Reflections Week of 11/13/16

Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.

Read Leviticus 11 (Monday 11/14)

Cleanliness. Five chapters of laws addressing cleanliness. We are not talking about sin but simply cleanliness. Reading these chapters, I was stunned by the reality of God’s holiness and our dirtiness. In all things God, from the very first sin to now, has been making all things new, beautiful…clean. Not just the heart but the body, not just the body but the soul.  It is amazing to see how God was watching over His people when the modern day understandings of hygiene were not present. In God’s nature we see a holistic desire for us to be clean and holy. All of these laws might have seemed trivial at the time and yet in hindsight we see the importance. How often do we think that God’s ways aren’t necessarily the best ways? There are many “laws” from God that we currently do not understand the significance of and find it difficult to follow. I wonder if in the moments when we do not seem to agree or understand if rather than questioning the law we might affirm the law giver. Israel likely did not understand many of the “laws” that God made and yet they new He was their provider and protector, their God and king and that he was their deliverer from Egypt. There will always be things about God and His ways that are lost on our ears and that are difficult to grapple with. My hope is that by God’s grace we might peer into His love and kindness and trust that He truly is working all things for our good as we love him and obey His commands.

 

Read Leviticus 16 (Wednesday 11/16)

The Day of Atonement. In many ways this concept has been largely lost to me. Today’s day and age hardly recognizes our need for atonement. I once had a professor who broke up this word as such at-one-ment. What he meant by this is that atonement simply means bringing us together as one with God. What I/we have often forgotten is that we are filthy sinners unworthy of a Holy God, unworthy of His presence. This book has been a book of laws given to prepare Israel, God’s people, to be brought back together, made one with, their God again. There was incredible detail and preparation before coming into the presence of the Lord, not simply in their hearts but with their physical bodies. Now the Day of Atonement was annual sacrifice to cleanse Israel of her sin. This was a foreshadowing of the Great Sacrifice. The once for all sacrifice that would come in Christ on the Cross, crucified so that our sins might be atoned for. We celebrate the atoning work of Christ or the bringing together, once and for all, of God and us. If the Levitical law and the Day of atonement had such preparation to them and if coming into the presence of God garnered such a high level of respect and awe, what might that mean for our entrance today into God’s presence. We come into the church every Sunday to worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who has made it possible to enter His presence through His blood. As you think about these chapters this week and you prepare to come and worship next Sunday think about what you are doing. Consider the greatness of God, the Holiness of the God whose presence you are entering in worship. How might that change the way you prepare Sunday morning? How might this change your heart in worship?

Reflections by Taylor Floyd

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