Leviticus 15: 1–16:28
You lost me at “Any man who has a bodily discharge...” I don’t even know how to comment. What I do know is these regulations not only differentiated clean from unclean it also stopped diseases from spreading through the camp. And that is all I want to say about discharges out of anyone’s body.
The instructions for the day of Atonement are cool. This was one day a year that the High Priest would go into the Holy of Holies and sprinkle blood on the seat of atonement(aka, the Mercy Seat). Ever wondered where the term “scapegoat” come from? Well here you go. The symbolism of the two goats is cool. Their sin was atoned for by one, and one carried their sin away.
Mark 7: 1-23
This is so cool how the timing off all this came together today. In this section Jesus address how the Pharisee’s have left God’s word in favor of their own traditions (religion). They did not want to follow the Law we are reading about in Leviticus so they changed it and honored their traditions more than Gods word. They did not want to atone for their sins before a Holy God, they wanted to adhere to the rules that suited them and they changed the ones they did not want to follow. You can’t change God’s Law. Once you change it, it is now your law not God’s Law. Doug talked about this a church today also! I love when God drives a point home like that for me. Doug talked about how religion is based on us jumping up and down in front of God trying to get Him to love us. A relationship with God is believing that He is good and came down to have a relationship with us because of His Goodness. Remember in the OT that the Israelites are atoning for their sin so they could have a relationship with God and remain in His presence. Somewhere along the way the Pharisees forgot that they were supposed to atone for sin to have a relationship with God. The religion trumped the relationship. The problem with religion is that it actually makes us far from God, as quoted in the Isaiah passage. The more you do to impress God the more impressed with yourself you become.
Jesus tells them that the defilement they are all dealing with is in our hearts. Oh yeah, I am going to go there......our defilement comes from the discharge of our hearts! EWWW! It leads us to sin. Food, rules or traditions can’t stop this discharge. We need something (someone) to cleanse us of it. That is what those Levitical laws should have taught them!
Psalm 40: 11-17
I love the end where David says, “As for me, since I am poor and needy, let the Lord keep me in his thoughts.” This is David, a king, reminding himself that he is poor and needy. This is the way to stave off our desire to step into religion and stay in a relationship.
Proverbs 10: 13-14
This Proverb makes me think of what one of our professors at NTBI said one time.....”Discipline your kids, because if you don’t someone will, probably law enforcement.”