Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Leviticus 1-5

We begin the book of Leviticus, the story of God's chosen priests from the the family of Levi.  It all begins with Aaron, Moses' brother, and his sons.  While Exodus contained God's moral laws for His people, Leviticus 1-5, is the very beginnings of God's spiritual laws for His people.  There are so many details and ceremonial rules the Israelites have to remember in order to make atonement for their sins.  Worshiping God during Moses' day was very different in so many ways.  It just makes me even more thankful for the Lord and Savior we have in Jesus.  

Today's reading helps us realize just how much Jesus frees us from our sins.  We are blessed with hindsight and the saving grace of Jesus who changes how we are able worship God for eternity.  Jesus is our High Priest, and He dwells in us.  

Because of God's love for us and Jesus blood shed for us on the cross, we do not have to worry about making ourselves "clean" enough to approach God.  We don't have to go sacrifice a goat or a ram in order to be forgiven.  We don't even need a priest to approach God.  We can come to him with confidence.

We are forgiven for our sins and inevitable short comings.  Jesus did that for us for all time.  What a gift!

Hebrews says it perfectly.

26 Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins,and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

Thank You for sending Jesus to save me by grace and not my own imperfect works.  I am so grateful that I can come to You, Lord, with confidence, free from sin.  You, alone, are holy.  Transform me with the power of Your love.  Forgive my stubborn and selfish ways.  Continue to hold me in Your arms, change me, and shape me to be more like Jesus.  Use me for your glory.

I pray you will fill ___________ with your comfort and love today.

In the name of Jesus I pray,

To God be the glory, forever and ever,

*This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more. 

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