Staying committed to the reading plan. Genesis. Exodus and now Leviticus.
I really look forward to the start of the new year and getting my head down and reading the Word of God in big chunks. It seriously helps me in my understanding of different stories. I fear that sometimes the familiarity of what we are reading can lessen its impact. It is therefore important for me that I try to capture the emotion, the feeling, the intensity of what is being played out as I read it…I am convinced that doing this can only help me in my study for speaking each week.
This makes Genesis a fantastic book to read. Watching the lives of great men of God unfold before they became the great men of God we know them as. Discovering why God used them, how he shaped and transformed them. Hindsight is a wonderful view but does carry the danger that we might miss important things.
Amongst my reading today was Leviticus 16…The Day of Atonement. Now I am not a great theologian but in my opinion this is some major hassle to get your sins atoned for by the priest. It is an incredible description of all that Jesus took on himself for us so that we can have direct access to the Father. He is the atonement for our sins, He is the scapegoat we require to release us from our sins.
What struck me this morning as I read these verses…they are not irrelevant. We still need this today. Thankfully now, we don’t need goats or lots of blood. Just the willingness to do as it says in 1 John 1:9 ‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.’ We get the ability to do this because of what Jesus did for us which in my humble opinion is truly amazing and challenges me to make sure I live a life worthy of it too.