90 Day Challenge- Day 9- Leviticus 14:33-Leviticus 26:26
Leviticus 18:1-5 1AND THE Lord said to Moses, 2Say to the Israelites, I am the Lord your God. 3You shall not do as was done in the land of Egypt in which you dwelt, nor shall you do as is done in the land of Canaan to which I am bringing you; neither shall you walk in their statutes. 4You shall do My ordinances and keep My statutes and walk in them. I am the Lord your God. 5You shall therefore keep My statutes and My ordinances which, if a man does, he shall live by them. I am the Lord.
If you’ve ever spent time reading the book of Leviticus, you will see that it is filled with regulations for the children of Israel. There are guidelines for the different types of sacrifices, what to do in cases of uncleanness, what things are lawful and what things are not. It is easy for us in this day and age to read this book and wonder what exactly that has to do with us. As I was reading through the chapters I thought, how in the world can I write a devotional about this? In today’s passage, the Lord tells Moses to tell the Israelites to follow the laws that He (God) has set forth. Moses was instructed to tell the people that they needed to live in such a way as to keep the Law that came forth. The good news for us is that the Law was only in effect until Jesus came and redeemed us by His ultimate sacrifice on the cross.
In Romans 10:1-5 we see 1BRETHREN, [with all] my heart’s desire and goodwill for [Israel], I long and pray to God that they may be saved. 2I bear them witness that they have a [certain] zeal and enthusiasm for God, but it is not enlightened and according to [correct and vital] knowledge. 3For being ignorant of the righteousness that God ascribes [which makes one acceptable to Him in word, thought, and deed] and seeking to establish a righteousness (a means of salvation) of their own, they did not obey or submit themselves to God’s righteousness. 4For Christ is the end of the Law [the limit at which it ceases to be, for the Law leads up to Him Who is the fulfillment of its types, and in Him the purpose which it was designed to accomplish is fulfilled. That is, the purpose of the Law is fulfilled in Him] as the means of righteousness (right relationship to God) for everyone who trusts in and adheres to and relies on Him. 5For Moses writes that the man who [can] practice the righteousness (perfect conformity to God’s will) which is based on the Law [with all its intricate demands] shall live by it. This basically says that the reason for the Law was to keep the people in right-standing with God. When Jesus died for us, HE became the fulfillment of that law and enabled us to be in a righteous position with God, not because we followed commandments, but simply because we believed on Him. Verse 4 says Christ is the end of the law, the limit at which it ceases to be. What a wonderful thing for us to know that we have the ability to stand in the presence of God, not because of anything we do but because of what He did.