The next couple chapters we see the ordination of Aaron and his sons. They are anointed to become the first priests of Israel. They are cleansed, had anointing oil placed on them and then also the blood of a ram sacrifice.
Once we get past how awkward this seems, I was interested in 8:23-24.
23 Moses slaughtered the ram and took some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron’s right ear, on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot. 24 Moses also brought Aaron’s sons forward and put some of the blood on the lobes of their right ears, on the thumbs of their right hands and on the big toes of their right feet.
He took some of the blood and placed it in 3 specific areas on both Aaron and his sons; the ear, thumb and big toe. Each seems to have a pretty obvious connection.
The ear: Listen – They needed to listen to God’s commands so that they would be careful not to disobey Him.
Thumb/hand – Actions – We use our hands to carry out most of our actions. I think God was telling Aaron and his sons that they were not merely to listen, but to act on God’s commands. (Kind of like James 1:22 – be doers of the word)
The Big toe/foot – Our walk and where we go – I have read that the big toe carries the most weight and gives the foot balance when walking. Without big toes we could not run or even walk straight.
Possibly God is reminding them to walk straight and stay committed to the path God has set before them.
1 Peter 2:5 – you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house[a] to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
We are all called into a similar service.
So may your ears be blessed to hear the command of God for your life. Bless your hands to act upon that calling and command. Bless your feet so that wherever you are and wherever you may go you stay committed to the path the Lord has for you.
You are blessed so that you can be a blessing!
Today’s Bible reading can be read or listened to at https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+8-10&version=NIV
Tomorrow’s reading will be Leviticus 11-13 on our 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan
In the first few chapters of the book of Leviticus, we see 5 different types of offerings. God had already redeemed the Nation of Israel; the offerings were God’s way of providing the people an opportunity to regain and keep fellowship with Him.
Fortunately for believers today, we no longer need to keep up with these. For a deeper dig check out Hebrews 10. Quick summary: Christ’s sacrifice covered it.
I assume most appreciate Christ’s sacrifice but I bet most also take it for granted. Imagine having to make a sacrifice each time we sinned. Instead, we can thank God for his offering. He gave his son so that all can retain and keep fellowship with him. A single sacrifice once for all.
A super quick summary of the 5 offerings:
Burnt offering – the worshipper would bring an animal sacrifice that atoned sin.
Grain offering – an offering that is a response to God’s grace. Part of the best of the worshipper’s produce.
Peace offering – a free will offering that was optional – but above and beyond what was expected.
Purification offering – this was asking for forgiveness for unknown sins or sins of ignorance. It was a way to keep the tabernacle from human defilement.
Guilt offering – this was an attempt to repair the damage done for the sins committed. Not just forgiveness but also restoration.
Today’s Bible reading can be read or listened to at https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+1-4&version=NIV
Tomorrow’s reading will be Leviticus 5-7 as we continue the 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan
Can you imagine giving an algebra book to a preschooler and expecting the child to start solving intricate problems on their own? I think some searching and new Christians (and even some old ones) may feel a bit like that preschooler when they think about reading the Bible. They have heard and might even believe it can be helpful to their Christian walk. But, it still seems like such a large, overwhelming book – they would prefer the pastor just tells them what they need to know. The good news is that our little preschooler can learn to count, and then add, subtract, multiply, divide, replace numbers with variables and before you know it – they have grown in their math skills and are solving algebraic equations. And, even better news, it doesn’t need to take 10 plus years to get better acquainted with God’s Word and benefit from the countless opportunities to grow in our knowledge, faith and relationship with our Heavenly Father through his words. We can each continue growing today, no matter where we are in our current understanding of His Word, we can and ought to be dedicated to knowing God more and more as he reveals himself in His Word – daily.
A basic understanding of how the Bible is organized can help greatly in knowing the big picture of God’s story – which is profitable in also seeing how it applies to our daily lives as well since it is the same God at work. The 66 books are divided into the Old Testament (39 books covering creation through Israel’s history up to 400 years before the birth of Jesus) and the New Testament (27 books detailing the life, death & resurrection of Jesus, the acts of the early church, letters to the various churches and church leaders, and finally, a vision of the end times and coming kingdom). Each testament can be further subdivided into helpful divisions. For example:
THE OLD TESTAMENT
Law (5 books)
History (12 books)
Poetry (12 books)
Major Prophets (5 books)
Minor Prophets (12 books)
Today we will give a quick overview of the 5 books of the Law
The Books of the Law were mostly written by Moses and for many years they were the only sacred scriptures of God’s word for his people. These 5 books cover a great deal of the early years of the Jewish and Christian faith and it is here that God first reveals himself to his creation. While the setting includes many ancient cultures – beginning about 6,000 years ago – which can seem rather foreign at first, it doesn’t take long before we recognize many human characteristics we still see in ourselves and our neighbors today: selfishness, greed, pride, envy, as well as faithfulness, dedication, patience, and compassion. And, we also see GOD – the creative, all-powerful, jealous, wise, holy God of all the ages. Too often the Old Testament is sadly regarded as too old to be useful. However, Jesus knew much of the Old Testament, and in the Gospels he quoted from or referenced passages from all 5 of the books of Law. They were important to Jesus. These Scriptures helped him fight temptation, teach about God and live a holy life. If the Son of God found them so useful – it seems well worth my time to look into them further.
These are some of the exciting things you can look forward to reading and learning from in the Books of the Law . . .
Genesis – A Book of Beginnings!
Starting with Creation, Adam and Eve and the Fall (first sin), Noah and the Flood, and the Tower of Babel. Then, enters Abraham who would be the father of a great nation, and so begins the patriarchal family and the following generations, each with their own story to tell: Isaac, Jacob/Esau, and Joseph. This book covers the beginning of the universe, life, mankind, marriage, family, sacrifice, sin, death, redemption and more. This book of 50 chapters spans more years than the rest of the 65 books of the Bible put together – and in it we get our first predictions of the promised Messiah – Jesus. God’s story begins.
Exodus – The Exit Out of Egypt!
Hebrews enslaved in Egypt. Baby Moses saved in a basket – grows up in Pharoah’s house – leaves Egypt – burning bush – back to Egypt to free his countrymen – 10 plagues – the first Passover – crossing the Red Sea – manna – the Ten Commandments (chapter 20) – other laws – golden calf – preparing the tabernacle
Leviticus – Holiness
Now that God’s people were called out to be a rescued people for him – with their own tabernacle where they were to worship him – they needed direction. This book includes the rules for worship of a holy God and for the Levites – the tribe of priests who would serve in the tabernacle.
Numbers – Counting in the Desert
12 tribes of Israel counted, 12 spies sent into the Promised Land (10 were bad and 2 were good), faithless Israel listens to the majority and wanders in the wilderness 40 years
Deuteronomy – Repeating the Law
Moses reminds the Israelites of their history and God’s laws as they prepare to enter the Promised Land – Moses dies.
And – God is there – in it all! Through the ups and the downs. Just as He is with you, today – and yesterday and tomorrow. If you are looking for one chapter to read today to sum up the books of the law – Deuteronomy 32 is a good choice – or Deuteronomy 30 – or 28 – or Exodus 20. Maybe you can listen to a few chapters on your way to work, or during your bike ride. God put good stuff in there just for you – thousands of years ago. Thanks, God!
May I Find You There, God,