of us, they did their own thing. The result was serious.  Instead of the presence of the LORD evidenced in flame to consume the sacrifice (chapter 9), the presence of the LORD bursts forth to consume the sinners.  We could ask a thousand questions about this scene.  We want to know why God dealt so seriously with these boys.  Actually, I think that is just what God wants us to see in this story.  Still, at this early stage in history, He wants all humanity to know just how serious sin is.  We would later know the seriousness of sin by His willingness to empty Himself by becoming a man to die on a cross for the victory over that sin.

One other thing we ought to contrast in these three chapters.  Notice the joy that obedience brings.  Chapter 9 concludes with all the people rejoicing.  However, notice the despair that disobedience brings.  Such is still the case today.  My special prayer today is for those of you dealing with the despair brought on by the disobedience of someone you deeply love.

Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com. Animated video by www.thebibleproject.com

Posted by Steve Horn with

1234567891011