My daily Bible reading has led me to Leviticus. As I opened my Bible to Leviticus 1 this morning I thought, “You know, no one gets excited about reading Leviticus.” And let’s be honest, we might be a little disturbed if someone eagerly anticipated reading about wringing the necks of turtledoves and pigeons, killing goats and lambs, and carving off the “long lobe of the liver.”
Leviticus is not a pretty book, particularly at the start. Yet, the mere fact that it is so detailed is positively fascinating. If you work in the corporate world, you might be familiar with the acronym “SOP,” or “standard operating procedure.” Or perhaps your job requires you to read, understand, and follow technical manuals. If we’re familiar with this, we understand the necessity for details and the potential consequences of not following those manuals. So as I read Leviticus, I couldn’t help but think of Moses as he strove to write these detailed instructions. Surely he understood the importance of following the Lord’s commands to the utmost, but surely it must also have been overwhelming for Aaron as the priest to receive such an instruction manual!
So, why the details? Why the step-by-step instructions? We see the same pattern previously in the late chapters of Exodus, as God clearly lays out precise directions and measurements for the tabernacle and all of its components. What is God doing?
We often hear it said that “God is a God of details,” and His Word is clear evidence of that. Further, Leviticus emphasizes to us with distinct clarity that God’s holiness, and His desire for the holiness of His people, matters. Why is God so concerned with the holiness of Israel, and why should the people be striving toward holiness? The answer is stated over and over in this book: “I am the Lord” and “I am holy.” God is holy, holy, holy. In response His people must be holy. Yet, what fallen flesh can do this?
For our sake he made him [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
With that, I hope you have a lovely start to your weekend as you enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- Hm, could it be Ai? (Thanks to Paula for the link!)
- Kudos to Mississippi, and I hope other states follow.
- This record of abuses within the SBC is heartbreaking, but, I’m afraid, not entirely surprising. I’m also afraid that this may not be unique to the SBC, but that this may be more prevalent within evangelical churches than we realize. I really hope I’m wrong about that.
- Related to the above, it’s heartening to see apologies like this and I hope other leaders will follow suit.
- All office dwellers need one of these.
- These look yummy.
- Researchers have found the remains of the USS Hornet, the aircraft carrier that launched the Doolittle Raid in WWII.
- I’m reading a biography about Selina, Countess of Huntingdon, now, so this article by Tim Challies about her life (based on the same biography) was very timely. I’m excited to get to know this sister in Christ!
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable (yes, I know it’s in Russian, but you’ll be okay, I promise).
- A pediatrician’s thoughts on transgenderism.
- On brotherly love.
[M]ake much of the written word, and pray to God to copy his Bible in your conscience, and write a new book of his doctrine in your hearts. —Samuel Rutherford