Leviticus 20:1-9 Child Sacrifices

Each one is precious in His sight!

God takes a FIRM stand on one of the practices that is occurring in the land where the Israelites will settle. DO NOT do as they do!!!

We have been reading God’s instructions to His people. Some of these are for later and some are for the present moment. The one He gives in today’s reading was certainly for later. I’m PRAYING it wasn’t for present issues at that time.

God’s main instruction here regards child sacrifice. I’m not certain if this is actually killing the child for the sake of a sacrifice or sacrificing its future in service to this foreign god. There were actual sacrifices done in the name of pleasing a god. There were also instances of children being given over into slavery for a god. The TRUE God says NO to both these practices! Read more »

Leviticus 19:19-37 His Rules

The Rule Book is God’s word. Following His example leads to life.

God continues to expound upon His statutes and rules. He leaves nothing to chance with His children. They will KNOW His will for them.

When I turned 18 my father suddenly stopped giving me input on my decisions. This didn’t last forever but at that moment in my life I was facing a big decision for me. I wanted his input. Thinking about it all this time later I realize that what I wanted was his blessing to do what I wanted. MY chosen direction did not line up with what he had taught me for the previous 18 years and I knew it. But I wanted him to say that my choice was alright. Fortunately for both of us I fell back on my years of training under his care and made the decision I knew he wanted me to make. Read more »

Leviticus 19:9-18 Jesus’ Quote

The line Jesus would quote over 500 years later, that we are to STILL live by.

Today we read what inspired and provided Jesus with His answer about the greatest commandment. He quotes God Himself in His answer.

I don’t know how many times I have read OVER this passage and never noticed what was right in front of me. Maybe it was because of the attitude I was “trudging through” this book with on previous occasions too. I read the passages and grasped what I believed was the general meaning but it never registered on me until two nights ago when reading it again EXACTLY what was said here. THIS is where Jesus got the second of what He said was the greatest commandment.

God fleshes out that commandment here. The last time we met I noted that the content of the text covered the first five commandments and the relationship we were to have with the Father and our earthly parents. Here God finishes with the remaining commandments. After this section there is only one commandment remaining to be expounded upon; “You shall not commit adultery.” He saves that for later. It is NOT forgotten. Read more »

Leviticus 19:1-8 Our Holy God

I will come for whatever You serve because I know it is good for me but I SURE glad You know how to spice up Your recipes!

Pay Attention! God is a Holy God and He expects His people to be holy too. Follow His commands and you will be.

I have another confession to make. I probably said this before but it bears repeating and repenting again. I have been dragging my feet through this book and a lot of Exodus too. I’m afraid of what lies ahead in the rest of the “books of the Law.” I like the stories and the adventures that are contained in God’s word. I have a hard time getting excited about the dos and don’ts. BUT God says “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). So here we go again. Please forgive me when I miss a day because of dragging my feet. Read more »

Leviticus 18:1-30 Sexual Laws

I want to know how the symbol of God’s promise never to destroy the whole world by flood became the rallying point for today’s LGBTQ movement? 

God sets down specific laws regarding sexual relationships and marriage. He does NOT want His people following after their neighbor’s examples.

The first thing God addresses is the close family marriages. In the beginning and after the flood there were no other options. EVERYONE was a close family member. But as the earth’s population grew so did the distance between each individual line. When Abraham was called out though those lines became narrowed again. Sari was Abram’s sister. They shared a father. Also Abraham and Isaac both had their sons marry within their close family tree.

Without diversity in the gene pool genetic abnormalities begin to crop up. God protected His chosen line until it was strong enough to require diversity. We are meant to have a family tree not a family walking stick. The diversity is what keeps the tree healthy as well as giving it character. Read more »