Our journey through the Old Testament continues along with the awesome videos provided from the team at Bible Project. Some of our Manor peeps have put the app on their phones to journey alongside us. The great thing about doing this systematically is that even we as leaders cover passages and subjects that in all honesty we just haven’t done. So, recently we were in Leviticus and if there was a book that you might get bogged down in, that would be one! The most encouraging thing for me was to read insights from a passage that one of our attendees wrote. He gave me permission to share his journaling.
Leviticus 26:6 “peace in the land” God will take care of all that ails us and holds us in fear and bondage, our addictions, fear of rejection, failure etc… He will rid the land (us) of all these things. HE will, not us and our own efforts. Our role is to trust and obey and believe. HE will, no matter, what.
Exodus ends with Moses unable to enter God’s presence and in Leviticus we see how God graciously provides a way for people to live in His holy presence. The big question to be answered is how can a sinful and selfish Israel be reconciled to God? God is holy and we are called to holiness as well. To be holy means to be set apart, unique, in life, purity, goodness and justice. Israel was to do life differently and be set apart as a nation in the ways that they cared for the poor, in their sexual integrity and in social justice. When we look at all the ritual sacrifices, the priestly requirements and the strict laws on purity, it can all seem overwhelming.
However, the wonderful reality lies in the Day of Atonement where sin is dealt with. The key idea with this feast is that sin and its consequences have been removed from us, His people and allow us to be in God’s presence!
Fast forward to the New Testament and we read in Colossians 2:13,14
13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.
Thanks to the cross of Christ, we have experienced our own Day of Atonement and truly know the freedom of having our sins forgiven!
Have you ever done the happy dance when you no longer have a monthly payment owing? Man, there is incredible joy to be finished with payments for a vehicle or even a house! I’ll never forget the celebration in my home when my parents ‘burned the mortgage!’ Now take that joy and multiply it infinitely!! Every day as believers we can sing and dance knowing the immense joy of having our sins forgiven.
It reminds me of a song by Delirious!
Oh I could sing unending songs
Of how you saved my soul
Well I could dance a thousand miles
Because of your great love.
My heart is bursting Lord
To tell of all you've done
Of how you changed my life
And wiped away the past
I want to shout it out
From every roof top sing
For now I know that God
Is for me not against me
Everybody's singing now 'cause we're so happy
Everybody's dancing now 'cause we're so happy
If only we could see your face
And see you smiling over us
And unseen angels celebrate
For joy is in this place!