Simple thoughts for deeper meditation, Leviticus: 16-19
“You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the Land of Canaan to which I am bringing. You shall not walk in their statutes“
Two warnings for His people:
Make sure you had been be disencumbered from Egypt and not to be enticed by Canaan.
This is God’s desire for all His people. Total release from the past and serious footing in the future. For this you must be redeemed by Him. God’s knows our chances to be lost because of the past.
⚡ Lot’s wife, though she left Sodom, Sodom did not leave her. So she looked back and became a pillar of salt.
⚡ Rachel, though she knew the God of Jacob and prayed to Him, she a kept a small space in her heart for the idols of Haran. That’s why she stole the idols of her father when she started her journey to Canaan. But it was of no use to her, as she died on the way.
Let us struggle hard to get removed all the grips of Egypt.
⚡It must be interesting to note that God destroyed 7 Kings and 31 Gentile nations
for Israel. But he did not remove the Gentiles from Canaan where His people need to settle down.
⚡Because God wanted to see how His people behave in the new station, in the light of his exhorations and warnings.
⚡God placed us also in a secular world with the people having different culture, colour, creed , language and worship,etc
A holy God wants His people to be holy not only on Sundays but on the other days as well. Let all the dirty rags of Egypt be cast away from our life, when we move to Canaan..
Paul says, ” But one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal” (Philippians: 3:13,14)
So let us also “set aside every weight, and sin which cling so closely and let us run with endurance, the race that is set before us” (Hebrews:12:1)
⚡We have also encouraging promises from the Lord in this regard:
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go, I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (Psalm: 32:8)”. And your ear shall hear a word behind you, saying, “this is the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left” (Isaiah 30: 21)
⚡ So, let the 270 days Bible reading enable us to be released totally from the
encumbrances of Egypt and to be cautious not to yield to the temptations waiting for
us in the Canaan.
Dr. Thomas David🎯
VERSE OF THE DAY 📜
For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. – Leviticus 17:1
The life of every living creature is in the blood, and God gave Israel the instructions to do sacrifices to make atonement for their soul. God gave them clear instructions on the atoning work of blood sacrifices. They were told what to sacrifice; where to kill it; how it was to be done and who was to spill the blood that would cover their sin, for a limited period, until the true Sin-Sacrifice would come – as the full and final offering for the sin of the world.
Life was given by God and all life belongs to Him, and any sacrificial offering, not in line with His instruction, was a serious offense. So serious, in fact, that any offering made in the camp of Israel, that did not follow the Lord’s detailed instructions demanded the culprit be cut off from his people. Any deviation from His plan not only robbed the Lord of what was rightfully His but became a satanic sacrifice and the abomination in the sight of God.
Atonement for sin and the gift of life that accompanies it comes through God’s acceptance of the shed blood of the correct sacrifice, as written in God’s word. And that correct sacrifice should be our faith in the shed blood of Christ, for there is salvation in none other than Christ – the crucified lamb of God, Who shed His own blood for the sin of the whole world.
It is by the blood of Jesus that we, who were once far off, have come closer to God. It is by His blood we have boldness to enter the throne-room of God. He made peace with God, on our account, by the offering of Himself on the cross – and THE BLOOD OF JESUS CLEANSES US FROM ALL SIN.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the word you have given us. Thank You for the clear picture of redemption which threads its way through Old Testament scriptures and brings us to an understanding that we are all sinners in need of a saviour – for without the shedding of Christ’s blood there is no life – for life is in the blood. We praise Your holy name for ever and ever, In the name of Jesus
A lost sheep found by Jesus 🐑 ✝️