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Hello,

Just wanted to say that I enjoyed Bob Deffinbaugh's article "Learning to Love Leviticus." He made some excellent points...particularly about how the book can help us understand the atonement better and about how we are such an "entertainment oriented" culture--guilty of insisting that the Word bring instant gratification.

Per the end of this article, here's what I will commit to:

"I would like to ask you to do several things as we come to the conclusion of this message. First, I would like to ask you to agree with those who have studied the Book of Leviticus carefully and have concluded that it is a book which has great value for us. I want you to agree in particular to the fact that Leviticus is inspired of God, and that it is thus profitable to you for doctrine, for correction, for training in righteousness, so that you can be equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

Second, I would like for you to act on this acknowledgment. I would like you to commit yourself to study this book. That you would read it consistently, consecutively, and in large portions at a time. I ask you to ponder (meditate) its teachings and to pray that God would give you insight and understanding as to its meaning and its application in your life. Finally, I ask you to do what you have committed to do, for the glory of God, in obedience to Him, and for your good." -Deffinbaugh

Anyone else on board with me? It's more fun journeying over tough terrain with friends ; )

I'm with you Elizabeth (especially if "large portions" equates to the size of our daily blog readings.) I also commit to BEGIN with prayer for insight and understanding. (Too often, I just start reading.)

a good way to read is'answering prayer' where you read a section and then let your prayer be formed by the passage you are reading.

as well,the analysis "learning to love' leviticus is a helpful guide to navigate through this 'book'.

apparently rob bell spent the first year (or was it two) of his marshill church plant teaching through Leviticus to 100s of 20 somethings. Maybe the book of leviticus isn't as irrelevant as we think and requires more demanding,focused meditation.

http://www.ctlibrary.com/le/2002/winter/4.45.html

Just a bit more commentary on teaching through leviticus via rob bell.

http://www.andyrowell.net/andy_rowell/rob-bell/

If people have a problem with my referencing safe your responses. I've heard them all. I don't totally agree with bell either but I still learn from him as well as others I may have differences with.

I'm with you Elizabeth & Chris :)...I pray that God will open our eyes to new things...

Alli

Hi Mike. Thank you for your suggestion in reading Deffinbaugh's article "Learning to Love Leviticus." I needed that to go through Leviticus. Awesome. Now I will read Leviticus with a different mind set. We are a society of instant gratification so many times we peruse quickly to what we are reading that is boring to us. As in Exodus God teaches as to be patient. Rituals (not mindless rituals)are important in life especially those that cleanse us. Leviticus prepares us for the the sacrificial lamb, Jesus Christ, for the atonement of our sins. I am with you Elizabeth & Chris D.

God through Jesus is the great Healer. I experienced God's healing physically, emotionally & spiritually. Amen.

Showing your emotions before GOD is showing HIM that you have removed ALL barriers between the two of you.

Hi Mike,

What really struck me about today's reflection is the verse from Psalm 35: "O LORD, you know all about this. Do not stay silent. Don't abandon me now, O Lord. Wake up! Rise to my defense! Take up my case, my God and my Lord.", because I just recently cried out to God in this manner.

I, too, believe that you should not only speak to God in hushed voices, because He knows what is in our hearts and if we want a truly deeper relationship with Him, we must talk to him like a close friend and confidante, which is definitely what He is to us most of the time.

Healing comes once you open these things to Him and converse with Him in this manner, just like the prophets had.

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