Leviticus 7, Psalm 7-8, Proverbs 22, 1 Thessalonians 1

Leviticus 7:37-38

With so many different offerings to be made with the various procedures for each, I have trouble keeping them straight.  Reading Leviticus is a constant reminder of all that was accomplished when Jesus said, "It is finished".  I am also reminded of Hebrews 10 which says these sacrifices made over and over could never make those who offered them perfect.  Instead, they were a constant reminder of sin. 

On the other hand, Jesus, having been given a body, came to do His Fathers will.  His Father’s will, the offering of His body, brings perfection forever to those who are being made holy.  After offering His body as the sacrifice for sin, He sat down at the right hand of God, having finished His Father’s will.

Since Jesus' offering and sacrifice were perfect, is there a sacrifice or offering I am to bring?  Paul, in Romans 12:1 says because of all God through Jesus Christ has done for you, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship”.

Lord God, I am overwhelmed at the details required to cover the sins of Your people.  Forgive me for minimizing what Jesus accomplished.  Jesus, thank You for finishing every detail in Leviticus.  Thank You for Your sacrifice so I could be holy before my Holy Father.  Holy Spirit, teach me to be a worshiper who presents a sacrifice holy and acceptable to my God. 

Psalm 7:7-11

David trusted God's judgment because He is righteous and He alone knows the truth.  In trusting God to judge righteously, David was doing exactly what Jesus did.  In 1 Peter 2:19-23, I am told:  1)  It is proper for me, while trusting God's will, to be long-suffering while being treated unfairly.  By doing so God is pleased with me; 2) Jesus is my example.  God has called His children to this, just as He did His Son Jesus; 3)  Like Jesus, I am to entrust myself to the only One who is a just judge. 

Shepherd and Overseer of my soul, You alone are my refuge.  I sing praise to the LORD, the Most High.

Proverbs 22:17-21

You will notice a change in the individual proverbs following this statement of purpose in verses 17-21.  Through the end of Proverbs 24, each proverb will consist of multiple verses rather than the single verses we are accustomed to.  Additionally, a large number begin with a negative as in "Do not", "Make no", "Be not". 

1 Thessalonians 1:4-10

What a great description of the church! 

  • Brothers chosen and loved by God
  • To whom the Gospel came with full conviction through the power of the Holy Spirit
  • Who became imitators of the Lord with the joy of the Spirit
  • Such that they are an example to all believers
  • Whose faith in God is known everywhere
  • Who turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God
  • As they wait for his Son from heaven.

Jesus, thank You for this description of those who follow You.