Day 36 – Thru the Bible
Today we continue in Leviticus and the Psalms.
Leviticus 19 – The Lord continually grounds these commands with the phrase “I am the Lord (your God)”. This was a shorthand way of reminding them that he had redeemed them and set them apart to be His, so that He might dwell among them and be their God. Many of these commands for holy living relate to the way in which we are to love others.
How did Jesus show this love in the ultimate way? Hint: John 15:13.
How do we respond to being loved this way? Hint: Matthew 7:12, 22:37–39; John 13:34–35; 15:12; Ephesians 5:2.
Leviticus 20 – These penalties emphasize the seriousness of sin, the importance of addressing it among the Lord’s people, and the reality of the Lord’s justice for those who persist in it (Galatians 6:7). But grace is not absent. The penalties serve as warnings of sin’s consequences and of the pain of distance from fellowship with God. If God did not love His people, He would not so warn them.
This chapter also emphasizes that experiencing these penalties was NOT the Lord’s intent for humanity. His desire is that people experience his blessing and good pleasure as they walk in close fellowship with Him in His ways.
How does Jesus invite us to learn from Him and how does following Him actually bring rest into our lives? Hint: Matthew 11:28–30.
Psalm 36 – Only God’s grace can rescue a lost soul. That explains why David turns dramatically to God’s attributes (vv. 5–9). God’s faithful love is like a guiding star in the heavens. No matter how deep one’s sin, God’s grace is deeper still; no matter how high his moral debt, God’s righteous mountains are taller still (36:6; Romans 5:20).
Through tears, Christ similarly invited a rebelling Jerusalem to return to him (Matthew 23:37).
How does the truth of this Psalm point you to worship Jesus?
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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