Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Bible In 90 Days: Leviticus

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63.  When one presented a sin or guilt offering to the Lord at the Tabernacle, the one offering the animal as a sacrifice had to put their hands on the head of the animal as it was being slaughtered.  This violence was the result of human sin.
64.  The very best portions of the sacrificed animal belonged to the Lord.  They were sacrificed in the fire.  Fat and blood could not be consumed.
65.  It was an act of faith never to fear that one would not run out of animals without defect for the sacrifices.
66.  If the High Priest sins, the guilt is on the entire community.
67.  When the offering was presented, sins were forgiven, they were atoned for.  But the sin nature was not dealt with.
68.  We must seek forgiveness for unintentional sin.
69.  What is the difference between a sin offering and a whole burnt offering?
70.  A sin against another person was forgiven by God through the sacrifice, not through the person wronged.
71.  The fire at the altar was never to go out.  It took faith to believe there would always be enough wood to burn.
72.  Priests could only eat their portions of food from the sacrifices in the Tabernacle.
73.  The altar itself had to be atoned for.  Is this because it was made from a cursed creation?  Or is this  gnostic thinking?
74.  The High Priest had to make atonement for himself, unlike our High Priest, Jesus Christ, who had no sin.
75.  Obedience in offering the required offerings caused God to reveal Himself among Israel.
76.  When Nadab and Abihu were consumed by fire, Moses silenced Aaron with God's own words.
77.  Priests could not consume any alcohol before entering the Tabernacle to minister.  Only a life of holiness is capable of ministering to the world.
78.  If a woman bore a daughter, the woman's purification time was twice as long as a woman who bore a son.
79.  In determining whether a person is clean or unclean, privacy was ignored.  Personal holiness is not a private matter.
80.  Those who were cured of skin diseases had to be atoned for by the Priests.
81.  I wonder if the offerings in Lev. 14 for the cleansing of skin diseases are what Jesus was refering to when Jesus healed a man of leprosy and told him to show himself to the priest and offer what Moses commanded.
82.  God told Israel that when they entered Canaan, He would inflict some of the houses with mildew.  Why?
83.  Those whose houses were cleansed by the sprinkling of blood would always be reminded that their houses were purified by the shedding of blood.
84.  It was an act of faith to go through the required time of ceremonial cleansing because the person could not work.  If they did work, their whole output would be unclean.
85.  The purpose for the Laws of cleanliness: so no one would die by defiling the Tabernacle.
86.  Israel could only sacrifice in the Tabernacle and no where else.  This way God was preventing the worship of evil spirits. 
87.  Israel was set apart because it was to be holy as God is holy; they were not to worship other Gods in ritual or in unethical personal conduct.
88.  Levites with physical defects were not allowed to minister in the Tabernacle.  Did God look down on them because of their defects?  No, after all, they could eat of the offerings.  But Levitical families may have been tempted to offer those with defects for temple service while those without defects would be put to profitable economic use.  As the healthy were the most valued, the service of the unhealthy would be no sacrifice.
89.  Lev. 24- When the man who blasphamied was stoned to death, those who heard it had to put their hands on his head as he was stoned.  Was this so that they could see how serious a sin blasphamy was that they would not be tempted to imitate the behavior they witnessed?
90.  Israel could not process its crops during the Sabbath year.  But it could eat what grew naturally.  Why?  Because to process their crops during the Sabbath year would indicate a lack of faith in God that He would take care of them during that year.  To obey was a testimony to the neighboring countries concerning God's faithfulness.
91.  At the Jubilee, land reverted back to its original owners.
92.  The price of redemption was based on the number of years left till the next Jubilee.  This would prevent current owners from extorting money or making the redemption price too high.
93.  God's main concern in Leviticus- that the Sabbath laws be obeyed and that the Tabernacle be treated with reverence.
94.  Lev. 26:13- "I have lifted the yoke of slavery from your neck so you can walk free with your heads held high."

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