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February 26, 2021 ~ JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE CHRONOLOGICALLY

FEBRUARY 26 READINGS…Leviticus 27:1-34 & Numbers 1:1-54
In today’s reading we finish the book of Leviticus…I hope you have learned how important it was for God to instruct His priest and people concerning the proper way and time to come before Him. This book teaches us that it is God who is in charge of His people. He determines both gifts and sacrifices…He determines both the place and method of worship…He decides who can and who cannot come before Him, and when…He determines clean and unclean…and He declares what is and isn’t sin, and how that sin is paid for. The book of Leviticus closes with instructions for the people to buy back anything they have dedicated to the Lord. If they wanted it back, they would have to pay the original value plus twenty percent. If they did not want to buy it back it remained the Lord’s, and remained in the possession of the priests.
The book of Numbers opens with a listing of the tribal leaders and the number of men eligible to serve in the military…all except for the men of the tribe of Levi. The tribe of Levi was to take care of tabernacle, and serve as priests for the Lord to the people of Israel. The men who were able to go to war from the twelve tribes was 603,550. This amount should put to rest those who say only about 200,000 came out of slavery in Egypt…the number would have been closer to two million. The Lord would have His people both camp and move forward as tribes…with the tribe of Levi taking care of the tabernacle when they moved and when they camped. Everything Israel was to do, was to be done in obedience to the Lord.
Please share your thoughts of today’s readings. Continue to read and grow in the way and truth of the Lord.
TOMORROW’S READINGS…Numbers 2:1-3:51

February 25, 2021 ~ JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE CHRONOLOGICALLY

FEBRUARY 25 READINGS…Leviticus 25:24-26:46
Today’s reading continues with the instructions from the Lord concerning the treatment of the people of Israel and God’s provision for them. He gives Moses instructions concerning the land, which is part of the covenant that God made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…the land belongs to God. God will assign the land for each of the tribes of Israel once the people enter into the promised land. These assignments are to be perpetual, and if for some reason there arose a need to sell the land, the seller would always have first right to buy it back…and in the Year of Jubilee the land would be returned to those to whom God originally gave it. He also gave instruction should the need arise for an Israelite to sell himself to another. The Lord told them to treat their fellow Israelite like a hired worker…and never to treat an Israelite like a slave. This person or a family member could buy their freedom…and in the Year of Jubilee the person would be set free and the debt forgiven.
In the second portion of our reading we are given the Mosaic Covenant for the people of Israel. In the Old Testament there are two kinds of covenants that God made with His people…one is an unconditional covenant, the other is a conditional covenant. The covenant that God made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was an unconditional covenant. It was unbreakable, and its promise from God was not conditioned on the actions of the nation of Israel…the land promise is an example of this covenant. The Mosaic Covenant was a conditional covenant…it was the promises of God to Israel based on how they responded to Him. God hates idolatry…and He warned Israel of the grave consequences of their disobedience in leaving Him and going after other gods. Israel’s disobedience would lead to punishment…from the lack of rain to bringing them to the place of such destitution that they would eat the flesh of their own children…and then ultimately being exiled in foreign lands. But because of God’s unconditional covenant, He promised He would always bring them back to the land He had given them.
Please share your insights from today’s readings. I remind you that our God is a promise keeping (covenant keeping) God. He has established an unconditional covenant with us through His Son Jesus. Thank you God for the wonderful promise we have through your one and only Son, Jesus!
TOMORROW’S READINGS… Leviticus 27:1-34 & Numbers 1:1-54

February 24, 2021 ~ JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE CHRONOLOGICALLY

