Today you should read: Leviticus 19
It’s pretty interesting to read about all the various types of offerings/sacrifices that God required the Israelites to carry out and the specificity by which they were to do them. There is purpose and significance behind every offering and every detail or regulation for carrying each one out. This was really the main thing that stuck out to me today about this passage:
The detailed regulations for each offering give us a glimpse into how serious God desires to change even the small aspects of our lives and make them more like Him.
God was teaching the Israelites a whole new way of living after He delivered them from Egypt. He was cleansing them from many of the pagan practices they had adopted while in slavery. These detailed regulations and sacrifices that God required completely changed the way the Israelite people would now live their lives. No longer would they live for themselves or the pagan gods of their captives, but for Him! God was protecting them from slipping back into their old lifestyle by giving them a completely new one that would develop a heart of worship for Him.
God is the same then as He is today. God still cares about the details. He still cares about those seemingly insignificant sins in our lives that we keep holding on to. He still desires to penetrate the tiny details of our lives with His righteousness and make us holy as He is holy. God doesn’t want us to slip back into the mire of our former slavery to sin.
Just like God gave the Israelites a completely new way of life, which is evident in the detailed procedures we read about for these offerings, God gives us a completely new way of life when we accept His Son Jesus and begin living for Him. There isn’t any room to hold on the sins of our “BC” life. He takes sin seriously and so should we.
So, let me ask you today: What seemingly insignificant sin(s) are you holding onto today in hopes that God is ok to let that one slide? Remember that God is a God of details and He desires to change us completely not partially. If the Holy Spirit has identified something in your life you need to turn over to Him today….Do It! Spend some time in prayer and confession to Him and praise God for His amazing grace that covers all our sin both big and small.
Posted by: Matt Mofield