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.
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: 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.
In Acts 17, we read of how God used the Apostle Paul to be a bold and fearless witness for Him in Athens. In front of an audience of religious philosophers and intellectuals, Paul preached the resurrection of Jesus the Christ and proclaimed the “unknown God” who they claimed to be worshiping.
Focus Verse: Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the Lord had commanded. So Moses blessed them. (43)
Because Moses was the leader, he inspected everything to make sure the work was right. The Israelites were blessed for their perfect obedience to the commands of the Lord. If we are obedient to God, we will be blessed too.