Dear Friends in Christ,
“The Lord summoned Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying…” (Leviticus1:1).
Leviticus can be a challenging book of the Bible to read. Often folks will commit to reading through the Bible in a year, get bogged down in the rites, rules, and regulations of Leviticus, and give up. I want to encourage you to keep reading.
At the end of the Book of Exodus 40:34-38, we read that the Tent of Meeting was finally constructed, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. But Moses was barred access and could not enter the Tabernacle.
In Leviticus 1:1, Moses is still unable to enter sacred space. We read that, “The Lord summoned Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting …”. Now turn your Bibles to the right and read Numbers 1:1. “The Lord spoke to Moses in the tent of meeting…” Moses is finally allowed to enter sacred space. So, what happens between Exodus 40:34-38, Leviticus 1:1 and Number 1:1?
In the Book of Leviticus, and in the midst of lots of rites, rules, and regulations, God graciously provides a way for God’s people to worship and live in God’s Holy Presence. As always God comes down to be in relationship with God’s people and to make things right and holy.
Can you think of other ways that God comes down? Can you think of other ways that God seeks to be in relationship with us? To set things right? To make things holy? Let me know your thoughts.
During this Year of Scripture, we will aspire to grow as Christian disciples through three distinct practices:
1. Daily Bible Reading
- Feb. 4 Leviticus 11-13
- Feb. 5 Leviticus 14-15
- Feb. 6 Leviticus 16-18
- Feb. 7 Leviticus 19-21
- Feb. 8 Leviticus 22-23
- Feb. 9 Leviticus 24-25
- Feb. 10 Leviticus 26-27
2. Bible Reflection to help us to become fluent in the language of sacred scripture. The artists at the Bible Project do a great job of bringing Scripture to life. Check out this poster on the Book of Leviticus. All Bible Project poster can be downloaded and shared, for free.
3. Bible Study
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