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Leviticus 16:29-18:30

I don’t have much to say about this particular passage that hasn’t been covered by either me or someone on the site; however, there is something very interesting that caught my eye, the Sabbath. When we were in Exodus we had a discussion on our designated day of rest, Saturday or Sunday, and should we adhere to the whatever day was the true Sabbath.

In verses 29 through 31 of chapter 16, the Sabbath is presented as a designated day and not an actual set day of the week. I’m not sure how many days the Jewish Religious and or Secular calendar has (Some Mid-Eastern Religious Calendars have 360 days), but my birthday is celebrated in the same month, November, and the same day, the 15th, however, the day of the week is never the same from year to year.

God gives Moses a command to celebrate the Day of Atonement on a set date in a specific month and He calls it a Sabbath day. That day then could fall on the first day of the week, the middle day or on the last day of the week from year to year.

"On the appointed day in early autumn, you must spend the day fasting and not do any work. This is a permanent law for you, and it applies to those who are Israelites by birth, as well as to the foreigners living among you. On this day, atonement will be made for you, and you will be cleansed from all your sins in the LORD's presence. It will be a Sabbath day of total rest, and you will spend the day in fasting. This is a permanent law for you. (Leviticus 16:29-31 NLT)

In the Message, it reads like this:

"This is standard practice for you, a perpetual ordinance. On the tenth day of the seventh month, both the citizen and the foreigner living with you are to enter into a solemn fast and refrain from all work, because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. In the presence of GOD you will be made clean of all your sins. It is a Sabbath of all Sabbaths. You must fast. It is a perpetual ordinance. (Leviticus 16:29-31 MSG)

Grace and peace,
Ramona

The list in Leviticus tells us how not to commit INCEST with a family member.
"I am the LORD your GOD."

I thank you Ramona for pointing out about the Sabbath. That is really interesting. It rather reminds me of Fasting. Do it on a day that may not necessarily be the same day each month or "season" of your life, but do it for refreshing and renewing of mind, body, and spirit! I love it. What I thought was interesting was in Leviticus when they were talking about sexual sin and what not to do in order to not sin, and Abraham and Sarah came into my mind. They were half siblings of one another. Sharing same moms, and it made me realize how progressed the laws had become from just a few chapters span in the Bible. However, I know that there weren't as many people on the earth and "closer" family members had to produce the kin and offspring on the earth and the Lord God blessed it. I think that is the whole message in a nutshell! Do as the Lord God commandeth you to do and you will reap a harvest in due season if you don't faint or be weary. He blessed the seed of Abraham, he continually wanted to bless the Israelites too, however, he had to set some boundaries before they become like the pagan's and live riotous lifes. Also, about living the simple life, Mike, I think by some of us on the bible lesson(blog) are doing the first "right" steps at that and it is reading and studying the Word of God each day. That to me, is the first simple and "well" thing I could be doing. However, my spouse and me simplified our lives this past year when I got let go from my teaching job for not enough enrollment, they had to do some cuts, and I can tell you, it was hard on my flesh at first, giving up a salary, having my pride knocked down a bit, but it has humbled me and awakened a renewed fresh awareness of an ever present God! I am encouraged now with security, peace, stability, and with Gods help, living out Proverbs 31 in being a woman after Gods own heart (by the way if any ladies want a good book, Elizabeth George, A Woman After Gods Own Heart, excellent read!!) God bless, take care, each and every one of you, know that God loves YOU and He is on the throne!!~~DeeDee

Nice new look to the blog! :)

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