Yes we now have the first week of our 90 day challenge over us. The books of Exodus and Genesis have been read and the great stories that we learnt in childhood have been remembered and some the the ones they forgot to teach us too.
We had the weak Adam and his ambitious wife. The dysfunctional families of Noah and Abraham and Isaac and Jacob culminating in Joseph who himself seemed pretty annoying in his younger days. Then after a few centuries Moses entered the fray. Here was a man who didn't want to be the one, he didn't want to speak on behalf of his God and set his people free.
It is simply fantastic that our God can use ordinary people to do extra-ordinary things. I've never been so pleased to be an ordinary person.
Next up is Leviticus. This book gets a pretty bad rap at times. I can understand why; this is not a story book and in some ways it does not feel too relevant in our modern age. However it is extremely relevant. Leviticus is a book which shows us not just the law of God but gives us an insight into the reasons for the laws. The protection of the poor and the rights of women are recurrent themes as with the promotion of habits leading to a healthy lifestyle. There is also a strong emphasis on the importance of holiness.
Over and above all this is the sense that the standard is too high. People can not live up to the standards of God and need regular atonement for their wrong-doing through a system of sacrifices. Unfortunately even these sacrifices are not good enough to last beyond the second they are offered. If only there was a sacrifice that could be offered once, that would last for all time and that would cover everybody's sin!
Unlike the other high priests, he [Jesus] does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.
I have been relearning a few things through this process already:
* I do have the time to read the bible but sometimes I lack the will to prioritise it.
* Every time the Bible is read something is taught.
* Reading the Bible does not stop me sinning.
What have you learnt?
Some mid-week music from Mr Jeremy Camp and his far from ordinary facial hair.