Monday, August 22, 2011

Rules, regulations, and practices

I took on the Radical challenge almost 2 months ago. And one of the challenges is to read the Bible everyday. I'm doing a chronological plan through the You Version Bible iPhone app. It's been pretty good so far. I really enjoy reading all about God.

Right now, I'm in Leviticus. You know, the most interesting book of the Bible. HA! It's all about rules, regulations, practices, processes, etc. It's amazing to me how detailed God is in His instructions. Look at this (it's basically how to be forgiven for your sins)

The LORD said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘When anyone sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD’s commands—“‘If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, he must bring to the LORD a young bull without defect as a sin offering for the sin he has committed.  He is to present the bull at the entrance to the tent of meeting before the LORD. He is to lay his hand on its head and slaughter it there before the LORD.  Then the anointed priest shall take some of the bull’s blood and carry it into the tent of meeting. He is to dip his finger into the blood and sprinkle some of it seven times before the LORD, in front of the curtain of the sanctuary. The priest shall then put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of fragrant incense that is before the LORD in the tent of meeting. The rest of the bull’s blood he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering at the entrance to the tent of meeting. He shall remove all the fat from the bull of the sin offering—all the fat that is connected to the internal organs, both kidneys with the fat on them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver, which he will remove with the kidneys— just as the fat is removed from the ox sacrificed as a fellowship offering. Then the priest shall burn them on the altar of burnt offering. But the hide of the bull and all its flesh, as well as the head and legs, the internal organs and the intestines— that is, all the rest of the bull—he must take outside the camp to a place ceremonially clean, where the ashes are thrown, and burn it there in a wood fire on the ash heap. 
Leviticus 5:1-12

All I have to say is that I'm so grateful for Jesus. I don't think I could kill an animal as a sacrifice. 

What are your thoughts when you read this? I am thinking about taking some seminary classes just to have more of a theological background.

1 comment:

carrie said...

i wonder how modern day practicing religious Jews atone for their sins since there is not temple. And thankful that Jesus took that away from us!

I also wanted to look into seminary classes! To actually study not just read. Let me know what you find!