|Today is Wednesday and I'm reading in Leviticus 11-20. Here are a few thoughts for today:|
1) CLEAN & UNCLEAN- In these chapters, we see that God stresses what is clean and what is unclean. He starts by stressing all the things that are unclean. In chapter 11, we see the word "unclean" 31 times, and "abomination" 11 times. In chapter 13, the priest is to "pronounce" the leper clean or unclean. The phrase "pronounce him" is used 18 times in chapter 13. In chapter 15, the phrase "unclean" or "uncleanness" are used 38 times! God wanted His people to know what was displeasing to Him. In reality, God is sharing what is bad for His people to partake in. He is making laws to spare them! All in all, "unclean" is found 110 times in Leviticus, "uncleanness" 18 times, "abomination" 13 times, and clean 46 times.
2) SEXUAL IMMORALITY- We know that the Bible tells us that sex is a gift, but a gift for marriage. It was meant to knit the souls of a husband and wife together, not just for physical pleasure, though that is definitely a bonus. In Leviticus 18, we see when sex is not allowed. Not with a relative (brother, sister, mother, father, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son, daughter, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, etc.) (Chapter 20 will tell us these things are punishable by death!) Not with mankind and mankind, or womankind with womankind, this is an abomination to the LORD. vs. 22 Not with they neighbor, or his wife, and not with beasts of any kind. This chapter is very clear and blunt, but we need this kind of teaching again for our day. We are seeing the destruction of the home as sex is taken to the streets with whoever is available. This destroys society, and God knew this!
3) I AM THE LORD- In Leviticus chapter 19, we see the phrase "I am the LORD your God" mentioned 16 times! God wants His people to know who is telling them the laws. It is not made up by man, it is given us by God! Let us act accordingly.
May God bless you today! Pastor Mike Mutchler