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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 just wanted to say that it is very hard for me to cry in front of other people but I often run to Jesus and find it very easy to tell Him my problems while praying for a solution, lesson, or simply patience and strength. Believers should never be ashamed to cry before God. Whenever faced with a dilemma, whenever I'm hurt, I often find myself reading the psalms and crying out loud like David used to do. Nothing and no one will help us, listen to us, and love us like our Father does. Fortunately, Jesus is compassionate and He wants to heal each and every one of us just like He healed the man with leprosy; all we have to do is humble ourselves and ask Him. Blessings.

Hello,

Funny, the liver and onions comparison. That was the only meal my mother would not force me to eat. It was a meal enjoyed by my father and older brother. But since my mother did not like it I was off the hook. We ate hot dogs instead! I've heard liver has more that is bad for you then good (very high cholesterol). Onions have nutritional value. But I digress. I am glad that Mike made the pause to focus on the importance of reading Leviticus and really explain why we should not glaze over, skim over this chapter. It's amazing how I can read something and not comprehend the meaning.

Atonement is the part of this book that I now "get" and how it set's the table for God's ultimate atonement for ALL of humanity. Regulation. Here are God's detailed instructions, now follow it. I complain many times in the routine of my "working day" that something is vague or not specific enough or it's too rigid and authoritative. We are never happy. When the opposers of our faith point the figure at Christianity they often take these "regulations" out of context and throw them back in our faces. We need to be equipped to explain this to folks. I need to.

I am looking forward to learning more about God this year and getting the most out of Leviticus in the process. Blessings to all!

Jim
Reading, PA
USA

I find that my reading through Leviticus (and some other books of the Bible as well) is much like what the Hebrews went through in their Levitical laws/commands (albeit all I have to do is read it lol). It also reminds me of when David made a promise/vow to God. Beyond just marching through Leviticus however, I've found that over the years, that reading every single word of the Bible is like putting together a puzzle and to miss anything is like missing a piece of the puzzle. When the puzzle is done, it is so glorious and helps me to understand and see the whole picture. Actually the whole picture just blows me away. So, the repetitions, the seemingly dry parts....everything.... all makes sense when one is done.

Besides all that, this is God's Holy Word and if He has anything in there, it's meant to be read. It's so true though that in years past, before I began the "One Year Bible" plan, I would not read Leviticus (and some other books as well). I have been so pleased with this reading plan and thank God for it.

And yes, I certainly need Jesus' healing touch!!

Good morning!

I got behind on my readings, and have finally caught up, so I am commenting on several things from earlier in our readings.

First of all, Mike had encouraged us all the join a Bible study group. I agree. This is one of the best things in my life. My friend at church and I started this last small group Bible study, because we wanted to actually use our Bibles a lot! So we found a study of the book of Acts online that had a lot of questions. We laugh about how long it takes us to get through a chapter, because there is so much good discussion. This is such a wonderful opportunity for fellowship with people in the church.

My next comment is about Jesus dying on the cross. I have read through the Bible several times, and this is my third time participating in the Bible Blog, and I have attended Sunday School throughout my life. However, when I was reading about the moment that Jesus died, and the curtain in the temple was torn, I never knew that the significance of that was that mankind's separation from God had been removed. How did I not know that? These words are often said at Bible study too.

Thank you for continuing this Bible Blog.

Judie
Indiana

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