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I was interested by what you say about Leviticus being the "liver and onions" of the Bible. This was my experience until two years ago when i finally got it. I spent a week alone in a cottage in scotland and did nothing apart from read the first five books of the Bible - my friends accused me of trying to discover my introvert side or something like that!

As I got to Leviticus, an amazing thing stood out. Because I was reading it all in one go, the laws seemd to blur into one and I was able to see the God behind the law and the amazing father-heart he has for his people. He cares for them, guides them, accepts their offerings, atones their sins. He showed me that His laws are kind and protective - even if sometimes in our culture they seem bloody and random.

As well as reading Leviticus with you guys, I want to eat it all in one go!!! If you want to try this, set aside an hour - and at the end, do something quite unusual. Turn to Jesus' temptation in the gospels and ask yourself why He quotes almost entirely from Leviticus. It must have held some secret strength for Him.

Mike, my mom has been in the hospital and I've been sick and I've gotten behind in my reading. I'm also doing a couple of other Bible studies, but I really really want to read the whole Bible this year! I have about 16 chapters of Exodus to catch up on - I'm done with Matthew and have just a little to read in Psalms and Proverbs. Thank you for posting the pictures and the comments each day. I haven't been looking at this website and when I came on today to see how far behind I am, I saw the pictures, drawings, and everything. It's great!

I'm listening to the Bible while I'm reading too - I have the NIV Audio Bible, so I'm taking it in with two senses. Listening to the crucifixion part was pretty intense (it's also dramatized and uses different voices, not just the reading by one person).


I was moved when I read about Jesus getting up early, while it was still dark, to go out alone and pray. I could picture him in my mind, quietly getting up and leaving, the silent walk...

Leviticus 1:1-3:17
I don’t know why, but the last two verses in the third chapter, sixteen and seventeen fascinate me. I have no insights I’m just captivated.

16 The priest will burn them on the altar as food, an offering made by fire; these will be very pleasing to the LORD. Remember, all the fat belongs to the LORD.

17 "You must never eat any fat or blood. This is a permanent law for you and all your descendants, wherever they may live."

Remember, all the fat belongs to the Lord. Maybe I’m drawn to this because we are in the United States is an obese nation. Have we clothed ourselves, our bodies with what belongs to God? Something to think about
Mark 1:29-2:12
33 And a huge crowd of people from all over Capernaum gathered outside the door to watch.

Am I a spectator just gathering myself outside of the door to watch? Am I a person who doesn’t come to be healed because I think I’m not sick so I stand and watch others receive what God has for them while I play the part of a voyeur.

Jesus goes on to heal a man with leprosy, even touching him, something that by the Levitical Law would make Jesus unclean; however, Jesus’ touch makes the man clean.

He goes on to heal a paralytic who was put through a whole in someone’s roof by some friends. Am I willing to risk the wrath of a home owner by taking off part of a roof so I can get a friend healed?
Psalm 35:17-28

These two verses I find very comforting. It reminds me that God is my defender and vengeance is not mine it belongs to God.

26 May those who rejoice at my troubles
be humiliated and disgraced. May those who triumph over me
be covered with shame and dishonor.

27 But give great joy to those
who have stood with me in my defense. Let them continually say, "Great is the LORD,
who enjoys helping his servant."

Proverbs 9:13-18

“There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification,” The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:10. The dilemma we find ourselves in is which voice will we listen too, wisdom or folly? Both are calling out to us, and it but it says that folly is loud and brash. Do I give attention to the one that is making a lot of noise but has nothing substantive to give but death and destruction?

Grace and peace,

I love Leviticus and Numbers. Great Books! The Worship of the Believers of God and the Walk of the Believers of God. Does anyone hear echoes in Ephesians and Romans?

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