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Psalm 40 opened up to me in a new way today. I love the way it starts with:
"I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry."

How often I need to wait on the Lord. When I do, He does "turn to me and hear my cry." The psalmist spills out his heart, and ends with:
"I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and salvation.
I do not conceal your love and your truth
from the great assembly."

A great reminder that we should not hide the "many wonders" that God has shown to us. I was encouraged to reveal God's "love and truth" to a world that needs to hear it.

How sad that the crowd never had a clue what they were singing and where it originated. How sad that U2 with that song were espousing what I call Cosmic Christianity...propagating New Age theology hidden amidst Christian terminology. In ignorance they worship creation rather than the Creator and spread their message through music. We should not be surprised as Lucifer was the Chief musician before his fall. We should pray for U2 and all those who are deceived by the master of deception.
Sadly how many of us forget to pray for music, movie and TV stars...Satan loves to use them to get his message across. He goes after them and they are easy prey...for who witnesses to them or even prays for them.

Thanks for the various links to the commentaries on Leviticus, particularly Bible.org. They've been very insightful in gleaning truth and context from among these outwardly seeming grotesque sacrifices. I completely understand now Moses' argument to Pharaoh that the Israelites had to go into the wilderness to worship because their worship would have been abhorring to the Egyptians.

All the symbolism rings with truth when linked to the New Testament but it's hard to imagine how I would have responded to these sacrifices without the benefit of the New Testament and the wisdom and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I grew up on a farm and I’ve helped with the butchering of large animals and I still remember some of the noxious sights, and particularly the odors, of all the blood and guts. Some of the smells linger with you for days. It’s hard to imagine a Holy place with the sights and smells of blood, guts, and burnt flesh; particularly when Solomon dedicated the temple and sacrificed thousands. It’s Interesting that there is no mention of how to clean up after these sacrifices. Were the priests allowed to wash off the blood from their ears, thumbs, and toes; their priestly garments; the alter itself? Without the benefit of context, it’s terribly difficult to imagine how the LORD was pleased with the “sweet smelling aroma” of these sacrifices. Thank God for the incense that was also burned on the altar. From an outsider’s perspective, where is God in the midst of all this public killing? Surely to any outsider this would seem appalling.

Thank you for these thoughtful passages which give much food for thought. Another good Bible lesson, check out the interview at:
www.bibleconomy.com

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