What I Read Today;
Revelation 13; Matthew 2; Jeremiah 51; Psalm 76-77; 1 Kings 15-16; Leviticus 19
I know that a lot of folks don’t like the book of Leviticus. This may sound crazy, but it’s one of my favorite books of the Old Testament. The imagery of the ceremonial law and some of the laws covering civil matters are interesting.
However, I find the lessons of Chapter 19 to be a message that we should spend a lot of time talking about in our society today.
After removing the ceremonial and farming discussions, I think you can break this chapter down into two parts.
The first part is how we worship God and where we put him in our lives. In verses 2-4, 26-28, and 31, God gives examples of worship that he simply doesn’t approve of. Idolatry, witchcraft, mediums, and other forms of idol worship come between God and mankind. Today we have so many types of religions vying for our time that we fail to realize the afront to God almighty. When we participate in these types of activities, we fail to recognize that God is a jealous God. He won’t share his time, and he won’t take second place.
Secondly, we hear about how we are supposed to treat one another. If we followed the direction in vs. 9-10 and 35-36, how different would our business practices look? Would we see insulin at over $350 a bottle? Would we see college costing more than 20k per year? Would price gouging after a hurricane disappear?
If we lived out verses 11-18, would we see Twitter wars going on? Would are politicians behave more civilly to each other? Would we treat our neighbors as ourselves? Would our attitude towards each other change?
What would our nation look like if we acted out vs. 33-34? Would our current fight over immigration look differently?
There are incredible nuggets throughout the book of Leviticus. You should reread it sometime. You might find something you don’t expect.