Monthly Archives: September 2011

Leviticus 21-22 — Clean and without defect

There are a lot of rules here for the priests, and essentially it came down to two things.  As priests serving before God, they were to be clean and without defect. As such, the regular priests were not to touch … Continue reading

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Leviticus 20 — Not just a game

Every New Year’s Day in Japan, many people go to the Japanese shrines, and get what is called omikuji.  Basically, people give a small offering, about 5 yen (5 cents or so), and get a piece of paper which tells … Continue reading

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Leviticus 19 — When you’ve been hurt

One usually doesn’t think of Leviticus as a place to look for how to deal with the people in our lives.  But chapter 19 does just that. The main thing it teaches is to respect the people around you.  God … Continue reading

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Leviticus 18 — Called to be different

I have a Japanese friend who lives in Kobe, and he told me once about his coworkers approaching him about a trip to Thailand.  Basically, they were going there to hook up with prostitutes, and they were trying to convince … Continue reading

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Leviticus 17 — The meaning of the blood

In Japan, most people know their blood types.  A common question that people ask each other is, “What’s your blood type?”  For years, people would ask me, “What’s your blood type,” and I would say, “I don’t know.”  And they … Continue reading

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Leviticus 16 — Atonement

Once a year, the Israelites had a day of atonement.  Basically, this was a day that people would confess their sins before God and in a graphic way, God showed the people how true atonement would one day come. Some … Continue reading

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Leviticus 11-15 — Clean and unclean

Speeding right along.  Fifteen chapters in four days.  That’s a record for this blog.  This section goes into great detail about something that was very important to the Israelites:  the concept of clean and unclean. The key verse to this … Continue reading

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Leviticus 10 — Regarding God as Holy

Today, we’ll be moving on to Leviticus 10.  Chapters 6-7 gave more instructions on the sacrifices to be offered.  Chapters 8-9 were basically the ordination ceremony of the priests, the significance of which I’ve already covered in one of the … Continue reading

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Leviticus 4-6 — Five points about sin

There are some interesting things in this passage concerning the sin offerings, and some interesting lessons we can learn about sin as well. Depending on who committed the sin, different offerings were to be made.  For the priest, a bull.  … Continue reading

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Leviticus 1-3 — Drawing near

And so we start Leviticus.  I can’t say I’ve looked forward to this book.  As in parts of Exodus, it goes over the laws, rules, and regulations, in exquisite detail, which can be a bit dry to read at times.  … Continue reading

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Exodus 36-40 — As the Lord commanded

The last 5 chapters, as I mentioned before, are basically reiterations of all the instructions that God gave Moses for the construction of the tabernacle.  The key difference, of course, is that in these chapters, it’s not just being talked … Continue reading

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Exodus 35-36 — Willing to give, willing to serve

Well, I think we’re down to the final two days of Exodus.  Most of the last few chapters are reiterations of the commands that God gave to Moses in the building of the tabernacle. But one thing that struck me … Continue reading

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Exodus 34:5-7 — A God of love and of justice

What is God like?  What is his character? God revealed the answer as he showed himself to Moses.  He said, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to … Continue reading

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Exodus 33 — A desire to draw near

What made Moses and Joshua special?  What made them different from the rest of the Israelites?  Why could God use them? I think the answer is found in this chapter.  Both had a desire to draw close to God.  While … Continue reading

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Exodus 32 — Hating sin, loving the sinner

Hate the sin.  Love the sinner.  Always a tough balance to reach, and too often people go to one extreme or the other.  We either shout out “You’re going to hell!”  Or we say, “It’s perfectly all right.  Go ahead … Continue reading

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Exodus 32 — Doing what you know you shouldn’t

At last!  Some action!  Unfortunately, they weren’t very good ones by Aaron and the people of Israel.  Only 40 days after Moses went up the mountain to meet with God, only 40 days after they promised to follow God and … Continue reading

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Exodus 31 — Chosen and filled to do God’s work

I love what God said about Bezalel in this passage.  He said, “I have chosen Bezalel…and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability, and knowledge…”  verses (2-3). God had specifically chosen him to make things … Continue reading

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Exodus 30 — Coming before God

This is the final passage concerning the details of the tabernacle, and as I look at it, there are different reminders of our relationship with God. The altar in the Holy Place, for example, was to always have incense burning … Continue reading

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Exodus 28:36-29:46 — Set apart for God

The apostle Paul wrote, “You are not your own.  You were bought with a price.”  (I Corinthians 6:19-20.) These words are reflected in the words that were placed on the high priest’s forehead, “Holy to the Lord.”  The word “holy” … Continue reading

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Exodus 28:30 — God’s truth on our hearts

“Also put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastpiece, so they may be over Aaron’s heart whenever he enters the presence of the LORD. Thus Aaron will always bear the means of making decisions for the Israelites over his … Continue reading

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Exodus 28:4-29 — A priest’s heart

As I read through this passage, two things stood out to me.  First, on the shoulder pieces of the ephod were placed two onyx stones which had the names of the tribes of Israel engraved on them.  Then, on the … Continue reading

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Exodus 28:1-3 — Clothed with dignity and honor

As I read this passage, one phrase struck me concerning the priest’s clothing.  God said it was designed to give the priests “dignity and honor.” The priests were by no means perfect people.  When the high priest entered the Most … Continue reading

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Exodus 27 — Dealing with the problem of sin

Shortly after my wife and I got married, her grandfather passed away, and we went to attend his wake and funeral.  He was a Buddhist, so of course, they were both Buddhist ceremonies.  During the wake, the Buddhist priest said … Continue reading

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Exodus 26 — One way

Now we head into the tabernacle itself.  The thing that is most interesting to me in its description is the “Holy Place” and the “Most Holy Place.” In the Holy Place were placed the bread of the Presence, the lampstand, … Continue reading

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Exodus 25:23-40 — Bread of life, light of the world

Okay, I admit it.  These passages are very dry.  Do we seriously need all these details?  I guess the Israelites did; they had to make these things, after all.  But for the rest of us in the 21st century…well, I … Continue reading

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Exodus 25:10-22 — Where a relationship with God starts

It’s interesting to me that when God starts talking about the making of the tabernacle, he doesn’t start with the tent itself.  Rather, he starts with what’s inside.  And the very first thing he starts describing is the ark of … Continue reading

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Exodus 25:1-9 — A sanctuary and a tabernacle

We come to another section that can be a bit dry taken at face value.  But one thing that should be remembered is that a lot of the things that are described here are symbols of heavenly things.  God alludes … Continue reading

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Exodus 24 — Old covenant, new covenant

Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.” (Exodus 24:8) This is my blood of the … Continue reading

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Exodus 23:23-33 — Fighting sin

As I look through this passage and God’s commands to the people concerning the land they were entering, it reminds me of our fight against sin. God told the people that when they entered the land, he would drive out … Continue reading

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Exodus 23:4-9 — Being perfect in love

Some people think that the command to love your enemies was first given by Jesus.  But actually, you can see the roots of this in verses 4-5 of this passage. If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering … Continue reading

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