Good morning and welcome to Leviticus! Leviticus and Deuteronomy are both books of laws and as such are going to be pretty dense, similar to the end of Exodus. Also, for any animal lovers, this might not be your favorite thing to read today. It goes into pretty gross detail about how to properly slaughter an animal for an offering to God. Just a warning up front. Anyways, there is still gospel to be found in all of God's word, so lets meditate together and find God's word for us.
Scripture to Read
None today, sorry. See picture for reference. It took way too long to read and edit this just to get stuck in a processing crash for me to do again. Tomorrow you'll have audio! (Assuming iMovie quits its little tantrum)
Questions to Consider
What does this teach me about God?
What does this teach me about humanity?
What does this teach me about the relationship between the two?
Would Jesus say amen to this? Why or why not?
- My Thoughts -
Ugh, what a gross scripture to read through. I think what I struggle with most is the constant call back to "a pleasing aroma to God" when speaking about the slaughter of things that God had created and previously called "good". Why would God find the burning of flesh and organ of an animal that God created pleasing? Why would God, a God of life everlasting find the aroma of death pleasing? The only gospel I can find in this is that later in Gospel of Act's God no longer requires animal sacrifice and that the death of Jesus atones for such sacrifices - but why require them in the first place? Why must death always be the precursor to change/redemption? I'm sorry to be a downer today, but Leviticus begins in a weird place for me. I think I need more time to meditate on this one. Maybe one of you finds something in the piece that I haven't. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Come spirit come, come and bless my day ahead, bless my day with patience and peace. Bless my actions with kindness and help me to be generous today to those I meet. Open my eyes to see those in need and use me as a vessel of your grace today. Come, spirit, come. Amen.