|Week 6 |
A QUICK LOOK BACK
Last week, God and the people built the tabernacle as a house of worship, sacrifice, and prayer where forgiveness from God was available. That’s a good thing, since the people (like us) tended to sin and stumble a lot. God and evil cannot exist together. The people had a hard time shaking evil from themselves. It just sort of clung to them like cat hair on a good suit. But God wanted to stay close, so forgiveness is a must.
THE ROAD AHEAD
It was important for the Israelites not to take this tabernacle for granted. Because it is a holy place where the Presence of God appeared, they couldn’t just barge in any time they liked. They couldn’t walk in with muddy feet, covered in “who knows what” and not offend God in some way. Mom always expected us to wipe our feet or take off our shoes before we came in. We expect surgeons to scrub in before entering the operating room. We want our cooks to wash their hands, too, as well as wear a hat or hair net so we don’t find a hair in our food. It’s not that mud, germs, and hair are bad. They all have their place. But I don’t want mud on my floor, germs in my incision, or hair in my food! They just don’t belong there. Many of the things mentioned in this week’s instructions are not bad. Sex is not bad. Childbirth is not bad. But not all of the things listed are appropriate for worship. God has a place for everything and wants everything in its place. Come; draw closer to God this week. Enter the holy tabernacle and give your offering and praise. But be sure to wipe your feet!
WEEK 6 Reading Schedule:
Feb 5 Leviticus 14-15 Roles of the Priests
Feb 6 Leviticus 16-18 Day of Atonement
Feb 7 Leviticus 19-21 Holiness
Feb 8 Leviticus 22-23 Festivals
Feb 9 Leviticus 24-25 Death Sentences, Sabbath, Jubilee
Feb 10 Leviticus 26-27 Blessings and Curses
Feb 11 Numbers 1-2 A Census is Taken