Difficult reading today for sure. I can see why it is hard to get through this book. This in no way keeps me from giving up, oh on the contrary, I dive in deeper. It is not time to quit. It is time to be disciples and forge ahead. To challenge ourselves to daily living in the presence of the Lord.
So what does reading about skin diseases, bodily emissions, sex with relatives, mildew, various punishments, priestly rules, feasts and festivals, tell me about the presence of the Lord? Both the presence of the Lord for them then and the presence of the Lord for me now?
Initially, it speaks of the Lord’s desire for our best. We are the creation, he is the creator. Typically the creator knows best. The creator has the plan, the schematic, the ingredients, and the wisdom to know how the creation ought to work best. All we have is what is written for us in the scriptures about Father’s love for us and His desire for us to live the best lives possible. There was an old TV show called, “Father Knows Best.” Anyone remember it? When in doubt, fall back on that saying. One place says, “His ways are higher than our ways, his thoughts above ours.” Now this doesn’t exempt us from further study. For me it is an invitation to understand Him deeper and more intimately.
Secondly, we have a lifetime on this planet of seventy or so years, give or take a few here and there. It is the Lord’s desire that we live it healthily, well, fully blessed, and prosperous. I would say that if some or many of the things listed as ‘don’ts’ are done, ones life would be pretty jacked up. Regardless of what you think of the law, it was designed and spoken for the best of folks’ lives, not their suffering or torture. The Lord gave the Law so folks could live well.
And lastly, even though we are on this side of the cross, there are some things listed and present in Leviticus that when ongoingly adhered to bring a blessing and grace on one’s life. That is an continual presence of the Lord in our life. A daily recognition of His wisdom and design for the best life today even though we don’t have Levitical priests helping us with sacrifices and skin inspections.
Father does know best.