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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,

I'll have to admit, Mike, there used to be a time when I thought have more is better and making a big salary or striving for more was in the best interest for my family. However, this year has humbled me. I had lost my job as a fulltime teacher a couple years ago, and for a year lived on just my husbands salary. We didn't at first know how to manage without it, but learned that in those times, we were sustained by God and had more peace and I was able to spend more time with my kids and go on all the field trips and come up to the school and eat with them and do class activities with them and that was so important. This year, I am working back at the school but working part time as a librarian/aide, this was not my first choice of where I would like to be, but again, God has humbled me to undestand that it is in these small, lesser tasks and jobs that He is preparing me for bigger and better things, however, I have more time to spend with God, family, friends, etc..So to answer Yes, it is nice to have less, sometimes in order to have peace, and relaxation and I can spend more time with God, and my actual schooling that I am taking to finish up some education classes and be here with my kids and husband too. Thank you Jesus.

Is there value in living a simple life? What are some simple life habits that you are practicing these days?

I know a little bit about the less is more lifestyle. It was October 22, 2007 when our home was hit by a sudden wildfire firestorm. It was the perfect storm, 70 mile per hour gusting Santa Ana winds, everything was dry after a semi drought season when some PG&E electrical lines started sparking from the buffeting high winds against some untrimmed palm trees, starting a wildfire that was headed our way. We grabbed a few pictures and evacuated, our entire city was evacuated as this firestorm approached us. Four days later the authorities started allowing people back into the city so we could return to our homes. Our home was gone, absolutely nothing taller than a few inches remained. As I walked across the ashes, the soles of my shoes began to melt from the heat still beneath the gray ash. We suddenly had become minimalist with nothing but the clothes on our back and a few pictures.

The next year was extremely difficult for us, not knowing if we had enough insurance to comply with all the new code improvements and fire dept access requirements and so forth. It was the not knowing that seemed to hold us hostage, we were suddenly in the desert, wandering in hope of the promise land. Afraid to spend the insurance money from the contents portion of our insurance coverage, we lived thrifty and got by with the minimum. Here’s the interesting part, in a sense we were free, no longer tethered to all our stuff. I know that sounds crazy but we began to see possessions differently, they were not as important as they used to be.

Just so you know, we ended up fine, we didn’t rebuilt on the same property from the fire, instead two years later we bought another home, taking advantage of the 2008 financial meltdown that cause real estate prices to drop significantly. Yes, our new home is even better. This wildfire had changed everything, it shook us up, down and sideways but we came out of it better off in many ways, especially in my personal relationship with the Lord. The lesson we learned is never again be entangled in our possessions, everything belongs to God.

My birthday is the same day.

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