FEBRUARY 24 READINGS…Leviticus 23:1-25:23
In today’s readings the Lord instructs Moses to establish the festivals for the nation of Israel…and special Sabbath days and years. Each of these festivals were to be held by the people at their appointed time each year. These festivals reminded the people of the provision of God for them…ultimately they each point us to Jesus Christ who is our provision, He fulfilled all these festivals for the people of God. Sadly for many Jewish people because they reject Jesus as the Messiah, they still are looking for the fulfillment in a coming “messiah”…sadly that one who is coming will not be Christ, but Antichrist. Jesus warned them of this in John 5:43…”I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.” The world as a whole looks for a “messiah”…a “savior”…sadly they have rejected and missed that the true Messiah and Savior has already come…His Name is Jesus. Each of the feasts of Israel were given to both remind the people, and to prophecy to the people of God’s provision and goodness.
The Lord also gave Israel instructions concerning the Sabbath year. As the people were required to keep the weekly Sabbath, a day of rest unto the Lord…they were also required to keep the Sabbath year. In the Sabbath year they were to let the land rest. The Lord promised to provide for them during this year, but they were not to do any work on the land during this year. At the end of seven Sabbath years…that is on every 50th year there would be the “Year of Jubilee”. This was to be a great time of celebration for the people. During this year debts were to be forgiven, and indentured servants were to be freed. Also the land was to be returned to its original owner. This demonstrated to the people that the land belonged to the Lord and He put each tribe and family on the land as He chose. During this year, again the people were to let the land rest. Once again both the Sabbaths and the Year of Jubilee would point to God’s ultimate provision in His Son…the Lord Jesus Christ.
Please share any insight you have from today’s readings. I love being reminded that the Lord Himself is our provision…everything we need in this life and in the life to come is found in Jesus!
TOMORROW’S READINGS…Leviticus 25:24-26:46

February 23, 2021 ~ JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE CHRONOLOGICALLY

FEBRUARY 23 READINGS…Leviticus 20:1-22:33
The Lord is continuing to instruct Moses concerning what is needed for Israel to have a decently and godly ordered society. The readings today seem to be extreme in the punishment that the Lord requires for violations…but this reminds us of the severity of sin, and that if sin is let to continue, the society itself would be destroyed. Human history is filled with examples of societies that have fallen from their own moral depravity. Our society is in severe decline because we have thumbed our noses at God and practice and celebrate the very sins that Scripture forbids. It is clear that in the Lord’s sight there are capital crimes that require capital punishment. Life is precious…sin is serious…and because of the preciousness of life we see the severity of some sins in the eyes of the Lord.
Moses also continues to share the Lord’s instruction for the priests and the High Priest. He deals with the family of the priest and High Priest and their conduct. Holiness remains the position of the Lord, and those who represent Him to His people must also be holy. Also, we are reminded that the offerings we bring to the Lord must be acceptable to Him. He determines what is and is not acceptable. Today’s reading finishes with the reminder to Israel, and to us also, that we are to faithfully keep all the Lord’s commands by putting them into practice. To know the Word of God is never enough…we are to know the Scripture, and we are required to live according to the Scripture. The Scripture was never meant to be left on the pages of the Bible…it is meant to be lived!
Please share your thoughts and insights on today’s readings. Daily in our readings the Lord reveals Himself to us…He does this as He reveals His truth and way to us.
TOMORROW’S READINGS…Leviticus 23:1-25:23

February 22, 2021 ~ JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE CHRONOLOGICALLY

FEBRUARY 22 READINGS…Leviticus 17:1-19:37.
In today’s readings Moses continues to give instructions to the nation of Israel as they are called to be God’s people…as God’s people they were called to be holy. We as the people of God are also called to be holy…1 Peter 1:16 instructs us: “Be holy, because I am holy.” It is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives to make us holy unto God…now as those who belong to God we are told to continue to walk in that holiness. The Lord has commanded us to keep from defiling ourselves in this world. We belong to God…we do not belong to this world. Our standard of conduct has been established by the Lord Himself…we are not at liberty to go by the latest societal mores, that are ever changing and moving further and further away from the Lord.
Once again in today’s readings Moses instructs the people concerning the proper way and place of the sacrifice. He made it clear that the sacrifice had to be brought to the Lord at the tabernacle. The people were not free to just kill an animal anywhere. This reminds us that the sacrifice belongs to the Lord… its not about “bloodlust”…it is about the seriousness of sin, and that the only One that can accept a sacrifice for sin is the Lord. As part of this system for His people the Lord also forbid His people from eating meat that had not had the blood properly drained from it. The life is in the blood…blood is not a proper dietary item for human consumption. This teaches us that life belongs to God…not to us. In this day when we see the slaughter of literally millions of babies in the wombs of their mothers, and the movement to euthanize the elderly, we need to be reminded that life belongs to God.
Moses’ final instructions in today’s reading had to do with God’s commands concerning sexual sin. He forbid His people from incest, adultery, homosexuality, and beastiality. Incest and adultery the Lord calls a violation of others and the Lord. Homosexuality and beastiality the Lord calls detestable sins and perverse acts. All these sexual sins are of the world. The Lord warned Israel that they were not to practice these things that were done both in Egypt and in the land where they were heading. Today the Lord’s standard for sexual sins remains the same…that which was a sin then, is a sin now…that which was detestable and perverse then, is detestable and perverse now. It doesn’t matter what the world declares as acceptable…for it is the Lord who determines these things. We have been called to be a holy people.
Please share your thoughts and insights from today’s readings. Stay in the Word, for it is all we need to know and understand God’s truth and standards for we His people.
TOMORROW’S READINGS…Leviticus 20:1-22:33.

