Leviticus 16: 29—18:30
So we start today with God laying down the law and order with the sacrifices. This is to keep the sacrificial system holy. Remember they are still being provided Manna everyday so they don’t need to be sacrificing their animals to eat. This is also pagan worship prevention. He is specific about the blood because blood was an important part of the worship of pagan gods. He even tells them, “I have given you the blog on the altar to purify you, making you wright with the Lord. It is the blood given in exchange for a life, that makes purification (from sin) possible.” You can’t make it more plain than that.
Because of the way the people in Egypt lived, (ignoring God and setting up a pantheon of fake gods) they received the plagues. Because of the way the Canaanites live, (sexually immoral grotesque practices in the name of worshiping Molech) they are going to be vomited out of the Promised Land. The Israelites are called to be different from these nations. They are meant to be holy, and pure, otherwise the Land will vomit them out too.
I also love the protection God puts around women in these verses. Men could not just run around having sex with whoever they wanted to. This pureness in the area of sex, also goes against the pagan worship. God is very clear about what constitutes sexual sin in these verses.
Children are also protected. The Canaanites would offer their children either as sacrifices where they were burned alive or they would dedicate them as temple prostitutes. The Israelite children were safe from that if their parents worshipped God only.
I am tickled to death by Jesus saying, “Good answer!” to the Phoenician woman. Jesus is trying to do his work with the Disciples here and He rebukes her for interrupting. But she surprises Him (not really because He knows everything already) with a faith filled answer! This is also a nod to the future where the Gentiles will receive what was meant to be accepted by Israel. (Belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior)
In the midst of Jesus just trying to get some peace and quiet a blind man who cannot speak is brought to Him. This is totally my own thinking so don’t take this to the bank for anything, but words from Jesus’ mouth and spit from Jesus mouth is what healed this man so he could hear and speak. It made me think that what comes out of Jesus’ mouth is what removes our deafness and makes us spread His message. Look what happens after this? He tells them not to talk about it but they can’t help but share the message!
Psalm 41: 1-13
The Bible Knowledge Commentary said this Psalm teaches us that being merciful cause us to receive mercy from God. That just really stuck with me.
Also this is the last Psalm in Book I of the Psalms. That is not a divine separation that is just how scholars make sense of all the different topics of the Psalms. Book One is summed up by the last verse of this Psalm, “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and amen!”
Proverbs 10: 15-16
You should not trust wealth to keep you safe, and you should not let poverty be the reason you sin. If you always feel like you don’t have enough money it is because you are squandering it on the wrong things.