Saturday, 9 April 2016

Leviticus 6-10

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

6:4-5 … they must return what they have stolen or taken by extortion, or what was entrusted to them, or the lost property they found, or whatever it was they swore falsely about. They must make restitution in full, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the owner on the day they present their guilt offering.

The victim is given an extra 20%. He is better off than if the item had not been taken. This is a Biblical principle we find elsewhere Isaiah 61:7; Zechariah 9:12; Job 42:12 and Exodus 22:4, 7 & 9.
God's grace is so extravagant the forgiven person is better off than before they sinned.

We receive more than we lost.

Susan said...

7:37 These, then, are the regulations for the burnt offering, the grain offering, the sin offering, the guilt offering, the ordination offering and the fellowship offering.

God gave laws and regulations so their worship was well structured and ordered – there was nothing spontaneous (or slap dash) about it. They had to be well organized to bring their sacrifices and not grab something at the last minute that might have blemishes.

Susan said...

8:33 Do not leave the entrance to the tent of meeting for seven days, until the days of your ordination are completed, for your ordination will last seven days.

(Wenham in Constable's Commentary) "…the universality and pervasiveness of sin…these sacrifices are not offered just once; they have to be repeated, because sin is deep-rooted in human nature and often reoccurs. There is no-once-for-all cleansing known in the OT. It is the incorrigibility of the human heart that these ordination ceremonies bring into focus."

How wonderful it is to live under the new covenant and Jesus' once-and-for-all sacrifice.

Susan said...

9:24 Fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown.

First time in the Bible a word for joy is used.

(Wenham in Constable's Commentary) "This chapter brings out very clearly the purpose and character of OT worship. All the pomp and ceremony served one end: the appearance of the glory of God."

We worship to draw near to God so that he will draw near to us. Worship leads to joy.

Susan said...

10:3 "Among those who approach me I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honoured."

Nadab & Abihu (very soon after the completion of their ordination) 'offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command'. It is unclear what unauthorized fire was or what their motive was (drunkenness v. 9?) but there was a problem with their attitude.

Shortly afterwards Aaron appears to do the wrong thing in v. 16-18 but Moses was satisfied with the explanation and presumably God was too (v. 20) because Aaron's attitude was right (Constable's Commentary)

Attitude is more important to God than actions.