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Leviticus 26 – The Old

As we are closing up on the end of the book of Leviticus, God / YHWH paints a picture of what the rest of the Old Testament / Covenant will look like.  It is a peek into the future of Israelite people, and a picture of both the good and the bad.  I just wish that it wasn’t SO bad.  Ultimately though, we begin to see the picture of the peoples relationship to God.  We get a feel for just how much the people will turn away, and how that turning away will affect their relationship with YHWH and their own futures.

YHWH starts off with a command.  “‘You shall not make for yourselves idols, nor shall you set up for yourselves an image or…  You shall keep My Sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary; I am the LORD (YHWH).”  It’s simple really.  Don’t worship idols / false gods, and keep His Sabbaths and reverence His sanctuary.  How difficult can that be.  Apparently that can be very difficult because it does not take long (a single generation after Joshua) for all of it to begin to fall apart.

Are we any different?  Have we changed any from this in the thousands of years since it was written, or are we still going from generation to generation following the ways and directions of our culture over what God’s word says?  This is the picture of the Old Testament, the entire 49 books.  Yet, this is also the picture of today.  Instead of pursuing God / YHWH, we are pursuing education and technology and financial stability and comfortable homes.  Instead of keeping His Sabbaths and revering His sanctuary, we are keeping ourselves as busy as we possibly can with all of our “responsibilities”.  We are too busy trying to stay busy, that we push away the very purpose of our lives.  In the end, what does that bring us?  …exhaustion, sickness, loss, anger, frustration, being overwhelmed, seeing the work that we have built coming to nothing?

Our pursuit needs to be not a pursuit of what’s the best, brightest, and shiniest.  It needs to be a pursuit of YHWH first and foremost.  We need to not make the same old mistakes that the Old Testament Israelites made.  We must pursue YHWH.

 

John J. Camiolo Jr.

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Genesis 9 – New

All things new.  It is a new land.  It is a new lineage.  It is a new life.  It is a new way of doing things.  It is new consequences.  It is a new covenant.  It is new purpose, hope, direction, foods, reactions, direction, and sin.  All things are new, but not all sins are gone.  The flood wiped away the old generations with their old sins and anger, but sin is still sin, and just because the old cancer was wiped out doesn’t mean that a new disease can’t arise.

I think that it’s interesting that after the flood, God changed the way that human beings both ate food and related to animals.  Imagine a world where animals had no fear of you.  All you had to do was call to them and they would come.  Not only that, but they had no reason to fear.  If you had the choice, would you rather not be able to have any meat of any kind and all the animals come at your beck, or would you rather be able to eat meat and the animals fear you?

I don’t know.  I would love to have the animals come at my beck and be able to not worry about what they did.  Then again, i really like my meat.  So it’s kind of a toss up on that one.  Not only is the food and animal system different, but so is the rest of the world around the them.  As a result there are new rules and a whole new covenant between God and the entirety of His world.  There is a new promise to never flood the earth with water again, complete with a new sign of that promise.

God still does new things in our lives even today.  He reaches out to us in new ways.  He helps us to see things in a new light.  He gives us new life, new hope, new strengths, new direction, new peace, new faith.  He helps us to see and understand who He is and how we are to respond to Him.  Yet He never changes!

What new thing is God doing in your life today?  Are we willing to allow Him to teach us and change us into new men/women, or are we too comfortable in what we have done and are doing right now to let Him make the changes necessary in our lives?  Are we too busy holding onto the old rules and ways of doing things to be willing to accept those changes?

Rev. John C.

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