Even some pastors I know have said if they have trouble falling asleep they break out Leviticus.
I’ll admit left to itself, without any understanding of context, it can lack capturing our attention. Hollywood has so destroyed our ability to read literature any more.
Here is what must be known to read Leviticus:
*God is holy.
*God expects his people to be holy.
*God desire to live among his people but has high standards that must be maintained.
*God is serious about holiness.
Look at the word cloud above for the book of Leviticus. What word and whose name appears more than any other in the book? The Lord. He is the most important thing in the whole book. Not us and not our ideas.
Because God does have a pretty good idea about what it looks like to live with people in harmony. That lack of harmony is sin. Sin has consequences. The cost of those consequences is high and time consuming. Look at all they had to do to fix the error of their ways.
We have Jesus now. Our sins are forgiven at the mere awareness of our sin by the Holy Spirit and confession of that sin to Father. However, we still may have to deal with the consequences of our sin. Many times our decisions and sins get us in a real pickle. It destroys a whole bunch of stuff. That is why the saying, “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, cost you more than you are willing to pay, and keep you longer than you are willing to stay” reverberates in my memory. Sin is ugly. Sin stinks. Sin is messy. God hates sin and so should we.
Leviticus contains information given to the Israelites while they were camped in the wilderness by Mount Sinai: instructions regarding management of sacred space (the tabernacle), sacred status (God’s people), and sacred time (in the festivals). These were considered important for maintaining holiness for God’s presence, which was at the center of their lives. Sacred times must be identified, maintained by the priests, and observed. Sacred space must be guarded and its holiness preserved. The status of priests and people must be regulated by specific guidelines so they don’t desecrate God’s presence. God is holy, and Israel is expected to be holy so his presence can remain in their midst.
Walton, Strauss, Cooper. The Essential Bible Companion. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006.
“The tremendous revelation of Christianity is not the Fatherhood of God, but the Babyhood of God – God became the weakest thing in His own creation, and in flesh and blood He levered it back to where it was intended to be. No one helped Him; it was done absolutely by God manifest in human flesh. God has undertaken not only to repair the damage, but in Jesus Christ the human race is put in a better condition than when it was originally designed.”
“Beware of posing as a profound person; God became a Baby.”
- Oswald Chambers
“The universe, they say, is so vast, it makes man utterly insignificant. Why would God have bothered to create such a microscopic speck called the earth and humanity and then get involved with us? Beneath this question is a fundamental failure to see what the universe is about. It is about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about himself. And he says it for us to learn and enjoy—namely, that he is infinitely great and powerful and wise and beautiful. The more the Hubble Telescope sends back to us about the unfathomable depths of space, the more we should stand in awe of God. The disproportion between us and the universe is a parable about the disproportion between us and God. And it is an understatement.” (John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life, 34)
Someone thought some of the ideas from Sunday were so inspirational that they should be published. What you see below is what I speak from, so to get details and pictures one has to go to the website to listen and view the Powerpoint slides. Hopefully it is as enjoyable to read as it was to ponder and prepare.
Every so often an event occurs in life that causes me to reflect on the entirety of life. Such an event occurred this past week.
As many of you know, it is a life goal of mine to summit all 59 fourteeners in the state of Colorado. That goal is close to realization. This past Tuesday, I was fortunate to summit #’s 57 and 58.
On August 25th, I, along with nearly 15 plus friends from CRBC will be sponsoring a 14er climb to help raise funds for a ministry called Wilderness Ministry Institute. Their mission is to train gospel leaders in predominantly Islamic countries like Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal, Uzbekistan, and more. Therefore the training is usually clandestine.
Included in the DNA of our church family is the funding, prayer, and participation of ministry groups in the vein of WMI. CRBC is pleased to help WMI continue training leaders in “the uttermost parts of the earth.”
And to link a fund raiser we believe in with on my life passions is about as high an high as I could possibly walk in.
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The Immutability of God
Immutability is one of the Divine perfections which is not sufficiently pondered. It is one of the excellencies of the Creator which distinguishes Him from all His creatures. God is perpetually the same; subject to no change in His being, attributes, or determinations. Therefore God is compared to a rock (Deut. 32:4, etc.) which remains immovable, when the entire ocean surrounding it is continually in a fluctuating state; even so, thought all creatures are subject to change, God is immutable. Because God has no beginning and no ending, He can know no change. He is everlasting “the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).
First, God is immutable in His essence. His nature and being are infinite, and so subject to no mutations. There never was a time when He was not; there never will come a time when He shall cease to be. God has neither evolved, grown, nor improved. All that He is today, He has ever been, and ever will be. “I am the Lord, I change not” (Mal. 3:6) is His own unqualified affirmation. He cannot change for the better, for He is already perfect; and being perfect, He cannot change for the worse.
Second, God is immutable in His attributes. Whatever the attributes of God were before the universe was called into existence, they are precisely the same now, and will remain so forever. Semper idem (always the same) is written across every one of them. His power is unabated, His wisdom undiminished, His holiness unsullied. The attributes of God can no more change than Deity can cease to be. His veracity is immutable, for His Word is “forever settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89).
(Pink, The Attributes of God, 37-38)