My cheesy and ripped-off title comes from a thought I had while reading in the book of Numbers.
“Eleazar son of Aaron the priest will be responsible for the oil of the lampstand, the fragrant incense, the daily grain offering, and the anointing oil. In fact, Eleazar will be responsible for the entire Tabernacle and everything in it, including the sanctuary and its furnishings.” Numbers 4:16
Is that all, Lord? Are you certain you can’t dump just a bit more responsibility on this one man than to see that your place of worship is cared for with perfection? But that’s exactly the burden that Eleazar carried.
If there was ever an Old Testament picture of Jesus it’s found in Leviticus 26:13
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so you would no longer be their slaves. I broke the yoke of slavery from your neck so you can walk with your heads held high.
In the thinking of our Jewish friends, this scripture well defines the very essence of salvation. What is salvation through Jesus Christ if it’s not delivering us from a place of bondage to sin to liberty
Here’s an exert from, “To God be the Glory.” by Fanny Crosby
(Pictured – March 24, 1820 – February 12, 1915)
To God be the glory, great things he hath done!
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the lifegate that all may go in.
O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
to every believer the promise of God;
the vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
“For the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the Lord. It is the blood, given in exchange for a life, that makes purification possible.” (See also Leviticus 17:14)
I must admit – reading through Leviticus has been difficult for me. If you read my very first post in this series (view it here) you will know that my purpose in reading through the Bible in chronological order is to write daily of something I saw in that particular days reading.
Leviticus 16:10, Leviticus 16:21-22, and Leviticus 16:26, provide a backdrop for a term that is still used today – the “scapegoat.” A scapegoat often describes a person who is being used (so-to-speak) to take the guilt away from the party who actually committed the offence.
This is both true for me and my family as well as Aaron, God’s High Priest and for his. The move as a bit easier for me then for Aaron but I will get back to that. Our family moved into the city of Albany, GA to get a bit closer to “town” and have a much bigger living area –although we sacrificed closet and storage space in the process.
Here we are in the book we know as Leviticus. Before I began reading it, I thought that “With Your Latte” was going to be in big trouble. Will I be able to relate all these rules and regulations to an inspiring and hopefully thought provoking writing? And since the book, as I believe, is a foreshadow of The Christ (Lev 1:4),
Did God really use 2193 lbs of pure gold in the building of the tabernacle? According to Exodus 38:24 He did just that. Let me put that in 21st century economics. On the day I wrote this, the market value of gold was $1787.42 per ounce. So then,
The Tabernacle was ready to be constructed as God commanded. And as you have heard me say in times past, God always looks ahead to fulfill needs BEFORE we even realize that the need exists. Moses would need 2 things to get this project completed: People + Materials.
As many of you know, I am reading through the bible in chronological order. As I go along, I write about something that sticks out at me and I call it, “With Your Latte.” And when my reading plan took me to Exodus 32:24 I laughed out loud.