Knee-deep and covered in blood
I have been knee-deep in all things Scriptural since January 1, and I already like what it’s doing to me.
I’ve replaced my long-running morning news and social media habit with the much more meaningful habit of Bible immersion. I read. I pray. I meditate. I write. It’s a beautiful thing. While laying a foundation for the day ahead, I’m also learning so much about the all-powerful Creator, aka my Father in Heaven.
By sharing what God reveals to me in a public forum, I’ve opened up a deeper dialog with people I didn’t even know were as spiritual as they are, and that’s so exciting. But, what’s even more exciting is venturing outside of my cocoon to connect with others I would never have met, but who share my inquisitive nature when it comes to getting to know our faith even better.
Last but not least, I’m becoming more and more in awe of the sacrifice Jesus made for our sins on the Cross. I thought I had a complete picture when I read all four Gospels years ago, but I didn’t. Then when I saw The Passion of the Christ movie, I was in tears, but I still didn’t get it fully. After reading God’s instructions to Moses about all that the priests had to do to atone for the sins of the people, I was overwhelmed. All those pieces together have elevated my sense of reverence, obedience, and gratitude.
Now, speaking of atonement, this word occurs 45 times in the book of Leviticus. That’s according to the detailed study notes in my husband’s 30-year-old reference Bible. It also says that atonement means to cover up. The blood from animal sacrifices didn’t take away sin, but it covered it up until it was time for Christ to come and take it away forever.
I love how these notes help to put everything into context for me. So, I’d like to share some of them with you, in hopes that they also enhance your understanding. (My notes are in italics following some of the bullet points.)
King James Version Published in 1976 by Thomas Nelson
Leviticus begins and ends at the same geographical spot, Mt. Sinai, where God gave the law.
Leviticus gives the orders and rules of worship in the Tabernacle.
This book was given to Israel to direct them to live as a holy nation in fellowship with a holy God. It was a code of law for the total well-being of Israel – physical, moral, and spiritual. (Just as the Creator created us.)
Leviticus reveals Christ. (Amen!)
For us it gives the direction to God and instructions for spiritual worship, which would take on a new meaning if the average Christian properly appreciated the contents of this book. (Which is why it’s important to read it for understanding all the way through.)
Leviticus teaches that the way to God is by sacrifice. (Yes it does! Even for us. What must we sacrifice in order to be close to Him?)
Leviticus teaches that the walk with God is by sanctification (def: the act of being set apart or made holy). The word holiness occurs 87 times.
God gave strict laws governing the diet, social life, and daily details involving every physical aspect of the lives of His people. These laws have a greater spiritual application to His people today.
Those redeemed by the blood of Christ must live a holy life if they are to enjoy and worship God.
And, that's really the point of it all, right? Everyone sins. We all do. Our very nature is a sinful one, no matter how good we think we are. Reading in the Old Testament so far hits that point home very clearly. And, I am truly humbled.
How does reading the Bible affect your faith? Feel free to comment below, or by visiting my Facebook page.
*Welcome to my one-year trip around the world of Scripture. You’re invited to take this journey with me, as I meditate on God’s Word day and night. Each morning, you’ll find a post on my Facebook page encouraging my new #Biblebuddies along the way. And each night, I’ll be writing my impressions right here at listen2leslie.com. I’d love it if you’d share your comments, to spark some fruitful discussion. The only passport you’ll need for this journey is the Read Scripture app which provides us with our daily itinerary. You’ll love this app because it contains videos by The Bible Project that serve as our tour guide. Traveling is so much better when you have someone to share the experience with, so please join me, will you?
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