Focus Verse: Seven times he shall sprinkle the one to be cleansed of the defiling disease, and then pronounce them clean. After that, he is to release the live bird in the open fields. (7)
You’ve probably heard the popular saying that “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” While this is not a Bible verse, it is nonetheless a true statement. God emphasized cleanliness throughout the book of Leviticus and in many other places in Scripture. He is not at all fond of dirt and disorder. However, we should not get too carried away with cleanliness that we begin to think it will make us Godly. We can wash our hands a hundred times a day, wash our clothes a hundred times a week, and religiously sweep and mop our floors, but it won’t move us any closer to God. No matter how hygienic we are, only God can make us Godly.
Search me. Test me. Lead me.
Focus Verse: As long as they have the disease they remain unclean. They must live alone; they must live outside the camp. (46)
The disease that is dealt with in this passage is leprosy. It is an example of how devastating the effects of sin are. The Fall in the Garden of Eden brought sadness, sickness, and death into the perfect world that God created for us. Lepers were treated as outcasts; they were shunned and no one wanted to have anything to do with them. But when Jesus the Christ came, He took a different approach to lepers. He loved them, and He showed His love for them by touching them and healing them.
Like the disease of leprosy cut people off from their community, the disease of sin cuts us off from God. But when we ask Jesus into our hearts, He heals us of our sin disease and we are reunited into God’s family. Continue reading
Focus Verse: You must distinguish between the unclean and the clean, between living creatures that may be eaten and those that may not be eaten. (47)
As New Testament Christians, we are free to eat and drink whatever we want. This freedom in Christ does not mean we should eat and drink anything and everything, but it does mean that our holiness is not determined by what we consume. We are not under the law, but under grace.
Focus Verse: So Aaron and his sons did everything the Lord commanded through Moses. (36)
Aaron and his sons were the first priests ever for the nation of Israel. They could have been afraid of taking on the new responsibilities that were suddenly required of them. They could have shirked before Moses and God, but they didn’t. Instead, they did everything the Lord commanded. When God has called us to do something new, we do not need to be afraid or run away from His calling. We have already been equipped with everything we need to succeed.
Don’t just say ‘I love you.’ Show ‘I love you.’
Focus Verse: When they sin in any of these ways and realize their guilt, they must return what they have stolen or taken by extortion, or what was entrusted to them, or the lost property they found. (4)
God is a fair and just God. If someone stole something from another person, it wasn’t enough for that person to make a sacrifice to God and be forgiven. No, the person who stole had to return what they had stolen with an added 20% (a fifth). If we do not right wrongs with our fellow brothers and sisters, we can’t expect to be right with God.
Focus Verse: If your offering is a fellowship offering, and you offer an animal from the herd, whether male or female, you are to present before the Lord an animal without defect. (1)
Jesus the Christ was our lamb without defect. Because of His sacrifice we have fellowship with God the Father. We receive peace from Him and enjoy peace with Him.
Focus Verse: Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. (10)
Moses’ words remind us of how fleeting life is and how short the days that we have are. Since none of us know for sure how much time we have on earth, we need to ask God to teach us to number our days so we won’t end up wasting our lives.