Today you should read: Leviticus 24
After reading about the annual festivals and sacrifices involved with the tabernacle in the last few chapters, God is reminding His people the daily responsibilities they still have concerning the tabernacle. This includes an ever-burning lamp light and the preparation for the weekly bread of the presence with represented the covenant God made with the 12 tribes of Israel.
The remainder of this chapter deals with some scripture that is often used when people say that there’s a big difference between the Old Testament God and the New Testament God. In verses 10-16 we see a person who is stoned to death for blaspheming God and verses 17-23 is the law of retribution with the eye for an eye. In fact, a politician once mentioned they liked the OT God better with passages like this one to justify taking actions against someone who wronged them. But as we all should know, God is not a different God from the Old Testament to the New Testament. He is one and the same and used this Scripture to reveal Himself and the Gospel more clearly in the New Testament. Verses 10-16 show that death is a consequence for sin and eye for an eye is still in effect for God in His judgment but that other eye is also accomplished when Jesus took our punishment upon Himself and showed that this is not our worldview in ordinary daily relationships (matt. 5:38)
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor
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