Leviticus 11-12, Matthew 23
Love all the detail on the clean/unclean animals. If God is in all of those details, how much MORE is He in the details of our lives!
can someone explain any of the significance behind the food laws? I’ve never really understood why they weren’t allowed to eat animals with divided hooves or insects at walk on 4 legs.
Hi Shelby! Try watching The Bible Project’s Leviticus video on YouTube. I can’t remember how specific into the food laws it gets, but it was extremely helpful to me in understanding the significance of this book and not glossing over it so much!
thanks so much stephanie! I’ll totally check it out!:)
Yeah I found it helpful too!
Me, too! Thank you.
It’s so incredibly humbling to read Jesus’ rebuke of the Pharisees then to read his desire to gather Israel under his wings out of love for his people. He gives such undeserved grace to us and even in his righteous response still showed how much he longed for them to turn from their hypocrisy and sin to Him!
Matt 23:27-28. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
The conviction in these verses really hit me today. Whenever I come across verses about the Pharisees, I find myself looking down on them and thinking that they are too attached to the law as opposed to inner character. Naturally, my thought process leads me to think negatively of them. But how often am I the same way? How often do I forget that God is the one who is supposed to mold me, and instead, I focus on sticking to what’s right and wrong, what’s black and white? I pray that the Lord will help mold me from the inside out and allow him to do so, instead of getting stuck in a mindset of working from the outside in. God doesn’t work like that!!!
Matthew 25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.
This verse really spoke to me. So many people are worried about how they appear to the world or even others at church rather how they appear before God. I pray that the inside of my cup be clean and I worry less for the outside for God will help me clean that up in time.
The “inside of my cup” has been a bit murky lately, full of anxiety & doubt. I’ll be with you praying for our cups to be clean from the inside – out!
Amen! Me too Angie…
I don’t know that anyone will read this because I am playing “catch up.” I just found the app in July and decided that I wanted to read it all anyway! Lol. BUT, I wanted to throw in what I know about the women being unclean after birth and Julie touched on it too but I had it explained that this was actually a blessing from God. Boys were highly prized and as such, women were given a break from cleaning, cooking and so on when they were “unclean.” Their time of bleeding was actually a break from their every day lives. While being “unclean” sounds negative- it had a very positive spin. When women gave birth to girls, who were less valued, God gave them a longer break which has been speculated as God giving them a chance to recover from birth/sex/chances of getting pregnant again (which the husband would be eager to do to get a boy) and have time to bond with their child. So the sixty six days as unclean was not a punishment but rather an incredible blessing. I take it as God showing us, even then, that we, as women have always been special and valuable to Him. :)
I am behind as well☺️ Thanks for posting this, I had never thought of it this way!
Thank you for sharing Kristen! And Julie!
That is an excellent point – I have been struggling with understanding why there was such a difference between having a boy vs having a girl.
Beautiful insight-thank you Kristen
Thank you for sharing! I was definitely wondering about this!
I never thought of that perspective. Thanks for sharingsharing
I know I’m behind but I had to share this from bible.org:
In one sense then the whole ceremonial law in Leviticus is obsolete for the Christian. We are interested in the sacrifice of Christ, not in animal sacrifice. But in another sense the levitical rituals are still of immense relevance. It was in terms of these sacrifices that Jesus himself and the early church understood his atoning death. Leviticus provided the theological models for their understanding. If we wish to walk in our Lord’s steps and think his thoughts after him, we must attempt to understand the sacrificial system of Leviticus. It was established by the same God who sent his Son to die for us; and in rediscovering the principles of Old Testament worship written there, we may learn something of the way we should approach a holy God.
I’m behind also, but really appreciate you posting this. It’s really encouraging for me to have this reminder when some of these parts get tedious and harder to connect with.
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