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Leviticus 22 – Priestly Laws

The priestly laws continue.  It must be hard to be a priest in Biblical times.  The rules and regulations you had to keep track of.  Some of them are obvious of course… like if you touch something unclean you will remain unclean until evening.  No leaper of the sons of Aaron may eat of the holy sacrifices, and while the family may eat, the married daughters may not eat unless she is divorced or widowed with no children and returns home to her father’s house.  It just seems like the laws and rules never end, but they are there for a reason.  An important reason.  Because someone needed to represent the people to YHWH, and YHWH to the people.

So the priests were responsible for the sins of the people and their relationship with YHWH.  They are the ones who placed their lives on the line day after day to make sure  that the people’s sins were covered.  They are the ones who had to do everything perfectly every day and every time.  They had to teach the people the precepts of YHWH.  It is their responsibility and their honor.  YHWH is a holy and a jealous God.  To serve Him day by day is an honor and a responsibility of a lifetime.

Do we take YHWH seriously, or do we just use Him as a rescue raft.  Do we worship the Holy God, or do we demand assistance from a galactic servant.  Do we pursue a relationship with Him in awe and wonder, or do we attempt to flippantly use Him for our advantage and advancement?  We are the servants of the Most High.  Maybe we need to start acting that way… if that’s alright with you.

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Leviticus 14 – Cleansing

Leviticus 14 is another long chapter with almost 60 verses, but the subject matter is very important.  Chapter 13 was about leprosy and how to discern leprosy from not leprosy.  Meanwhile, this chapter is about cleansing.  It’s about overcoming the problems and being able to return to health and life.  It is about hope and the process of coming to cleansing.  Leprosy was considered to be one of the more incurable diseases of the time.  Once you had true leprosy, there was little hope of ever living a normal life again.  It was generally a death sentence.

But this chapter brings hope.  It brings the promise that a person can come out of it.  This is a chapter of cleansing.  In  this chapter the priests and people are given instructions on what to do when a person is shown to be clean.  What steps are necessary to allow them to return to the lives that they lost… their homes, their families.  It is a promise that there are no true lost causes.

When i look and think about this, i think about those who have been consumed by drug and alcohol abuse.  Those who lose their lives and purpose due to choices they have made over the years.  There is hope.  YHWH can bring cleansing and strength to those who need it.  But it’s not limited only to drug and alcohol abuse.  It is also for all other sins.

We are not without a way out.  God can make a way.  Not only can He, but He does time after time, day after day.  No situation… no life is hopeless.  We need simply to pursue Him.  He is the one who brings cleansing.

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Exodus 12-1 – Passover Call

It is almost time.  It is here.  The passover is truly the most important festival for the Jewish people.  It is about reprimand, redemption, & rescue.  It is about reprimand in that the angel of death would come and take payment for the sins of the people.  It is about rescue in that the Hebrew people would be rescued from the Egyptian in their slavery, as well as being rescued from the angel of death by the passover lamb’s blood painted on the door posts and lintel.  It is about redemption in that the Jewish people are ultimately redeemed from slavery and from sin.

The Passover lamb is a prophetic representation of the work Christ would do and his purpose in rescuing and redeeming all people.  His purpose is to draw all men unto Himself.

This first part of this chapter is all about getting the people prepared for what is about to happen.  With every other plague, God tells Moses to talk to Pharaoh and give him a command from God.  At this time, all of that begins to mean something more because God starts preparing the people to leave.  It’s nice to hear that YHWH is going to bring them out.  It is something else entirely when YHWH says, “It’s time!  Let’s get prepared to move out.”  Now  that plan is beginning to come to fruition.

What about us?  Are we living as if our sins have been removed as far away as the east is from the west?  Are we celebrating God’s passing over our lives in destruction?

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Genesis 38 – Sins of the Father

How many know that it is good to have passages and concepts that you struggle with in regards to God and the Bible?  If you didn’t have any at all, I would be concerned with your spiritual state.  This has been one of those chapters for me over the years.

So Judah marries a Canaanite.  He has three sons.  The first is evil in the sight of the LORD and dies.  The second is to raise up a progeny for his older brother with his older brother’s wife.  He decides that he wants to take/lie with his brother’s wife, but is not interested in fulfilling his duty (promise) as a brother.  God takes his life as well.  So now we have two brothers, sons of Judah, who were or did evil in the sight of the LORD.  Both at the cost of their lives.

So now, Judah tells Tamar to go and live in her father’s house and when his youngest son is old enough he will give her to him.  So Tamar agrees and does what is right.  Judah does what is not right, in being fearful for his youngest son’s life he refuses to fulfill his promise.  O.K. so we have the back story, and now for the qualm.

Judah’s wife dies and not long afterwards he goes to shear his sheep.  Tamar hears about it, and know and understanding the ways of men, she goes and sits as a prostitute to seduce him in his time of weakness on the way to where Judah’s sheep are.  Judah goes in to lie with her and leaves his signet (i always want to spell and pronounce it signent) ring, cords, and staff in promise for a real payment.  She leaves with the promises (items) and the promise (her real payment), and he attempts to bring her his promise (payment goat) to no avail.

Three months later, he finds out Tamar is pregnant from harlotry and wants to have her killed.  She makes it clear through his promises (items) given to her that she simply fulfilled her promise (wedding vows) to her husband as well as Judah’s promises (to give her the seed) that he had not been willing to.

At times this chapter has troubled me, and at others times it has not.  My big struggle has been that while the woman (Tamar) appeared to/was acting as a prostitute, she somehow deserved death.  Yet when he went in to a prostitute, there appeared to be nothing wrong with that.  For a long time i thought that the issue was that since he was a man it was considered acceptable due to unfair treatment towards women.  But as time has gone by i have begun to realize that it wasn’t about man vs. woman, it was about promise.

She had been married and vowed to Er.  When he died, so did her vow to him.  She could have married another man.  However, her father-in-law asked her to remain faithful and he promised to fulfill her vow.  Judah’s wife died, and his promise was fulfilled (|| with Romans 8).  He made no further promise and was not bound as such.  That was a big part of my conundrum.  It wasn’t a man vs. woman issue.  It was a promise vs. lack of promise issue… or actually in this case it was a promise vs. promise issue.

After saying all of that, i want to make it clear that just because Judah was not under any promise, does not make it all right to go in to a prostitute.  That is still a serious sin.  Just as being unmarried (unpromised) and playing the harlot would be.  That’s still a problem no matter what.  Two still become one flesh as a result, and that is not something that can be undone.

So, what are the struggles with God and the Bible that you have to work through?

John C.

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