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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 on board Elizabeth. Leviticus is actually interesting to me. I am a history buff when it comes to the Bible. I love every precious Word of it. Leviticus this time around had a few interesting points I got out of it. I thought it was neat in the procedure of grain offering in verse 13 of chapter 2. "Season all your grain offerings with salt to remind you of God's eternal covenant. Never add salt to your grain offerings." I read up on what salt really meant. Well salt, is a seasoning, it cures and is a preservative. It had much worth. In fact, the Latin word sal became the French word solde, meaning "pay,"

Read more: http://www.cgg.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Library.sr/CT/ARTB/k/758/Salt.htm#ixzz1E8J0MZaZ
It is very interesting. So therefore, salt and God's eternal covenant, showed that God meant what He said and that His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to preserve their descendands through this covenant.

I also though it neat in the peace offering that the people could offer a male "or" a female goat or sheep. That was the only place in the offerings so far where the male or female could be offered. The burnt offering has to be a male animal of the herd no defects. And in the grain and burnt offering both of these were a pleasing aroma, or special gift unto the Lord. In the Peace offering, the people are actually offering up a special gift of food presented to the Lord. This is food to God in the peace offering. This is 3:11 of Lev.

In Mark today,

This is the first time I saw where Jesus was moved by compassion and said, Yes, I am willing..and healed.1:41.
Shortly after that Jesus healed this man and told him to go to the priests and present himself with the proper offerings in Moses' law, and Jesus said, verse 44 Dont tell anyone about this, Instead Go!, I wander what would have become of this situation if the man had of listened. Immediately, the "But" is there, 45, But the man went and spread the word, proclaiming to everyone what had happened. As a result, Jesus couldn't go publicly anymore . He had to stay secluded, I wander the opposite of us. Jesus tells us, Go Ye therefore into the land, and Preach and Tell of the Good News of the Gospel. When we don't does it keep God's Word secluded?? and not known to mankind like Christ wanted or would have carried out?? Hmmm...

Well that is what I saw God led me to today..

Also, on Mikes comment, do we or should we cry before God? Do we try to cover up or act like we have it all together? Well just a week ago, the 8th of Feb was the 5 year anniversary of my mom's death. I know she is in heaven with Jesus and is healed, yet a part of me wanted to still grieve for her, so I cried out to Jesus of my pain, and one of our Elder's wives, had messaged me the next day, saying the Holy Spirit had called my name to her about being a Holy Woman and that He loved me..Long story short, sometimes, we have to cry out to Jesus and be broken before Him, before we see Him.. He sees us all day every day, but it is in our brokenness that He really calls out a spoken word to us, whether in our spirit or a message from a Godly friend. Praise God for His people and His message! He Saves, He heals and He Loves YOU and ME!!

I found great refreshment in reading every book. leviticus does feel very far from my everyday life and so I will read it with patience and pray for understanding.

One note on Mark today. When Jesus healed the man with Leprosy, he instructed him to tell no one, go to the priest, and give an offering as required by Moses. The man went out telling people about what Jesus did for him. I wonder how many times Jesus walks us through a difficult time and instead of listening to his instruction and following his will, we run out to do what we want to get accomplished. (There is a definite pattern of human disobediance)

I pray for a heart listening to God's will spoken in my life.

Meant to say in 2:13 "NEVER FORGET TO ADD SALT" to your grain offerings.. should have reviewed before submitting..sorry!!

Leviticus 1:1-3:17

I have been looking forward to the book of Leviticus knowing that it will open up a greater understanding of the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross by deepening my understanding of sacrifice and atonement through the shedding of blood. During the time of the book of Leviticus the Israelites had left Egypt but not entirely the worldly ways of Egypt which still influenced their perception of God. We are in a similar time today like the Israelites, we too are influenced by the ways of this modern world and to some extent have also been compromised by the world. The wisdom of Leviticus in not just for ancient times, it is applicable for us today, bringing us deeper into right understanding and relationship with God. The practical wisdom of cleanliness and how to deal with diseases is wisdom that we no longer hear today.

During today’s reading in Leviticus the thing that stood out for me was the theme of bringing unblemished offerings to the altar. I kept hearing Paul’s words in the back of my mind, Romans 12:1 “ Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship”. This sounds like the unblemished sacrifice to me.

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