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    1. Atonement

      Leviticus 16-18


      In today’s readings, we witness God’s instructions for the Day of Atonement that Israel observed annually. This is one reference of many throughout the Old Testament to this holy day where Israel makes sacrifices to pay for her sins. God explains the Israelites must pay for their sins through blood. He also restricts their sacrifices, so they do not get confused with the false religions that surround them in Leviticus 17:7. The Day of Atonement and other days of sacrifice set up a system by which Israel can make peace with God. The New Testament book of Hebrews points out that these sacrifices would have had to continue for ever if Christ had not come to serve as the ultimate sacrifice. His blood did what the blood of countless animals could not totally and fully redeem His people from their sins.


      Today’s B.I.B.L.E. Takeaways:

      Blessings from God

      God gives Israel a way to become redeemed before Him through the sacrificial system, a system that points us to Christ as the ultimate sacrifice.

      Instructions for Us

      Leviticus 18 describes a series of relationships that conflict with God’s design for us and our relationships with one another.

      Biblical Connections

      The Day of Atonement continues to hold significance throughout the Old and New Testaments.

      Laborious Understandings

      Reading about the sacrifices of animals seems barbaric and uncomfortable for us and the language of Leviticus 18 seems harsh. The difficult reality it brings us closer to is that God cannot abide sin, a reality that this reading addresses head-on.

      Enjoyable Passages

      None of these passages jump out to me as ones that would be worth putting on a wall.


      Topics to Pray About:

      • Thank God for atoning for our sins.
      • Confess to God times when you avoid coming to terms with your sinfulness.
      • Ask God to constantly remind you of your redeemed state in Christ.


      In His Service,

      J. LeBorious

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            1. Presence

              Exodus 24-26


              In these chapters we witness Israel’s entrance into a covenantal relationship with God. They commit to following His commands and instructions. He promises to be their God, to walk with them, and to protect them. As a visible sign of His presence with the people, God commands them to build a sanctuary, the ark of the covenant, and a tabernacle. This will be the physical sign of God among them and provide them a means to offer sacrifices to Him. These things travel with Israel, demonstrating God going with and dwelling in the midst of His people. He gives specific, precise instructions for the construction of the ark, the sanctuary, and the tabernacle. This gives Israel the opportunity to worship via their offerings and helps communicate to them and others the value of their relationship with the living God.


              Today’s B.I.B.L.E. Takeaways:

              Blessings from God

              God blesses Israel here by entering a covenantal relationship with them. This can remind Christians today of our new, better covenant with God entered through Christ.

              Instructions for Us

              Today we can learn from Exodus 25:2 to give freely as our hearts move us.

              Biblical Connections

              Here we see the beginning of the ark of the covenant, a representation that will be involved in incredible stories throughout Israel’s history.

              Laborious Understandings

              If we’re being honest, reading through chapters of dimensions and materials we’ve never heard of can be difficult and boring, but they still can tell us about the character of God – so it’s worth the effort.

              Enjoyable Passages

              The mathematician in me appreciates the precision of God’s instructions to the Israelites, but no one specific verse jumps out at me from these chapters.


              Topics to Pray About:

              • Thank God for promising to walk with His people.
              • Confess to God times when you ignore His presence in your life.
              • Ask God to show you where He is working around you.

              In His Service,

              J. LeBorious