10/8/16 – Like baptism, the offerings summarized at the end of Leviticus 7 are an outward expression of our inward condition. In today’s Psalm 77 (Triennial Cycle) this expression of our human condition and failings is appropriate as we look toward Yom Kippur. And the sense of our failings gives way to wonder — Mika Mocha: “Who is like You” indeed! The Ten Days of Awe is a wonder-ful place to be spiritually.
10/1/16 – Today’s Psalm 76 reassures believers that while the judgment of Yah is fearful for the wicked, it is deliverance for the humble. This is analogous to the sun — a fiery furnace at close hand, but life for us. Which side are we on? Do we know His voice? Psalm 51:4 says God’s judgment is justified and clear; man sins against Him only. In fact, anything we’ve done out of our own will is sin, rebellion against God. Leviticus 6:6 notes that the burnt offering is to be a perpetual fire, not to go out. Is our fire still burning?
9/17/16 – The gist of Leviticus 4 for us is, “When you become aware of unintentional sin, deal with it!” Last week in the previous chapters we realized that the progression of offerings corresponds to the Gospel message:
In His presence we’re family, as on Mount Sinai (Jebel ilLauz in Saudi Arabia). As we draw near to Him, the things we thought were so important fade. Now nothing remains but His blaze of Glory shining before our eyes!