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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 ; )

Amen, Elizabeth, the good thing about reading the Bible is it repeats in sections and gives information in microbits at a time to digest carefully. Just like in Leviticus, where the sacrifice of the animal and what portions of the meat to process and extract and burn at the alter and each time, it was "pleasing aroma to our God." It is interesting you know, how like when we grill out, especially steak for instance and how wonderful it permeates through the air and in the neighborhood, you can definitely know when someone is grilling by the sweet smell or aroma in the air. I wonder if that is how it is with God. That sweet awwww smell of the herbs and spices and the "fat portions" on the grill and I wonder you know with all the cholesterol and blood pressure problems sometimes if it isn't from people over indulging on the "fat" and not giving sacrifice to God at times..indulge me a moment..say that we live busy lives and don't go to church and slave over work, home, people, our own self and lives and the junk keeps piling up and we suffer from it, like the Israelites did when they weren't obeying the law and regulations of the Word and All Powerful Lord. It gives me pleasure to dive into the law and Leviticus and meditate on it daily. I am not where I need to be but Thank God I am not where I used to be.

~be blessed!

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