February 19, 2021 ~ JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE CHRONOLOGICALLY

FEBRUARY 19 READINGS…Leviticus 9:1-11:47.
For the last several days we have been reading the intricate, and sometimes tedious, instructions that the Lord Gave Moses for the tabernacle, the priests, and the people. The Lord is establishing Israel’s society by giving instructions that they might live before God in the land where He is taking them. One huge aspect of God’s instruction is that they never forget that God is holy, and those who come before Him must do so in the way He requires. The holiness of God also requires that what they brought to Him was according to His commands.
In today’s readings we see that two of the sons of Aaron offer to God in His holy place fire that God did not command. This disobedience was dealt with by God immediately and severely. This was not just a mistake on the part of Nadab and Abihu, this was complete disobedience. The Lord would not tolerate this kind of disobedience, especially from His priests. Again, we are shown that what we bring to the Lord needs to be what He requires…He did not then, nor does He now accept “strange fire”. The Lord accepts from us what He provides…from hearts that recognize His provision…at the exact time and way He commands.
Moses also begins to share the dietary laws that he received from the Lord for His people. These laws are to lead the people in two ways. First, the Lord gave them to Israel because He cared about their health…He particularly wanted them to eat food in the wilderness that would be good for them. Second, there is a lesson in the designation of clean and unclean that was to help the people understand that it is the Lord that declares what is clean, and what is unclean. Later when the Gospel was going to be spread to the Gentiles, you will remember that God used a vision of all kinds of unclean animals that He told Peter to eat. Peter said he could not eat them for they were unclean. The Lord responded by telling Peter that it is the Lord who declares what is clean and what is unclean…as it has always been. We do not continue all the dietary laws of ancient Israel, though our lives would be healthier if we did. These laws were given to God’s people in the wilderness, because of His great care and love for them…and as a lesson that it is God alone who declares all things.
Please share any thoughts or insight that you have from today’s readings. Keep in the Word…it is such a blessing.
TOMORROW’S READINGS…Leviticus 12:1-14:32.

February 18, 2021 ~ JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE CHRONOLOGICALLY

FEBRUARY 19 READINGS…Leviticus 7:1-8:36.
There is a disturbing attitude that many professing Christians have when it comes to bringing their offerings to the Lord. This disturbing attitude is two fold. First, that in giving to the Lord, they were doing so in order to get something more from the Lord. This attitude is magnified in the “prosperity theology’s” of our day. If you give God will make you prosperously rich…”write your own ticket with God”…you give and you can be guaranteed health and wealth. The second troubling attitude when it comes to bringing offerings to the Lord is…”any old thing I bring will do”. If we have learned anything in the reading of the Scripture so far, its that the offerings we bring to the Lord need to be according to what the Lord requires. It is not up to us to decide what the Lord should accept…its up to the Lord to lead and guide us in what we bring to Him. Moses is very specific in giving instructions to the people of God concerning what kind of offerings they were to bring…and how they were to bring them. Nothing has changed…we need to seek the Lord and ask Him what we are to bring…then do it!
In today’s readings we have the ordination of the priests who would serve in the Lord’s tabernacle. Notice also that the Lord makes sure that those serving in the office of the priest were taken care of with their food and needs. Even the priest could not just come into the presence of the Lord, or the tabernacle of the Lord, without being properly prepared to do so. None of them had free access to God in themselves…there was much to be done to them before they could serve. Today it remains true that none of us can come into the presence of the Lord solely based upon our own righteousness, goodness, or identity. It is only through Jesus that we are allowed and prepared to enter the presence and service of God. He puts His righteousness upon us…its according to His goodness…and He gives us a new identity that allows us to enter into the presence of our heavenly Father.
Please share your insights from today’s readings. Stay the course in your reading through the Bible…it will be a great blessing to you.
TOMORROW’S READINGS…Leviticus 9:1-11:47

February 17, 2021 ~ JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE CHRONOLOGICALLY

JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE CHRONOLOGICALLY
FEBRUARY 17 READINGS…Leviticus 4:1-6:30.
I know that the readings in Leviticus can be tedious at times…and that it seems that Moses repeats himself over and over again. Keep in mind that what is happening here for the people of Israel is that God is establishing His people…He is setting the ground work for the nation. Israel was set up as a theocracy…meaning that they were to have no head or king…God was to be the leader of the nation. It was through God’s law that the people were to be responsive to the Lord. God had appointed Moses to be the one through whom God would give His law to the people. It takes time to both give the laws…and then to give instruction on how those laws are to be lived. It is also part of God’s instruction to share with the people both the penalty…and the remedy when His laws are broken. So as you continue through Leviticus remember what is taking place, and where the people of Israel are as a nation…this is why it is written as it is.
In today’s readings Moses dealt with procedures for the “sin offering” and the “guilt offerings”. These offerings according to Moses were offered when people unintentionally sinned against God’s law, or against others. What does he mean by unintentional…are not all sins intentional? Think about your walk…as we are all guilty of sin. We understand sin is a choice we make…but there is a difference between committing a transgression and intentionally rejecting the law of God. There are those who would say…”I know what the God says concerning the way I am to live, but I don’t care…I will live anyway I like.” These are intentionally standing against God and His position as the One who is sovereign. All of us do things that are contrary to God…though not all of us decide to live a life in complete rebellion to God and His truth and way. There is a difference…salvation comes to us when we recognize our sin, and our need for a Savior. Where there is no recognition of sin, nor conviction of sin…there is no recognition of the need for a Savior. Sadly, there are those who live their lives in intentional rebellion to God’s authority, and what God has deemed holy and right…for these individuals there is no sacrifice, there is no salvation.
Please share any insights you received from today’s readings. Let me encourage you to stay the course in your daily readings…it will be a huge blessing to you. Don’t worry about what you may not understand, and thank the Lord for what you do understand. Bless you all as you stay in the Lord’s Word.
TOMORROW’S READINGS…Leviticus 7:1-8:36

February 16, 2021 ~ JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE CHRONOLOGICALLY

FEBRUARY 16 READINGS…Numbers 8:1-9:14 & Leviticus 1:1-3:17.
In today’s readings the Lord gives further instruction to the Israelites concerning how His people were to approach Him through their worship and sacrifices. Again, we are reminded that this whole system was established by the Lord. Both worship, and sacrifices were determined by the Lord…also how the people were to bring their sacrifices to the Lord, and how the priest were to treat the sacrifices, was also determined by the Lord.
Those who would serve in the tabernacle and represent the people before the Lord needed to be prepared and made right in order to serve. The Lord had already set the tribe of Levi aside to serve as His priestly tribe. These men would serve that Lord as active priest from the age of 25 to the age of 50. These men represent the whole nation of Israel, in that they would be the “first born” …which always belonged to God, since the time that God took the first born of the nation of Egypt. These priests were to be consecrated before the Lord in preparation for them to serve in the tabernacle. This consecration prepared them to handle the offerings and the sacrifices brought by the nation of Israel.
Once the tabernacle was set up and the priest consecrated the people would begin to bring the required offerings and sacrifices. The priest could not handle the offerings and sacrifices to the Lord any way they wanted to…but they were to do so as the Lord required. The Lord once again declared the importance of the Passover observance as the people would experience their first Passover in the wilderness…they were required to observe Passover every year, or be cut off from the nation. The Lord gave specific instruction concerning three offerings…the burnt offerings, the grain offering, and the peace offering.
It is my hope that as you have read you have noticed that there never was a time when God was not in control. That is the same it is supposed to be for us today in the church. Church, worship, and giving has never been about what we as people have decided we are going to bring before and to God. Biblically, it has always been about coming before our Holy God in the way He requires…it can legitimately be said that if we don’t come to God His way, we cannot come before God.
Please share any insights you have from today’s readings.
TOMORROW’S READINGS…Leviticus 4:1-6:30.

February 13, 2021 ~ JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE CHRONOLOGICALLY

FEBRUARY 13 READINGS…. Exodus 37:1-39:31.
Though there is no devotional today…as you read once again I would draw your attention to the detail of God’s requirements when it come to the tabernacle, it’s furniture, and the garments of the priest. This is a reminder that it is God who chooses how His people are allowed to come to Him…nothing has changed, God still determines the only way that any person is allowed to come to Him…that way is Jesus, and Jesus alone.
Share your thoughts on today’s readings.
TOMORROW’S READINGS… Exodus 39:32-40:38, Numbers 9:15-23.