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Leviticus strikes again…

Warning: this article is more for me than public consumption.  I want to come back to study this point but don’t have time at the moment.

Leviticus gets a bad wrap as far I am I concerned.  Sure, it is one of the few books full of do’s and don’ts but it also shows just the depth of depravity humans will stoop to.  It is a kind of snapshot of the troubles with all humanity.  After all there were and still are in some occasions,really people looking to do the things God forbid.

But one passage I really struggled with was the passage of the death of Nadab and Abihu.  They were the sons of Aaron who offered up unauthorized or strange fire before the Lord.   As a result of not following God’s prescription for his own worship they were struck down instantly.

This passage is a major proof text for those who believe in what is called the Regulatory Principle.  If you aren’t familiar with the Regulatory Principle of Worship it is summerized in the idea that the Bible tell us explicitly how we are to worship God and implicitly excludes everything else.  So if the Bible doesn’t say it we can’t do it.  Taken to the extreme this would mean we can sing only the psalms, and can not sing the name of Jesus.

I really don’t know much past that and while I don’t believe it is a sin to sing the name of my savior I do wonder if there is still a particular way in which God desires to be worshiped?  I always seem to be writing in a hurry and I wish I had more time to study these types of things out.

Don’t Stop Reading in Exodus :: Desiring God.

This is  a great reminder of why we should read the Old Testement and not just skip forward to the new.

It can really get hard this time of year in Bible reading, the emotion is gone no longer pushing you forward, the cool stories are past leaving you with the law but to fully understand Jesus coming you need to know the OT.

Oh Good, Leviticus

I have to tell you if I am going to crap out on my way through the Bible reading this is where it starts.  Exodus wraps up the narrative out of Egypt and begins some of the books of the law.  It makes me very thankful that are no longer under the law because of Christ.  It also increases my greatfulness for the grace of God because I see how seriously God takes sin.

There was a lot of blood that had to be shed to cover over the sins of the people of Israel.  Far to often we, as Christians, we stop thinking of our own sinfulness.  Maybe once we get the “Big” sins out of the way(You know the ones others can see) we assume we are fine.  But the Christian life is to be one of constant repentance.  I think we don’t repent because we don’t understand the severity of our sin.

As I read through the Law, I want to understand how serious God is about sin.

The End of the Beginning

Closing out Genesis is always bitter sweet when I read the Bible.  I know that I have made a big step but I also know the rest of the Pentateuch isn’t nearly as interesting.

There are several interesting stories at the end of Genesis.  And I wanted to talk about Joseph and his trials.  Who was responsible for the things that happened to Joseph?  Were his brothers solely responsible?  Was God in charge the whole time and caused or allowed Joseph to be treated the way he was.  If so will his brothers be held responsible for their actions, after all they were simply doing God’s will right?

I don’t know if I am qualified to answer these questions but they are things that come to my mind as I read these passages.

Particularly Genesis 50

Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

The Bible clearly states that God intended this, now as always when quoting a quote you can make the argument that Joseph said it and the Bible records it accurately but it may not be ultimately true.

But God, being sovereign, us in ultimate control of even human sin isn’t he?  After all he didn’t just hope that Jesus would be crucified but planned it from the foundations of the world.  The greatest sin ever committed, the murder of the holy Son of God, was ordained by the sovereign God of the universe right?

So it all boils down to how much control God has over the universe.  We call him sovereign but then say he can or will not work against human free will, which makes man sovereign doesn’t it?  I hope to someday work out my thoughts on the sovereignty of God but this isn’t the day.

Any thoughts?

Abraham and Isaac

This week we covered some very familiar ground if you have ever tried to read the Bible before or if have attended church on a regular basis.

Of course as I mentioned before and as some of you agreed it is difficult to read familiar texts without taking them for granted.

As I have said this year I am attempting to see Christ in the old testament more than I ever have and the story of Abraham and Isaac is one that I am trying to look at things differently.

Most of the time when I have heard this passage preached it is about the obedience of Abraham and his willingness to give up his only son (which the Bible calls his him even though there is another son).  However I also wanted to look at the willingness of Isaac.  Did he know what was going on?  He asks but was it a rhetorical question?  Sure he carried the wood for his own sacrifice just like Jesus but is he a type of Jesus because after all he wasn’t sacrificed.

I think the ram in the thicket was the best analog of Christ because it provided by God in order to save Isaac just as Christ’s sacrifice saves us.

Thank you Lord for providing your own son to save me from my sins.

Gettin the Job Done

Get it Job we finished Job this week?  OK I didn’t sleep much last night.

I still say I am not sure how to read Google.   I am trying to read the Bible this year with a Christ centric approach but I don’t see it in Job.  This is similar to the answers I was able to find.  But this particular site also says Noah was a type because he was the only just man in his world, which I don’t particularly believe is true:

Job, suffering the most profound grief of soul, seeing nothing but a miserable death before him and robbed of all human consolation, fell down on the ground, praying and humbly resigning himself to God’s will.  In this he is a type of our Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane –http://www.communityofhopeinc.org/Types%20of%20Christ%20and%20Misc..html

I suppose we can look at Job this way but do we need all those chapters of people spouting off at each other back and forth?  I love the end when God shows up and I often hear His words when I begin to question God.

“Where were you when I hung the stars….”

Job, how do you read that?

Last week we started the book of Job, while there are parts I greatly enjoy I often wonder how you are supposed to read it.  There are four speakers through most of the story and all of them are capable of speaking untruths so can we take anything we say as the literal word of God?  Sure we know it was recorded accurately but how do we know it wasn’t accurately recording an untruth?

I always struggle a little with that.

And of course the opening chapters also bring up great questions about the problem with evil in the world.  Is God as the sovereign of the universe ultimately responsible for the evil that befalls Job, or was it, as some teach, a result of Job’s lack of faith in God?

I don’t have a lot of insight on this but I wanted to record my thoughts.