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Day 31 – Thru the Bible
Today we continue in Leviticus and the Psalms.
Leviticus 5 – A guilt offering was brought when Israelites sinned by defiling something belonging to the Lord. Such possessions included holy food items or even the Lord’s own holy name. It was a disrespectful act.
Leviticus 6 – This section explains laws on the five major offerings introduced previously. It differs from the earlier section in that it focuses on the proper handling of the various offering portions, such as the ritual state necessary for touching or eating the offerings, how to distribute offering portions among the priests, and how to dispose of any remains.
It emphasizes two themes. First, these offerings had to be treated properly because they were the Lord’s holy property. Second, it was important to provide for the priests’ practical needs so they could focus on leading the Lord’s people in worship and teaching them his laws.
Leviticus 7 – This passage focuses on how the guilt offering is to be made. The earlier passage (5:14–6:7) focused on when it was to be offered.
To feel guilt is to feel condemned. What does the New Covenant (made possible and kept by Jesus) do with regard to our guilt? Hint: Romans 8:1.
Psalm 31 – The more one acknowledges that his rescue has come only due to God’s abundant grace (steadfast love), the more the believer will love the Lord and hate all that detracts from him (Ps. 31:6; 1 Pet. 1:8). He will remain confident that God will bring justice on the wicked (Ps. 31:6, 23; 1 Kings 16:13; 2 Thess. 1:6). And he will “be strong” in his conviction that God is present regardless of who abandons him (Ps. 31:20, 24; Josh. 10:25).
How are you continually reminded of God’s abundant grace? What part of this Psalm comforts you the most?
What other thoughts or questions does today’s reading bring up?
Some of these notes are from the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible study notes. We highly recommend this study Bible.
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