Today’s reading: Lev 20:1–22:33, John 9:35–41, Song 8:1–5
Today’s theme: The Light
Jesus brings light and He is light. If you go back to John chapter 1, you will see that the theme is not the word, but the Light. God is Light and there is no darkness in Him, it is the light of God that brings life, warmth, revelation and judgement. It is God’s light of revelation in His law that gives a clear distinction and definition of sexual sin, as seen in today’s reading.
Today we should give God thanks for the light of His Word, God the Holy Spirit and even the true church, as we shine in this dark world to the glory of God.
Don’t sacrifice your children
“Say to the people of Israel, Any one of the people of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. Leviticus 20:2 (ESV)
This still happens today and even in the sanitised West, we sacrifice our children by exposing them to the evil in the media and sacrificing them on the altar of our careers or convenience.
The penalty for adultery
“If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. Leviticus 20:10 (ESV)
This shows that in the case where the woman was caught in the act of adultery, the man was allowed to escape because the leaders were just trying to catch Jesus out and had themselves, fallen away from keeping the law in truth.
Homosexuality, a clear sin
If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. Leviticus 20:13 (ESV)
God always speaks of homosexuality in the strongest terms, we should not capitulate to the pressures of modernity and the fierce onslaught from the secular humanist elites, who seek to force their twisted view of scripture and the world on everyone, with tyrannical force and intolerance.
The high priest should not tear his clothes
“The priest who is chief among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil is poured and who has been consecrated to wear the garments, shall not let the hair of his head hang loose nor tear his clothes. Leviticus 21:10 (ESV)
The high priest broke this law in the mock trial of Jesus.
Jesus, the perfect sacrifice
And when anyone offers a sacrifice of peace offerings to the LORD to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering from the herd or from the flock, to be accepted it must be perfect; there shall be no blemish in it. Leviticus 22:21 (ESV)
This (and all references like it) points forward to Jesus as our perfect sacrifice, without blemish, and to the Holiness of God.
Jesus receives worship
He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. John 9:38 (ESV)
Jesus as God incarnate, receives this worship.
Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” John 9:39 (ESV)
Jesus is the light of the world, by virtue of the light coming in darkness, those in spiritual blindness will see.
Light brings judgement, I cannot discern where I am or what I should do without light. Jesus by virtue of bringing the light of the Gospel, brings clear judgement to those who choose to reject the light and cleave to darkness.
The light coming on shows up those who claim to have sight, but really do not.
Most of the above post is a copy of the original notes from the same date in 2014.
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