Apr. 1 – (Lev. 17-18) The life of a creature is in the blood.  Oh, does that not speak of the blood of Jesus shed for us that we might have Life?  Let’s spend some time pondering just that. Thank you Jesus for your shed blood that has given me life eternal!  


Apr. 2 – (Lev. 19-21) Chapter 19:9-18 describes ways to love your neighbor. It included allowing those less fortunate to have a way to feed themselves. The gleaning grain reminded me of Ruth’s story.  So once again God set laws in place that when followed would be part of the story of redemption!  Amazing!!

                Read Chapter 20:1-9 in light of recent developments about late term abortion.  God please save us!

                Chapter 21 describes stricter rules of holiness required of priests because they work directly with the holy objects of the sanctuary.  Before we say we need to relate this only to pastors and church leaders, lets ask ourselves: Are we not now, all priests before the Lord?  Selah

 


Apr. 3 – (Lev. 22-23) Let’s look at the feasts in this chapter. Do we observe any of these in some way today? The Sabbath principle is seen in each of these feasts, which are intended to express the divine-human relationship. Each feast requires (1) cessation from ordinary work and (2) dedication to the Lord by means of offerings.


Apr. 4 – (Lev. 24-25) Chapter 24:10-16 describes what should be done for those who misuse God’s name. It also includes those who heard the curse.  Even today the strict Jewish people will not even write God’s name. They just write G_d.  So, what about the OMG that are used so frequently? Selah

                The year of Jubilee was a year of release and liberty (v.10), when people were to return to their ancestral property.  Israelites who had sold themselves as servants were to be released and sent home.  This provided a periodic restoration of the means to earn a living for each family in a society where crops were their main source of livelihood.  The jubilee did not equalize all possessions in Israel, however, since possessions such as cattle and money were not reallocated.  The land was to lie fallow for two years in a row: the 49th year (sabbatical year) and the 50th year (Jubilee). This law prohibited the creation of large estates, which would have reduced many Israelites to being tenants on their ancestral land (Isa. 5:8). 


Apr. 5 – (Lev. 26-27) Chapter 26 describes the blessings of being faithful to God and keeping the Sabbath. It also describes the consequences when these laws are not kept. Did you notice that the blessings were explained in 13 verses while the curses took 25 verses (nearly twice as much)?  Does any of this apply to our lives today?  We live under grace, but sin continues to tear us away from God.  If we think our sin does not affect us, we are wrong.  Growing up, I always worried that I would die not having confessed a sin and that exempted me from heaven.  Now I realize what Jesus did for me covers me with His righteousness but my sins each day, prevent a closer intimacy with Him in that area.  I realize that I still am being renewed in my mind and still growing into His image as I confess those sins and find healing from strongholds I still have.  I am so thankful for Jesus saving me. I am so thankful for God’s plan for me to have communion with Him. I am so thankful that the Holy Spirit convicts and guides me into that renewed mind.   Thank you Three In One! 


Apr. 6 – (Num. 1-2) As we start Numbers, let’s look at the key themes as an overview. There are four elements to God’s promise to Abraham in Gen. 12:1-3, and they all play a role in Numbers: 1. The land.  Numbers describes Israel’s journey toward the Promised Land. 2. Descendants. Abraham had been promised that his descendants would be as many as the stars of Heaven (Gen. 15:5).  Jacob’s family consisted of 70 persons when he entered Egypt (Gen. 46:27).  The first census (Num. 1:1-46) showed the fighting men numbered 603,550, which did not include the Levites, women or children. 3. Covenant relationship with God.  The essence of the covenant was, “You shall be my people, and I will be your God”.  The Lord’s presence is seen throughout this book. 4. Blessing to the nations.  Even though the nations that Israel encounters are all hostile, Balaam recalls the phrasing of Gen. 12:3 when he says, “Blessed are those who bless you and cursed are those who curse you” (Num. 24:9). Nations who treat Israel generously by blessing her will themselves be blessed.

                Did you notice God’s arrangement of the families when they camped? It symbolized the Lord’s prominence.  It was arranged in a square with the east side of the camp considered the prominent position.  This pattern is still followed by tent-dwellers today in the Middle East.  In a Bedouin camp the chieftain’s tent occupies a central position. The families are then assigned positions around his tent.  


Apr. 7 – (Num. 3-4) These two chapters contain two censuses to count the Levites. The first (3:1-51) counts every Levite male over one month old.  The male Levites took the place of the firstborn males of the other tribes to serve the Lord, so the first census ensures that the number of Levites matches the number of other firstborn sons.  The second census (4:1-49) counts Levites between 30-50 years of age.  This census aims to find if there are enough able-bodied male Levites to transport the tabernacle. God then goes on with instructions on who carries what part and how it should be packed.  God had specific people to move “His Presence”.  Are we that respectful and careful when we come into His presence?  I’m not only talking about our corporate place of worship but in our private communion with Him, are we casual and easily distracted?  I am convicted in this thought.  “Lord, forgive us for being casual in Your Presence. Help us every day to realize and act like You are most to be honored and respected as our Creator and Redeemer and Father and…”