Bible in 90 Days: Week 2
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This week I am headed into week 2 of reading through the Bible in 90 Days. I'm into the book of Leviticus. I will confess that the readings about the law are not my favorite. I sometimes feel as if I'm slogging through, and I don't always understand it all.
The more I read, however, new things constantly come to my mind. There have been two things over the past few days that have really stood out.
1. In Exodus 24, Moses, Aaron, and some of the other leaders "see" God- 9 Then Moses went up with Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel,10 and they saw the God of Israel; and under His feet there appeared to be a pavement of sapphire, as clear as the sky itself. This is pretty amazing. Yet just a few chapters later we read about Aaron leading the people in the sin of making and worshiping the golden calf.
This seems pretty bad. But don't I also experience God in a real way and then turn around and do things that are wrong? Sometimes it seems as if I don't learn.
2. As I read through the laws, they are sometimes confusing. It's hard to understand why some things were wrong and some things were commanded. But one phrase stands out over and over as you read through these laws. It's here in Leviticus 11: 45 For I am the Lord who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God; thus you shall be holy, for I am holy.’”
The laws that God gave His people were to set them apart, to make them holy. It took obedience to all those laws to achieve holiness and nobody could ever really reach that goal. After Jesus' death and resurrection, we are made holy by His sacrifice for us. We no longer have to work to achieve this holiness. We are now holy and set apart because of Christ. That's truly good news for people who can never achieve holiness on their own!
Through this week, I'll be continuing on through the laws that God gave the people.