Daily Archives: February 11, 2019

Leviticus 4-7; Acts 6

“The Lord spoke to Moses, saying…” Leviticus 4:1; Lev. 5:14; Lev 6:1, 8, 19, 24; Lev. 7:22, 28, ESV

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Laws…They are written to protect and to guide. They are there for our good. So why do I struggle with the Laws that God has given us? I read the old Testament laws and wonder how I would have responded at the time. Just reading them can be so overwhelming. How must the Israelites have felt? Hearing over and over again of the specific tasks and rules.

But isn’t that the point?

I am utterly overwhelmed without God. I love how all the rules started with…“The Lord Spoke to Moses, saying.” The Lord was present, the Lord was with them, the Lord was leading them and the Lord was promising to never forsake them. The point was to overwhelm because I am hopeless without Him…I am desperately in need of Him. I cannot follow the rules alone.

“And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.” Acts 6:7 , ESV

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The story doesn’t end with the rules. The story ends with the Savior. His work has changed my life, not the rules. His presence has brought healing and hope, not the rules. His presence changes everything! And…I can follow the rules because I know the God who authored them…I know His heart and I trust His leading and I trust His forgiveness when I fall short.

Father thank you for your wisdom and presence. Thank you for providing a way for us to follow you. Thank you for your grace and mercy and forgiveness. Thank you for showing me through the laws that you are the only way to salvation. Amen.

Mandy Baldwin

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Leviticus 4-7; Acts 6

Scripture

“…the priest shall burn it on the altar as an aroma pleasing to the Lord.  In this way the priest will make atonement for him, and he will be forgiven.”  (Leviticus 4:31, NIV)

Observation

The nose knows, I suppose, and God has a favorite smell.  Among the lengthy Levitical “sin payment” rules, with all their blood and death, God repeats something that delights him:  a pleasing aroma.  His favorite smell.

“Your sacrifice,” God says, “is an aroma that pleases Me.  It smells good.  When I smell it, I know that you made a sacrifice for your sin.  The aroma of atonement pleases me, and indeed, I am pleased to forgive.”

Application

When I read Leviticus with New Testament eyes, I remember that Christ became my sin offering.  He was a sacrifice, made on my behalf.  He took on all the Levitical “blood and death” to become a pleasing aroma to God, offering “for all time one sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:12), so that mankind’s sin-debt would be paid in full.

God no longer smells the stench of my sin.  He smells only Jesus—the aroma of atonement—and is pleased to forgive.  His nose knows.

Prayer

God, thank You again and again for forgiveness.  Thank You that Jesus’ death paid for all sins—even mine.  Empower me now to become the “aroma of Christ” to the world, and to “spread everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.”  (2 Corinthians 2:14-16)  I love You, God, and I’m forever grateful.  Amen.

Amy Storms (From the archives. Originally published on 66 Books in a Year on February 2, 2009.)

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