Today’s passages are Leviticus 10 – 12 and 2 Corinthians 5:11 – 6:13.
We are sure the readings that we have been following last week from Levitcus needed the encouragement that the passages from 2 Corinthians have given us since Thursday.
Those chapters in Leviticus (5-12) cover in great detail the ceremonial regulations which the developing community of Israel needed to follow, in order to stay in relationship with God. Sin and guilt had to be dealt with and though the practices seem quaint and exaggerated.it does remind us that GOD IS GOD, AND IS NOT TO BE TRIFFLED WITH. ‘I dd it my way’ does not hold credence when God has set out the procedures to follow – the ordination of Aaron’s sons and their decision to add their own touch to what God required as regards their sacrifices, (Leviticus 10:1 -3) demonstrates the importance of trusting what God says.
Chapters 11 and 12 cover health and social regulations which must have been appropriate for the wandering tribes.
However, like Iris on Thursday, it has been a relief for us to turn to the Corinthian passages and discover again the assurance that GOD HAS DONE ALL THAT IS REQUIRED FOR OUR SALVATION AND RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. No ceremonial is required on our part but instead, BELIEF, as He has done all that is required. It is a bit overwhelming, but worth the effort, to sit and read over again passages like
5:15 and He died for all, that those wholive should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.
5:17-18 Therefore if anyone is in Christ the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God who reconciled us to Himself through Christ
6:1 as co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain – – just enjoy with thankfulness what we’ve read.
No more sacrifices, or fear we may not have covered all our misdoings.
Join us in taking some time today to let these promises sink in and then let’s all go out and live in love and thankfulness as though we believe it is true and that the BEST IS YET TO COME.
Peter and Elizabeth.